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A violent winter storm hit town in 1948.
It was the first week of February, and twelve inches of ice and snow threatened to shut down campus.
Law Professor William Soule lived on the Wall farm about three miles north. His dirt road was impassable. As the Wake Forest College newspaper reported:
The young law school professor had visions of sinking knee deep in snow and slush, or slipping and falling every time he took a step, so he decided to do something about it.
Soule threw a blanket over the back of a farm mule, climbed on, and headed to work. The trip took exactly one hour, and he arrived just in time to teach class.
Heavily garbed in a varied assortment of warm GI clothing which included a set of fatigues, a field jacket, Army shoes, and a musette bag (a lightweight, canvas backpack used in World War II), he resembled a circuit rider on his regular rounds…. He’s been doing it every day this week and getting along famously. He leaves about four in the afternoon on the return trip home so he can make it before dark.
Promising to continue riding his mule until the thaw, Soule admitted there was a certain amount of irony to the situation. He was newly arrived in Wake Forest, having taught the previous year at the University of Michigan.
The main reason he left was to escape the snow and cold.
(Original article published in the February 6, 1948 edition of the Old Gold and Black)