Citation: “Dr. O. Grant Markham,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 9, no. 6 (1943): p. 3.
In the passing of Dr. O. Grant Markham on April 18, Baldwin-Wallace College lost one of its illustrious and loyal sons. The Methodist Church lost in his going a modest, but capable leader. The son of a Methodist minister, he was born in Loudonville, Ohio, on August 21, 1865. Coming to Baldwin University as a student in September 1881, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in June, 1886.
Immediately on graduation he was appointed a teacher in the public schools at Smithton, Missouri. In 1887 he was made professor of Latin and Principal of the Academy at Baker University, Baldwin, Kansas. This school owes its origin to John Baldwin who had previously founded Baldwin University. For thirty-seven years he taught in this institution acting as the Dean of the College for nineteen years. In 1921-22 he was acting president of the University. In 1924 he was ·elected Publishing Agent of the Methodist Church. In this capacity he served ably for twelve years in ·Chicago and for four years in New York City. Upon his retirement in 1940 he moved to Cleveland.
Dr. Markham was honored by his Alma Mater with a Master's degree in 1889 and with the degree of Doctor of Letters in 1909. In 1924 Baker University gave him the degree of Doctor of Laws. He was a delegate to six general conferences and reserve delegate to three additional conferences, becoming a familiar figure at the assemblies of Methodists from 190+ to 1936. In 1914 his name appeared in Who's Who in America.
While living in Kansas he was active in numerous educational organizations. He was for a number of years director of the Kansas State Historical Society as well as being active in various Methodist organizations of the state. He also served as president of the Anti-Saloon League of Kansas from its organization in 1916 to 1924 when he moved to Chicago. He was also one of the organizers of the Classical Association of Kansas and Western Missouri, serving as its first president in 1906.
Dr. Markham had been a trustee of Baldwin-Wallace College since 1924, serving with great interest and ability. Since his retirement from active duties in New York, he has given much time to the organization and development of the Greater Cleveland Methodist Historical Society. This organization has gathered a vast amount of Methodist material which has been deposited in the Library of Baldwin-Wallace College and is now cataloged and available for use by persons desirous of doing Methodist research work.
Dr. Markham is survived by his wife, Socia Buckingham Markham, and a daughter Virginia. There are also two brothers surviving, William E. Markham, '89, of Washington, D. C., and Lewis Merrill Markham of Denver, Colorado.
Citation: "Dr. John Marting - 1853-1941," Alumnus, vol. XIX, no. 4 (November 1941): pg. 4-5.
Back in 1895 German Wallace College called a young Methodist minister to become its treasurer who, through the years, put the institution on a sound financial basis.
The young minister, Dr. John Conrad Marting, responded to the call and accepted the challenge. How well he succeeded was recalled vividly to those close to Baldwin-Wallace College when they learned of Dr. Marting's death on the evening of Friday, August 29. His death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Selma Riemenschneider, at 10001 Edgewater Drive, Cleveland. A month previous in his eighty-eighth year, Dr. Marting underwent two major operations. He had made a seemingly remarkable recovery and had been at home and at the dinner table for two days when he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage. Five hours later the spirit had taken its flight. Dr. Marting had retired just a year ago after forty-five years as treasurer at Baldwin-Wallace College. He was credited with the growth of the institution from a few small buildings in 1895 to a present campus of nineteen structures and with increasing the total assets of the college from $200,000 to close to $4,000,000.
Personally supervising the erection of most of the present buildings on campus and charged with the raising and investing of the funds of the college, he had the satisfaction of seeing it recognized as a leader in financial stability among Methodist institutions. Although never receiving a large salary, Dr. Marting was among the largest donors of the institution. On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Dr. and Mrs. Marting, the couple contributed $100,000 to the college.
Marting Hall, also known as Memorial Hall, was named in Dr. Marting's honor. Until he retired he daily drove from his home in Cleveland to his office in Berea, despite his years.
Born at Jackson Furnace, Jackson County, Ohio, his home life gave him the religious urge which resulted in a strong Christian decision at the age of fifteen years and led eventually to his answer to the call to the Christian ministry.
Following attendance at the public schools in his home community, he registered at old German Wallace in 1867, remaining two years. Sent to college originally because his parents thought him too delicate for farm work, he abandoned his college course because of lack of funds and returned to his native county and became a teacher in the rural schools. He later entered business with a brother, the late Colonel H. S. Marting. United in marriage in a double service on March 7, 1872, to two sisters, Mary and Margaret Duis, the brothers purchased a country store near their parents' farm. The women did much of the work in the store, including the handling of the mails for the "express" that had no time to stop for this purpose. The brother split rails for the railroad while Dr. Marting continued in his career as a school teacher. Two years later the business was sold to an uncle and the two young couples moved to Ironton, Ohio, where they opened a dry goods and clothing store. In 1876 Dr. Marting followed the urge to become a minister of the Gospel and left his thriving business to take up his task as a minister at the very meager salary of those early days.
