News From 1915

The Vinton Eagle

Friday, May 7, 1915

TEACHING THE IOWA BLIND

Interesting Sketch of the School for the Blind and the Work Accomplished for its Total of 133 Students.

(By Jean Kulp Preston). 

     Most visitors are very much surprised at the magnitude of the school for these unfortunate ones who have been deprived of this most important sense. Some through illness, some through accident and many through the carelessness of their parents in childhood. Others are born sightless.  

     The enrollment for this year has been about the average. One hundred and thirty-three was the number at the beginning of the term. Quite a number have dropped out for various reasons, but the school is still large.  

     The courses of study takes the student through eight grades of the grammar school, and they are given a five-year high school course.  

     This five-year high school course will go in effect next year, and will enable the student to make further progress in the musical and industrial departments than heretofore.   

     The first year's work is devoted to the learning of the “New York Point System of Reading and writing for the Blind," and is in many cases not at all easy to do. Others take it up very quickly and accomplish a great deal in a short time. But in every case, one finds a desire for learning that is most unusual in young people. And so on through the grades until in the tenth grade, Latin is added to the regular studies.  

     Typewriting is something in which the blind are able to acquire great efficiency, in many cases attaining remarkable speed. Dictation is taken directly on the machine, and on. account of the wonderfully trained memory whole sentences can be dictated at a time. This faculty of memorizing is in itself one of the most remarkable things about these sightless people, even the problems in higher mathematics, are as a rule, worked out entirely mentally.  

     In the industrial department they teach piano tuning, broom-making, netting, chair caning, sloyd, weaving reed work, sewing, crocheting, knitting, ornamental head work, and domestic science. The work done in this department is nothing short of remarkable. In the sewing room, and, in the kitchen, the blind girl, like all women the world over is in her element.

     The articles made in the sewing room include aprons, dresses, sheets, pillow-cases, napkins, fancy work of all kinds, and many other things that are both useful and ornamental.

     The chief branches in the musical department are piano, voice, violin and organ. There are a few who want instruction on other instruments of the orchestra and band, and for those such teaching is provided for. 

     To graduate from the music department, the student must complete the literary course and the course in harmony, musical form and musical history. In this way each and every student has a chance to learn some­ thing that will enable him to support himself and others, if needs be.

     The method of teaching is to, as far as possible, help the pupil to act think and feel, as nearly like the normal child as can be.

     The average blind child is just as noisy, mischievous and full of fun as any other child, and the stranger entering the building after school hours will be surprised and perhaps shocked to hear just as hearty laughter and see as much romping as he would in any normal school.  

     Their music is inspiring and full of life and vim, and the advancement in this department is very rapid.  

     Life plays funny tricks on these poor little blind babies. Most of them have loving fathers and mothers who are ever on the watch for an opportunity to better the hard conditions. Others are sent to school in the fall from public institutions where they have always lived, perhaps have never known the love of either father or mother. There are cases where the conditions at home are such that the only happy life the child has is at school, and it is those cases that the Iowa School for the Blind excels, for the real home element enters largely into its management. 

     Superintendent Eaton and his very charming wife take a most loving interest in one and all of the students.

     Everything from the top to the bottom is kept in spotless order, cleanliness being the first lesson learned, order being next, for one must know where everything is. The neat little hospital presided over by a trained nurse, the laundry, kitchen and gymnasium, all are most modern in  their equipment.   

     A word more about the choir of the school. It consists of about twenty members. Their work is to lead the chapel music, and furnish numbers on the various programs throughout the year. Every hit of chorus work is done by rote, and the rapidity and perfection with which everything is learned awes the ordinary individual. This is the rule in both the other choruses, the senior and junior chorus, that are the reserves for the choir.

     The sighted world can learn many lessons from the sightless ones. Visitors are welcome. Come and see what can be done for you.

 



 

The Vinton Eagle
Friday, June 4, 1915

CONVENTION DOINGS AT THE COLLEGE

Members of the Iowa Association of the Blind Are Having an Excellent Meeting and Enjoyable Time Here.

     Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week the Iowa Association of the Blind is holding a reunion at the College for the Blind in Vinton. Over 100 members of the association are present and are thoroughly enjoying themselves, meeting old school day friends and making new acquaintances.

     The first regular business meeting was held Wednesday afternoon. The meeting was opened by a hymn, "Count Your Blessings," Miss Tiberghein, an instructor at the college, playing the piano.

     This was followed by the reading of a psalm by J. B. Jordan, after which Mrs. Jordan gave a prayer.  

     The next was the hymn, "Jesus Lover of My Soul."

     Superintendent Eaton gave the address of welcome, expressing in a few words the welcome   which is extended to the people coming to attend these meetings.  

     Mrs. J. B. Jordan gave the response on behalf of those present. Her speech was a thorough expression of the appreciation which the visitors had for the welcome which has been shown them.  

     Miss Allbee of Waterloo rendered a very pleasing piano solo which was appreciated by all present.  

     Miss Hinckley of Hatfield, Mo., gave an address on the subject of the mercantile business. She explained the different methods by which the blind were able to make their way in this line of business as well as people who are able to see.  She recited several of her experiences    which were interesting indeed. She claims that when a person finds a town where he can not make expenses, that is the town which should make him determined to make expenses in the next one.

     Mr. Patterson of Marion also gave a talk on the subject of the mercantile business for the blind. He asserts that action and reaction are equal in other words, if a person does a certain amount of work he will be rewarded equally with the amount of work done. He also    explained the methods by which he got about from town to town and from house to house, and he explained the good of being good and kind to people with whom you come in contact, whether they purchase your goods or not.

     Miss Duff of Volga, Iowa, gave a vocal solo which was very pleasing. This was shown when she was called back to give another selection. She was accompanied on the piano by Miss Kliehenstein.   

     Mr. Jordan read a letter which was sent by Mr. and Mrs. Hohn of Algona, Iowa. They are members of the association, but were not able to be present on account of the illness of Mrs. Hohn.      

     Miss Pearl Howard of Watertown, Mass., gave a very interesting speech about the work of the uniform type committee, which has been spending much time lately in the making of a new form of type for the use of the blind. Miss Howard is the Iowa delegate to this committee and has made two trips to England with the committee to secure the co-operation of the British in the making of this type, which is to be international. The committee has at last agreed upon a type which will, soon be internationally used and which, it is believed, will be much simpler and easier to use than the several forms now in use. Miss Howard also described her trip, telling of the slump in the value of United States money in England at the beginning of the war and of the experiences she had on her return to the United States on board the steam-ship Acquitania. After leaving Vinton she will go to Des Moines to spend a few days with friends, and then she will go to the national convention of Workers for the Blind at Berkeley, Cal., as the Iowa delegate. The eastern delegation will have three private cars in which to go to the convention. There will be about 5 members going from the east. 

     Because Miss Howard in her speech made mention of her loyalty to the United States, it was suggested by the president of the meeting that the song "America" he sung. This was sung by all present.

     The closing part of the program Wednesday afternoon was the explanation of a hook which has been written and published by one of the college girls, Miss Palmer. The title of the book is, "Thought-Bird Warbling's" and consists of many beautiful poems written about Miss Palmers school life, about the school and things which are not only of Interest to the   blind, but to everyone. The very merits of the book foretell of its success.  

     Wednesday evening the program was given over to Frank White of Des Moines. Prof. White is a graduate of the college and is considered one of the foremost pianists in the Mississippi valley. He gave a lecture recital in which he explained the nature of the pieces before giving them.

     The first piece he played was the prelude in C Minor by a Russian composer. The theme of the piece is that of a party of three men who have been condemned for life in the Si­berian mines. The piece was played so expressively that the theme could easily be followed without an explanation. The next two pieces were a Romance and Devot, both by a modern German composer. These were followed by the Impromptu in A Flat Minor by Schubert.  

     The Mandolinata by a French composer was very expressively rendered, and it is a piece in which the soprano part closely resembles a mandolin, accompanied in the bass by a melody which resembles that of a guitar. The Jugglers, by a German writer, was, as Mr. White explained, appropriately named, for it seemed to be only a successful juggling of the keys. The next was the Butterfly Etude, by Chopin, and the last piece was the Polanaise In E Major, which was very beautifully rendered. After the regular program, Mr. White very graciously responded to the encore with several short selections. 

