The first occupant of the northern faculty apartment in South College was none other than Eliphalet Nott. After he moved elsewhere on campus, it passed to several professors until coming to James Stoller, Professor of Biology and Geology, in 1893. As Mrs. Perkins’s closest neighbors, the Stollers and their children were a constant, although often unwelcome, presence in her letters. Playmates for Mrs. Perkins’ little grandson Maurice Hale were few, but she quickly concluded that the Stollers were a bad influence on him. She attributed numerous pranks to the Stoller children, such as cutting down the grapevine in her garden or throwing bricks at a recitation room door in front of College President Raymond and several professors. ''The other day Hugh [Stoller] got a switch and switched the Benedict cow, till her sides had welts on them. He said Maurice began it but fortunately the gardener saw it all, and said Maurice did not touch her with his switch'' (May 24, 1901). Mrs. Perkins was very glad when the Stollers went on vacation. Although she criticized the parents for not disciplining their children properly and considered Professor Stoller dull, she admitted that he also had many ''fine traits.''

After Stoller left in 1925, the apartment was given to a series of administrators until 1977, when it was converted into student dormitory rooms. It is now part of the Sorum Minerva House.


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