Evelyn Moyer Griffin Papers

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Evelyn Moyer Griffin Papers
Undated, 1958-1962
0.25 Linear feet
Four newspaper clippings about people related to Kansas State Teachers College

Preferred Citation note

Recommended citation: Evelyn Moyer Griffin Papers, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University. Processed by: Shari Scribner, June 2006.

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Biographical/Historical note

Vesper M. Sheeley Jr.

Vesper Matthew Sheeley Jr. was born July 12, 1920, to Vesper M. and Hazel M. Talbott Sheeley. The family moved from Kersey, Colorado, to Emporia, Kansas, in 1931. Vesper attended Kansas State Teachers College from 1939 to 1941 and was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. He also attended the University of Kansas. Vesper served in the armored battalion of the 53rd Division, United States Army, during World War II. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, Officers Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and in 1943 was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, with the 375th Engineer’s Battalion. Vesper married Marjorie Kathryn Mulkey at Many, Louisiana, on June 26, 1943. Marjorie graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Majoring in Home Economics, she also was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Pi Sigma, and the Home Economics Club. Vesper and Marjorie returned to Emporia, Kansas, where he worked for the Mutual Building and Loan Association, as a real estate agent for Ames Realty, and served as Lyon County Clerk. Vesper was a member of the Flint Hills Christian Church, American Legion Ball-McColm Post No. 5, and Emporia Masonic Lodge No. 112. Vesper M. Sheeley Jr. passed away on February 14, 2002.

Ida Franz

Ida May Franz was born April 6, 1890, to John A. and Clarissa Smith. She was raised near Rozel, Kansas, and moved to Emporia to attend Kansas State Normal School. As a college student, Ida majored in History education with a minor in English, was a member of the Omega Society including serving as treasurer the second semester of her senior year, the History Club, Student Volunteer Band, and the Young Women’s Christian Association. She received a Life Certificate in 1914 and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1917. Ida also earned a master’s degree in education from Columbia University in New York. Ida’s teaching experiences included three years teaching in the Philippine Islands and one year at a girls’ academy in Omaha, Nebraska. She returned to Emporia in 1924 and taught in Kansas State Teachers College’s Training School until retiring in 1960. She was named Master Teacher at Kansas State Teachers College in 1960 and Emeritus Faculty in 1961. Ida was a member of the First Congregational Church, American Association of University Women, National Retired Teachers Association, and Delta Zeta sorority. She passed away on October 23, 1982, and is buried in the Larned (Kansas) Cemetery.

Beta Sigma Phi

Beta Sigma Phi was organized in 1931 in Abilene, Kansas. It is a service and friendship sorority. The “Order of the Rose” may be awarded to members who have a minimum of 15 years active membership.

Lewis Worth Seagondollar

L. Worth Seagondollar attended Kansas State Teachers College from 1938-1941; he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. As a college student he was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon and served as secretary his senior year, Lambda Delta Lambda including serving as vice president his senior year, the Science Club, and Young Men’s Christian Association. Worth moved to Madison, Wisconsin, to study at the University of Wisconsin. He earned a Ph.M in physics in 1943 and Ph.D. in physics in 1948. As World War II began to affect the nation, Worth was assigned by the University of Wisconsin to a staff of instructors for 1500 soldiers of the United States’ Navy, studying radio and electricity. He also worked with Army engineers at Traux Field in Madison. Worth was invited to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project in New Mexico and as a 23-year-old graduate student helped with the research and development of the atomic bombs that helped end the war with Japan. He worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory complex from 1944-1946. Worth taught at the University of Kansas in Lawrence from 1947-1965, and at North Carolina State University in Raleigh from 1965-1991, including as chair of the physics department from 1965-1975. As a professor emeritus of North Carolina State University he served as a Radiation Safety Officer with the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory in North Carolina. Worth was selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and also received the first Francis G. Slack Service Award of that organization’s Southeastern Section in 2000. He served as president of the national physics honor society Sigma Pi Sigma from 1962-1968 and was made an Honorary Member in 2005; the local chapter at North Carolina State University created the Worth Seagondollar Service Award in 1997. Worth was recognized as an Emporia State University Distinguished Alumni in 1971.

Worth is married to Winifred Elizabeth Varner Seagondollar. Winifred attended Kansas State Teachers College from 1939-1942; she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in physical education. As a college student, Winifred was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physical Education Club, Splash Club, Rhythmic Circle, Outing Club, Science Club, and Winnetaska. Her senior year she served as President of the Rhythmic Circle and on the Women’s Athletic Association Board. She taught physical education classes at Lowell School in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of newspaper clippings from the Emporia Gazette and   Kansas City Star. Vesper M. Sheeley Jr. is noted for being “Man of the Week,” an honor bestowed by the Emporia paper. The article is not dated; caption material explains why this designation was merited. Ida Franz is pictured in the midst of serving others; her photo contains a handwritten note by the collection’s creator, who also wrote on the clipping of six women being inducted into Beta Sigma Phi’s Order of the Rose. The article from the  Kansas City Star is an interview with L. Worth Seagondollar in which he tells of his experiences working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory complex during World War II and includes his eyewitness account of the first atomic bomb explosion.

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Arrangement note

Newspaper titles are alphabetical, and clippings are chronological within these titles.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives June 2006

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Vesper Shelley Jr. is pictured in the 1940-1941 Sunflower yearbooks. The Alumni News for October and December 1942 contain information about his military service in World War II. A copy of his obituary notice is available through William Allen White Library’s Newsbank database (Wichita Eagle, February 16, 2002). Ida Franz is pictured in the 1917 Sunflower yearbook. The faculty card file provides information about her career at Kansas State Teachers College. She is also listed in Record of Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees, 1865-1927, which is available on the Archives’ reference shelf. An article in the  Bulletin dated August 25, 1983, provides information about a scholarship fund created by the local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Lewis Worth Seagondollar is pictured in the 1939-1941 Sunflower yearbooks. Alumni News articles from May 1942, October 1943, December 1943, May 1948, February 1965, and May 1965, and a Spotlight article (vol. 35, no. 2, Summer 2005) provide information about his military and teaching experiences. Winifred Varner (Seagondollar) is pictured in the 1939-1942 Sunflower yearbooks.

Separated Materials note


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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Beta Sigma Phi.
  • Emporia State University.
  • Kansas State College of Emporia--Students.
  • Kansas State Normal School--Students.
  • Kansas state Teachers College of Emporia--Faculty.

Personal Name(s)

  • Franz, Ida.
  • Seagondollar, L. Worth.
  • Seagondollar, Winifred
  • Sheeley, Vesper M. Jr.


  • Atomic bomb.
  • College students -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • College teachers -- Kansas -- Emporia
  • Greek letter societies -- Kansas -- Emporia
  • Nuclear physicists.
  • Nuclear weapons -- Testing
  • Nuclear weapons.
  • Physicists.
  • Soldiers -- Kansas -- Emporia
  • Students -- Kansas -- Emporia
  • Teachers -- Kansas -- Emporia
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Science
  • World War, 1939-1945.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Newspaper clippings - Emporia Gazette, undated, 1961-1962. 

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Newspaper article - Kansas City Star, May 18, 1958. 

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