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Helicopter Parents, 1919 edition

Written By: Phillip Stone - May• 21•14

This might be a tad unfair, but I did have that thought when I read this letter, from the mother of an entering first-year student to Wofford’s President, Dr. Henry Nelson Snyder, in the fall of 1919.

The mother, Mrs. D. G. Dantzler of Vance, SC, was writing to make sure someone would meet her son at the Spartanburg train station on the Saturday before entrance exams.  She also expressed some wishes that she had for him – that he might enter the officer’s training corps, but also that he become a good citizen and Christian gentleman.  She also noted that he wasn’t going to know anybody at the college when he got there, and so she was nervous about his

And of course, parents are always nervous about the unknowns that their sons and daughters will face when they go to college.  It was as true in 1919 as it is today.  Incidentally, R. M. Dantzler graduated from Wofford in 1923.

The letter is below.  You may click for a larger image.

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