Once Upon A Hillside: 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago
Director’s Meeting: Dr. Eakle and Miss Woodall, President and Secretary of the Hillside
Clubhouse Association were present to consider with the directors the consummation of
the negotiations of transferring the property of the Hillside Clubhouse Association to the
Hillside Club. In accordance with the authorization of President Whitney at the June
meeting of the Directors on the advice of Mr. Foulds, legal advisor of the Club, President
Whiteney read resolutions that were drawn up. Miss Woodall states that such a transfer
had been in mind ever since the Hillside Clubhouse organization was made. [The original
1906 Clubhouse had been built by a separate corporation called the Hillside Clubhouse
Association, with funds raised by selling stock.]
It was arranged that Mrs. Hale (Treasurer) complete with the University of California the
giving of the Hillside Club Scholarship Fund to the University.
It was decided not to accept the invitation of the American Legion to have a float in the
Armistice Day parade.
Business Meeting: Moved and seconded that a woman be employed to be in the dressing
room on social evenings as protection against anyone entering the dressing room and
stealing, as had been done in other halls, by outsiders slipping in the doorway. Carried.
Fireside Meeting: “The Progress of the Occupation of Japan” will be the subject. Our
speaker will be Professor Delmer M. Brown, head of the Japanese History Department of
the University of California. Professor Brown reads and speaks Japanese. Having lived in
Japan for the past six years makes him very familiar with Japanese life and conditions.
[In between his 1932 BA at Stanford and his 1946 Ph.D. at Stanford, Delmer Myers
Brown taught English at a prestigious school in Kanazawa, Japan, then served as a US
Navy intelligence officer during World War II. He was Professor of Japanese History at
Cal from 1946 to 1977, twice serving as chair of the History Department. He died in 2011
at the age of 101.]
Evening of Drama: The Committee has selected George Kelly’s play “The
Torchbearers,” a satire in three acts on amateur theatricals and Little Theatre movements.
The cast for the play will be unique in that the twelve characters—six women and six
men—will be played by six “husband and wife” combinations. So far, everyone is on
speaking terms so it looks like a successful evening!
Fireside Meeting: Dr. Yale Maxon, recently retired Professor of Political Science at
Merritt College, and currently president of the Al-Ber-Costa chapter of the United
National Association of the United States, will be the speaker of the evening. He will talk
on the various activities of the United Nations, with special emphasis on the peace-
keeping function of this organization. There will be a question and answer period at the
conclusion of his talk. [The life of Yale Candee Maxon (1906-1999) closely parallels that
of Delmer Brown above. He graduated from Stanford and took a teaching job at the
famous Punahou school in Honolulu. While there, he learned how to speak Japanese,
which led to teaching English in Kanazawa, Japan. He was recruited by US Navy
Intelligence during the War, and was interpreter for the interrogation of Japanese General
Hideki Tojo. In 1952, he earned a Ph.D. in political science at UC Berkeley, and later
joined the faculty at Merritt College.]
Photographic Arts Section: Our fascination with the way people live in the Communist
world will be stimulated by the slide show “Iron Curtain Countries” presented by Gladys
and Bob Underwood. The show is a colorful record of their travels last year through the
Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries. The high quality of the Underwoods’
travel shows is remembered by Hillsiders who saw their depictions of Petra [in Syria]
(1966) and Ceylon [now Sri Lanka] (1971).
The Club’s archive of printed monthly newsletters ended with the May 1994 issue. If you
know of a source for any newsletters between 1994 and the Club’s renaissance in the
early 2000s, your historian would love to hear about it!