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:
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
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
building as well as those who assumed the managerial role
truly served as models for the halls that were built thereafter.
In April of 1952 Grandview Hall was purchased by the University to serve as the second state owned dormitory.
until that time the bUilding had primarily housed nursing