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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: Alumni - B

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

Baldwin, John Jr.

Citation: “John Baldwin, Jr. Dies At New Orleans,” The Exponent, March 2, 1920, pp. 1 & 5.

The news of the death of Mr. John Baldwin, Jr. came to us last week. It was a great shock to the community as well as to the friends and students of the college. Mr. Baldwin has been a familiar figure on the Baldwin-Wallace Campus for many years and we shall miss him in every way. His death robs Baldwin-Wallace of one of its greatest benefactors and friends. But, altho Mr. Baldwin is no longer with us the memory of his wise, modest council his unfailing liberality and living interest in the affairs of Baldwin-Wallace College as well as humanity in general will always remain with us and be an incentive for better and higher living on our part.

John Baldwin, Jr. was born July 27, 1838 in the "little old red house" on the South Side in Berea. He died at New Orleans, La., February 17, 1920 following a very severe operation. He was the 4th of seven children born to John Baldwin and Mary Dunn Chappell of whom but one, Mrs. Rossannah Baldwin of Wellesley, Mass, is now living. Mr. Baldwin lived in Berea up to the time that his father purchased two large plantations, containing nearly 5000 acres, in St. Mary Parish, La. Having completed his elementary work in the public schools of Berea, he entered Baldwin Institute, being one of the youngest students in attendance at that time. Later he entered Baldwin University and graduated in its first class—1859. All members of this, class with the possible exception of Rev. Adam C. Barnes of Findlay, Ohio, are now dead.

On March 26, 1863 John Baldwin Jr. was married to Lura A. Gould of Berea. The children born to them were Philura G., Milton T., and John Paul, of whom but John Paul is now living.

It was the death of Philura that prompted the gift of the Philura Gould Baldwin Memorial Library which is one of the most beautiful buildings on our Campus. Mr. Baldwin has always taken an especial interest in the library and has given us many valuable additions to it in the form of books. Mr. Baldwin himself, an omnivorous reader knew well the value of good books and in this way had done great service to the College. The annual White Rose Exercises held at Commencement time in memory of Philura Gould Baldwin are among the most beautiful customs of the school.

The purchasing, by his father, of the two plantations in Louisiana necessitated the supervision of someone stronger than "Grandpa" Baldwin, and John, Jr. shouldered the responsibility of going to the Southland during the reconstruction period following the Civil War and making a success of what seemed more likely to turn out in failure. However, Mr. Baldwin possessed the rare combination of high business ability, a presence that commanded respect, candor and dependability, courage, great mechanical skill and the ability to keep out of the political squabbles of that region. Owing to his commanding personality and business qualities, Baldwin Plantation was saved from the fate of bankruptcy and failure which struck almost all the plantations at this period of our history.

Through all the stirring times of his early career he was steadily adding to his possessions and at the same time giving liberally to many causes. Especially was he a donor to Baldwin University and Baldwin-Wallace College, as is well known to everyone.

All these latter years he has been

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a great sufferer, having been in hospitals and under the surgeons knife a number of times, but with it all he remained calm and serene.

All this winter he has suffered greatly from u condition that at last compelled him to go to a hospital in New Orleans and there to undergo a severe operation, that in his enfeebled condition caused his death in a little less than a week.

Mr. Baldwin was a member of Berea Lodge, No. 382, F. & A. M. for nearly fifty years and also a member of the Berea Post of the Grand Army of the Republic.

He served one term as Mayor of Berea Village many years ago and was very prominent in the business affairs of this town years ago as well as in Baldwin, La., where he was for a number of years president of the Bank of Baldwin.

When Mr. Baldwin's body arrived in Berea, last Friday, February 20th, 1920 it lay in state in the Fanny Nast Gamble Auditorium of Baldwin-Wallace College from two until four in the afternoon so that all students of the institution might be able to, pay a lust tribute to the man who has been so great a benefactor to humanity. The funeral services were held from the Berea. Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoon, February 22, 1920.

Mr. Baldwin had a. large circle of friends and it is with sincere sorrow that we have seen his body laid to rest, but the memory of his useful life will remain and bear fruit for generations to come.

Baldwin, Philura Gould

Citation: "In Memoriam," Christian Advocate, 1892.