     The entire program was nicely giv­en, and it, was indeed with great pleasure that the students of the college listened to their old school comrade.

     Thursday morning the meeting was opened by a hymn which was followed by the reading of the first Psalm by J. B. Jordan, after which Mrs. Boyce led in prayer. "Nearer My God to Thee" was then sung by all. The minutes of the meeting Wednesday were then read and approved. It was moved and the motion carried that the committee on resolutions write a letter to Mrs. Eaton who is ill and not able to attend the meeting. This was followed by the report of the tablet committee which was read by the chairman, Miss Allbee.

     It was then decided that the Iowa association should send two delegates to the convention of the National Workers for the Blind, and the second delegate was chosen, the first being Miss Howard.  

     The election of committees followed. The names of the members of each committee are here given, the first in each case being the chairman: 

Program, Olive Atwater, Mrs. Cisna, Charles Olson.
Executive, Mrs. Boyce, Miss Sutherland, James Patterson.
Reception, Mrs. Arthur, Mrs. Cisna, Miss Tiberghein.  
Membership, Mr. Hodick, Mr. Howard, John Morris.  
Resolutions, Miss Tiberghein, Mrs. Boyce, Mr. Heinman.  

     A motion to create a press committee was made and carried. This committee is to be appointed by the president. The committee is to publish the proceedings of this convention in the various papers of the state.

     The report of the field officer was heard and approved. Mrs. Sheridan gave a piano selection which was thoroughly enjoyed.  

     A recitation, "An Extraordinary Dream," by Mrs. Gray, was quite humorous and told of the auction sale of a bunch of bachelors who were bought by old maids.  

     Mrs. Cisna rendered a piano selection which was so pleasing that she was called upon for a second selection.

     Mrs. Crisson gave a very interesting reading, which was thoroughly enjoyed, and this was followed by a short talk from Mr. Northrup, who came to the I. C. B. in 1867 and left in 1874. He gave a description of his experiences in the different fields of  endeavor which he has taken up.  

     In the afternoon, the members of the association were the guests of the Commercial Club and were given an automobile ride over the city. Some twelve or fifteen autos, with Mayor Bryant in the lead, formed the procession. As all could not be accommodated in the first relay, a second was sent out. The ride was much enjoyed.

 



 

The Vinton Eagle
Tuesday, June 8, 1915.

FINAL PROGRAM OF MEETING OF BLIND

Many Old Teachers and Pupils on the Program --- Legislative Committee Appointed to Work for State Aid.

Thursday afternoon the program of the Iowa Association of the Blind was in charge of Mrs. Cisna. 

     The opening number of the program was a piano solo by Mr. McGregor of Newton, Iowa.  Mr. McGregor's selection was so much enjoyed that he "was asked to respond to an encore, a response which he very graciously made.

     The second number, a vocal solo entitled "A Lover and His Lass," was by Miss Arnold, accompanied on the piano by Miss Maud Manning. Miss Arnold also received an encore and she gave a second selection which was greatly enjoyed.

     Miss Tiberghein of the college sang two selections, "Sleep" and "Good­bye;" which are well worth mentioning. She was  accompanied by Miss Kliebenstein.

     Miss Eva Whitcomh of Des Moines gave a reading,  "Taking an Elevator," which was a description of a country woman taking in the sights of one of New York's large store buildings. The piece was very humorous and was nicely given.  Miss Whitcomb also read a piece,  "How Sam Telephoned to His Master About the Balky Mule." This number was given in negro dialect, was humorous and well rendered.

     Mr. Olson rendered two very pleasing pipe organ solos. He is a polished performer on the instrument. 

     Miss Duff gave a fine solo entitled "The Swallow," and as a response to the encore she sang a pleasing Scotch song. Miss Duff has a clear, strong, melodious voice and it is a pleasure to hear her. She was accompanied on the piano by Miss Kliebenstein. 

