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The very first housemother in Wilder Hall was Ms. Jean Antes who was also a sociology professor at the University.

Policies of the time that she needed to enforce included:

a

weeknight curfew of 10:30; a very strict dress code (i.e., no blue jeans in the lobby); no liquor allowed in the building;

and a room check for cleanliness (Wilder Handbook, 1954). As the demand fOr on campus housing grew, Wilder Hall

endured a major renovation which entailed the addition of

a third floor to the building. This remodeling, which took place in 1955, allowed the hall to accommodate a total of 200

women (La Crosse Tribune, April 1955).

Though Ms. Antes truly set the precedence for housemothers

at the University, she did not remain in that position very

long.

Some

of

her

successors

included

Delores

Kable,

Florence

Hazelhurst, Isabel Ward, Arline Kiely and Helen Buschman.

With the exception of Ms. Kable each of these women transferred

to other halls as they were constructed.

Wilder Hall officially closed as a dormitory in May of

1970

after

servicing

students

for

eighteen

years.

The

building as well as those who assumed the managerial role

truly served as models for the halls that were built thereafter.

Grandview Hall

In April of 1952 Grandview Hall was purchased by the University to serve as the second state owned dormitory.

Up

until that time the bUilding had primarily housed nursing

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