[Pocket watch case inscribed with University of Nashville initials belonging to Wickliffe Rose]
This pocket watch case once belonged to Wickliffe Rose (1862-1931), a graduate of the University of Nashville. Rose later went on to serve as a teacher and dean of the Peabody Normal School, general agent for the Peabody Education Fund, and director of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission to eradicate hookworm, a scourge of the southern states. Pocket watches were a standard part of men’s attire before the invention of wrist watches brought their decline in the early 20th century. This case is engraved with the school’s initials, reflecting the close bond between its owner and the school.