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HARRY T. PITTMAN It seems almost unbelievable that when Harry Pittman died so much beauty of thought, which seemed to be seeking expression through him, his physical appearance, and the thrill felt by us through his association and companionship, should be destroyed in the very hour of blooming when he had just barely passed from the youthful period to a man’s maturity of feeling and thought.
Harry Pittman was only twenty-two years of age when death overtook him. Yet death brought him nearer to us. and his memory is rendered more cherished and impressive to us.
It was his appreciation of the beautiful, his manliness, and his sincerity in religious devotion that attracted others to him. His love for humanity and his sociability brought him in touch with many people. 'Phis gave him considerable insight and understanding of the disappointments as well as pleasures of life, and deepened his sympathies for others.
His feelings toward others are included with the thought expressed by these lines which he often quoted :
“Let me live in a house by the side of the road; And be a friend to man.”
SAMUEL H. DRESSLER
l ime itself could not heal the wound made in the hearts of his friends by the sudden and unexpected death of Samuel Dressier. Hut consolation and relief from the pain which rises up within us when our thoughts revert to him again and again, is gained from the knowledge that his life was governed in such a manner as to call for no reproach. Ever optimistic, kind, clean-minded, clean of speech, keen of intellect, a sparkling of the eye, his frank and hearty laugh, and his loyalty to his friends and devotion to his parents were his predominating characteristics, and won for him the love and respect of all w ho became intimately associated with him.
“You need no praise nor is this meant to be.
Hut the sincere and baffled grief of one Who walked with you under last summer’s sun.
And laughed with you at vain mortality.
An hour that afternoon we sat;
'Lime soon had its run.
We talked of great things waiting to be done.
I smiled, then, seeing your o| en throat, soft tie.
The golden god-like head, your eyes’ bold blue,
Your burning seriousness—
() Youth ! thought I.
Hut now (not strange) I think and think of you Saying that day, ‘It does not matter why men act:
What matters most is what men do.’ ”
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One of the greatest losses that the Peru State Normal has ever experienced was the passing away of Mrs. Elizabeth Crawford, August 28, 1916. Little did we realize when we closed the year’s work that when school opened again, she would not he with us. We miss the cheer of her bright, happy face, but her beautiful, helpful spirit will always hover not only about us here, but will be an inspiration in many schoolrooms where her students have gone.
Memorial services held at chapel September 25, 1916, were attended by her many Peru friends in town as well as school. The chapel platform was decorated with delicate ferns and flowers, some of which had been cared for , j by her own hands.
After a beautiful vesper hymn Rev. C. A. Carmen, i' led in the devotions. President Hayes spoke of her
strength of character, her tremendous energy, and her high ideals of life. Miss Perkins’ tribute emphasized her tenderness, sympathy, courage, and patience. “My happiest memory of Mrs. Crawford is the joy that she felt in her work, both with the children ami the students. She was of invaluable help to all members of the training department and she was as tactful and sympathetic as she was helpful. Although her classes required groups of children from every grade and brought her into relationship with every critic, yet there was only mutual interest and good will among us all. Her understanding of conditions was so complete and her willingness to sacrifice her own convenience to the need, so pervading, that nothing but harmony could result. e shall miss her hourly as a friend and a leader among us." Dean Rouse spoke with much feeling and appreciation of her devoted spirit of service and her helpful attitude toward all members of the training department. He closed his remarks with the following tribute. “For years Mrs. Crawford has had the peculiar task of inculcating the underlying principles of instruction and stimulating a desire to be skillful in the teaching act. How well she has ftdfilled that task! Her wide readings, her open-mindedness, for the best in methodology, her careful preparation, her inspiring illustrative recitations made it possible for her to place upon our graduates the stamp of a teacher. To her, I say without doubt, more than to any other person belongs the credit for the peculiar success that has marked the great mass of Peruvians. Y hen inquiring superintendents shall ask teachers, ‘Where gained you your power? they shall gladly say, ‘When in the halls of old Peru we met a consecrated teacher who showed us the great white way of service and taught us to so adjust our teachings that truth should be thrown upon the screen of consciousness in beautiful colors. e shall miss the inspiration of her calm face, the wisdom of her sane counsel, and no one more than 1 and those of us who have toiled with her in this department. Let us think of her this morning sitting at the feet of the Master teacher of the ages.
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