In a corner of Ransom Hall, beside the glossy pamphlets and shiny hardcover books by Kenyon authors, lie two shelves full of Kenyon history. Should nervous prospies and their parents opt for alternative reading material while waiting for their tours, they are perfectly free to peruse the Kenyon Reveille — our yearbook — copies of which stretch (unchecked) back to 1904 (as far as I can find). I went looking there for some some throwback gems.
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And they say Kenyon students aren’t romantic. According to the Newark Advocate, recently uncovered papers show that that wasn’t always true. Back in the day, Kenyon graduate Homer Thrall courted his love Emma Boudinot while he was serving as an officer in the Civil War. He wrote:
Emma, every day but increases my love for you and I come to consider you as near and dear to me as though you were my wife and not merely my betrothed. And I never have a doubt but that you and I will not long hence be united in holy wedlock.
It’s cute, but I’m not sure that would fly on the Old Kenyon dance floor. If Homer were to attend, say, the DKE beach party, it would probably go down something like this:
Homer: I never have a doubt but that you and I will not long hence be united in holy wedlock.
Homer and Emma married the next year and had three children. He went on to first join the ministry and then publish a newspaper.
We’d bet Josh Radnor has already optioned this guy’s life rights.