University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA)

 - Class of 1882

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of td |Kck5 ' i CK fv ' U ' 5ei ' ' tiy Q-a ' i CtivlX t-ai §oi eae. Offi -t-cC ' ' r ' C poz- 1880-81. PKESIDENT J. H. WEBB, ' 73. VICE-PRESIDENTS. W. D. RUSSELL, ' 71. E. N. DYER, ' 72. H. B. SIMPSON, ' 73. J. M. BENEDICT, ' 74. J. W. CLAY, ' 75. T. E. SMITH, ' 76. J. WYMAN, ' 77. C. O. LOVELL, ' 78. W. A. SHERMAN, ' 79. TREASURER. H. E. STOCKBRIDGE, ' 78. CORRESPONDING SECRETARY. S. T. MAYNARD, ' 72. KECORDING SECRETARY. P. M. HARWOOD, ' 75. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. E. E. THOMPSON, ' 71. J. H. MORSE, ' 71 AUDITING COMMITTEE. ATHERTON CLARK, ' 77. J. W. CLARK, ' 72. H. L. PHELPS, ' 74. •Deceased. 103

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JABEZ W. CLAY. M. . C, ' 75. (P 2 ' K Jan. 24th, 1852. Oct. 1st. 1880. J lli i iTnw »mm«!u»mgc=»3aimBlMiK ji»uiMa3g; Memorial. jHEN, in the Fall of 1871, the strong and brave Class of ' 75 came to their ■work, the strongest and bravest member was Jabez W. Clay. This ascendency, a native gift, knit with the most thoughtful and kindly temperament, he maintained (in the consenting love rather than the defeated competion of his classmates,) thro ' all the four college years ; and then, after graduation, he rose steadily to the highest position in trust and remuneration held by any member of the class. From every one who met him. Clay invited the most truthful regard ; yet nothing but the death of so quiet, so unostentatious a man could ever reveal to friends the depth of their attachment. And now he is dead. Last winter Mr. Clay had declined a professorship in the Japan Agricul- tural College, preferring to remain in charge of the extensive business for the Bowker Fertilizing Co., which he had built up in New York. In the Spring he met Miss Mary J. Evans of New York, to whom, some months later, he became engaged. Miss Evans, a truly gracious and capable lady, was in every way worthy of Mr. Clay. The wedding-day w as fixed in Sep- tember, but the day before that appointed he was attacked suddenly by hemorrhage at the lungs. He hastily made his wiU and wrote words to those dear to him. But a physician brought relief. The next morning even his terribly strong will almost broke down under the hard fate which had come upon his faithful life ; calling a trusted friend to him, he sobbed from the bed, " I had expected this to be the happiest day of my life. " Knowing in what stern mastery Clay held his emotions, his classmates can never forget these words. The marriage took place, however, and for a few days he rallied; then pneumonia set in severely, and rapid decline followed. To the last he suppressed his suffering, which was great. Life was inestimably precious to him; he had won his way frona boyhood against every obstacle, he had never allowed gloom to affect his actions, and at last he had succeed- ed, at last he commanded the future ; the revs ard for twenty long years of faithful struggle was now to begin. Clay felt all this acutely, and set the strength of his long-trained will upon living; yet in the end, when the end became inevitable, .he died peacefully, resignedly, hopefully. 103

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