     -Two selections, "A Little Irish Girl" and "Where My Caravan Has Rested," sung by Miss Arthaud, were greatly enjoyed. A reading, "Jean Val Jean," a story from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, |was given by 'Miss Leta Millnes. Miss Millnes is a good speaker, her subject was good and the rendition was fine. After the reading of "Jean val Jean" Miss Millnes gave a shorter reading entitled  "Ain't It Fine To Play?" This reading was enough to cheer up any "Mr. Blue." 

     Mrs. Preston of Cedar Rapids sang three songs entitled "June," "Her Rose," and "Happy Song." Mrs. Preston has a nice voice and these selections were pleasing to everyone.

     By request, Mr. McGregor of Newton gave a pipe organ solo and graciously responded to an encore.

     This closed the program for Thursday evening. 

     Friday morning the program was opened by a hymn, and a prayer by Mrs. J. B. Jordan. Then Miss Mary Wood, who was a teacher at the college from 1895 to 1900, was presented, and it was certainly a surprise for those attending the convention to hear from their former  teacher, as they did not know that she was present until she was presented, she spoke about the social  problems in which the blind might assist. 

     Then  came the reading of the minutes of the previous meetings, which were approved. Miss Eva Whitcomh,  secretary and treasurer of the committee which purchased the home for sightless women in Des Moines, made a report for that committee. Mrs. M. M. Boyce of Burlington, also a member of the board of trustees in charge of this home, gave a talk concerning the home and told of the furnishings that were needed. Among the things required were linen, curtain material and silverware. She said that if anyone were to throw down some silver she would pick it up. Hardly had she spoken the words when a shower of sliver dollars came down all about her, and when it was picked up and counted there was about $18. Mrs. Boyce then asked that the hymn Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow" be sung.   Then a lady who had been soliciting for the home said that they had never had any trouble in having money donated to them, but never before had it been thrown at them as it was that morning. 

     A motion was made and carried that the members of the convention should send a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Eatton, who is ill at her home. 

     A motion was also made and carried to appoint a committee which is to meet the state legislature to, secure aid for the home for sightless women in Des Moines. Those appointed on the committee were E. J. Hartzler, Miss Howard and Superintendent Eaton.    

 



 

The Vinton Eagle
Tuesday, June 8, 1915

THE UNVAILING OF TABLET TO THE LATE THOMAS F. McCUNE.

     Friday afternoon the convention met to do honor to the former teacher and superintendent of the college, the late Thomas Fleming McCune. The chairman for the afternoon was Miss Allbee, who is chairman of the tablet committee. A motion was made and carried that the convention meet every two years.

     The first number on the program was a pipe organ solo, a march from Tanhauser, by Charles Olson.  As has been stated, Mr. Olson is perfectly at home on the organ and his pieces were greatly enjoyed. 

     The invocation was by J. B. Jordon, which was followed by biographical sketch which was written by a former student, Miss Adelia Hoyt, of Washington D. C.  A brief part of the eloquent sketch follows.

Thomas Fleming McCune.

     We are here today to pay tribute to one whom we delight to honor, a man who did much for the cause of humanity, and one who needs no tablet to perpetuate his memory among the scores of men and women who as young people passed through this institution during the years he labored here as teacher and superintendent.

     Thomas Fleming McCune, eldest child of Joseph and Mary McCune, was born October 1, 1850, on the old homestead near Mt. Pleasant, Jefferson county, Ohio, on the same farm his grandfather, Thomas McCune, was born in 1779.

     The younger Thomas attended the township school called Buckeye, and spent one year at Mt. Union College, Alliance, Ohio.  Later he entered Washington and Jefferson College at Washington, Pa., were he spent five years, graduating in June of 1876. The following summer he taught at Gladrun Academy, Dayton, Pa., and in September accepted the superintendency of an academy at Frankfort Springs, Pa.

     He arrived in Vinton in August of 1877, and in September entered upon his work at the College for the Blind as assistant principal, little dreaming that this was to be his life work. His fitness for the position was soon demonstrated.

