Jim Kershner’s This day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
A 1910 committee of faculty and housekeepers at the State Normal School at Cheney (now Eastern Washington University) drew up a list of conduct rules for female students living in approved boarding houses near the school.
Those rules included:
• Study hours will be strictly observed from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the first four nights of the week.
• Students may have company or go out two nights a week, but must be in by 10 p.m.
• Students shall have the use of a parlor for receiving male company two nights per week.
• The housing of boys and girls in the same house is not allowed.
• The hours from 3:40 p.m. to 6 p.m. are to be free for outdoor exercise.
From the love and marriage beat: A young couple from Creston, Wash., decided to elope, so they hopped on a train to the East Coast.
They were hauled off the train by police in Chicago.
“I don’t know what my folks will do when they find where I am,” wailed Nona Kirby. “They know Charlie and I are engaged, but I suspect that they think I am too young to get married.”
She was 16. Her fiance, Charles Widener, was 19.
“I have had other sweethearts,” she added. “But none I ever loved as I do Charlie.”