#58 Cadets Saved the Day in the 1927 Flood

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

The 1927 flood is considered the greatest natural disaster in Vermont history, rivaled only by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Three days of devastating rain from November 2 to 4 led to the loss of 84 lives and significant destruction of the state’s infrastructure. As they have so often, the cadets of Norwich University rose to the occasion. Almost immediately …

#57 From “Dry” to “Wet”: Norwich President Ira Reeves and Prohibition

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Ira Reeves was president of Norwich University from 1915-1917, resigning in order to serve in World War I. But it was his career in the 1920s and 1930s, first as a prohibition administrator and later as an anti-prohibition advocate, that make him a truly fascinating figure. Reeves was born and educated in Missouri. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in …

#56 Edward Bancroft Williston, Class of 1856, Gallant at Trevilian Station

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Like many of his Norwich brethren, Edward Williston served in the Civil War. He is part of the small group of Norwich graduates who have been granted the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award. Williston was born in Norwich, Vt. in 1836. He attended NU from 1851 to 1855, leaving without completing his course (he received his degree …

#55 Jane Bonnette, First Woman to Wear the Norwich Uniform

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

Jane Bonnette was Norwich University’s first female faculty member, and the first woman ever to don a Norwich uniform. Bonnette was born and raised in Louisiana and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Louisiana State University. She worked for a time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a major federal research facility that grew out of the Manhattan …