|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1956|
When one considers just who should be included in the Dolan Historical Society's Hall of Fame, the name of William Vorhees Payne certainly come quickly to mind.
Born just north of Dolan in 1867, W.V. Payne was the son of the pioneer farming family of Francis "Frank" and Nancy J.( Smith) Payne.
W.V. served for eight years as the Superintendent of Schools for Monroe County and was a pioneer high school teacher. In a newspaper report written in January of 1956 W.V. Payne was cited as: "The person responsible for the first rural high schools in Monroe County. He struggled through the lean years in establishing the curriculum, then pushed ahead through the State Legislative channels to get funds for the schools. It was through his work that he became well known in state official circles as well in newspaper circles."
He was born in Dolan, Indiana, and attended Washington Township public school. At the age of seventeen W.V. Payne qualified for his first teaching position. He taught for five years in the Monroe County schools and then studied at Depauw University for a year.
Prior to entering Indiana University, W.V. Payne attended theological seminary, a business college in Lexington, Kentucky, and a year in a preparatory school.
A bit of trivia about W.V.: During his college days in the 1880's, young men traditionally wore suits and their very best clothes to class. His brother, John, noted that W.V. was not ashamed to wear clothes that his mother had patched while his peers wore nice clothes. He knew that the important thing was to get an education.
At the time that she married, his mother, Nancy, could not read or write. A devout Methodist, she wanted to learn so that she could read the Bible. In every picture of Nancy, she is holding her Bible. Apparently she truly valued education because all three of her children became teachers.
On one occasion when W.V. caught a "mess" of fish on Sunday, his mother made him take them back to the creek. "There will be no fish caught on Sunday that will be eaten by the Payne family!" Nancy was said to have declared.
W.V. Payne married another Dolan native, Rosetta (Rose) Boltinghouse, in 1896 (she died in 1951). He received his Masters degree from IU in 1896. His next two years were spent as a teacher at Harrodsburg. While there, he added two years of high school classes to supplement the elementary school program.
In 1909 W.V. went to Stinesville and organized its high school program. Later, he did similar work in Smithville. W.V. Payne taught in the Monroe County schools until 1925 when he was elected superintendent of the county schools.
Later, W.V. Payne served as superintendent of schools at Amboy, Butler, Zionsville, Stinesville and Jamestown. Before he retired, W.V. was in charge of reorganizing the high school in Paoli and later he established high schools in rural areas of that county.
In addition he served two years at Mymera, at Crothersville, Patoka, and in the Freelandsville schools.
During his long and distinguished career in public education, he was very instrumental in moving the State Legislature to adopt state aid to public schools.
When he passed away on January 9, 1956, W.V. Payne was survived by three daughters: Mrs. Mary McCool, a retired school teacher formerly serving in Illinois; Mrs Eupha Barnett of Indianapolis, and Miss Margaretta Payne of Bloomington.
He was also survived by a son, William Payne of West Lafayette, who was the district circulation representative for the Indianapolis Star-News and a builder; five grandchildren, a brother, John Payne of Washington Township, and a sister, Catherine Whisnand of Mooresville.
His funeral services were held at the Day Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Merrill B. McFall officiating. Burial was in the Payne Cemetery in Dolan.
Honorary pallbearers were: Lloyd Anderson, Algon Lundy, Rolla Rone, Winzor Chambers, Leroy Baker, Q. Austin East, James Stuart, Thomas Pittman, Harry Sipes, Harry Kirk, Frank Southern, Donald Bowen and Ben Ross.
Active pallbearers were: Murl and Carl Payne, Everett Miles, Ralph Cummings, Roy Lentz, and McKinley Boltinghouse.
W.V. Payne was a member of the First Methodist Church and the Simpson Chapel Church.
From the Dolan Time and the Dolan Historical Socienty
W.V. was a Uncle to Muriel Landrum by marragae and a great uncle to James Landrum who is manager of this bio.
W.V and his wife Rose are buried on the left as you enter Payne Cemetery and in front(ne) of Harry and Muriel Landrum.
Created by: James Landrum
Record added: Apr 19, 2010
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