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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: Alumni - E

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

Eastman, Fred C.

Citation: Charles F. Mott, ed., Palladian (Berea, OH: Baldwin University, 1897), p. 26.

Fred C. Eastman graduated from Baldwin University in 1884. He immediately accepted the position of Professor of Latin and Greek at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he remained one year. From 1885 to 1889 he was Professor of Latin and Greek in Dakota University, Mitchell, South Dakota. In 1889 he went to Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa, as Professor of Greek and Latin and in 1896 he was made President of the University and College Association ot Iowa. He became President of North East Iowa Teachers' Association and member of the State Educational Council in 1897. Mr. Eastman is a well known lecturer and in the years between 1894 and 1897 he lectured before over one hundred County Institutes in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Edelblute, Barbara Jean (Morton)

Citation: Zachary Randolph, “Genealogy Research Essay” (essay, Baldwin Wallace University, 2021).

Barbara Jean Morton (now Barbara Edelblute) was born on August 25th, 1940 at Deaconess Hospital in Cleveland. She grew up in a family home in Brunswick, Ohio, near Bennett’s Corners. In her early years, she would often help in the classrooms at her Methodist Church. Barbara graduated from Brunswick High School in 1958. She decided to attend Baldwin-Wallace College due to its proximity to her close-knit family, as well as it being a Methodist college. Teaching seemed to be in her blood, as her grandfather, mother, and two aunts were all educators in the Brunswick and Medina School Districts. When she started attending B-W in the Fall of 1958, Barbara chose Elementary Education as her major. 

Barbara Morton lived in Hulet Hall at the corner of Bagley and Beech Street during her first year at B-W. She lived with her roommate, Ruthie Kirby, who was the daughter of a Methodist minister from East Cleveland. Barbara and Ruthie lived on the third floor of Hulet Hall, which at the time housed around thirty Freshman women. Around 2,500 students were enrolled when she was a Freshman. 

Unlike most students at the time, Barbara Morton graduated from B-W in three years, as opposed to four. She took a very heavy academic load all three years of her time at B-W, yet she was still able to remain on the Dean’s List every quarter. She also took many summer classes to finish her degree quicker. She would often isolate herself in Ritter Library to study for her overwhelming number of classes. 

Barbara Morton lived in Findley Hall on Beech Street for her last two years at B-W. Many of her friends there belonged to the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, so she decided to join starting in her second year. She would often attend home football games with her sorority sisters and show her school pride. During the normal school week, Barbara worked for Dr. Buschas in the Education Department, as well as babysitting his daughter on many evenings. Along with her summer classes, she worked at the Towpath Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. 

Barbara Morton graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in the spring of 1961. The fall after graduation, she joined her mother, aunts, and cousins, teaching first grade in Medina County for three years. She then moved to Bowling Green, Ohio, where she taught second grade and started working on a Master’s Reading Specialist Degree at Bowling Green State University. She then transferred those credits and completed her Master’s Degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she taught first grade in the public schools. She then found another teaching job in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she taught second grade during the day and adult education physical fitness in the evenings.   

Barbara Morton married Charles Edelblute on December 17th, 1983 and joined her husband in the school photography business known as Lifetouch School Photos. The two of them moved to Southern Illinois and started working 24/7 out of their house. Their business eventually developed into the largest school photo company in Southern Illinois. 

When Barbara and Charles retired, they took on gardening seriously, as it had been a pastime that the two loved. Their gardens were on the popular garden tour and several years they won the GLEN Award, which stood for: Garden, Landscape, Environment and Nature. Barbara Edelblute now lives on her own in Glen Carbon, Illinois, as Charles Edelblute passed away on February 1st, 2021.