ALL SET TO GO
At the left, the Executive Secretary in his new office. The Banta Memorial Library (right) has been
moved with a minimum of alteration. It was a job that showed much ingenuity.
G. H. Q. Makes Temporary Move
By PAUL A Executive
THIS article is being written your transferred ownership of our old propL executive secretary has just com- erty to a third party who demanded al.
pleted the moving of seventeen years' ac- most immediate occupancy. Thus it was
cumulation of Fraternity material to the that we found ourselves in the unhappy
old Carolyn Scott-Benjamin Harrison and unenviable position of attempting to
home at South Campus, Oxford, Ohio. set up shop in a strange building not
This historic old house is the site of the particularly well adapted to our use but
projected new General Headquarters and which has been made to serve the purLibrary building which will be erected poses of the Fraternity on a temporary
as soon as possible after the war, certainly basis.
The problem which caused greatest
in time to be dedicated in connection
with the 100th Anniversary celebration concern in this change of buildings was
which will take place at old Miami Uni- the David Demaree Banta Memorial Liversity, the birthplace of the Fraternity brary. The library, dedicated in 1935,
in 1948. For the present, it is really an was a handsome room done in knotty
attractive and comfortable, if somewhat pine with a commemorative mantel honinadequate, layout for the conduct of the oring Judge David Demaree Banta, Indiana '55, the first of four generations of
The circimistances which have made Bantas in A 0. The library which octhe move necessary were brought about cupied a room 14 25 feet, containing
as a result of real estate transactions con- nearly 3,000 items of books, periodicals
summated August, 1941, when the old and memorabilia has been completely
building at 208 E. High occupied by the dismantled and under the supervision of
Fraternity for so many years was included a competent architect, set up in one of
in the deal which gave us possession of the upstairs rooms of the new building.
the Scott-Harrison property. It had been Considerable expense was involved in
hoped that we would be permitted to re- this transfer, but it has been thought
main at the old stand during these few wise to keep the library moving along
remaining years before 1948, but such and functioning actively while we are
was not to be. A further real estate deal planning for the new G. H. Q. building.