In the early 1900s, students entered the College chapel, housed on the second floor of Andrews Hall, only to find something that had become not so unusual waiting for them: President Alfred Tyler Perry’s cow, Buttercup.
“Even Professor (H.L.) Coar’s chickens have been to the college,” recalled George E. “Dad” Elliott in his book, Dad Elliott’s Memoirs. The book provided musings from his 50 years working at Marietta College as the Superintendent of Building and Grounds.
Dad Elliott was born George Edward Elliott on Nov. 26, 1857, to Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Elliott near Burlington, Iowa. By the time he reached 3 years old, his father, brother and sister had died, leaving just he and his mother to survive.