Dr. Franklin P. Ames
Dr. Franklin P. Ames, son of Cyrus and Sarah P. Ames, was born in Belpre, November 6th, 1852. He was descended from Cyrus and Mary Ames who settled in Belpre about 1800. Dr. Ames was a pupil in Belpre Academy before the establishment of the High School, and graduated from Marietta College in 1877. He devoted several years to teaching in Belpre Village High School and in other places, and secured a medical Diploma from Cleveland Homeopathic College. He practiced medicine in Belpre in connection with his farm, though the latter has claimed most of his attention in later years. He was an intelligent and enterprising citizen and held a number of important township and county offices. He was active in the Little Hocking Grange and a Charter member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge of Belpre Village. He was a member and generous supporter of the Universalist Church, also one of the organizers and most faithful supporters of the Belpre Historical Society. When he learned that a History of Belpre was being prepared he was very much interested in its publication and knowing of the present great advance in the cost of both material and labor he donated $100.00 to aid in its publication. Without this timely aid the book would probably not have been published at the present time, perhaps never. The people of Belpre owe a lasting tribute of gratitude to this public spirited citizen who died July 3rd, 1918 before he had seen this book except in manuscript. [Source: A History of Belpre, Washington County, Ohio, by C. E. Dickinson, 1920, Transcribed by C. Anthony]
Dr. I. W. Andrews
From one point of view, the life of Dr. I. W. Andrews may be sketched in few words. Born at Danbury, Connecticut, in 1815, he was graduated at Williams College in 1837, was elected Tutor of Mathematics in Marietta College in 1838, Professor of Mathematics in 1839 and President in 1855. In 1885 he resigned the presidency but continued to give instruction in Political Philosophy. How it happened that I. W. Andrews was called to Marietta at so early an age is explained by a letter written to him by that greatest of American teachers. Mark Hopkins, in 1807. "I was written to know my opinion of as a suitable person for Marietta . That was the only question asked me. I do not remember precisely what I said, but I went beyond the record and recommended you. I have never regretted what I did."Mark Hopkins said still more when he visited Marietta, expressing his great pleasure in recalling the fact that it had been his good fortune to send such a worthy representative from his first class to build up another Williams College on the banks of the Ohio .We do not admire the beauty of an edifice on account of the noise made in its construction. That Marietta is indebted to the influence of Dr. Andrews for benefactions and legacies amounting to half a million dollars, that a thousand men to-day recall his lessons with grateful, reverent feelings, is soon told, but it is the summary of fifty years of faithful service.His ideal of a teacher's work is so clearly expressed in an article on the "Personal Peculiarities of Teachers," in the Journal of Education, that one might easily fancy it the reminiscence of one of his pupils.
"The perfection of instruction consists in so aiding the pupil to overcome for himself the difficulties which he meets, in throwing light upon his path at just the moment it is needed, in such a quiet way, with so little of parade or effort, that the pupil is sensible only of the progress he is making, and is quite unconscious of the real aid he has received from the teacher."His students will also heartily confess the truthfulness of his picture of college life in Marietta, and that his own quiet, patient example made such a history possible: "From its establishment to the present day, it has been singularly free from excitements and troubles, and it has pursued the even tenor of its way, aiming to give the best possible training to young men who have sought its privileges. The College furnishes little material for an historical sketch, and perhaps this is the best thing which can be said of an institution of learning."
We leave for others the pleasant task of describing more fully his work in Marietta. The younger teachers of Ohio do not know how closely he is identified with the early history of our common schools. In February, 1851, the Ohio State Teachers' Association, in a meeting at Columbus, appointed him, with six others, to aid in the organization of county institutes, and through the southern and eastern part of the State he took an active part in the educational campaign that ensued. An eminent schoolmaster in the immediate succession once said in effect; there are some ten or twelve distinguished men that history must call the founders of the Ohio school system. Dr. Andrews was one of these. In breadth and earnestness he was the peer of any man that has been prominent in the school work of the State. One by one these leaders in thought and action have finished their work. Each memory is precious. He was President of the Ohio State Teachers' Association at Steubenville in 1857, and long served on the Executive Committee; he also delivered theAnnual Address at Putin-Bay in 1877. He was a member of the State Board of Examiners from 1866 to 1871. The experience of a teacher who well and pleasantly remembers his going before the board is an example of Dr. Andrews's method. "In the year 1867, I presumed to appear before the State Board of Examiners intent upon bearing away a certificate, and the hour came when I met Dr. Andrews, who was sitting with a copy of Cicero 's orations in his hand. After a kindly greeting, he opened the book, handed it to me, then rose and walked over to the window, as if something there was in need of attention. Returning, he told me to read: in fact I had been reading. Never had I devoted a minute with more concentration to study. I passed, and never have I wavered in my opinion as to what was the learned professor's errand to the window."