     Rev. Robert Carothers, a kindly cultured gentleman, somewhat austere in his manner and school management, found in his new assistant an able helper.  In many ways Mr. McCune seemed to supplement Mr. Carothers and to bring new lite into the school.  In March, 1882, Mr. Carothers died at the college after an illness of several months. On Prof. McCune then fell the entire responsibility of carrying on the school, a burden which, indeed, he had practically borne during Mr. Carothers illness.  In June of that year the board of trustees very wisely selected Mr. McCune superintendent. During the five years he had been with the school as teacher there had never been a time when he felt like giving up the work and returning to his law studies. The work had become dear to him, and when he accepted the superintendency he took hold of it with fresh vigor. 

     As teacher and as superintendent he had original ideas, and gradually, as seemed best, he introduced many changes both in the course of study, the institutional life, and the government of the student body. 

     The name college had been given to the institution to remove it as far as possible from the odium of an asylum, by which term it had once been designated. Mr. McCune was a born teacher and he continued to teach after he became superintendent.  In the class room his originality and inventive genius found ample scope and he was untiring in his efforts to get the very most out of every subject.  He sought to place the college upon a par with the best schools of its kind in the country, and in this he succeeded. Although not furnished with the money and equipment of the richer and older schools, yet the work done here under superintendent McCune ranked favorable with the best of them. 

     Among the children he was a prime favorite and was never more in his element than when surrounded by a group of these little ones, enjoying a good romp with them. Some of these children entered school at the age of 4 and 5 years and grew up under his care.  To them and to many others he seemed like a father.  It was a pleasure to us all to come back to the dear old college at commencement time and to revive his warm hand-clasp and hear again his kindly tones in welcome. It made the brightest spot in many a dreary life.

     During the first year of his superintendency Prof. McCune was married to Miss Etta Wilson. They had met in Washington, Pa., when he was in college there. Later Miss Wilson had removed with her parents to Kansas where they were married in March, 1883, and Mr. McCune brought his bride direct to the college.  Here they spent twenty-three years of happy married life. Here their two children, John and Jessie, were born and grew to young manhood and womanhood. No wonder the college became dear to them all. On July 1, 1906, superintendent McCune severed his connection with the school and retired to private life. For several years his health had been failing, but unaccustomed as he had always been to think of himself, he would not listen to friends, who for some time had urged rest and change. When, however, he realized that he could no longer perform his duties, he laid down the work with reluctance. He and his family began life anew, as it were, in their beautiful home, within sound of the dear old college bell, which they all loved. When Mr. McCune left the college he told the students he should never lose his interest in them, and he never did. In his last hours he was back in the college in spirit, among teachers and students, living over again the scenes of the past.  But rest had come too late and he lived but fifteen months after giving up his work. He passed away November 6, 1907, and was laid to rest in beautiful Evergreen cemetery.

     He came to the college a young man, strong and vigorous, he left it still in the prime of life, but broken in health.  He gave to this institution the best that was in him, and he gave it freely, without sparing himself, for he loved his work better than his life and he gave his life for his work.

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     Miss Jessie Palmer gave a recitation of one of the poems in her book of “Thought-Bird Warblings.” The poem was of her alma mater and was a very interesting and clear description of I. C. B. at the time Miss Palmer attended it. 

     Robert McGregor gave one of his pleasing pipe organ solos, which was followed by a speech by G. W. Burnham, who spoke of Mr. McCune as a citizen. Mr. Burnham’s address follows.

     I am to speak of Prof. McCune as a citizen, as a man, apart from his work as teacher and superintendent of the college. It would be an easy matter to tell of his work here, for we have the evidence of it, its tangible results, its splendid achievements, and it shows his efficiency and thoroughness. But to speak of him as a man outside of his work is a more difficult task. He was a quiet, modest, unassuming man. He lived in his work and in his family, and to the great number who met him he was like a sealed book. It was only to the chosen few who were admitted into the sanctuary of his inner life that his nobility of soul and true character were revealed. In everything he did, or thought, or uttered, he held himself in check. Being a strict disciplinarian in his work where strict discipline was required, he also disciplined himself. He knew that above the claims of the intellect, transcending all the yearnings for knowledge even of good and evil, apart from all agitation of ethics, towers a want.  It is the requirement of the ego, demanding instruction for the inner life, not with reference to this or that faculty, but to the whole circumference of its being. Prof. McCune tried to meet this want. He read much, he studied and thought much along the lines that would develop his understanding---his proper self. Because of this he was a many-sided man to those who knew him well. He could rise to the occasion, no matter under what conditions and circumstances he found himself, and those of us who were members with him of the social club for so many years were astonished at his versatility.

