Junior Class History
THE first of October, 1916, found every man who ever thought of studying
dentistry on his way to Atlanta to matriculate with either the Atlanta or
Southern Dental College for doctors of dental surgery. From among their
number could be found boys just out of their knee pants to men whose hair was
mingled with gray. This being the last chance to matriculate in the three-year
course, was the cause of such an onrush.
The history of our throwing plaster and burning our fingers while trying to
set up teeth cannot be told in these pages, and our experience in the operatory,
cleaning teeth and putting in cement and amalgam fillings will need be kept a
We all passed up our Freshman work satisfactory to the respective faculties,
thus being ready for our Junior year.
During the Summer we were notified that the two colleges had consolidated
and would become the Atlanta-Southern Dental College. Thus it was that these
two great classes were thrown together to form a still greater one, one hundred and
thirty-three in number.
On the opening day we met our new faculty, who gave us a word of welcome
and encouragement. Our first move was to secure a crown and bridge outfit and
after being given a demonstration on making shell crowns, we began to make
"Cans" (shell crowns). Then came pin crowns, bridges, swage plates, etc.
The history of our experience with these things must be told by each indi¬
vidual member of the class.
One of our most interesting, yet dreaded tasks, was dissecting. We were
promised four months, but got six. On the first day we gathered together our
gowns, gloves, dissecting instruments and Gray's Anatomy and entered the dissec¬
ting room, feeling as though we were entering into the land of the dead never to
return and some of the fellows did not return more than was absolutely necessary.
We do not believe in fasting, however, we found it more pleasant than eating for
awhile. Nevertheless, our able demonstrators made it very interesting and profit¬
able for us.
To our regret Uncle Sam called some of our demonstrators and lecturers who
had enlisted, into service. Yet we were glad to give them to such a noble cause.
A number of our class was in the service when school opened but were released
after joining the dental reserve. It became necessary for most of us to enlist in
the Medical Reserve Corps in order to get deferred classification that we might
be able to finish our course.
It was not possible for us to get through the year without some kind of epi¬
demic, and so most of us had to remain in our rooms from one to three weeks with
mumps. Smallpox also broke out and some were sent to the pest house while the
others were vaccinated, then came the time of sore arms just when we were swag¬
ing our metal plates.
The rest of our history must remain untold until you hear from us as Seniors.
Chas. S. McCall, Historian.