DR. J. H. GRIER
NAMED ZETA BETA ADVISOR
Reported in The Omegan
October 31, 1931 p. 138-139
"Dr. James H. Grier was named to the post of Chapter Advisor of Zeta Beta chapter (Theta Upsilon Omega) at Monmouth College. Dr. Grier is an associate member of Lambda Alpha chapter at Westminster College of the class of 1902 and is a distinguished clergyman and educator. Those statistically inclined are referred to Who's Who.
Zeta Beta's good fortune in this appointment focusses attention on a significant coincidence. Before its affiliation with T.U.O., this chapter was known as Pi Rho Phi. What is now Lambda Alpha chapter was also known as Pi Rho Phi at the time that Dr. Grier was an undergraduate member. The two organizations were united by national ties (around 1916).
While at Westminster Dr. Grier was a member of two organizations which are well known to most members of Theta Upsilon Omega. The first of these was Philo Literary Society which is one of the larger national literary societies. The other was Pi Rho Phi social fraternity which later established a chapter at Monmouth and out of which grew the Zeta Beta chapter of T.U.O.
Having received a degree from Westminster in 1902. Dr. Grier spent three years in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and other far eastern countries and on his return held the chair of Greek at Westminster for one year. The next three years were spent at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where part of his time was consumed in charge of Greek at the University of Pittsburgh. These were busy days for Dr. Grier but he was repaid by being offered a pastorate at Buffalo, N. Y., immediately upon his graduation from seminary. Several pastorates were held in succession by Dr. Grier, at Pittsburgh, and at Canonsburg. In 1922 he held the chair in Old Testament Literature at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and part of the time was pastor of the Sixth United Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh. In 1926 he relinquished the chair at the Seminary but continued in his capacity as pastor until he received his call to come to Monmouth.
During the war Dr. Grier served as religious director and Y. M. C. A. worker in France. He had the experience of being torpedoed and picked up from the English Channel. He served on the front line for a period of seventy-one days without interruption and during this time was gassed and had other harrowing experiences. During his time of service as a minister Dr. Grier has held many important church offices. He was secretary of the Home Board for four years, recording secretary of the Home and Freedmen's Board, Moderator of the committee of missions and a trustee of Knoxville College at Knoxville, Tennessee."
~Arnold M. Numbers '31
The Theta Upsilon Omega (TUO), Zeta Beta chapter, at Monmouth College was the fifteenth chapter to be established from this national collegiate fraternity here at Monmouth College.
Theta Upsilon Omega had been founded through an agreement between local fraternities at different universities in the east. Their common interest in forming a new national organization was realized at a conference in New York City in 1923. Twelve of the chapters present at the conference came together to draw up and sign articles of agreement, which led to the founding of Theta Upsilon Omega in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (Westminster College), in February of 1924. This new fraternity was made up of nine of the original twelve chapters, and one additional chapter.
Distinguished TUO members at Monmouth College: Virgil S. Boucher & Edward L. Bencini were not only classmates and from the same home town; they would both later earn Alumni Award honors from Monmouth College!
Murphysboro, Illinois and Theta Upsilon Omega proved very impactful to the college, six members of Theta Upsilon Omega of the founding class carried themselves well beyond the doors of Monmouth College!
Beyond those noted; John Weatherly, Murphysboro, Ill., Z B '33, Weatherly won the triple jump at the 1931 Drake Relays. For his efforts he was awarded a small gold track shoe set with a diamond. Named an All-American in the triple jump, his mark of 47'7 is the longest-standing record in MC track history, lasting into the 21st century. During 1931, Weatherly was also an AAU national medallist and was named an alternate member of the 1932 U.S. Olympic team.
In the Spring of 1938, following a successful merger between the national organizations of Theta Upsilon Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon. A vote had been held in January of 1938, and both fraternities believed that they shared many of the same values, and that coming together would cause both to become stronger and more successful. Through agreement, a number of chapters of Theta were revitalized into Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Unknown to this writer, we don't have any reason to know the reason this chapter didn't associate with Sigma Phi Epsilon in 1938. We do know that a span of ten years is accounted for until the chapter ties officially began with Sigma Phi Epsilon. At the time of initiation in 1948, twelve TUO members were present and initiated into Sigma Phi Epsilon, along with thirty-four active undergraduate members.
The charter of Sigma Phi Epsilon became known as Illinois Gamma and the storied history begins on the following page.
Theta Upsilon Omega House: 738 East Boston Avenue; Image above
Roster reported in The Omegan, October, 1931
Chartered March, 1930 at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois
Bell, William, '33, Zeigler, Ill.
Bencini, Edward L., '30, Murphysboro, Ill., MC Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient, 1957; Inductee, MC Hall of Fame, 1988
Bencini, Rupert L., '33, Murphysboro, Ill.
Blick, Fred M., 412 Charles St., Mt. Oliver, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Boucher, Virgil S., '32, Murphysboro, Ill., MC Distinguished Service Award Recipient 2007
Bricker, Elbert J., '33, Media, Ill.
Clarke, Clarence, '33, Preemption, Ill.
Corgnati, Leino B., '32, Christopher, Ill., Inductee, MC Hall of Fame, 1984
Diffenbaugh, John Sipher, '14, Monmouth, Ill.
