History of the Delta-Chi Chapter

The 12th Gate

Kappa Sigma's 108th active chapter, Delta-Chi, was installed at Mississippi State College on March 5th and 6th, with the initiation of 55 brothers, including members of the Alpha Sigma Pi local, the president of the college and some prominent members of the faculty. Worthy Grand Master Allen G. Mills, Worthy Grand Treasurer George R. Rea, and District Grand Master Dr. Edwin L. Stephens were in charge of the ceremonies, aided by initiating teams from Delta-Xi Chapter of the University of Mississippi and Alpha-Upsilon Chapter of Millsaps College. The work was conducted without resort to the printed ritual.

Delta-Chi is the third chapter to be placed in the State of Mississippi and has a great record of usefulness to live up to in keeping pace with the other two. The fraternity was 26 years old before the Crescent and Star first appeared on a Mississippi campus, for Alpha-Upsilon was chartered at Millsaps in Jackson, late in 1895. It was 31 years later that the second charter was granted, at Ole Miss in 1926. Fortunately, but 10 years passed before we added this third, and this one, from all omens apparent at the installation, has the opportunity to become one of our best chapters for many years to come.

Included in the active group are the captain of football and head of the student body, the president of the Y.M.C.A., and men active in all the other phases of campus life. Also among the initiates are the president of the college, G. D. Humphrey, the head of the history department, Professor A. W. Garner, Professor of Finance J. B. Knight, and other successful alumni and noted faculty members.

The initiation ceremony took place in the beautiful Masonic Temple of Starkville, Mississippi, home of the college. The new chapter and the visiting Kappa Sigmas then gathered on the front steps of historic Lee Hall, named after the first president of Mississippi State College and famed kinsman of the commander of the Confederate Army, General Stephen D. Lee, and had pictures taken. After photographing several groups, all retired to the projection room in the Engineering Building, where Dr. E. L. Stephens inspired the whole group, especially the new initiates, with the explanatory lecture.

On Friday evening, March 6th, Delta-Chi Chapter entertained approximately 200 visiting Kappa Sigmas and 800 friends at the annual invitation ball, honoring Mr. and Mrs. George R. Rea and Professor and Mrs. A. W. Garner, with Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Griffin as sponsors. A Kappa Sigma crest and the scarlet green and white were the decorations. During the half-hour intermission all the Kappa Sigmas and their dates were entertained at a party in the Delta-Chi Chapter room. Then a special dance was given for the local Phi Sigma Sorority, which had just been granted a charter by Kappa Sigma's sister organization, Chi Omega. The last "no-break" on the program featured "Kappa Sigma's Sweetheart" for the Kappa Sigma lead-out, when the college received its first view of the new Delta-Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma and it nearly 200 Kappa Sigma supporters. The beautiful affair ended at 2 o'clock a.m.

On Saturday evening a formal banquet was held in the college cafeteria for all Kappa Sigmas. This was originally scheduled as a stag affair, but a few of the special guests' wives were invited. Dr. E. L. Stevens, District Grand Master and president of Southwestern Louisiana Institute, presided as toastmaster. Speakers on the program were President G. D. Humphrey, who welcomed Kappa Sigmas to the State College campus; Worthy Grand Master Allen G. Mills who was quite complimentary to Mississippi State College and the new chapter; Dr. B. L. Parkinson, president of Mississippi State College for Women, who spoke especially of Phi Beta Kappa and encouraged the members of Kappa Sigma to promote scholarship as well as other important student activities; H. B. McNeel, Grand Master of Delta-Chi, who related the experience of the local during its quest for recognition by Kappa Sigma; Professor J. B. Knight, who introduced prominent guests and individuals who were helpful during the petitioning period; Worthy Grand Treasurer George V. Rea, who related the excellent scholarship record of Southern colleges and imparted wise counsel to the new chapter.

The banquet ended with several Kappa Sigma songs and all retired to the dance floor where a formal Kappa Sigma dancing program was held until midnight. Alpha Sigma Pi, one of the oldest local fraternities on the campus, was organized in 1929. Its installation as a chapter brings the total number of fraternities on campus to five, the other four being Pi Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha, Beta Kappa, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Three other social organizations to be installed later include Sigma Pi, Chi Omega, and Sigma Alpha Mu.


Addendum: This is a list of the names from the original Delta-Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity "Roll Book" of Delta-Chi Brothers initiated in the year of 1936.



