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

 - Class of 1882

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W hc ' ' 82 (B{a:» ef£ou4i tai H . -■(n " But here to day we plant a fount beneath the heavenly blue, And on it carve one simple word, the emblem ' 82. " ' LTHOUGtH acting in unison in most things, concerning the subject sai i ° class emblem ' 82 was for a long time divided, and it was not Jjk until the third term of our Sophomore year that we finally con - Ifjcluded to manifest our class feelings, and interest in our college bj ' ereicting a fountain as a gift to the institution, rather than by investing in the usual ring or pin. The honor of originating this idea belongs, we believe, to Mr. L. R. Taft, and it was first brought up at a class meeting held April 7, 1880, when it met with unanimous approval. At a subsequent meeting held April 15, plans and estimates were furnished, and a committe of five — Messrs. Cochran, Johnson, Myrick, Taft and Wilder — was appointed to take the matter in charge, raise the funds and erect the fountain. These gentlemen immedi- ately proceeded to business. The money, $250, was quickly subscribed, and a fountain ordered from the well known J. L. Mott Iron Works of New York, The minor details of the work were pushed with energy, and shortly before the end of the term the structure was completed. The dedication exercises were held on the grounds on Tuesday afternoon, June 22, in the presence of a large audience. Mr. Cochran, as chairman of the committee, delivered the fountain to the class with a few appropriate words, and the water being turned on as he closed, the sparkling jets, as they defined themselves against the sky, were greeted with cheer upon cheer. The oration was delivered by Mr. F. G. May, and was followed by the ode, by Mr. C. D. Warner. Then the class president, Mr. J. S. Williams, per- formed the last duties for the class by presenting the fountain to the college, and President Stockbridge, in accepting the trust, thanked the class for this emblem of their interest and affection, assuring them that it would always be preserved and respected. With three cheers for the President, and three for the Class of ' 82, the exercises were completed. The fountain is of the thistle and crane design, with boy and duck, as shown in the accompanying engraving. It is of bronze, eight feet six inches in height, with two basins. It stands in the centre of the oval green in front of South College, in a basin of masonry twelve feet in diameter 65

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6I Dp .a ' XAV ' : w ytXh -Pvc tor-ical ebal . Sophomore Class, ' 82. S. Chester Damon, ....... Gold Medal. John E. Wilder, ...- ' ... Silver Medal. Freshman Class. ' 88. David O. Nourse, --.._.. Gold Medal Homer J. Wheeler, - Silver Medal. Almon H. Stone, ------- First Prize, $50. William G. Lee, - Second Prize, $30. Almon H. Stone, .----.- First Prize, $15. William C. Parker, •-..--- Second Prize, $10. 64



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which is surrounded by a tasty iron railing, also bronzed. The inscription stone is of marble, set in the curbing of the basin, and reads : f relented try ( o ' f The water was obtained by tapping the main which supplies the labora- tory, and now that connection has been made with the Pelham water works, it makes a much finer display. Altogether the improvement is perhaps the most important ever made by any one class, and well may we exclaim, in the words of the gifted orator of the occasion : " We now have an added incentive to point out the way and hold us up to our duty, such as w e have never had before ; for as the fountain throws its stream upward and never ceasing, so may our course be ever upward and onward, reflecting credit and honor upon the beloved institution, until at the last it may be truly said of each one of us, ' the world is so much better because he lived in it, and the foundation of his good work was laid at the Massachusetts Agricultural College. ' " .C5_ . j)S ■ ♦■• f N " ' t4 ' t -

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