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Old 12-11-2002, 09:20 AM
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Alpha Delta Pi's founding

From the website (under Potential Members --> Heritage) which also has pictures of five of the six founders:

"Founded on May 15, 1851, Alpha Delta Pi is the oldest secret society for college women in the world. Established at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, the first college chartered to grant degrees to women in the world, the story of Alpha Delta Pi is a remarkable one and it all began with one girl's dream.

Eugenia Tucker was just sixteen years old when she left her family home in Laurens County, Georgia, to enter Wesleyan College. Before the end of her first year she would establish the first sorority in the world.

When Eugenia Tucker decided to form a society, her dearest and most admired friends were asked to join her. She listed them in her journal as: Ella Pierce, daughter also of a Bishop; Octavia Andrew, daughter of the Bishop; Bettie Williams of South Carolina; Sophronia Woodruff; and Mary A. Evans, daughter of a useful and beloved pastor of Macon Mulberry Street Methodist Church for several years."

What's also important to know is that the sorority was founded as the Adelphean Society at Wesleyan in 1851 (Phi Mu founded as the Philomathian Society there in 1852, ), that they decided to go national in 1904 and added their Beta Chapter at Salem College in 1905. The changed their name to Alpha Delta Phi in mid-1905, joined NPC in 1909, and changed the name to Alpha Delta Pi in 1913.
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Old 12-11-2002, 09:59 AM
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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia was founded at the New England Conservatory of Music on October 6, 1898, by the following Revered Founders:

Ossian Everett Mills
"Father of Sinfonia" and Honorary Grand Supreme President for Life

Robert T Bayley
Frederick W. Briggs
George A. Burdich
Henry P. Dreyer
George S. Dunham
Archie M. Gardner
John F. Hartwell
William C. Holcomb
Albert J. Stephens
Frank Leslie Stone
Shirley F. Stupp
William E. Tanner
Delbert Webster

May Sinfonia ever honor their memory!
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Old 12-11-2002, 10:05 AM
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The Farmville Four are ASA, KD, SSS and ZTA.

And I don't believe ZTA was in AES - they and KD temporarily shuttered their Alpha chapters so they could join NPC.
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Old 12-12-2002, 03:57 AM
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Phi Sigma Kappa has 2 sets of founders, totaling 13 founders, to learn. 6 were the founders of Phi Sigma Kappa, founded on March 15, 1873 at the Massechusetts Agricultural College at Amherst(now UMASS). and 7 were the founders of Phi Sigma Epsilon, founded on February 20, 1910 at Kansas State Normal College(now Emporia State University) in Emporia KS. The fraternity's merged in 1985 under the name Phi Sigma Kappa.

the 6 founders of Phi Sigma Kappa(with short bios) are as follow:
Jabez William Clay, from whose fertile mind came the original suggestion for a new fraternity, was a giant both physically and mentally, and came from a hardy Green Mountain family.

Clay was joined by another Green Mountain boy, Frederick George Campbell, a practical youth who possessed the dynamic ability to put into operation the ideals that flowed from Clay's creative mind. Their contemporaries described them as natural partners.

Joseph Franklin Barrett was the youngest of the six, likely the most brilliant, and destined to take an active part for more than 45 years in the affairs of the group he helped to found. He was always "Big Chief" to his friends, constantly amazing them with his feats of memory and mental acuity (he entered college at 16), and served as Grand President for a total of 10 years.

Xenos Young Clark was a Bostonian, a practical joker, an excellent writer and the founders' "local contact;" his father was on the faculty.

William Penn Brooks was a scientist, had a fine mathematical mind, and was responsible for most of the details of our symbolism.

Henry Hague was the oldest of the group, the most mature and sedate, with short careers as a factory hand, carpenter and apprentice seaman already behind him at 24.

The 7 founders of Phi Sigma Epsilon are as follow:
Fred M. Thompson
Raymond Victor Bottomly
Robert C. Marley
W. Roy "Drommie" Campbell
Orin M. Rhine
W. Ingram Forde
Humphrey Jones.
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Old 12-12-2002, 09:26 AM
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Sigma Pi Fraternity was founded in February 1897, by 4 cadets at Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN.

