In the 1896 Microcosm two women from the class of 1895 were initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Emma V. Harry and Amy Fisher were two of the first women initiated in this fraternity based on overall academic excellence. Membership to this fraternity was determined by the resident members of the chapter.
Harry, Emma V.
Emma V. Harry writes a memorium in honor of another sister of hers, Lydia Celestia Harry, who died May 2, 1895 in Carlisle. She had entered Dickinson's preparatory school in 1893 and would have graduated with the class of 1897. Angella Harry was another sister of Emma Harry who had died in 1893 at Carlisle.
The graduating class of 1895 included a picture alongside the usual class history page. This picture includes the images of the five women of the class who are Emma V. Harry, Lulu F. Allabach, Elizabeth Root, Amy Fisher, and Margaret A. Line. As class officers, Elizabeth T. Root was the secretary, Lulu F. Allabach was the treasurer and Emma V. Harry was the class poet.
A year after the death of Emma V. Harry's sister, Angella Harry, she writes a poem about her sister in the Microcosm. Titled "The Vale of Rest", Emma describes the place "where our fair Angella sleeps" as well as her speculations on what heaven must be like. This is also the second poem Emma has printed in the 1894 Microcosm.
Written in the 1893 Microcosm is a memorium to Angella E. Harry, who would have graduated in 1896. The poem inserted was written by her sister, Emma V. Harry, who also attended Dickinson College and was in the class of 1895. Further documentation states that Angela died in Carlisle, but the cause of her death is not documented. Her death was also unmentioned in a following account of the class of 1896's events that year.