Canoeing in Buffalo Bayou, 1915

First, let me say that the comments to the last two posts are a great example of why I still find this enterprise a generally happy one. I can’t claim that I always like Rice but there’s no question that I’m always deeply interested in it and I’m very grateful to my readers who help me understand it. You have my most sincere thanks. And a special thanks to commenter Doug Williams, who has certainly earned the title “Most Alert Reader Ever” for finding the second elephant.

Now, on to the canoe. I found this 1915 photo the other day and at first assumed it was more biologists on a collecting trip:

Buffalo Bayou 1915

A closer look, though, reveals three engineers and a physicist, apparently just having some aimless fun:

Buffalo Bayou 1915 Waters Pound Heaps Knapp

Left to right, that’s Jimmy Waters, J.H. Pound, Claude Heaps (our physicist) and Carl Knapp.

What I love about this is that two of these fellows were faculty (Pounds and Heaps) and the other two students (Waters–who went on to join the faculty and–Knapp). This sort of obviously close and friendly relationship is something that I’ve seen again and again in the early years at Rice.

Bonus: A real photographer, Tommy Lavergne, sent me this lovely image of the roses. I can already tell that they are going to give a lot of pleasure–yet another thing to be grateful for.

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9 Responses to Canoeing in Buffalo Bayou, 1915

  1. …and there are those of us who always appreciate historical pictures of wood-and-canvas canoes.

  2. Ann Pound Hopkins says:

    Thanks for posting the pictures of my grandfather (Pound). It’s always exciting to see him in your posts.

  3. Doug Williams says:

    Melissa – thanks for the title. It took me a minute to figure out why there were multiple trunks in the picture. It does feel odd, though, to be named “most alert” for spotting an elephant on a football field.

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