William Raper Kennedy
James Thompson Kingsbury
George Martin Patterson
Rolin Rosco James.
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Old 12-12-2002, 10:02 AM
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I have a question about Phi Sigma Phi. Who do they consider their founders? Phi Sigma Phi was founded by chapters of Phi Sigma Epsilon who did not merge with Phi Sigma Kappa.
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Old 12-12-2002, 12:12 PM
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Theta Phi Alpha had 10 founding sisters:

Dorothy Caughey Phalan
Katrina Caughey Ward
Mildred Connely
Selma Gildday
Otilia Leuchtweis O'Hara
Amelia McSweeney
Camilla Ryan Sutherland
Helen Ryan Quinlan
May C. Ryan
Eva Stroh Bauer Everson

and they were under the guidance of Bishop Edward D. Kelly
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Old 12-13-2002, 04:13 PM
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Re: Those wonderful 14 men.........

Originally posted by dardenr
I thought that the founders' affiliations were mentioned in an out of print document called "In the Beginning" but it only lists who the independent was - Lewis Blair.

I know I have seen the SAE's listed in print. It must be in our history CD-ROM.
Someone already listed who were the members of SAE. There are 8 of them.

The rest were members of the local fraternity called the "Krescents", which later became a chapter of Kappa Delta Rho.

Because the SAEs and Krescents did not want to join/create a new Fraternity whose membership would conflict with their current Fraternities, APO from the start was created as a new kind of fraternity: a Service Fraternity, which would be open to all college men, greek and independent, and which is why APO chapters do not own houses and the like.

Also, the _In the Begining_ book is NOT out of print. Its still available from the National Office.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-14-2002, 09:49 PM
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Originally posted by Optimist Prime
I have a question about Phi Sigma Phi. Who do they consider their founders? Phi Sigma Phi was founded by chapters of Phi Sigma Epsilon who did not merge with Phi Sigma Kappa.

I'm just guessing that they still use the 7 founders of Phi Sig Ep. They may also use the main pushers to not merge or something. We were never really told. I know the Phi Sig Ep chapter at my school was split, half merged the other half didn't. The half that didn't became a local named Phi Sigma. But that's just at my university. not sure about natioanally or on other campuses.
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Old 12-15-2002, 01:44 AM
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In 1909, Sigma Alpha Mu was founded by eight men, all of the Jewish faith. Gentiles could not join until 1953. The founders are:

Lester Cohen
Hyman I. Jacobson
Adolph I. Fabis
Abraham N. Kerner
David D. Levinson
Samuel Ginsburg
Ira N. Lind
Jacob Kaplan
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Old 12-20-2002, 02:02 PM
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Farmville four

Last Spring break some friends and I took a road trip and actually landed up in Farmville Virginia, population 50 plus us. Any ways, one of my friends is a ZTA and we went to Longwood and saw the campus and they had this sign that says all the founding chapters that were there. It was very interesting!

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Old 12-21-2002, 01:09 AM
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Alpha Sigma Phi's founders

Excerpt from the home page of my chapter. The Chapter may no longer be active, but the web page still remains on OU's server.


Louis Manigault

Horace Spangler Weiser

(Sadly, there are no known photographs of Stephen Ormsby Rhea.)

Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity was founded at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, on December 6, 1845 by three students: Louis Manigault (pronounced Man-e-go) (1828-1899) of Charleston, South Carolina, Stephen Ormsby Rhea (1825-1873) of Louisiana, and Horace Spangler Weiser (1827-1875) of York, Pennsylvania. Alpha Sigma Phi was originally founded as a sophomore class society for Yale students.

In 1845, the undergraduate atmosphere at Yale University was markedly different from colleges and universities today: the academics were strict, and the lectures of the professors and academics provided no opportunity for class discussion. Extracurricular activities were not fostered by the college, and student class societies provided the the outlet for student energies and interests.

Manigault was very much interested in the class society system at Yale and noted the class fraternities provided experience for their members and prepared them for competion in literary contests. At that time there was only one sophomore class society, known as Kappa Sigma Theta, which had a reputation for displaying an attitude of superiority towards non-fraternity members, even though they were their fellow classmates. Manigault revealed a plan to his friend Rhea a plan for founding another sophomore class society, in direct competition with Kappa Sigma Theta. Rhea felt at first that such an undertaking would be next to impossible, given Kappa Sigma Theta's prominence. Both finally agreed to help organize such a new society, and with Manigault's approval enlisted the help of Weiser and the three became the founders of a fraternity that now counts its members in the thousands.

