students although some University students had dwelled there
September of 1952 to accomodate 70 female students.
The initial housemother in Grandview was Ms. Lydia Palmer.
She had a Ph.D. and also taught sociology at the University.
The next year she was succeeded by Ms. Margaret Nolte who
also followed her in teaching sociology (Racquet, September
1952, 1953). Because Wilder and Grandview Halls were the only campus
facilities for women until 1960, there was always a high demand
1957, for example, 157 women drew for 85 spaces (La Crosse
Tribune, May 1957).
Though Ms. Palmer and Ms. Nolte were very educated women,
head residents in Grandview through the years included Grace
Webster, Mrs. Wilda Syverson, Sally Cemen and Ruth Pederson. The hall remained a living facility for women up until
1963 when it began housing men, particularly fraternities.
This remained intact until the closing of Grandview in the
for the many who called it "home" £or the years of its
existence as a dormitory (Koehler, 1986).
In 1958, a phenomenon, of sorts, occured at the University