Obit: Perry, Herbert S. (1870 - 1914)

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Surnames: PERRY HART

----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 12/19/1914

Perry, Herbert S. (2 JUN 1870 - 13 DEC 1914)

Herbert S. Perry, dean of the normal and industrial college at Morristown, Tenn., died at his home in that city suddenly last Sunday, of heart failure. Mr. Perry had not been feeling well for a month, but had attended to his duties at the college as usual. His summons came almost without warning, and the sad tidings, which were received by Mrs. Perry's parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. Hart, Monday morning, brought forth expressions of sympathy and regret throughout the village (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) The heartbroken wife and little son left Morristown Monday night, bring the mortal remains of their loved one home for burial. They arrived here Wednesday evening, and the casket was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hart to await burial.

In the death of Dean Perry the state has lost a man of high ideals, a self made man in the fullest sense of the word. Born at Black River Falls June 2, 1870, where he spent his boyhood, later moving with his parents to a farm near Merrillan. Having ambitions and ideals which he wished to follow, he attended school and graduated from Merrillan High School with the class of 1894. He then attended and graduated from Stevens Point Normal School and took special work at Lawrence College. Later he attended the summer sessions of the state university. He made the profession of teaching his life's work; and during the years 1901 and 1902 he was principal of the Humbird High School. He was also principal of the schools at Amherst, Melrose and Spooner, in this state, and the Cumberland City Academy in Tennessee. For a years or more Mr. Perry engaged in business at Merrillan, and while there an unsolicited position in the Freedman's Aid Normal and Industrial College at Morristown, Tenn., was offered him, which he accepted; and for five years devoted himself to the religious, moral and industrial uplift of the young colored people of that section of the south. He was entering upon the sixth year's service, being second only to the president of the institution, when the final summons came.

The home life of Mr. Perry was ideal. While teaching in our schools he made the acquaintance of the young lady who was later to become his bride, Miss Anna Hart. On Aug. 27, 1903, they were united in marriage, and went to make their home in the southern state, where he was, at that time, instructor in the academy.

The deceased was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the funeral services were held from that church in this village Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F. M. Prucia. A touching tribute from the president of the college, Judson S. Hill, was read at the services. The choir rendered "Lead Kindly Light," "Asleep in Jesus," and "Just Beyond." On the casket and about the altar were placed beautiful floral emblems, the gifts of sorrowing friends and associates in Tennessee, her and elsewhere. The pallbearers were A. F. Simons, M. R. Cross, W. E. Waters, E. T. Hale, W. H. Russell, and B. J. Stallard. Burial was in the Mentor Cemetery. Numerous relatives and friends from out of town were here to attend the services.

Mr. Perry leaves to mourn his death, an immediate family consisting of his wife and son Clarence, his father, and one sister, whose home is in Lewiston, Mont. His mother died about a year ago; two brothers and one sister preceded him to the eternal home. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of this village. The school flag was displayed at half-mast on the day of the funeral in token of respect to its former principal.

 

 


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