Estes, Cecil W., '33, Vaughn's Mills, Ky.
Farnell, William V., '34, 3263 Sheridan Rd., Youngstown, OH.
Gallagher, Verle, '26, Washington, la.
Givens, Louis B., '30, Saybrook, Ill.
Graham, George P., '12, Monmouth, Ill.
Graham, John H., '27, Murphysboro, Ill.
Graham, Russell C, '28, Sparta, Ill.
Gray, Randall, '33, 825 Dragoon Ave, Detroit, Mich.
Heatherington, John W., '33, Morning Sun, lA.
Hill, James S., Jr., '30, Y. M. C .A., Monmouth, Ill.
Horner, G. Vernon, '30, Pinckneyville, Ill.
Huggins, Relmond, '33, 901 S. Main St., Pinckneyville, Ill.
Jewell, Merrett S., '31, Little York, Ill.
Johnson, George R., '31, Monmouth, Ill.
Keating, Howard, '32, Aledo, Ill.
Keating, John, '34, Aledo, Ill.
Kilpatrick, Joseph J., '22, 1073 Warren Ave., San Jose, Cal.
Kissinger, Francis W., '27, Monmonth, Ill.
Lawrence, Charles, '27, Joy, Ill.
Lawrence, Paul, '25, Monmouth, Ill.
Lipp, Glenn, '30, Monmouth, Ill.
Lively, Asa T., '28, Sparta, Ill.
Lyons, William, '29, Monmouth, Ill.
McAllister, W. John, Monmouth, Ill.
McClure, George W., Monmouth, Ill.
McCreight, Rockwell, '32, Marissa, Ill. May still be living, 101 years of age (Spring, TX)
McDonald, James O., '32, R. F. D. No. 3, New Castle, Pa.
Marocco, James, '30, Christopher, Ill.
Martin, G. Gordon, '24, 2510 Quail Ave., Altoona, Pa.
Moore, David B., '27, 925 Fourteenth St., Rock Island, Ill.
Nickel, Wayne, '32, Clearfield, IA.
Numbers, Arnold, '31, Monmouth, Ill.
Numbers, Leroy C., '33, Monmouth, Ill.
Patterson, Robert Floyd, Alexis, Ill.
Plater, Roy, '32, Murphysboro, Ill.
Pogue, Graham, '32, Stronghurst, Ill.
Pogue, William, '30, Stronghurst, Ill.
Robinson, Glenn "Jelly", '32, Monmouth, Ill., Inductee, MC Hall of Fame, 1984
Rodgers, Calvin M., '28, R. F. D. No. 3, Monmouth, Ill.
Scott, Roscoe W., '32, Colchester, Ill.
Scott, William L., '30, Box 184. Wheeling, W. Va.
Scouller, Carroll, '33, Monmouth, Ill.
Sherman, Roger, '26, Washington, Ia.
Shoberg, Theodore C, '30, 4100 Addison St., Chicago, Ill.
Sloan, Albert W., '32, 2125 Federal St. Exten., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sloan, Edwin G., '32, Carnegie, Pa.
Stephenson, Wallace O., '34, Sparta, Ill.
Stewart, H(enry) Wylie, Monmouth, Ill.
Walker, Robert V., '31, Catlin, Ill.
Warfield, Paul, '25, Monmouth, Ill. MC Distinguished Service Award Recipient, 1953
Warnock, Willard W., '28, Thornburg, la.
Watt, Wray, '12, Alexis, Ill. Veteran WW1
Weatherly, John R., '33, Murphysboro, Ill. M Club Hall of Fame Inductee 1984. Winter, J. Everett, 7107 Champlain Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Young, Forrest A., '22, 1005 Selby Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
Leino "Moose" Corgnati, nicknamed "Moose" by a sportswriter for the way he bowled over opposing defenses, Leino Corgnati was respected both on and off the playing field. Raised in Christopher, Ill., he had an average high school athletic career on the gridiron and basketball court. His career at Monmouth was anything but average. The Peoria Journal-Transcript newspaper awarded Corgnati its Most Valuable Player honor in 1931, citing his play in a 19-12 win over Knox College that capped a 9-0-1 season and a share of the Little Nineteen Conference championship. Corgnati also loved baseball, as shown by his record 33 consecutive stolen bases and a three-year varsity career in which he was never struck out by an opposing pitcher. His cumulative batting average for those three years was .447. After service in the Navy, Corgnati was a highly successful businessman, teacher and coach in the Monmouth area. (Courtesy of MC Hall of Fame, Sports Information Office)
Glenn "Jelly" Robinson, one of many excellent athletes who came to MC from Murphysboro, Ill., Robinson was an athlete and later a coach, teacher and athletic director at Monmouth. He received three varsity letters in basketball and football, two in baseball and track and one in tennis. While many MC athletes have lettered in more than one sport, very few can boast of having lettered in five different sports. Robinson never played on a losing basketball team at Monmouth and was All-Midwest Conference three years. Filling in for Bobby Woll as basketball coach for two seasons, Robinson again failed to witness a losing basketball season. He was football and track coach at from 1941-56 and had his most successful seasons as a gridiron coach in 1952-52, when the Scots were 11-5. As track coach, Robinson coached 30 individual MWC champions. (Courtesy of MC Hall of Fame, Sports Information Office)