House Party Mugs: A Lehigh History

  • Lehigh House Party Mugs, 1941

With the help of Glenn Piper’s genealogical skills and Lehigh historical resources, we determined that these copper beer mugs  (Ebay find) were a gift to house party guests in spring and fall of ’41 (Brown and White, 49 n. 10, October 1941). The recipient of both mugs was Cedar Crest student Jean Seebold, Sunbury, PA. The fall mug was a gift  from Pi Kappa Alpha member A. Harry Brennan ’43 , as suggested from the inscription “To Jean from Harry,” and confirmed by the Fall 1941 house party guest list (Brown and White, 49 n. 8 October 1941). The spring mug did not identify the giver, but it would have been a member of Phi Sigma Kappa in 1941.

Harry Brennan went on to serve in WWII. He married Josephine Reither on August 3, 1945 (wedding announcement) and died at 61 (obituary). He was an insurance executive.  Jean Seebold (obituary) graduated from Cedar Crest with a degree in Home Economics, and she married Army Captain John Bathurst in Atlanta, GA in 1945. She was granted a divorce in 1948 “on grounds of indignities” (Sunbury Daily Item, Feb 9 1948).  She married again, to Robert A. Jeagers, and they remained married for 50 years, raising a family in Sunbury PA. After raising her family, she also  taught home economics; she was an exceptional golfer and enjoyed bridge.

Mugs: Phi Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha
Sources: Brown and White, Epitome,, Morning Call, others.

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