All I have tonight are a couple of tidbits of the early “on-campus” experience at South Hall. Both of these came out of the scrapbook that was kept by Ervin “Tiny” Kalb, a member of the class of 1916 and one of the best players on Rice’s first football teams. If they seem a bit cock-eyed, it’s because they are pretty firmly glued to the pages of what is a very large scrapbook, so there’s only so much I can do to get the whole document scanned in straight. It’s kind of interesting that Kalb lived in the dorm, as his family was from Houston.
Here’s a drawing of the layout of the rooms on the third floor when the dorm opened in 1912. Tiny’s room is in the middle of the floor, Room 316:
And here’s the bill for a month’s room and board in the fall of 1914:
Here’s a room in South Hall in 1939. It can’t have been much different than it was when the dorm first opened–pretty Spartan:
Bonus: The suspense is killing me.