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Letter: The rich history of Auburn’s ‘front porch’

Letter: The rich history of Auburn’s ‘front porch’

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Let me praise and congratulate the group of female employees who have saved some trees on the "front porch" of Auburn University and to tell them that they are following in the exquisite footsteps of Miss Allie Glenn, for many years the college treasurer.

The Glenns and the college were synonymous; Miss Allie's grandfather led the group that founded the college; her father preceded her as treasurer; and for almost a century a Glenn, and only a Glenn, signed the college checks. As a result, when Miss Allie looked out the window of her office on the first floor of Samford Hall, she felt that she was looking at "her" front yard, and she was very protective of the trees in it.

This led to conflict with another notable Auburn character, Sam Brewster, for many years the energetic and multi-talented head of Building and Grounds on campus. His job title might sound humble, but he did the work of at least three vice-presidents today, and in his time he earned much credit for improving the appearance of the entire campus.

But he and Miss Allie got into a serious conflict about some trees in front of Samford Hall, which Sam wanted to take down and she wanted to save. Finally, the conflict got so heated that the president of the college had to arbitrate the dispute. By his ruling, Sam got permission to take down some trees, but Miss Allie, famously, got the last word. She said, very sweetly, "I do hope he saves at least one tree that we can hang him from!"

Ralph Draughon, Jr.


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