Doane College - Tiger Yearbook (Crete, NE)

 - Class of 1905

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THE PAST SEVEN YEARS AT DOANE. EN years ago Doane College celebrated 57' 'I its quarter centennial anniversary. At that time it fell to the lot of the writer to prepare a leaflet, entitled "Historical li 3 i I l-. il . . . . L M Si t.'hmpses', in which he Jotted down ' r some of the more important eve11ts that had vividly impressed his mind in con- nection with efforts to establish an infant college in a new state. While a quarter of a century in the life of an institution of learning is a brief period, yet the twenty-iive-year-old college seemed to the writer to have attained to some degree of maturity. There have been no startling developments since the quarter centennial anniversary, but a good, healthy growth, accompanied by such minor changes as the alert educational mind would naturally make. Courses of study have been enlarged to take in some new depart- ment, or put emphasis upon some branch not formerly taught, or taught to a less extent. College classes are somewhat larger. The corps of instructors has had a slight increase. The military department has given place to more varied athletics. The music department has undergone some transformations. Affiliated schools and denominational colleges in the state have drawn nearer together. There has been a general advance along educational lines, and Doane College has had its share in this advance. For a single eve11t, paramount interest, no doubt. attiaelies to the death of Mr. Thomas Doane, after whom the college was named. He had just attended the quar- ter centennial anniversary, and had taken part in the ex- ercises. Those who heard him will not soon forget his modest words relative to his own distinguished career: "Fifty-tive yea1's ago I began both the study and practice of my profession at the same time. " ' " In the prosecution of my profession I have often felt the want of further training, and this, perhaps, has led me to desire for all others a better chance than I have had. " " ' There has often come to me the unhappy feeling that I might have accomplished more in my profession, or for the general good, had I insisted for myself upon a better trainiugft His love for the college finds beautiful expression: "The college has been the object of my warmest af- fection, and such time and thought and money as I have been able to devote to it have been freely and lovingly given. " " "' And let me add that whatever of time or thought or money or love I have invested in this col- lege it has paid me better dividends than any other of

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You'd like Poddy, Bess. He lets me sit on the back seat in l'oly Con. Some of the faculty prefer to have me sit on the front seat. I suppose they want me for an example. Poddy plays baseball just fine, in fact, he is the star player on the faculty team. Professor Powers is fine, too. He is o11r Junior professor. I always think of him as I first saw him-a toad in one hand, a sala- mander in the other, a rhetoric book under his arm, and Mrs. Bohne makes me feel so much at home, she comes and knocks "good-nightv at my door every night, and keeps my clock just on time. She gives us the most instructive lectures, all about matches and such interest- ing subjects. Sometimes she calls to see if my room- mate has been sticking pins in the wall. That room- mate of mine is so careless. Oh, 1ny! I hear her coming, Bess. Good-bye. BELLE. a snake peeping from either pocket. - COLLEGE CAMPUS.

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my investments, wherever made, and with smaller loss. It is llly sincere hope that this quarter centennial occa- sion may contribute much to the good of tl1e college, and to the courage and hopefuluess of you all." No one thought at the time that this was to be his farewell address. He seemed good for ten years more. He had returned to his home, Charlestown, Massa- chusetts, and was visiting friends in YVest Townshend, Vermont, when he was suddenly taken ill, Zllld died, after a short sickness, October 22, 1897. It was fitting that 11e should pass away among tl1e rock-ribbed hills and amid tl1e trees l1e loved so well, the lnaples all aglow with autumn's choicest colors. His grave is in the old family burying ground at Orleans, Massachusetts, on a com- manding knoll, which looks out over a pleasantly diversi- tled landscape and the great sea, where ships pass and repass by night and day, as mysteriously as human lives. Very closely connected with Mr. D0ane's death was the successful movement to carry the college endowment up to 2t5150,000. At the twenty-fifth anniversary the col- lege entered upon a financial campaign to raise 325,000 by the close of the nineteenth century. Mr. Doane added a pledge of 34,000 to the many thousands he had already given. One year later it appeared that the effort to raise 325,000 was not meeting with the hoped-for success. Little more than 358,000 had been pledged. College in- debtedness was increasing, and had reached the sum of SHi11.S00. A special committee was constituted December, 1898, which proceeded to formulate a new and larger plan. The permanent funds of the college at that time were 2Hi09,774.61.. It was proposed by the committee, in the two years intervening before December 31, 1900, to pay otf the indebtedness of t511,S00, to raise 336,000 to meet the estilnated current expenses for the two years, and to increase the permanent fund by SE1,28,025.39. This last named sum added to the permanent fund in hand would carry the endowlnent up to 3150,000. ' Every effort was put forth to secure this result. De- cember 31, 1900, the college treasurer had received from all sources, cash and pledges, a little more than half the needed amount, but a proposition had come from the heirs and trustees of Mr. Doane's estate, subject to the sanction of the supreme court of Massachusetts, offering the college certain properties worth about 370,000 This would be in full settlement of what the college would ultimately receive from the estate, and was thought by those who k11ew Mr. Doane best to be what he would have desired if he could have seen the financial emer- gency. The college accepted the offer December 30, 1900, and the sup1'eme court gave its sanction February 6, 1901. In this way wasbrought to a glorious consummation the largest financial effort the college has ever attempted. Subsequent events have shown that the college was very wise in accepting the proposition of the heirs and trus- tees of the estate. 1 From another estate, that of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. F. Lee, of Camp Creek, Nebraska, the college has received the largest bequest that has ever come from any strictly

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