You have to know where you’ve been to know where you are going. Kappa holds a special place in its heart for Fraternity history, but every chapter of our organization has unique beginnings of its own. Each plays a part in shaping us today. Read more about our chapters’ histories at Kappapedia.
Beta Phi was founded on March 20, 1909, with 17 charter members. From 21 petitioning groups, Beta Phi was the single charter granted in almost four years. Their original Kappa badges were made from Montana nugget gold for the 17 charter members, golden keys for girls of the “Treasure State.”
In 1914, seven members moved into a rented residence. Up to 1924, 10 subsequent moves were made. When the Building Corporation was organized in December 1920, the first steps were taken to purchase a chapter house. This dwelling was too small and it was sold in 1928. After another period of renting, the home at 1005 Gerald Avenue was purchased from the Toole family. A number of remodelings and additions took place through 1969 for a house holding more than 40.
Kappa-related names are found all over the campus. Brantly Hall, named for the grandmother of Lois Hazelbaker Townsend; Elrod Hall, names for the father of Mary Elrod Ferguson, a charter member and former dean of women; Miller Hall, named for the father of Patsy Ann Miller Jewell; Jesse Hall, named for the husband of Lucille Leyda Jesse, and father of Margaret Jesse Fanning; and the science complex named in honor of a former president of the university, father of Lucie Clapp Hagens and Margaret Clapp Smurr.
The story of our chapter is truly a treasured one, we encourage you to read more about our chapter's history at: http://wiki.kappakappagamma.org/pages/Beta_Phi