The Rice Galveston Club Dance, 1926

Way back in 2011 I wrote a short post that featured a program from a dance given in 1927 by the Rice-Galveston Club. It was a neat little thing handed out at the club’s Fifth Annual dance–which meant that I was condemned to always be halfway looking for evidence of the first four. Nothing turned up until yesterday, when a colleague and I were going through some boxes from the Jesse Jones Papers and I looked at the label on another box on the shelf and said “Who is Thomas E. Daley?” Among other things Thomas E. Daley was the editor of the 1929 Campanile and apparently was also on the staff of The Owl magazine. His family donated a small collection of his things to the the Woodson in 2015, which I what I brought to my work space and opened.

And there I found the program from the 1926 Rice-Galveston Club dance, held at the Hotel Galvez and featuring music by Lee’s Owls:

And then, as if that weren’t enough excitement, up turned an invitation to the 1925 dance!

It seems to always have been held the day after Christmas, maybe on the theory that everyone was ready to get out of the house. Anyway, that’s three down, at least two to go.

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6 Responses to The Rice Galveston Club Dance, 1926

  1. Francis Eugene "Gene" Pratt, Rice Institute 1956 says:

    Any information on why Ball High School was being honored?

  2. George Webb '88, '91 says:

    Now I have a song in my head: “Hang down your head, Tom Daley…”

  3. Doug Haunsperger '99 says:

    I’m confused – both the program and invite show the 3rd Annual dance in 1925. Was there another program you found for the 1926 dance?

  4. Michael Ross says:

    The Oct. 19, 1922, Galveston Daily News has a page 2 article that announced the formation of the Rice Galveston Club by 20 Rice students hailing from Galveston.

    Here’s a photo of that article:

    “The club will stage a dance at the Galvez Hotel during the Christmas holidays, especially inviting juniors and seniors in high school and college students.”

    I note that one of the fellows mentioned as helping make arrangements for the dance is Paul R(aymond) Drouilhet, who was a sophomore at the time … and was first cousin, once removed, to my Baker College classmate, the late Dr. Sidney James (“Jimmy”) Drouilhet II (1949-2009) (B.A., 1970; M.A., 1973; PhD, 1974). Paul’s older brother, Henry Adrien Renshaw Drouilhet, received his Rice B.A. in June 1921.

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