News From 1904

The Vinton Eagle
June 10, 1904


Interesting Sketch of the Institution
By Miss Margaret Ven Metre


Hours of School and Course of Study Same
as Public Schools—Much Attention
Given to Music.

Vinton, June 2.—Tuesday was a gala day for the Iowa College of the Blind at Vinton. The annual commencement exercises of the school were held bringing there from all parts of the state parents and friends anxious to see the graduation and to hear them in their final public exercises. The Board of Control were there on their semi annual inspection of the school; and finally, last but by no means least, in the opinion of those interested in the institution, the tablet in memory of Hon. Thomas Drummond was dedicated. Governor Cummings himself being present to assist in making this occasion a memorable one.

The Iowa College for the Blind is an old institution. It was established in 1858, the bill providing for its establishment being introduced in the House of Representatives by the man in whose honor the ceremonies of Thursday were held. Thomas Drummond, who further advanced the interests of the school and placed the institution on a firm financial basis by securing from the legislature of 1860 an additional appropriation having been elected senator from Benton Tama for it was just before the breaking out of the war when finances of nation and state were in very precious condition. But he secured recognition for the school at the trying time, and the people are duly grateful.