Mercer University in the Porter Osborne Era
The Mercer of Porter Osborne, Jr.'s day was mostly limited to what is now known as the quad. Mary Erin Porter Hall had not yet been erected across College Street and there were no academic buildings across Edgewood. The President's Home and some faculty apartments stood across Adams Street, but most of the buildings were private homes. None of the fraternity or sorority facilities were located on campus.
Known in Porter's day as the "Co-op," this building was the Student Center where he socialized with Eunice Yeomans and Sybil Swygert. Here, the students received their mail, bought their books and supplies, and made dates.
Built and dedicated during Porter's day.
Porter's residence hall upon arriving at Mercer. The Sherwood Dining Hall was the scene of Porter's many adventures and misadventures. There, he worked for Mrs. Raleigh, who was "no stranger to suffering," and met Boston Harbor Jones who nudged Porter into setting off the siren "cause it needed doin!" Porter resided on the first floor of Sherwood Hall and engaged in much mischief, a huge portion of it directed toward his blind roommate, Tom Christian. Mrs. Capulet was Sherwood's house mother and Porter's protector, despite his pranks at her expense. (Mrs. Capulet was actually Mrs. Montague, who was on the staff of the Hardman Library.)
Sherwood Hall Monument
This monument honors the memory of Lee Battle who is one component of the composite of Boston Harbor Jones. Battle, who served in several capacities including trainer and unofficial head cheerleader for the athletic teams, was loved by the entire Mercer community of Porter's time.
This building on the quad was the library in Porter's time. It now houses the Art Department.
This historic building on the quad originally housed the Walter F. George School of Law. It now is home to the Offices of the Bursar and Student Financial Planning.
Recently restored to be the home to Interdisciplinary Studies, it was originally the domicile of the Christianity Department where Porter received the ministry of Dr. Rudh following the attempted suicide of Eunice.
Another historic building on the quad now housing the Math Department, Ware Hall was originally the location of the Music Department.
Located next to Ware Hall on the quad, it was originally the home of the sciences. It is now the home of the Psychology Department. Here, Porter learned from Henry Bean, and took the measure of Hyman Goldberg.
Willingham was the site where Porter frustrated the Dean of Women's May Day Celebration plans and endured many sermons. Upon entering the Chapel building from Coleman Avenue side, you will find Professor Twilley's office.
The Administration Building
During Porter's student days, the Administration Building was primarily an academic facility. Only the second floor was designated for administration. Mathematics, sociology, psychology, history, and languages were taught there. It was here as well that Porter mastered access to the towers, decorated the campus below with toilet paper, and learned much about the human condition from Vashti. Here, also, was the Kappa Alpha Order's Chapter Room and the scene of his brawl with Clarence Spangler.
Chi-Chester's Drug Store
North of the modern President's home on the corner of Linden and Coleman was
Chi-Chester's Drug Store, which included a soda fountain and several booths. This was the off-campus gathering place for Mercer students of the time. It was there that Porter, Amalita, Sara Belle, and Eleanor turned the tables on Clarence Spangler who had uttered some unkind comments about Phi Mus.
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