The first official meeting was held in Manigault's room on Chapel Street on December 6, 1845. Between then and June 28, 1846, when the Fraternity was publicly announced, the three founders wrote the constitution and ritual, and designed the Fraternity's Badge. On June 24, 1846, the first pledge class was initiated into the Mystic Circle of Alpha Sigma Phi. The new society was welcomed by the junior class societies at Yale because it gave them a greater selection of candidates for membership. It was also cordially received by the members of the potential sophomore class, who now had a choice between two societies. But it also aroused anxiety and fear among the members of Kappa Sigma Theta.


The rivalry between Alpha Sigma Phi and Kappa Sigma Theta was extremely competitive and bitter, extending even to their publications. Kappa Sigma Theta's The Yale Banger in its November, 1846 issue, attacked Alpha Sigma Phi. The Fraternity retaliated with the publication of The Yale Tomahawk the following year. This rivalry between the two papers continued until 1852, when the Yale faculty expelled the editor and the contributors of the Tomahawk for violating an order from the faculty to cease publication. The rivalry between Alpha Sigma Phi and Kappa Sigma Theta continued until 1858, when Kappa Sigma Theta was suppressed by the Yale faculty.

During the 1850's many fraternities began to expand their influence in establishing chapters at other colleges. A charter was granted to Amherst College in 1847 and a committee appointed to install the chapter, but conditions were not conducive to fraternities at Amherst, and the charter was returned. To this day, there still remains confusion about the naming of Alpha Sigma Phi's early chapters. Some records indicate that the Amherst chapter was named Beta, while a fragmentary document in the Yale University library indicated that Beta Chapter was chartered in 1850 at Harvard University (Alpha being the mother chapter at Yale) and that Gamma was chartered at Princeton in 1854. When the Amherst chapter was restored, it was designated Delta Chapter, though for some unknown reason the Delta designation was also given in 1860 to Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. That same year, the Amherst Delta chapter folded.


During the Civil War, the mother chapter at Yale was rent by internal dissension and then actually disappeared. Less attention was paid to the literary aspects of the society, and more to social activities, especially after Alpha Sigma Phi became the sole sophomore class society at Yale in 1858. In 1864, the Alpha Sigma Phi members pledged to Delta Kappa Epsilon, at the time a junior class society (it was the custom at Yale and many other colleges and universities at that time for men to belong to more than one fraternity) atempted to turn the control over to Alpha Sigma Phi over to Delta Kappa Epsilon. This was thwarted by the Alpha Sig members pledged to the two other junior class societies, Alpha Delta Phi and Psi Upsilon. A conflict ensued, and to prevent violence and end disorder, the faculty at Yale suppressed Alpha Sigma Phi and forbade the initiation of the 1864 pledge class.

The traditions of Alpha Sigma Phi, however, did not die there, as two new sophomore societies, Delta Beta Xi and Phi Theta Psi, each claiming to be the legitimate descendant of Alpha Sigma Phi, were founded. Of the two societies, Delta Beta Xi had clear title as the legitimate successor to Alpha Sigma Phi, changing almost nothing in the objectives of the Fraternity, preserving the motto, signs and insignia which it altered only by substituting the Greek letters Delta Beta Xi where Alpha Sigma Phi appeared. At the same time, Louis Manigault reestablished his ties to his brothers in Alpha Sigma Phi. He was aware of Delta Beta Xi and considered it to be the continuation of the Fraternity; he ws not aware that Delta Chapter at Marietta existed. Delta Beta Xi continued until 1875, when it was abolished by the Yale faculty for violating an 1864 agreement regarding alcoholic beverages. Delta Beta Xi continues today as the highest award for service to Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.


For all practical purposes Delta at Marietta College was a local fraternity after 1864, and it kept alive the traditions, customs, ideals and ritual of the Fraternity. It attempted to to charter chapters at several colleges universities, all without success. The chapter was kept alive by its emphasis on scholarship and by the support of its local alumni and the Cincinnati alumni chapter though at one time Delta considered petitioning a national fraternity since the mother chapter at Yale was inactive. In 1882, a "Sig Bust" by the Cincinnati alumni assured the perpetuation of Delta Chapter. The events that transpired during the Sig Bust so impressed the undergraduates that the petition to join another fraternity was withdrawn. To show their appreciation, the members of Delta formally recognized the Cincinatti alumni chapter with an engrossed charter. During the next several decades, the alumni chapter held meetings at various times and places and extended membership to Yale and Amherst members, and also assisted in pledging and initiating a class in 1901 when there were no active members in the Marietta campus.


