Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

The Moss Killers

image number:

P0024044

description:

The Moss Killers, whose implements of destruction can be seen on the wall behind them, were responsible for the resignation of IU President Lemuel Moss as well as Latin and Greek instructor Katherine Graydon (Moss and Graydon were found to be having an "affair"). The IU Archives has a reference file about this incident. Information can also be found on pages 142-145 of Thomas Clark's "Indiana University: Midwestern Pioneer: Volume I / The Early Years".

Written in pencil on the reverse side of the image, in full: " - Septem Muscicidae - | Hic videas Septem Muscicidas | Et Aspice Tela Muscicidarum"

On an accompanying description/translation, in full: This is the inscription written in Latin | with a lead pencil on the back of this photo- | graph. The English translation of the Latin | follows each Latin line. Septem Muscicidae. | Seven Moss-Killers. | Hic videas Septem Muscicidas. | Here you may see seven "Muscicides". | Et Aspice Tela Muscicidarum. | And look at the weapons of the "Muscicides". | Musci - Moss | cides - killers (as in English homocide) | Standing, left to right, James Zwingle Alexander | McCaughan, A.B., I.U., 1885; David Kopp Goss, | A.B. I.U., 1887; Joseph Woods Wiley, Ph.B., | I.U. 1886; Lucian Rhorer Oakes, A.B., I.U., | 1885. | Seated, left to right, Hall, died while a | student in the university; Thomas Spicer, | janitor; Morton William Fordice, B.S., I.U., | 1886."

date taken:

1884 (probably November or December)

photographer studio:

Allison, J.B., Photographer, Waldron Block, Bloomington, Ind.

copyright owner:

Allison, J.B.

personal name:

McCaughan, James Zwingle Alexander

personal name:

Goss, David Kopp

personal name:

Woods, Wiley

personal name:

Oakes, Rhorer

personal name:

Hall, Edward A.

personal name:

Spicer, Thomas "Uncle Tommy"

personal name:

Fordice, Morton William

location of individuals:

(Standing in back row, L to R) James Zwingle Alexander McCaughan, David Kopp Goss, Wiley Woods, and Rhorer Oakes.

(Seated in front row, L to R) Edward A. Hall, IU janitor "Uncle Tommy" Thomas Spicer, and Morton William Fordice.

corporate name:

Moss Killers, The

topic:

Janitors

topic:

Investigation

topic:

Detectives

topic:

Spies

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Groups

subseries:

Moss Killers, The