How are you planning to celebrate July 4? In 1944 the Mary Washington student body spent their 4th participating in a patriotic War Bond Auction sponsored by the cavalry troop to raise funds for the country’s defense.
Russell Walther, the riding instructor, was the auctioneer for the event, and the cavalry students were the runners for the auction held in the amphitheatre.
Items for sale ranged from pillows and pennants to dinners in the homes of professors and movie dates. The highest bid of the event was for a $1,000 war bond purchased by Isabel LeCompte. The “purchase” secured her and her roommate dinner at Dean Edward Alvey’s house.
The auction netted $3,500.00 to support the war effort. Photographs and information about the auction are from the Victory scrapbook in University Archives.
Happy Fourth of July!