Appalachian Alumna, Mary Pritchett '43 by appstate published on 2017-10-05T13:46:51Z Appalachian State University alumna Mary Black Pritchett ’43 joined Chancellor Sheri Everts for the Wake Forest – App State game, Sept. 23. She shared some of her memories about campus life in the 40s, including the food from the local farm and her favorite saddle shoes. Transcript: Mary Pritchett. My maiden name is Mary Black. I graduated in 1943. I attended Milton High School, in Milton, Delaware. I decided to come because first of all, my high school principal knew about the college, he knew President Dougherty, and recommended that it would be a good school for me to attend. So I took his word for it and I came. And the first time that I came down here was the time I came down in late August to stay, as a freshman, first time I saw the campus. I thought it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I said I’m glad it’s this town that has this college in it for one thing, and then when I got here it was just delightful to see how pretty the campus was. It was really really a nice campus. I was in White Hall for 2 years, and that was the new dormitory, which the one next to the administration building the last two years. Well people wore skirts mostly and sweaters and blouses -- what do they call them? Saddle shoes. Remember the saddle -- well you don't remember them no. But that -- that was the in shoe to wear. And interesting enough the dirtier the white of the shoe was the better looking they were to us. You would buy a new pair of black and white saddle shoes and see how soon you could get them you know dirty enough that they looked alright. I was a physical education major, and we spent a lot of time in the various sports, just on campus you know learning them and playing them because we liked to do it and all that kind of thing. Really the hangout pretty much was the bookstore, other than that as a group of friends, we did a lot of hiking, we hiked Winkler’s Creek and Howard’s Knob many times! Had no homes on it. I just have a real close association with Howard’s Knob, it’s tough to see homes there but you know that’s life and I don't feel any negativism about it. It was just a great place to be and of course we had a college farm as you know probably. There was a farm that provided almost all the food that the college used, but I remember hiking out -- into the country where it was located and I remember all these apple trees, and we all picked all these apple trees and brought them back to the college and we ate apples and apples and apples, as phys ed majors we had a big appetite all of us you know and healthy that I ever was in my entire life I think while I was here. All kinds of physical activity and all kinds of good food and it was a good life. We loved it. I think all us students were very happy here and I sure was.