In December of 1906, four students, all members of the Yale Masonic Club, were playing cards in the room shared by Robert L. Ervin and Benjamin F. Crenshaw. Visiting them was Arthur S. Ely and Edwin Morey Waterbury. Talk turned to the old Yale fraternity system, which was unique in that there had been fraternities for the freshmen, sophomore junior and senior classes, so it was not unusual for one man to often belong to four fraternities (a practice unheard of today, as virtually all social fraternities, including Alpha Sigma Phi, prohibit membership in another social fraternity). In 1906, only the junior and senior societies were still in existence. The four men concluded that the Yale system over-emphasized class and department loyalty at the expense of developing a strong university spirit.

Waterbury suggested that the four give thought to establishing a new fraternity or petitioning a national fraternity for a chapter at Yale, one that would be an all-class society. He informed the four of finding in the Yale library records of the societies that once existed at Yale University and told them about one of the most active, interesting and famous of these dormant societies -- Alpha Sigma Phi. Waterbury was aware of the existence of Delta Chapter at Marietta. He then suggested that efforts be made to reestablishing Alpha Sigma Phi at Yale. Other men were recruited, including Frederick H. Waldron and Wayne Montgomery Musgrave. Ervin, who knew some of the alumni members of Delta in his home state of Ohio, was asked to send the frist letter to Marietta. While they waited for an answer, additional were added to the movement. Unknown to the members of the revived Alpha movement, Reverend Mr. Evans, a member of Delta then filling a pastorate in Connecticut, came to New Haven and made discreet inquiries about the proposed membership of the revived Alpha Chapter. Pleased with the information he obtained, he recommended to Delta Chapter that the new Alpha be welcomed into the Mystic Circle.

Through letters, arrangements were made for the New Haven group to send a delegation to Marietta to be initiated into Alpha Sigma Phi. The Yale group then voted to send the first six men who had been identified with the reorganization: Crenshaw, Ely, Ervin, Musgrave, Waldron and Waterbury. With the exception of Ervin, who was unable to go at the last moment, the five men, boarded a train for Marietta on March 27, 1907. Arriving at mid-day the next day, they were met by a delegation of Delta undergraduate and graduate brothers. The men were initiated into Alpha Sigma Phi, taught how to perform the rituals, and instructed on Chapter organization and management. Returning to New Haven, one of the first things the group did after obtaining the required equipment for performing the ritual was to welcome Ervin into the Mystic Circle, since he had missed out on the Marietta trip. This first initiation took place in Musgrave's suite at the New Haven YMCA. The new Alpha Chapter leased the Lenox Hall in York Square, the former meeting place of the Yale Masonic Club. It was there that the remaining men became members of the new Alpha Chapter.


Edwin Morey Waterbury did much more than rediscover and help rekindle the spark of Alpha Sigma Phi; he played a major role in creating the creating the Fraternity organization that was to become the major force in the American Greek-letter fraternity system. Waterbury resurrected the Black Lantern Processional. On the night of March 27, 1908, Alpha Chapter at Yale signaled a new life with the traditional march. Waterbury became Grand Secretary and Grand Corresponding Secretary from 1907 to 1913. In the spring of 1909, he revived The Tomahawk which he continued to edit until 1913. His newspaper firm continued to print and publish each issue of the magazine for over 30 years. Waterbury died in December 1952, soon after writing: "I am afraid that I will have to be disappointed once more in my cherished desire to attend at least one more national convention before I shuffle off this mortal coil."

Wayne Montgomery Musgrave was an honors graduate of New York University, Yale and Harvard. He provided the organizational spark that fanned Alpha Sigma Phi into national prominence. He was twice HSP (President) of Alpha Chapter and served as Grand Junior President (GJP) of the Fraternity from 1907 until 1923. Realizing that fraternities had a poor image, he authored the Fraternity's Principles of Conduct. He also put together the Fraternity's expansion policy which said in part that the petitioners should have scholarship above the average in their institution. Under his leadership, he guided the Fraternity's expansion efforts -- twenty chapters were added to the Fraternity while he was Grand Junior President. In 1923, Musgrave was elected Grand Junior President Emeritus. He continued his interest in Alpha Sigma Phi, even writing a major history of the Fraternity. He entered Omega Chapter on July 22, 1941. His headstone is marked with the letters Alpha Sigma Phi.
Causa latet vis est notissima - the cause is hidden, the results are well known.

Alpha Alpha (University of Oklahoma) Chapter, #814, 1984
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