He entered the Central German Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was ordained deacon in 1877 and an elder in 1880. The following churches were served during ensuing years: Second Church, Indianapolis; New Palestine, Indiana; Greenville, Ohio; Race Street, Cincinnati; Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, and First Church, Indianapolis. At Cincinnati he was responsible for the organization of the Walnut Hills congregation now known as Bethlehem Church, having planned and supervised the erection of its first church and parsonage. During his second pastorate at Indianapolis he organized two additional churches in that city known as Second Church and Nippert Memorial. Here again he planned and supervised the construction of edifices for worship.
In 1895 Dr. Marting was called to Berea, Ohio, to become treasurer of German Wallace College. At the merger of this institution with Baldwin University under the name of Baldwin-Wallace College he was elected treasurer of the new institution, serving in this capacity until his retirement a year ago, a total of forty-five years.
In addition to his work at the college, Dr. Marting served as mayor of Berea for five years during which time he earned the title of "crusading mayor" by conducting a cleanup drive against bootlegging and gambling. He organized and was first president of the Berea Board of Trade and also served for a number of years as president and director of the Ohio Nut and Bolt Company. He was for many years a director of the old Martin Iron and Steel Company, president and director of the Foster Stove Company, both of Ironton, Ohio, and chairman of the Board of the Berea Savings and Loan Company. He had in recent years also served in a special executive capacity with the Bank of Berea Company.
Known as a forceful preacher, Dr. Marting served as supply pastor of Emmanuel Methodist Church, Berea, for several years and was treasurer of the Preacher's Mutual Aid Society. He had served on the Board of Stewards of the North-East Ohio Methodist Conference and until a year ago still conducted a Bible class at Emmanuel Church.
Baldwin-Wallace College honored him with the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1931. At the time of his death he was completing an autobiography detailing his experiences as an educator, preacher and business man. During his year of retirement Dr. Marting became interested in the activities of the Borrowed Time Club of Lakewood, Ohio. Just a month before his decease he visited for several weeks in Cincinnati. Here he visited many of the spots of his activities in this city and preached on one Sunday morning before his old congregation at Bethlehem Church.
Surviving Dr. Marting are his daughter, Mrs. Selma M. Riemenschneider, and three sons, Samuel A. of Detroit, Walter W. of Cincinnati, and Albert L., Director of Public Relations at the College, as well as a younger brother Frank L. Marting of New Port Richey, Florida. One son, Edwin Otto, passed away ten years ago. There are also surviving eighteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Mrs. Marting preceded him in death six years ago after sixty-three years of happy wedded life.
Services in Dr. Marting's honor were held at Emmanuel Church, Berea, on Tuesday, September 2, with Reverend J. L. Williams, pastor, in charge. President Louis C. Wright delivered the memorial message; Dr. E. R. Brown, district superintendent of the Methodist Church, and Reverend Bernhard Johansen representing Cincinnati institutions and churches, together with Rev. J. H. Holtcamp, participated in the service. The latter served as a fellow minister in the same conference with Dr. Marting for fifty years. Honorary pall bearers included a number of professors at the college while those associated with him in the business office of the college served as guards of honor. Six grandsons bore his body to its resting place at Woodvale Cemetary, Berea. As customary, brother minister sang "In the Sweet Bye and Bye" as they surrounded the casket at the close of the service.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the following to say in its editorial column:
"Newspaper readers the nation over join the people of Berea in mourning the death of Dr. John Conrad Marting. Throughout his life he successfully carried through activities numerous enough to tax the strength of two men. Although he was allotted a life lacking only two years of four-score and ten, he was busy night and day until the end.
His accomplishments were varied and of such a nature that the nation will be better for many years to come. He was distinguished in the pulpit, in politics, in business, and in education as the builder of Baldwin-Wallace College. All this, founded upon an unswerving devotion to an idealism and to his religion, is a story that well might be lifted from the times of Cotton Mather. his biography gives hope to those who in gloomy moments fear the race of men has deteriorated."
Archie Morris Mattison was born Jan. 19,1855, in Avon, Lorain Co., O. He is of English and Dutch descent. The professor's father was a "Green Mountain Boy," having grown to manhood at the foot of the Green Mountains in Vermont. The first school Prof. Mattison attended was in Berea, in 1863, when his father was one of the pastors of Berea circuit. His school life was subject to the nomad habits of a Methodist minister's family, but was fortunate in the character of the schools in which he received instruction. In the fall of 1872 he entered Baldwin University with the rank of sophomore. This first year in college he earned $60 as the bell ringer, the duties of the janitor at that time not including that most important service. During his high school and college courses he exhibited his great aptitude and interest for languages. He was graduated at the age of 20, the youngest gentleman in the class of '75. Soon after graduation he was elected to the superintendency of the Gambier schools, but in the fall was called by Dr. Schuyler, who was then president, to take charge of the Latin department of the University. The trustees made him professor at their annual session in 1876, and he has remained in that position until the present time, and is now the senior professor in the University.