Died, at the home of her father, John Baldwin, in Berea, Ohio, on Thursday morning last, Philura Gould Baldwin, of consumption, aged 26 years.

Many who read the above, will do so with feelings of great sorrow and deep regret, as they recall the sweet-faced girl who used to visit in the days that seem but as yesterday. None met her but to remember her with thoughts of kindliest interest, and the charm of her presence ever remained with her dearest friends as the fragrance of a delicate flower. Spending the winter season in her southern home by the Teche, and returning to the north with the advent of spring, she met and made many friends by the rare delight of her personality.

Gifted by nature with a keen, discriminating mind, augmented by a thorough study of the good in literature coupled with a fine artistic sense, she enjoyed life to its deepest, fullest limits, and drew pleasure from the unappreciated source of everyday life. An ardent student of Nature, the heavens above inspired her with their unfathomable mystery, and the ever-beautiful earth charmed her senses with its color and beauty, yet perplexing her with its changeful and varied moods. While seeking fast-fleeting health at Mackinaw, the past summer, many happy hours were spent catching the lights and shadows upon the far-stretching waters as they melted away into the horizon, the white-winged vessels, the soft summer clouds, the towering rocks, and the quaint old buildings nestling among the brilliant green of the beautiful earth. She was alike sensitive to all the conceptions of the great tone-masters and delighted in them to such a degree as to almost bring exquisite pain, and aroused the greatest enthusiasm by her inspiring appreciation.

Over a year ago, she was attacked with la grippe, which left her in declining health, and terminated a life as sweet, as pure, and as noble as e'er had its being upon earth.

The funeral services were held from her late home, where the thoughtful hearts of friends sent beautiful flowers, kind hands administered the last sad rites, and where President J. E. Stubbs feelingly spoke of the life so closed before it was yet noon.

Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.

Biographical information
Born November 28, 1865
Died March 3, 1892
Graduated 1886
Degree Bachelor of Arts

Her life was a short one. Born in 1865, Philura Gould Baldwin graduated from Baldwin University in Profile of Philura Gould Baldwin.1886 having studied art. At the time of her studies, the university lacked what we commonly think of as a library. The predecessors of today’s fraternities and sororities were literary societies, each keeping and populating their own unique pocket collection of bound books and periodicals. Under her guidance, Philura took on the responsibility of unifying these collections into what would become the first library on campus.

Her tenure as the first librarian was short-lived, however. Just three years after taking on the title, Philura passed away from tuberculosis at the age of twenty-seven. To honor her memory and the contribution she made through her librarianship, the White Rose Ceremony was created. A procession of female student leaders, a song of tribute, oration, and the placing of a single white rose in the memory and contribution of Philura take place has taken place every year since her death. A book is also presented as a gift in her memory to the BW library. 

Two of her sketchbooks and several pieces of her art still reside in the care of the library she helped found more than a century ago. A relief of Philura can still be seen affixed to the wall in what was once the Philura Gould Baldwin Memorial Library, now part of the Malicky Center.

Barnes, Adam C.

Citation: Charles F. Mott, ed., Palladian (Berea, OH: Baldwin University, 1897), p. 24.

Adam C. Barnes graduated from Baldwin University to the degree of A. B. in 1859. Three years later he received the degree of A. M. About 1883 the degree of D.D. was conferred on him unsolicited and without his previous knowledge. The year succeeding graduation he spent in Hickman City, Ky., in charge of the Hickman Seminary. The next year Mr. Barnes entered into a contract with a famous publishing house to sell their books and spent the greater part of the year in Indiana prosecuting his calling. In 1861, at Kenton, Ohio, he was received on trial into the Central Ohio Annual Conference and appointed to the Elida Circuit. This was a large, three-week circuit with ten appointments and seventy miles around in what was then regarded as the heart of the Black Swamp. The summary of his ministry has been as follows: Sixteen years on circuits, thirteen years on station and seven ·years presiding elder. In 1892 he was sent by his Conference as delegate to the General Conference at Omaha. Since Mr. Barnes was taken into the Conference almost thirty-six years have passed, years full of labor, yet rejoicing in hope and rich in the triumphs of grace.

