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Whisper of the River - by Ferrol Sams

by Jeremy M. Brown last modified Jul 31, 2011 04:34 PM

 

Here are the real people behind many of the main characters in Ferrol Sams' famous novel about life at Mercer University from 1938 to 1942.

 


 

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"Porter Osborne, Jr."

Ferrol Aubrey Sams, Jr.
Fayetteville, GA.
Kappa Alpha; Treasurer, 2,3; Secretary, 4; Alembic Club 2,3,4; Secretary-Treasurer, 4; Blue Key; Cauldron 4; Editorial Staff, 4; Ciceronian, 2,3,4; Cluster, 2,3; Advertising Manager, 3; Newspaper Club, 4; Phi Eta Sigma, 1,2,3,4; Secretary-Treasurer, 2; Silhouette, 4; Mercer Players, 1; Cluster Board of Control 4. 
1942 Cauldron.

 

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"Mrs. Capulet"

Mrs. A.P. Montague
A.B.
House Mother
"Mother Montague is the comforter of all homesick freshmen and a friend and advisor to upper-classmen, but she hates to be called "campus mother."
1942 Cauldron

 

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"Bob Cater"

William Comer Davis
Atlanta, GA
A.B.
Kappa Alpha; Vice-President, 4; Cauldron, 2.4; B.S.U. Council, 1; Ciceronian, 3; Cluster, 2,3,4; International Relations, 2,3; Mixed Chorus, 2,3.
1942 Cauldron

 

 

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"E.V. Derrick"

William Green Avery
LaGrange, GA
Pre-Med.
Kappa Alpha; Blue Key, 3,4; Secretary, 4; Alembic Club, 2; B.S.U., 1; International Relations, 3; Glee Club, 1,2,3; Orchestra 2; Band, 1,2,3; Presidents' Club, 2,4; Mixed Chorus, 1,2,3; President, Freshman Class; Panhellenic Council, 3,4. 
1942 Cauldron

 

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"Billy Foot"

William Emmet Pound
Macon, GA.
Pre-Med.
"Hard as a Rock"
Kappa Alpha
1941 Cauldron

 

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"Cloud Hollingsworth"

Hendley Varner Napier
Macon, GA
A.B., LL.B.
"H.V."
Kappa Alpha; Vice-President 4; Cluster 2; Glee Club 2,3,4; Kappa Phi Kappa 3,4; Mixed Chorus 3,4; Pan-Hellenic 4; Law Club.
1941 Cauldron

 

 

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"Amalita Hunt"

Leanita Blount
Macon, GA.
A.B.
Phi Mu; President, 3,4; Cauldron, 2; Cardinal Key, 3,4; Vice-President, 4;
Silhouette Business Manager, 4; Cluster 3; Presidents' Club, 3,4; Mixed Chorus, 2; Pan-Hellenic Council, 3,4; Outstanding Senior; Senior Beauty. 1942 Cauldron.

 

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"Dr.Huber"

Dr. Henry M. Martin
A.B., A.M., PhD. (University of Paris)
Professor of French
1939 Cauldron

 

 

 

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"Dr. Minor"

Dr. Fred L. Jones
A.B., M.A., PhD.
Professor of English
1942 Cauldron

 

 

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"Dr. Powell"

Dr. Spright Dowell
President, Mercer University, 1928-1953 
1939 Cauldron

 

 

 

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"Dr. Rudh"

Dr. George Gordh
A.B., M.A., ThD.
Professor of Philosophy
1943 Cauldron

 

 

 

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"Sara Belle Steele"

Evelyn Juhan Neel, 
Macon, GA. 
A.B.
Phi Mu; Secretary, 4; 2,3,4; Cluster, Cauldron, 2,4; Managing Editor, 4; Cardinal Key, 4; Business Manager, 3; Society Editor, 4; Mixed Chorus, 2,3,4; Sergeant-at-Arms, 4; Newspaper Club, 2,3,4; Y.W.A., 4; Who's Who, 4; Secretary-Treasurer, Student Body, 4; Best All-Round Girl Senior; Phi Delta Theta Sponsor, 3,4; Blue Key Homecoming Sponsor, 4. 1942 Cauldron

 

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"Clarence Spangler"

Darnell Brawner
LaGrange, GA.
Pre-Med.
"Darnell"
Kappa Alpha; President 4; Alembic Club 3; Blue Key 3,4; Ciceronian, 1; International Relations 1; Presidents Club 4; Pan-Hellenic Council 3,4; Secretary 4; Biology Lab Instructor 3,4.
1941 Cauldron

 

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"Dr. Twilley"

Professor W.T. Smalley
A.B., M.A.
Professor of English
1942 Cauldron

 

 

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