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REV. N. W. HELFFRICH
EV. NEVIN VV. HELFFRTCH, a director of the College and a warm
friend of Ursinus, died Thursday, April 19, 1906. Rev. Helffrich had
been a member of the Board of Directors of Ursinus College since 1894,
and was well known to most of the students.
Nevin W. Helffrich was born at Fogelsville, on May 3, 1855, as
the second son of Rev. VVilliam A. and Amanda Helffrich. He was therefore
almost fifty-one years of age. In early life he attended the schools of the town-
ship. Later he studied in Ursinus and Heidelberg Colleges and in Ursinus
School of Theology. In 1870 he was examined, licensed to preach, and
appointed as assistant to his father in Ziegel's charge. After his father's death
he became the pastor of the charge and continuedas such until his death. The
charge until recently consisted of Longswamp, Lehigh, Ziegel's, Heidelberg and
New Tripoli. X
Mr. Helffrich came from a ministerial family. His father, grandfather and
great grandfather have been Reformed ministers, and all spent their ministerial
life in the same charge as above given. The progenito-r of the family in this
country was Rev. Johannes Heinrich Helffrich, who landed at New York on Ian-
uary 14, 1772. He settled in what is now XfV61S61'1l3L1I'g township. His charge
included, besides the congregations mentioned, also Kutztown, Trexlertown, De
Long's, Upper Milford, Wfeisenburg and Lowhill. He died December 5, 1810.
He was succeeded by his own son, Rev. john Helffrich. He died in 1852. He
was also succeeded in the charge by a son, Rev. 'William A. Helffrich, who died
in 1896. The pastoral office now once more descended to a son, the lately de-
ceased Rev. N. W. Helffrich. The hrst three preached exclusively in the German
language, whilst the latter preached also in English.
The deceased is survived by his aged mother, Mrs. Amanda Helffrich, at
Fogelsvilleg his wife and three children, and these three brothers-Dr. John
Helffrich, of Allentown: Rev. YW. U. Helffrich, of Bath, and Dr. C. Helffrich, of
The funeral of Rev. Mr. Helffrich took place on Monday morning,
April 23. A service was held at his house in Allentown at 8 o'clock, conducted
by Dr. H. T. Spangler, after which the cortege proceeded to Ziegel's Church,
where services were held at II o'cloclc. Sermons were delivered in German by
Rev. Dr. Vollmer, and in English by Rev. VVilliam Hinke. The pall bearers were:
Revs. Theodore F. Herman, Scott R. VVagner, F. H. Ruloff, Henry L. Fogelman,
of Allentown, M. H. Brensinger, of Fleetwood, and CJ. B. Wehr, of Best.
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Bomberger Hall, Monday, January 15th, 1906
ABSTRACT OF ADDRESS DELIVERED BY REV. l. CALVIN FISHER, '89
Rugged, robust and indomitable, the incarnation of physical force and intellectual energy, Dr. Freeland G. Hobson seemed
a part of nature inseparable from life, and exempt from infirmity. His prodigious activity, his indefatigable labors, his stren-
uous life we all recall with a distinct and keen interest. Stricken as he was, it seemed as if a torrent paused midway in its descent,
or a tempest had ceased suddenly in its stormy progress. He lingered for awhile, as the prostrate oak, to which we might
appropriately conipare him, retaining its verdure for a brief interval after its fall, or as the flame liickers when the candle is
burned out, but his work was done. lt was the end.
Dr. Hobson was a man of fine gifts and splendid attainments. He was endowed with a mind that caught its ideas on
the wing. There was no friction and no confusion in his mental machinery. His brain was always fresh, vigorous, equipped
and ready for duty. No sophistry, however adroitly veiled, could deceive it. In yonder halls he received his preparatory as
well as collegiate training. It was to this institution that he gave some of the best of his life. 'Not only his life, but he gave
liberally of his means, so- that the institution might go onward and forward. On more than one occasion was he means to an
end by which the institution might be continued, so as not to be crippled or paralyzed in its work. Even now, as the institution
is passing through a most severe crisis, though smitten with disease, his master mind was active, and aside of his dear family
there was nothing that was of so much import to him as 'his Alma Mater. He believed in Ursinus College and in the principles
for which she was established. He believed that there was a marvelous future in store for the college. Have we this enlarged
faith? Grant that we may.
It was he who had a large heart, tender sympathies, a kind appreciation and a power to interpret the character of all with
whom he came in contact. Noble as was his head, his heart was noblef still, and throughout his career his heart strove to help,
to cheer, to befriend those who were in need of friendship. There was light in his eye, a music 'in his speech, a grasp in the hand,
a cheerfulness of speech, a heartiness of manner which lifted burdens from the shoulders of those who came near him. His
honor was unstained. He bore himself with a lofty rectitude.
In connection with his legal labors he yet found time towork for the college which he loved. For a period of more than
ten years he was the treasurer of the institution. Viewed from a distance this may have meant rather little to the alumni and
friends. But from close-range investigation it meant skill and dexterity, patience and fortitude, willingness and faith. His
place will be hard to fill. He was the College's counselor and friend. Professor and student alike knew and realized his worth.
Aye, since he has gone out from amongst us, possibly we feel the greatness of his spirit and soul more than ever. Professors,
students, friends, Ursinus never had a better friend.
His service to the Reformed Church in the United States was unstinted. From the day he was ordained to the elder-
ship in the church to the time of his death, he was always ready to do his part in furthering the interests of the church of his
choice. Several years ago the General Synod, the highest judicatory of our church, honored itself by honoring our departed
friend and brother by calling him to the vice presiden-cy. The Board of Home Missions has lost one of its most distinguished
members. His fealty to College and Church was paramount to all other obligations, his pride in the grandeur and power of
both touched the extremest limit of exultant enthusiasm, his veneration for the principles for which Ursinus stands was the
supreme sentiment of his soulq his faith in its destiny transcended the wildest dreams of optimism. Long may his spirit live in
our hearts and minds. A
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