|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1848|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1933|
++Instructor of English Literature in Valparaiso University from 1873 to 1920. An intellectual leader.++
Friends Mourn Passing of Miss Mantie E. Baldwin
(By Mabel Benney)
Her friends of many years were saddened this morning by the death of Miss Mantie E. Baldwin at her home in the Mead Apartments. All the autumn and winter she has been fading from things of this life and setting her home in order for her departure. To the friends who called to inquire after her health she replied, "I am not sick, just ready to go; and I want to go from my home here. It is the one desire I have left."
Miss Baldwin's life has been a heroic one. Bereft of both parents in childhood, she prepared herself to teach and had finished her first year of teaching before her sixteenth birthday. Teaching winters and attending school summers, at Lebanon, Ohio, under Professor Holbrooks, and later at New Republic, she received her degree in 1873. That same year in September she came with Mr. Brown to Valparaiso; and they with two others opened the Northern Indiana Normal School. Here she taught until 1914.
In the early days of the school, Miss Baldwin kept house in the east wing of the old college building and taught in the west wing. She knew every pupil in the school for years and inspired many of them to finish their course here and go on to other institutions where they could specialize in their chosen field. She insisted on accuracy and had a high grade of work from all her classes and personally examined all the manuscripts handed in to her. Thousands of men and women in late years have testified to the wholesome invigorating influence she had upon their lives.
Valparaiso was a small town when she came here and her contacts with the people were a great intellectual stimulus to the citizens. She was a clear thinker and an ardent patriot. She was always willing to add her contribution to any civic or inspirational enterprise. She made Shakespearian students of many of the women of the town.
One wish close to her heart was to maintain a gracious home. When the apartments where she died were built by Mr. C. E. Foster, she saw a way to accomplish this wish and took great pleasure in furnishing one of them.
I have spoken of her life as heroic. Soon after she established the home she had planned and worked toward for over thirty years, she met with an accident, which put her in a wheeled-chair for the rest of her life. She still kept up her teaching, her writing, her entertainment of her friends. When the Lutherans took over the university in spite of her failing health, she was of great service to them in preserving the old traditions and creating enthusiasm among the alumni for the new regime. Her home was a Mecca to students who returned to Valparaiso.
Miss Baldwin was a member of many literary societies formed at the college and of others in the town and gave of her talents liberally to all.
Funeral and memorial services will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stinchfield Funeral Home. In respect to her wishes her body will be taken to Chicago Friday morning for cremation.
Published in The Vidette-Messenger on Wednesday, March 15, 1933.
M. E. Baldwin, Former Valpo Instructor, Dies
Funeral services will be held this evening at the Stinchfield Funeral Home for Miss Mantie E. Baldwin, one of the first instructors at Valparaiso University. After the services her body will be taken to Chicago for cremation. Miss Baldwin, classmate of Henry Baker Brown, who founded the university, accepted the position as head of the Teacher's department in 1873, the year the school was established. This conscientious teacher of rhetoric and teacher training originally came from Blanchester, Ohio, but has made Valparaiso her home since her teaching days. Old age was the cause of her death.
Published in the V U TORCH on Thursday, March 16, 1933.
Mantie Elizabeth Baldwin requested the following poem be read at her Memorial Services:
J. S. Cutter
Come not when I have lain me down to rest,
To heap bright flowers above me where I sleep.
I shall not feel the blossoms on my breast;
I shall not know the sorrowing days you keep;
But, thinking kindly, tenderly of me,
Go forth to cheer and comfort earth's despair;
Find some poor, aching heart, and tenderly
Lay your garlands there.
The grasses will grow green above my breast;
The birds will sing the songs I loved of old;
No words, no deeds, no flowers can make my rest
More sweet, more peaceful in the silent mold;
But, oh, the beating hearts that ache and pine
For love so fondly lavished on the dead!
Think not to help this pulseless heart of mine, -
Help those who live instead.
So shall I live with you in kindly deeds
Performed in sweet remembrance of me;
Such immortality my spirit pleads;
Such tender, sweet memorials from thee.
Thinking of me, go comfort those who weep;
Bind up their wounds and soothe their bitter pain;
In helpful, loving deeds my memory keep,
And I've not lived in vain.
William H. Baldwin (1811 - 1862)
Elizabeth Getzendanner Baldwin (1827 - 1859)
Infant Daughter Baldwin (____ - 1835)**
Infant Daughter Baldwin (____ - 1846)**
Samantha Elizabeth Baldwin (1848 - 1933)
Note: In the group faculty photo, from left to right: B.F. Perrine, President Brown, W.A. Yohm and Martin Eugene Bogarte. In the back row, from left to right: Ida Hutchinson, Pearly Sherman and Mantie E. Baldwin. Photo dated 1873.
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