Barno, Peter

Citation: H. C. Beyer, “Athletics,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 13, no. 1 (1935): p. 32.

Peter Barno received the great distinction of being placed on the Associated Press and the United Press "All-Ohio" and "All-Ohio Conference" first honorary football teams at the close of the 1934 season. Being rangy and speedy and weighing almost 200 pounds, "Pete" has been a power of the B-W. line for the past three years, playing tackle on offense and backing up the line on defense. His home is in Cleveland where he graduated from the West Technical High School.

We hope to see Barno coaching one of the larger high schools in the district after his graduation in June.

Beltman, Becky

Citation: Marion Cole, ed., “Spotlighting Alumni...,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 27, no. 4 (1949): p. 16.

Becky Beltman, '42, has invaded the essentially male domain of aviation to become reservations manager in the downtown Cleveland office of Trans-Canada Air Lines. She joined TCA in 1948 after working for more than three years as reservation and training supervisor for Capitol Airlines.

Boyd, A. Preston

Citation: Albert L. Marting, ed., “The Port of Missing Men,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 21, no. 4 (1943): p. 7.

Have you heard of the Port of Missing Men?

Did you know that there is a hospital in America where anyone who is afflicted with leprosy may enter under an assumed name, if he desires, perhaps be cured of his illness and return to his family and friends without any of the stigma which so often is attached to this illness?

Did you know that a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace has been chaplain of this hospital, caring for the bodily and the spiritual comforts of the patients?

The United States Marine Hospital at Carville, Louisiana, is the official name of the haven, established in 1921, the first of its kind in America. The chaplain is A. Preston Boyd. Graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1898, he began his ministry as pastor of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, Cleveland, later serving the Baptist Church in Euclid. In 1926 he entered into his ministry of love and devotion for those stricken by this oriental disease and continued until a few months ago, when he retired to his farm and the service of a small church nearby.

Miss Jean Oram of Cleveland was the angel of mercy who, as as a national officer of the Women's Missionary Society of the Methodist Church, visited the Carville Leprosarium and reported so enthusiastically that the "Queen Esther's," the young women's organization, took on the support of Chaplain Boyd. It is an interesting fact to note that while the chaplain had his commission from the United States Government, his support came from the church.

At present there are about 380 patients of all ages, religions and nationalities. The prevailing tongue is Spanish. About one third are women and there are a few small children.

Leprosy is a universal plague, more loathsome in appearance than definitely contagious in character. It is not so much a disease of the uncivilized as it is of the unsanitary m personal and domestic life.

About one third of the patients at Carville are foreign born or of foreign born parentage. The hospital is up to date in every respect, even containing walks covered and screened to protect patients from the annoyances of winged insects and rain. It is beautifully located on the Mississippi River about twenty-five miles from Baton Rouge.

Medical science has advanced at least far enough in knowledge of leprosy to effect some cures. Rigid rules are observed and no patient is "paroled" who does not pass a satisfactory medical examination. During past years a goodly number of patients have been thus discharged and no longer regarded as a menace to society.

Buxton, E.O

Citation: Charles F. Mott, ed., Palladian (Berea, OH: Baldwin University, 1897), p. 27.

The Christian pulpit contains some of the most prominent of our alumni. One of these, Rev. E. O. Buxton, Ph. D., D.D., was born January I4, 1851, in Knox County, Ohio. His early life was spent on a farm, and his educational advantages were limited. After becoming converted he taught school for four years, and in 1872 entered the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, where he remained three years, passing immediately to the Theological Department of Boston University, where he graduated in I879· The same year he entered the North Ohio Conference and has since occupied prominent pulpits therein. In Dr. Buxton we have a telling example of what hard work, pluck and perseverance will do for a student; for while preaching he reviewed his entire collegiate work and received the degree of A. B. from Baldwin University, and also completed the four years post-graduate work in Boston University and received the degree of Ph. D. Honorary degrees have also been conferred, most deservingly on Dr. Buxton by both Ohio Wesleyan University and Baldwin University. In 1894 Dr. Buxton was transferred to the Cincinnati Conference and is now pleasantly located at Avondale, the most beautiful suburb of Cincinnati.