     He saw in life much outside of and beyond the mere humdrum and varied details of the day’s work. He knew that with the child, the youth and the man the life of “me” is all there is of “him” as an identity, and this he guarded and cherished, and those who saw this in Prof. McCune saw a strong personality, a splendid character, a grand man.

     If I should be asked to name the predominating traits of his character, I should say, unquestionably, sincerity and conscientiousness. One who has these traits in large measure could not but be an honest, upright, just and good man, for where they predominate they govern and direct other traits and make a strong and trustworthy man. Having these traits he expected them in others, and he could not tolerate sham and hypocrisy. I have heard him say he did not blame any good man he knew for not joining the church, where so much hypocrisy was seen. He may have been over-sensitive in this matter, but he had strong feelings in this respect.

     His conscientiousness forbade himself or any member of his family to have any privileges or rights not shared by everyone connected with the college. He felt he was a servant of the state and that the college he served was for the blind and they must be cared for, and he must have no special privileges as its superintendent. He loved children, and much might be said of the tender care and sympathy he gave the unfortunate blind, and they loved him and gave many expressions of their affection and appreciation of his solicitude of their welfare. 

     He was very affectionate, tender and sympathetic in a proper sense in his family. He encouraged his children to develop and maintain their own individuality. He might advise and suggest, but as they grew older he placed them as far as possible upon their own responsibilities.

     He was more a philosopher than a theologian. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, which he joined when a young man. He was concerned with faith in general and his relation to knowledge. He believed that the dogmas of a definite creed belonged to theology and apart from the philosophy of life. The philosophy of life, he believed, prepared the mind for the religious element and saved religion from degenerating into something mechanical or into hypocrisy. In short, his religion was the brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood of God. He was a good man, a splendid brother, a kind husband and fond father, and he has left the world better by his life and what he did in it.

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     Mrs. J. B. Jordan presented the tablet to the school with a few words about Mr. McCune, as she had known him when he was a teacher with her and when he was superintendent. The tablet was received by Superintendent Eaton on behalf of the students, the faculty and the board of education. The tablet was unveiled by Miss Ethel Hess and Leroy Stadtlander. Mr. Eaton read a letter from Henry W. Rothert of the Iowa School for the Deaf at Council Bluffs. Mr. Rothert’s letter follows.

     Iowa School for the Deaf, Henry W. Rothert, Superintendent, Council Bluffs, March 6, 1915---George D. Eaton, Superintendent, Iowa College for the Blind, Vinton, Iowa---Dear Mr. Eaton:  Yours of recent date extending an invitation of the blind people to be present at the unveiling of a tablet to the memory of Superintendent McCune and to deliver an address received.

     In our earthly existence, as we daily conform to the demands of a varied life, I know of nothing more imperative than to remember the good deeds of a departed friend in truthful reminiscences and honest eulogy. I regret more than I can tell you that at this writing I can not see my way clear to accept this valued invitation and discharge the duty therein called for.  I became acquainted with Superintendent McCune many years ago when as a member of the state senate I was approached by him for assistance to secure necessary appropriations for the college. His ardent and persistent solicitations afforded the best proof of his deep interest and unqualified sincerity in the cause of the education of the blind.

     Later on, after my acceptance here of the position of superintendent of the school for the deaf, I visited the college at Vinton, then under the management of a board of trustees, similar in authority to one governing this school, and become more and more impressed with the sterling integrity and conscientious application to duty of Superintendent McCune.

     The adage often applied but frequently inappropriate, “The right man in the right place,” was exemplified in its true meaning and import in every official action of his.

