A newly donated copy of the College of Charleston's first yearbook makes one thing perfectly clear: The all-male student body in 1917 liked to have a good time.
Receiving a suede-covered copy of "The Maroon and White" was a boon for the college, said Karen Jones, director of alumni communication. The school had only one copy of the first edition of the yearbook in its archives, and it wasn't in good condition, she said.
The 1917 yearbook was one of several items that 1974 graduate Margaret Sadler Eigner and her siblings donated to the college. Eigner said that four generations of her family have graduated from the College of Charleston.
The college was very different back in the World War I era, Jones said. It had only three buildings and no dormitories. Most of the men who attended were Charlestonians.
The yearbook contains the typical photographs of students, sports teams and fraternities. But it also has space dedicated to many social clubs, including the Shack Club, with its motto: "Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow you might get shot."
Other clubs at the time were: the Nicotine 9, the Booze- Artist Club and the Rell Haisers.
Eigner said she has been going through some boxes of family items and giving things to local groups that would appreciate them.
"What's the point of just keeping things in a box?" she said.
The college is especially important to her family because of their storied history with the school, including her grandfather Harold Mouzon in the Class of 1913.
The yearbook belonged to Harold Mouzon, who also was chairman of the college's Board of Trustees in the 1950s, Jones said. It was likely originally a gift from someone who graduated a few years after he did, she said.
Eigner's mother, Elizabeth Mouzon Sadler, graduated from the college in 1946, and her daughter Ellen Mouzon Eigner was a member of the Class of 2005.
The yearbook soon will be available for public viewing in the college's archives, Jones said.
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