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In September of 1952, shortly after the opening of

Wilder, Grandview Hall began operating under the leadership

as

housemother.

the

University

of

Ms.

Lydia

Palmer

taught

sociology

at

She

had

as

well.

a

Ph.D.

and

She

had

to

uphold rules very similar to those of Wilder Hall (La Crosse

Tribune, 1952).

Though Ms. Antes and Ms. Palmer were initially succeeded

by women with similar educational backgrounds, most of the

housemothers who were eventually employed at the University

in

the

1950's

and

1960's

were

women

such

as

Emma

Davis.

These

women tended to be middle aged, widowed individuals who had

finished

raising

their

own

families.

Thus

a

housemother

position allowed them to play the "mother figure", to some

extent, once again (Cartwright, 1986).

The rapid and consistent construction of dormitories

in the 1960's at the University necessitated the hiring of

several

housemothers.

Those

hired

at

that

time

included

Mrs.

Helen Buschman, Mrs. Arline Kiely, Mrs. Doris Baures, Mrs.

Isabel Ward, Mrs. Thora Hoogenhous, Mrs. Ruth Pederson,

Mrs. Helene Krugel, Mrs. Evelyn Brown, Mrs. Sally Ceman, Mrs.

Helen

Nielson

and

Mrs.

Florence

Hazelhurst.

All

of

these

women fit the typical housemother mold and did their best to

provide a "home away from home" for the students who lived

in

the

dormitories.

According

to

Mrs.

Florence

Hazelhurst,

those

years

were

"marvelous

times"

in

the

dormitories.

One

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