#74 Longtime Groundskeeper Told the Story of Norwich in Pictures

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

George Lansell worked for Norwich University as a custodian and grounds keeper from 1925 until he retired in the mid-1960s, the longest-serving employee at the time. He was born in Tunbridge Wells, England, in 1886, and came to Vermont with his new bride, Edith, in 1910. In 1925, he and his family moved to Northfield with the promise of employment …

#73 President Charles Plumley Served Norwich and Vermont

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, 200 Things drafts, Leaders & Legacy

Charles Plumley graduated from Norwich in 1896, served as president of the university for 14 years, and went on to represent the state of Vermont in the United States Congress. Plumley was a true local boy. He was born and raised in Northfield, the son of Congressman Frank Plumley, who was also a lecturer and honorary degree recipient at Norwich. …

#72 Theta Chi Started a National Movement in the Old South Barracks

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

Theta Chi fraternity was founded at Norwich in 1856, the university’s first Greek letter fraternity and one that is still nationally active today with over 6,500 undergraduate members. Cadets Arthur Chase and Frederick Freeman founded Theta Chi in the South Barracks of our original Norwich, Vermont campus. One of their first members was Edward Williston, who would receive the Medal …