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November 2022 History Corner

Once Upon A Hillside: 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago


November 1922


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.


November 1947

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!


November 1972

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).


November 1997

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!

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