Part Two of Three
A fiery Alford and crowd during a game in March, 1992. This was probably a game with Hanover.
Part Three of Three
Steve Alford’s team is cheered on in March of 1992.
President Bill Robinson encouraged Steve Alford to launch his college coaching career at Manchester College. From 1991-1995 Steve guided the Spartans to three conference tournament championships and a Division III NCAA championship game.
Pictured above: Steve Alford with President Robinson, Coach Alford, group shot of 1993 ICA Tourney Championship, pages of 1994 “Aurora.”
Coach Claude Wolfe (MC Class of 1940) began his 23 year coaching career at Manchester in 1951. He led teams to the Hoosier College Conference championship in 1954 and 1966, and to the NAIA District 21 runner-up in 1960, 1966, and 1967. Claude was chosen HCC Coach of the Year in 1954. He also served as baseball coach from 1952-1963. The above picture was taken in 1968 when the Manchester College basketball team toured the countries of Ecuador, Peru, and Columbia while playing games and hosting basketball clinics. Coach Wolfe retired from teaching and coaching at Manchester in 1976, and in 1980, received the Manchester College Alumni Honor Award. He is a charter member of the Manchester College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coach Wolfe is the first man on viewer’s right.
Information taken from the program, ” Manchester College Athletic Hall of Fame, Luncheon and Induction Ceremony of Charter Class,” 3 December 1994 [MU2014/106].
The Men of Ikenberry Hall - from the 1940’s
1. 1947 picture including Edgar Butterbaugh, Bill Clark, Donald Durnbaugh, Craig Cameron.
Ed Butterbaugh (standing, viewer’s left, checked shirt) would serve Manchester College as interim president from 1993-1994.
Donald Durnbaugh (seated wearing glasses) would become a highly respected scholar and professor at Bethany Theological Seminary. He was a foremost historian within the Church of the Brethren and editor of ”The Brethren Encyclopedia” (January, 1978-November, 1984).
The Men of Ikenberry Hall - from the 1980’s
1. Ikenberry Hall, circa 1982-1983.
2. Shaving Cream, 1983 Aurora.
3. Gymnastics, circa 1983-1984.
4. Moving in, circa 1987-1988.
5. Moving in, circa 1987-1988.
6. Ikenberry serenade, 1987
7. and 8. Ikenberry men serenading Oakwood women - and - Oakwood women listening to Ikenberry men - 1989.
9. Ikenberry telephone call, 1989.
10. Ikenberry group photograph, 1989.
The Men of Ikenberry Hall - from the 1990’s
1. Open House.circa, 1991-1992.
2. Open House, circa 1991-1992.
3. Open House, from the 1991 “Aurora.”
4. Ikenberry Hall residents, from the 1991 “Aurora.”
5. Ikenberry Serenade, from the 1991 “Aurora.”
6. Dorm room in Ikenberry Hall, from the 1990 “Aurora.”
Dr. Harry Weimer and the Atomic Bomb
In the fall of 1938, Harry Weimer began his long career teaching Chemistry at Manchester College. This was the era of Hitler and the Second World War, and the United States, anxious to build an atomic weapon before Germany or Japan, established the Manhattan Engineer District (later known as the Manhattan Project). In 1943, Harry received a call …”Would you participate in a government-sponsored program involving a totally new field of science with no questions asked or answers given?” Harry’s response sent him to the “Dayton Project,” in Dayton, Ohio, a division of the Manhattan Project. Scientists there were researching polonium, which in the form of polonium-210, became the heart of a tiny device inside the atomic bomb. Indeed, this device, which triggered the chain reaction leading to an atomic explosion, was invented and fabricated in Dayton by the scientists of the Dayton Project.
As the project neared completion, Harry became more disturbed. He once came home “and literally walked the floor all night long. Exhausted by morning he picked up a cup of coffee and remarked, ‘We have succeeded, but I wish to God we hadn’t. It’s awful, but it has to be.’” Harry resigned from the Project. Later, he was invited to White Sands to observe the test of the atom bomb, but he didn’t go. He was also invited to Bikini to see another test, but he declined.
From, “The Story of the Natural Sciences at Manchester College,” by William Eberly, pg. 90-92.
Professor Harry Weimer taught Chemistry at Manchester College from 1938-1970. Both he and his wife, Orpha, were alumni of the institution. In a reflective presentation made to the College Woman’s Club in 1989, “Memories of M. C. Covering over 67 Years,” Orpha remembers December 9, 1970 as a special day. The Science Department gave Henry a birthday party in the science classroom in the format of the popular, “This is Your Life,” program. “He (Henry) was flabergasted and very surprised and pleased.” “We Weimer’s were nearly work-a-haulics (sic) and rarely took time for parties.” This celebration was especially significant because Professor Weimer died five days later.
Photographic note: Orpha is on Henry’s right (viewer’s left).
Source: MC General File: Weimer.