As associate editor of the Ohio Journal of Education, in the first six volumes (1852-7), and afterwards as contributor to its successor, the Educational Monthly, he showed his lively interest in elementary education. In 1852, he wrote of "The Union School System" and warned officers and teachers against too implicit reliance upon the excellence of any system, thus by thirty years anticipating a favorite dogma of the apostles of the New Education.
Hundreds of teachers think what a worthy representative said: "His life and character have been to me an inspiration. I found him always willing to direct his clear judgment to the service of one who came to him for advice. When I first became acquainted with the Ohio Educational Monthly, nearly half the contributions to that Journal, in regard to common schools, were from his pen. What he wrote needs no revision. He thought before he spoke." He was an active member at the first meeting of the National Teachers' Association, and afterwards became one of the National Council of Education. At his home he was among the first to move for the organization of a system of union schools, and to him Marietta is greatly indebted for the deservedly good reputation of her public schools. His early experience as teacher of mathematics colored and influenced all his instruction in other departments, and especially in that for which he will chiefly be remembered beyond his immediate circle of friends, the chair of political philosophy. His political creed must be as plainly drawn as a figure in geometry, as clearly expressed as an equation in algebra. Hence he laid great stress on formal acts and always said due reverence to the visible representatives of authority. In politics a conservative, in the best sense of the word, in philosophy he was always and unmistakably an optimist, but not an enthusiast. "All things work together for good" is a truth whose ever-present reality cheered him, not to boasting or display but to patient continuance in the work which Providence had assigned him. Three brief sentences are sufficient in themselves to bring the man before the contemplative eye even of one who never saw him. While patiently bearing with a student's lapses from duty he often said: "Some of those boys who used to try us sorely have made very useful men." One intimate with him, seeing him going on unfalteringly with his labors though affliction's hand was sore upon him, realized with Adam Bede; -" There's many a good bit of work done with a sad heart." When preparing to go to Boston and deliver an historical address-a mission from which he did not return alive - he replied to the remonstrance of his wife against such a journey in stormy weather : - "I have promised to go." [Source: Educational History of Ohio by James J. Burns. Published 1905]
Martin Reguster Andrews
Andrews, Martin Reguster, soldier, educator and author of Marietta, Ohio, was born April 6, 1842, in Meigs, Ohio. During the civil war he attained the rank of second lieutenant and adjutant of the forty-third battalion Ohio volunteer infantry. He is the author of History of Washington County and other works. [Herringshaw's America Blue Book of Biography by American Publisher's Association, 1914 - Transcribed By AFOFG)
Mrs. Nancy Armstrong is of Scotch-Irish descent and was born in the western part of Pennsylvania in 1841. She removed with her parents to Marietta, Ohio in 1854, and was educated in Marietta High School. She taught for some time in the schools of that city, and in 1866 accepted the position of Principal in Belpre Academy, where she continued until the organization of Belpre High School. In 1873 she was joined in marriage with William Armstrong who had been employed in the United States Commissary department during the Civil War and later accepted a position in the First National Bank of Parkersburg, West Va., with which institution he continued forty-five years; Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong have lived all this time in Belpre, strongly attached to the village and people and especially to the Congregational Church of which they are active and esteemed members. For most of these years Mrs. Armstrong has been a teacher in the Sunday School and is specially gifted as an Adult Class teacher. She was one of the organizers and still an active member of the Belpre Womans Reading Club," of which she was president for several years. She is also an active member of the Belpre Historical Society. She has made a life long study of science and literature and the results of her extensive reading are a great assistance in the work of these organizations. She is an active member of the Missionary Society and other organizations in her own church, and is also interested and willing to aid other churches and benevolent enterprises which benefit humanity. We hope her useful life may continue many years an example and inspiration to the younger portion of the Community. [Source: A History of Belpre, Washington County, Ohio, by C. E. Dickinson, 1920, Transcribed by C. Anthony]
Maximilian J. Averbeck
Diamond importer, manufacturing jeweler; b. Marietta, Ohio; s. Maximillian Frederick and Sophia (Moll) Averbeck; ed. Marietta Coll.; grad. N. Y., Annie Walsh Miller; children: Maximilian J., Jr.; Carolyn Rodgers. Dir. Germania Fire Ins. Co. Pres. The Ten and Twelve Maiden Lane Co., Averbeck Drug Co., N.Y. Wholesale Jewelers' Ass'n. Dir. Ny. Federation of Churches. Republican; Episcipalian. clubs: Ohio Soc., Marietta Coll., Economic. West End Ass'n, Rockland Co. Country. Residence: Palisades, Rockland Co., N. Y.; 425 West End Av., N. Y. City. Address: 10-12 Maiden Lane, N. Y. City. [Herringshaw's American Blue-Book Of Biography By American Publishers's Association, 1915 - Transcribed By FOFG]
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