A Few Band and Football Odds and Ends, 1934

If you put enough of these together you start to see a reasonably coherent picture of life at Rice in 1934. Long-time reader Mike Ross noted over on Facebook that the band got new uniforms in 1934. True enough, and there’s a nice picture in Mary Jane Hale’s scrapbook that gives us a good look at them. The big hat is eye-catching but the capes are really the outstanding touch, I think. Who doesn’t look good in a cape?

Still, in spite of the new uniforms there were some problems swirling around the band. They are carefully laid out in this letter to the Thresher that I scanned long ago, suspecting that the day I would need it was going to arrive eventually. Some of these complaints sound familiar:

(A quick aside: Note the reference to Hans Ander as band leader in 1922. I have a fabulous story about him that I will get to soon. First I need to make a quick trip to Texas Lutheran University to see if I can nail something down. Stay tuned!)

Another faithful reader, John Wolda, noted in the comments that his father-in-law, Henry Nicholas of the Chemistry Department, was Rice’s Athletic Director in 1934. I had known this but forgotten it. Here’s the announcement of his appointment:

And here is Part 1 and Part 2 of an earlier discussion about Professor Nicholas, who spent thirty-five years teaching Chemistry at Rice.

I also already happened to have this image from Rice’s victory over the University of Texas in 1934, I believe because I was interested in Sammy on the sideline:

It’s always nice to beat Texas but what caught my eye here is the old north stands across the field. They were awfully old in 1934 and would be replaced the following year with an expanded steel stand :

This became an issue for me a while ago when the stands at the track stadium were torn down and I struggled to figure out when they were built.

So what’s the point of all this? Nothing really, just 1934. It was the Depression.

Bonus: The new parking garage/office building behind Allen Center is almost finished.


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9 Responses to A Few Band and Football Odds and Ends, 1934

  1. Joni says:

    Sure looks like a lot of burnt orange panels on the new parking garage…

  2. rbrazile says:

    Huh. Baude Storey (mentioned in the story abut the Rice Presbyterians) is the namesake of a junior high school in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, which I believe was one of the schools that fed the high school I attended. Not a common name, I assume it is the same person…

  3. almadenmike says:

    Unusual it is, which does make “Baude Storey” relatively easy to trace, even if it’s not spelled correctly.

    “Boude” appears to be the preferred spelling, although there are many instances of both “Boude” and “Baude” on the Web (including the Rice Thresher).

    As for who is the middle school’s namesake … that was the subject of a “So You Think You Know Everything About Dallas” quiz question in the June 1982 issue of D magazine:

    #14: Who was Boude Storey?

    A. The first principal of Oak Cliff High School.
    B. A wealthy Dallas farmer who donated land to the school board.
    C. President of the Board of Education in the Twenties.
    D. W.T. White’s favorite teacher.

    The answer given is “C”.

    Boude Storey was a member of the DISD School board from 1924-32 and its president from 1926-32. The middle school that bears his name was designed by Mark Lemmon and built in 1932, although this Wikipedia entry says it opened in 1930. This is clearly not the 1934 Rice student, but rather his father.

    A genealogy of the Storey family (https://sites.google.com/site/thefamilystorey/home/anthony-storey) shows that Boude Storey (1881-1959) was the president and general manager of the Atlas Metal Works, which had been founded by his father (Millard Storey) in 1904.

    One of his sons is Boude Erwin Storey (1913-1989), who is likely to be the Rice student referenced above. He received his B.A. in 1937. (Erwin is the maiden name of the elder Boude’s wife.) The younger Boude and his wife (Elsie Jean Ovens) had a son named Boude Erwin Storey II, who graduated from Summit (N.J.) High School in 1968 and who is now a lawyer in Houston.

    I told Mr. Storey of this post. Perhaps he or someone in his family will post a comment.

    (FYI, I’m told that the proper pronunciation of “Boude” rhymes with “loud” … not “load” or “baud”.)

  4. Robert Brazile says:

    Thanks for “the rest of the story…”.

    Oh, man, I didn’t mean that to happen… Marty did, though.

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