#111 Two Campus Football Tragedies Sparked Major Change

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In 1907 and 1913, the Norwich community experienced a pair of back-to-back tragedies that highlighted a national trend: the dangers of football. In September 1907, Norwich senior and team manager Leonard Clarkson was playing in a game against Dartmouth when he suffered a blow to the abdomen. It aggravated an existing intestinal condition and resulted in his death two days …





#108 – A Friendship Between Industrialists Gave Us Norwich Carnegie Library

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

When General Grenville Dodge announced at an alumni banquet in 1905 that his friend Andrew Carnegie had pledged $50,000 for a new library building, it came as a complete surprise to the University community. Grenville Dodge became acquainted with Andrew Carnegie through the railroad business in the 1870s. Carnegie was involved in railroads before turning his attention to steel, where …





#106 The Cadet’s Creed Rings True for 90 Years

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

“I believe that the cardinal virtues of the individual are courage, honesty, temperance and wisdom; and that the true measure of success is service rendered—to God, to Country, and to Mankind.” These words are intimately familiar to every man and woman who has claimed membership in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets for the last 90 years. The Norwich Cadet’s …





#98 Our Iconic Flagpole Was a Gift from the First Vermont Cavalry

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

The flagpole that stands outside of Jackman Hall was donated to the university in 1916 by the First Vermont Cavalry Regimental Association. Over thirty veterans of the regiment visited the university in December 1916 to formally present President Ira Reeves with the flagpole, flag, and bronze plaque. As the plaque states, the First Vermont Cavalry participated in 76 battles and …





#95 Junior Rings Keep Tradition Alive

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

By Gary Appleby ‘90 In the early days of March 1923, the senior class at Norwich University adopted one of the most cherished of all university traditions—the Norwich University Corps of Cadets class ring. While the adoption of a formally recognized class ring tradition had been discussed by several prior classes, it was the Class of 1923 which finally acted. …





#85 The Norwich Smallpox Quarantine of 1912

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Cadet L.W. Smith had recently contracted an illness believed to be chicken pox while visiting his mother in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He was placed under “light quarantine” and nothing was thought of it until his roommate, Verner Belyea, began exhibiting clear smallpox symptoms a few days later. The first vaccine for smallpox was introduced in 1796. Though it would not be …





#79 Women Blazed the Trail at Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Norwich University officially became co-educational in 1972 after merging with Vermont College. Two years later, Norwich admitted women into its Corps of Cadets. These women paved a path for future Norwich Women and found their way through a tough program of academic excellence, physical challenges and social change. Their story is one of courage, endurance and often humor. The 1974 …





#70 Regimental Ball, Past and Present

Bicentennial Admin Fun Facts & Stats, This Week in History

The first Regimental Ball was held in March of 1960 (the event was moved to the fall in 1964 to spread it out from Winter Carnival and Junior Ring Weekend). Coverage in the Guidon declared the first ball a great success. Miss Marilyn Adams of Colby Junior College (now Colby-Sawyer College) was crowned Queen, and over 900 attendees from Norwich and surrounding …





#63 President Schneider Becomes Our Longest Serving President

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Alden Partridge served as president of Norwich University for 24 years, 3 months, and 5 days. On September 7, 2016, Richard Schneider will surpass this record to become our university’s longest serving president. Alden Partridge’s presidency began when the cornerstone was laid for the founding of the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy on August 6, 1819, the day we …