Prominent men in Indiana Theta and in the general Fraternity were on hand for the festivities,
William H, Cassady, president of the active chapter, is at the left and others are Paul G, Beam,
executive secretary. A, J. McAllister, toastmaster, Leland H. Ridgway, president of Kappa Province,
and Frank C, Lingenfelter, charter member of the Purdue chapter.
Indiana Theta Reaches Half-Century
By FRENTZ, Northwestern
I one of the two surviving
founders of the chapter present,
the first Phikeia, two national officers,
and many alumni, Indiana Theta celebrated the Golden Anniversary of its
founding with a banquet and alumni reunion at the chapter house on March 17.
The charter member who was present
was Frank C. Lingenfelter, '94. The first
Phikeia, initiated two weeks after the
founding of the chapter, was Oliver B.
Leonard, '95. National officers present
were Paul C. Beam, executive secretary;
and Leland H. Ridgway, president of
Due to the war, the celebration was
simple and unelaborate. Transportation
difficulties made it impossible for many
alumni to be present who would otherwise have come. The chapter has a large
and active group of alumni living in
Lafayette and West Lafayette, and these
composed most of the older men present.
A. J. McAllister, recently elected president of the Indiana Manufacturers' As-
sociation and a member of Indiana
Theta's class of '24, acted as toastmaster.
At the speakers' table were William H.
Cassady, president of the undergraduate
chapter, Lingenfelter, Beam, and Ridgway.
Founder Lingenfelter was called upon
by the toastmaster and he responded with
a description of the events surrounding
the chapter's founding in March, 1893.
He described the disappointment of the
eleven founders when they learned that
they would not be granted a charter of
their own, and their determination to
"make good" to justify such a chapter.
He told of the journey of eleven Purdue students to DePauw, at Greencastle,
where they were to be initiated as a
branch of Indiana Zeta. Lingenfelter and
one other founder, hearing that the
events preceding the formal initiation
were to be strenuous, dedded that they
must not wear the good clothes which
they had brought down from Lafayette.
They adjourned to a Greencastle cloth-