In the fall of 1878 he joined the first class of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. In January, 18tl2, he was licensed to preach by the Berea Quarterly Conference, and in September, 1885, was ordained local deacon. The summer of 1890 he spent in a tour through the British Isles. While in London he took advantage of the great opportunities afforded by the British museum to study the Anglo-Saxon and Greek and Roman antiquities. The many students who have come in contact with Prof. Mattison have always held him in the highest regard, not only as an efficient instructor but also as a Christian gentleman, whose influence has directed them to something higher than this world teaches.
Citation: Marion Cole, ed., “Dr. Mercer Brings Berea Culture Of Old Spain,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 28, no. 3 (1950): p. 8.
Living up to the title "Berea's One-Woman Good Neighbor Policy" once bestowed by a newspaper reporter, Dr. Lucille Mercer currently is on her sixth trip South of the Border to study at first hand the culture of Spanish-speaking Americans.
Every year since she earned her baccalaureate degree at Ohio State University-except during the war-Dr. Mercer has either studied or traveled in the countries about which she teaches. Four trips have been made across the Atlantic, including one to earn a "diploma de suficiencia en la lengua espanola" from the University of Madrid.
Dr. Mercer also has studied at the universities of Paris, Mexico and Chile, where she held a travel-study fellowship from the Carnegie Foundation. She has her M. A. and Ph. D. from Ohio State.
Spanish and South American culture are as much a part of the teacher's personal life as of her academic career. In her tiny Bagley Road apartment opposite Science Hall ls a virtual museum of utensils and art objects collected during her travels. One entire corner of the living room is taken up by a giant cabinet with a glass front which is the home of some 150 dolls from foreign countries. Another 250 are in storage.
Dishes, furniture, rugs and a great number of pictures of other lands also are part of Dr. Mercer's home, with even a giant sombrero forming the decoration for the entrance hall.
The main striking difference between South American culture and our own, according to the professor, is that with our southern neighbors "art is not a luxury, but a necessity," which explains the presence of vivid color and design in everything they create.
Contrast of the ancient and modern also are typical of South America, where in the cities people wearing native costumes designed centuries ago mingle with those dressed in the latest fashions.
Dr. Mercer doesn't confine her lecturing to the classroom, nor her activities to campus organizations, though she is sponsor of the B-W chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, national Spanish honorary. She currently is president of Cleveland's Ohio Alpha chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, national honorary professional organization for women, and heads the Northern Ohio Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
Also vice president of alumnae in the area of Pi Lambda Theta, education honorary, Dr. Mercer is secretary of the Central States Modern Language Association and is on the Ohio Council for the Modern Foreign Language Association. For her work she has been recognized by being listed in Who's Who in Education and Who's Who Among American Women.
One of the greatest rewards that can come to any teacher, Dr. Mercer says, is inspiring in students a love of the subject she teaches. Knowing that countless B-W alumni have gone into positions in or concerning Spanish countries has made teaching a particularly rewarding profession for the Spanish scholar, who once again is taking advantage of her summer travels to visit with former students wherever she journeys.
Citation: “Munk Succeeds Baltz July 1 As Conservatory Director; Eight On Faculty Promoted,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 17, no. 3 (1951): p. 1.
Munk Succeeds Baltz July 1 As Conservatory Director; Eight On Faculty Promoted
Cecil W. Munk, on the faculty of the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music since 1934, has been appointed to the Conservatory directorship, succeeding Harold W. Baltz who has resigned.
Announcement of this move was made following a special meeting of the college Board of Trustees April 6. The change will be effective as of July 1.
In announcing Prof. Baltz's resignation. President John L. Knight emphasized that the Conservatory director had expressed the desire to leave last June, but has continued through the present academic year at the request of the administration. He has been at B-W since 1947.
Citation: “Joining the Ranks of B-W Emeriti,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 42, no. 6 (1967): p. 4.
After serving the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music for 33 years-16 of them as director, Cecil W. Munk retired this summer as professor emeritus of music education.
The third director of the Conservatory can review with pride some of the noteworthy programs initiated during his leadership.
The Great Artist Series has brought many distinguished performers of the music world to the campus. A program of inviting outstanding artist-teachers to conduct master classes has been enrichment for Conservatory students. Recently the Department of Theory acquired a listening laboratory.
A series of commissions to well-known composers for original scores to be performed by B-W's band, chorus and orchestra was inaugurated last year.
In 1945 Professor Munk was the founder and organizer of an annual, two-week Summer Music Clinic which draws more than 300 high school musicians.
Five years ago the first Contemporary Music Festival was presented.
Coming to the College in 1934, the following year he was made professor of music education and head of the Department of Music Education. For 13 years he conducted the College Band. The College Choir which he conducted from 1937 to 1951 won national recognition through tours, at Music Educators National Conferences and annual Bach Festivals.