High-Resolution, Full Color Images Available Online
Search, Browse, Read, and Print Yearbook Pages
View College, High School, and Military Yearbooks
Browse our digital annual library spanning centuries
Support the Schools in our Program by Subscribing
Page 13 text:
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
I l-. il . . . .
L M Si t.'hmpses', in which he Jotted down
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
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
Page 12 text:
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,
a snake peeping from either pocket.
- COLLEGE CAMPUS.
Page 14 text:
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
Suggestions in the Doane College - Tiger Yearbook (Crete, NE) collection:
Are you trying to find old school friends, old classmates, fellow servicemen or shipmates? Do you want to see past girlfriends or boyfriends? Relive homecoming, prom, graduation, and other moments on campus captured in yearbook pictures. Revisit your fraternity or sorority and see familiar places. See members of old school clubs and relive old times. Start your search today!
Looking for old family members and relatives? Do you want to find pictures of parents or grandparents when they were in school? Want to find out what hairstyle was popular in the 1920s? E-Yearbook.com has a wealth of genealogy information spanning over a century for many schools with full text search. Use our online Genealogy Resource to uncover history quickly!
Are you planning a reunion and need assistance? E-Yearbook.com can help you with scanning and providing access to yearbook images for promotional materials and activities. We can provide you with an electronic version of your yearbook that can assist you with reunion planning. E-Yearbook.com will also publish the yearbook images online for people to share and enjoy.
Material on this website is protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties.
No protected images or material on this website may be copied or printed without express authorization.