     A learned educator, a kind provider, a careful guardian and a helpful friend, he stands pre-eminently as a figure of the past as one of, if not the best, of superintendents of Iowa institutions.

     In after years, when the board of control system became the governing law, it was my pleasure to meet Superintendent McCune frequently at the quarterly conferences at Des Moines. His keen interest, his inquiring turn of mind, his willing contributions, his ready grasping of all subjects, made him in his quiet way one of the most influential members.

     His scholarly papers, teeming with proof of profound study and erudition, commanded the rapt and close attention of all members of the conference.

     Unobtrusive in manner, quiet in demeaner, friendly in intercourse, sympathetic in thought, no one of the superintendents of Iowa in conference assembled merited more the sincere regard of his co-laborers than Superintendent McCune.

     Religiously inclined, scrupulously faithful, conscientiously sincere, unblemished in character, loving in disposition and earnest in action, the influence of such a life will be felt in future years, yea augmented as the true inwardness of the men becomes better known and appreciated. He has left milestones along his goodness, kindness of heart and beneficent efforts in behalf of those of God’s children who were walking in the shadows of temporary physical darkness.

 

Honor and credit to his memory,
He has gone to his rest;
When his labor was done
From the world he was blessed,
To the heaven he has won,

 

As ever yours,
Henry W. Rothert.

     Miss Arnold sang “Sweet Dreamland Faces,” a song which was Mr. McCune’s favorite. Mrs. Arnold was accompanied on the pipe organ by Mr. McGregor and on the piano by Leroy Stadtlander.

     The closing piece of the afternoon was the song “God Be With Us Till We Meet Again,” by the audience.

     The evening meeting was devoted to short talks of the experience of the different speakers and to a general business meeting.

     Thus closed a three day period of joy for the blind, and it certainly was joy for them to get back and to meet old friends. They leave for their homes eagerly looking forward to the meetings which are to come.

 

TABLET TEXT

 

ERECTED BY

LOVING STUDENTS AND FRIENDS

TO THE MEMORY OF

SUPERINTENDENT

THOMAS FLEMING McCUNE

WHO GAVE TWENTY-NINE

OF THE BEST YEARS OF HIS

LIFE TO THIS INSTITUTION

 

HE WAS BORN

OCTOBER 1ST 1850

 

DIED

NOVEMBER 6TH 1907

 

 



 

The Vinton Review
Thursday, September 30, 1915

BLIND STUDENTS HURT SATURDAY

Were Being Transported In Local Bus When Team Ran Away and Bus Was Overturned.

     As a  result of C. B. Cook's bus team running away Saturday afternoon about one o'clock, four girl students from the College for the Blind, were badly cut and bruised, while the balance of the twelve who were in the bus, were shaken up, scratched and given a severe nervous shock.

     The accident happened while the load of little girls were being brought in from Riverside park, where they had gone for a picnic dinner under the escort of Miss Beulah Perrin, who was taking the place of her sister, Mrs. Date Towner, one of the matrons at the college. When It began to rain Superintendent Eaton made arrangements for Mr. Cook's bus to go after a load, while the college bus brought in the balance. Harold Williams drove the bus team, a pair of grays with plenty of life, and coming down the Jefferson street paving he allowed them to go at a good speed.

     When near the Knutz barn the tugs became unfastened, the horses gave a lunge, and the tongue dropped to the pavement. The momentum carried the bus along until it struck the curbing, when it toppled over onto the cement walk. The occupants of the bus were thrown into a heap, and several were cut by the broken glass from the windows with which the bus was incased.  

     Many of the children were totally blind and they did not know what had happened. For this reason they were greatly excited and it was some little time before they could be quieted. The four who were badly cut and bruised were taken to a physician office and their hurts attended to before being returned to the college. The balance were picked up by the college bus and taken home. 

     After getting free from the bus the horses rounded the corner into Main street and ran for the barn across from the passenger depot. As they reached the railroad one of the horses slipped and they swerved into the ornamental light post and broke one of the globes. Here they were caught by John Culp, of south of town.  Neither of the horses were injured but the bus was damaged to some extent.