Rice’s first Homecoming was held on Thanksgiving Day, 1919 but it’s obviously been a long time since that timing made sense. I started poking around to figure out when the reunion date was moved. Let me acknowledge right up front that I didn’t finish this task. I did, though, find this little piece in the 1925 Campanile about the festivities on Thanksgiving, 1924:
I included the section on the R and Quill banquet because I like the insignia but as I read it I realized that it’s actually more interesting than the reunion, which is notable only for the attendance figure (200) and the false hope surrounding Coach Heisman. I can’t recall ever hearing of the R and Quill Association: does it still exist? Also note that I’ve written about several of the people mentioned in the article: William Nathan, Sarah Lane and most surprising to me, R.T. Wilbanks, twice.
By the way, I’m taking a couple of days off for the holiday. I’ll be back Monday.