Armstrong, Charles Horatio

Jackson, Miss.

3/6/36

Weissinger, William Strong

Cary, Miss.

3/7/36

Briscoe, William Howard

Kosciusko, Miss

3/6/36

White, Harry Edward

Florence, Miss.

3/7/36

Brumfield, Jesse William

Sallis, Miss.

3/6/36

Wilkey, Kenneth William

West Point, Miss.

3/6/36

Butler, David Salter

Jonestown, Miss.

3/6/36

Wise, Kenneth Orville

Jonestown, Miss.

3/7/36

Cartledge, William Joseph

Scott, Miss.

3/6/36

Wood, Dorris Durell

Cleveland, Miss.

3/6/36

Ellis, Robert Pearson

Lexington, Miss.

3/6/36

Eugene James Yelverton

Jackson, Miss.

3/6/36

Fondren, William Merle

Cleveland, Miss.

3/6/36

William Howard Hubbard

State College

3/7/36

Garmon, Ollie Lorance

Marks, Miss.

3/6/36

Alfred William Garner

State College

3/7/36

Graham, Ervin Montgomery

Arlington, Va.

3/6/36

James Bailey Knight

Jackson, Miss.

3/6/36

Hoover, Charles Winston

Wilson, Ark.

3/6/36

Henry Edward Allen

Jackson, Miss.

3/6/36

Harrison, William Morris

Biloxi, Miss.

3/6/36

James Thomas Brand

Prairie, Miss.

3/7/36

Haynes, Charles Fred

Corinth, Miss.

3/6/36

William Lindsey Cabaniss

Jackson, Miss.

3/7/36

Hight, Fred Thomas

Kosciusko, Miss

3/7/36

Gilbert Buckner Bailey

Jackson, Miss.

3/7/36

Jenkins, Ralph Hilton

Cullum, Ala.

3/7/36

John Mark Griffith

Jackson, Miss.

3/7/36

Majure, Troy Vertress

Union, Miss.

3/6/36

James Calhoun Stribling

Philadelphia, Miss.

3/7/36

McNeel, Harry Brantley

Louisville, Miss.

3/6/36

William Thoms Harris

Cleveland, Miss.

3/7/36

McWilliams, Robert Newton III

Clarksdale, Miss.

3/6/36

Frank Marion Carpenter

Stoneville, Miss.

3/7/36

Mollere, Loys Abribat

Ponchatoula, La.

3/7/36

James Willington Ward

 

3/7/36

Musselwhite, William Barksdale

Jackson, Miss.

3/6/36

George Duke Humphrey

State College

3/7/36

Phillips,Murray Ormond

Carthage, Miss.

3/6/36

Clyde Quitman Sheely

State College

3/7/36

Pittman, David Morris

Coffeeville, Miss.

3/7/36

Henry Irving Weeks

Water Valley, Miss.

3/7/36

Pittman, John Oscar

Coffeeville, Miss.

3/6/36

Shed Hill Weeks

Walthall, Miss.

3/7/36

Pogue, Irvin Immanuel

Scott, Miss.

3/7/36

J. D. Richards

Slate Springs, Miss.

3/7/36

Roberts, Ray Donald

Vicksburg, Miss.

3/6/36

Robert Perkins Sugg

Eupora, Miss.

4/25/36

Rucker, Lucius Owen

Jackson, Miss.

3/6/36

Francis Marion Brewer

Byhalia, Miss.

4/25/36

Sanders, Harold Aubrey

Clarksdale, Miss.

3/6/36

Willaim Dan Howell

Lula, Miss.

4/25/36

Scott, Vernon Willingham

Eupora, Miss.

3/6/36

Henry Grady Imes

Starkville, Miss.

4/25/36

Slaughter, James Lafayette

Jonestown, Miss.

3/6/36

Fisher Preston Weaver

Corinth, Miss.

10/18/36

Stone, Orville Patton

Tremont, Miss.

3/6/36

Charles William McPherson

Pickens, Miss.

10/18/36

Stone, William Orlando

Tremont, Miss.

3/6/36

Harvey William Hawze, Jr.

Sledge, Miss.

10/18/36

Taylor, Alton Randolph

Clarksdale, Miss.

3/7/36

William Howard Allen

Olive Branch, Miss.

10/18/36

Walker, Archie Stanley

Starkville, Miss.

3/6/36

Albert Edward McMillan

Edinburg, Miss.

10/18/36


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