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PROFESSOR C. F. BECK
About fifty years ago, near Springfield, Illinois, was born a boy who possessed those elements of high character and true worth which were destined to some day cause him to be a leading factor in educational, social, and commercial circles.
After completing the course in his native town schools he came, in 1876, to Nebraska, where lie began teaching in a little log school house at fifteen dollars per month and “board round.” A few years of this teaching resulted in his being called to teach the grammar department in the Tekamah schools. After three years in this position he was elected to the superintendency of the city schools.
Six years later political life seemed to hold for such a man as himself an opportunity, and it was now that lie was given the honor of being County Superintendent of Burt county for two successive terms, toward the close of which Supt. W. R. Jackson, then state superintendent, appointed him deputy state superintendent. This position he held for four years with the exception of a few months during which he did duty with the Third Nebraska Volunteers, being Adjutant on the staff of Colonel YV. J. Bryan.
Since the expiration of his term of office he has been an instructor in the department of mathematics in the Peru State Normal School and in addition has had charge of the military training, which has developed only as a result of his arduous labor.
Histories may tell of the past lives of men, but Professor Beck is best known to 11s by his connection with the present Senior class, having been its advisor since the class first entered the Normal. During this time his arduous, honest and wise direction has exerted an influence upon those who from time to time received his advice which only time itself can measure. Through his close relations with the class he has won their love and admiration in that degree which only a true and modest man like Professor P»cck deserves. Indeed, words arc quite inadequate to describe the love and appreciation that each and every “naughtv-ninc” holds for our advisor. Professor C. F. Beck.
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C. F. BECK Advisor Class of 1909
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The class of 1909 had its birth down in the first grades of the model school, where several of its members boast of having been taught their A. I . Cs. Indeed, among our number arc several who entered the primary grades, continuing their education throughout the entire course.
It was as First Years, however, that we were organized as a class. At this time we assembled in the old chapel or what is now known as Music and Expression Hall. It was in this room that the class of '09 had its first opportunity to cultivate the class spirit and enthusiasm for which it has ever since been noted. We held the usual number of parties and entertainments and through the advisorship of Professor Beck laid the foundation for a successful career through the four remaining years of our school life. This year was closed with a baseball victory over the Sophomores, thus early in our history establishing a record in athletics.
As Freshmen we were all glad to hear that Professor Beck was not only to be our advisor again but was to stay with us all through our struggle. The special obstacles with which we had to grapple this year were Latin, Algebra, and General History. Several parties were given during the year, one of which was a Hallowe’en masquerade party held in Philo Hall. All who were present can well remember the good time that we enjoyed that evening. It was this year that we secured our distinguishing head gear of class caps.
It was as Sophomores that we adopted our colors, purple and gold, which we have kept ever since, that year having only ’09 badges.
This was certainly a record-breaking year in the history of our class. Not only did the Sophomores have a high intellectual standard which they strove to attain, but as Sophomores they carried off the first boys’ basket ball pennant ever presented at the Normal. On field day our girls carried off more points than the girls of any other class, thus crowning a successful year.
Our Junior year was begun with a reception by our advisor. Prof. ( F. Beck, where we all assembled to get acquainted with those who were to be our classmates for the coming year. Mr. Bert E. Swenson was wisely chosen as president; Miss Clara Reed was selected as vice-president: Jessie MeDermet, secretary, and Blinn Helms, treasurer. The work of this corps of officers, together with the advisorship of Professor Beck, assured us of nothing other than success.
In our class day exercise the Juniors won distinction for their originality
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