News From 1909

The Vinton Eagle
August 20, 1909


The Exchange of Superintendents
at the College for the Blind
will Take Place Today.


This morning a change takes place at the College for the Blind. J. E. Vance who has been superintendent since the resignation Superintendent McCune retiring, and Geo. D. Eaton, former superintendent of the schools at Afton, assuming charge as the new superintendent. Mr. Eaton is strictly a school man. He was born on a farm near what is known as Shady Grove, Buchanan county in 1877 and lived there till he was fifteen years of age. He is familiar with both Vinton and Independence, having assisted his father in hauling grain and driving cattle to both these market towns. He chose teaching as his profession. After attending the public schools of Buchanan county, entered the State Teachers College at Cedar Falls taking a full course and graduating from the institution in 1899. He then entered a contract to teach the Reinbeck schools in which he made a decided success. He then went to Lacona and from there to Afton at which schools he was teaching when the Board of Control elected him as superintendent for the College for the Blind. The College for the Blind has peculiarities which are possessed by no other public school. Mr. Eaton comes well equipped as a school man; is a good student of human nature, and there is no question but he will easily master his new position.

He is a young man of 32—just in the prime of life. Himself and wife compose the family. Mrs. Eaton was born at Chariton, this state and is a daughter of Dr. T. M. Throckmorton. She is a young lady of rare accomplishments and attainments. She is also a graduate of the State Teachers College and a graduate of he college of music of Simpson College, Indianola. Our people should welcome Mr. And Mrs. Eaton to Vinton.

Mr. Eaton will take charge of the work today. He will be busy in doing the usual work of vacation in getting the school buildings ready for the coming school year. To this will come the building of the new gymnasium. He will start the new school year the first day of September with practically the present corps of teachers and matrons. The Eagle hopes he will find his work congenial and to his tastes, he has a great work before him.

Mr. Vance who retires from the superintendency of the school was one of the prominent educators of the state previous to appointment. He had been superintendent of some of the prominent schools and at the time of his appointment was superintendent of schools of Linn county. His terms of service at the College has been short, but it has been profitable to the school. He with superintendent Rothert, of the school for the Deaf at Council Bluffs, secured the passage of by the last legislature of a compulsory educational law for these two schools which will prove of inestimable value to the unfortunate blind and deaf children of the state. An appropriation was also asked by Mr. Vance for the building of a gymnasium building and the legislature granted it. It will be built the coming year. Mr. Vance leaves a fine record as superintendent. An opening came to him from Hood River, Oregon, which he felt he could not turn down and he tendered his resignation to the Board of Control to take effect today and it was accepted reluctantly. Mr. Vance has accepted a position oa one of the principals of he Hood River schools. He has also purchased a fruit ranch close to the town which he will care for, and later on give it his whole attention. He leaves for his new home tomorrow taking his family with him. His many friends in Vinton regrets his going but will wish him Godspeed and good luck.