Beta Thru The Years
The Beginning: The Organization of Beta Chapter
In the Fall of 1913 four members of the Junior Class of Lincoln University met in
Brother A.M. Willis’ room to consider the most expedient move to circumvent the unscrupulous
attacks of certain factions and political onslaughts. In this meeting were F.P. Stewart, A.M. Willis,
H.E. James, and N.A. Holmes. After a prolonged consideration we decided that an effort
must be made to unite against the aristocratic tyranny of certain members of the University.
It was such a conception that fathered our communication and sending of a representative
to Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi; with sufficient instructions and authoritative
knowledge to consider plans for our incipiency into the college life of Lincoln University.
On February 6, 1914, twenty men met your representatives, Brothers Brannon, Cooper,
and McMorris, with their hearts and minds resolved to fight corruption and aristocracy at every
angle until Lincoln University stood as a fitting monument for our martyred President.
The twenty men withstood the ordeal and became the charter members. They were H.F.
Andrews, A.S. Beasley, W.E. Bush, W. Douglass, J.E. Fowlkes, L.E. Ginn, G.A. Golighty, H.D.
Gregg, N.A. Holmes, E.A. James, H.E. James, W.L. Kiser, H.M. Marlowe, W.G. Price, R.A.
Pritchett, R.G. Robinson, C.R. Saulter, F.P. Stewart, A.M. Willis, and A.L. Wallace.
Our first officers were elected at the banquet given in honor of your representatives.
They were as follows: Basileus, Brother H.E. James; Keeper of Seals Brother H.M. Marlowe;
Keeper of Records, Brother W. Douglass; Director of Communication, Brother E.A. James.
In our first regular meeting our Membership, Sick and Discipline Committees were appointed
by the Basileus. In April, we conducted our first initiation marking the following men: Brothers Byrd,
Crawford, Asbury, Young and Stanley. In this meeting we incorporated the steel test and the
Senatorial Justification. On November twentieth, we made the following men: Brothers W.P. Young, W.R.
Rutledge, G. Branch, Somerville and Barrow. These exercises were so impressive that men whose
eyes had never dampened by tears hung their heads in solemn respect for the principles placed
before them. That our chapter has been progressive is evidenced by the manifested activity in the student life of Lincoln. It is no exaggeration to write that our men hold all the prominent and conscious positions
in the University. Brother Saulter is manager of the football team, instructor in Latin
and member of Senior Council, in addition to being the superintendent of the Sunday School.
Brother Holmes is the University Mail Clerk, instructor in Mathematics, member of Senior
Council, President of German Society and member of Athletic Executive Council. Brother
Douglass, assistant manager of the baseball team; A.M. Willis, Treasurer of Athletic Association,
Editor of Pullman Porter’s review and Superintendent of Buildings. Brother Stanley is our
organist and member of Senior Council. Brother U. Young, leader of the choir; W. Young, Captain
of the basketball team; E.A. James, manager of the basketball team and Superintendent of
Dining Hall. Our Basileus, Brother Stewart, is a member of the choir, President of Ministerium
and member of the Senior Council. This is a brief survey of the work of the brothers in Beta.
In our present staff of officers are Basileus, Brother F.P. Stewart; K. of R. Brother Crawford;
K.of S., Brother Holmes, and Director of C., Brother Price.
In conclusion, may it be stated whatever and wherever Omega may go, let there be assurance,
Beta Chapter, in the presence of Almighty God, will forever strive to be men, promote efforts of
uplift, persevere to be scholars and maintain integrity, justice, and virtue.
F.P. Stewart, Basileus
R.J. Crawford, K. of R.