|Notes for Almira Isabella Hobart|
|We have a copy of the "College Days" newspaper published by Ripon College in December 1871 which shows that she was elected President of the Ecolian Society on 11 December 1871. At that time she was expected to graduate in 1873 (see the obituary quoted below). She taught as the Wisconsin School for the Blind for ten years. After that she taught at the State School for the Deaf at Delevan, Wisconsin. She visited Europe in the summer of 1891. Did not marry. She left educational trusts for her nephews and neices which provided for their college education.|
F. G. Hobart5 incorrectly has her birthplace as Auroraville, Wisconsin.
We have a copy of the issue of the Wisconsin Times, published by the State School for the Deaf, which has her obituary on the front page. The same text was used by the local paper in the obituary quoted below.
Unspecified newspaper at Delevan, Wisconsin, no date (1916):
"A Remarkable Career Ended
Almira Isabel Hobart, Veteran State School Instructor Called.
At ten fifteen, Saturday morning May 27th, Miss Almira Isabel Hobart died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Wood.
During the past winter Miss Hobart suffered from a very severe attack of the grippe. While she, herself, claimed to have entirely recoverd it was apparent to her intimate friends that the recovery was not complete. On Saturday morning, May 20th, a number of complications appeared. These finally developed into broncho-pneumonia of which she died one week later.
Miss Hobart was born Feb. 15, 1851 at Oak Creek, now South Milwaukee, Wis. At the age of fifteen ears she taught her first country school at Auroraville, Washara Co., and later for a number of terms in Jackson county. By means of this teaching she put herself through Ripon college from which she graduated in June, 1874. In September of the same year she received an appointment as a teacher in the Wisconsin State School for the Blind at Janesville, Wis. Here she worked continuously until 1882 when the death of her mother caused her to resign her position and assume the household duties at home. In the fall of 1884 she was appointed as a teacher in the Wisconsin State School for the Deaf at Delevan and served continuously here until the time of her death except for one year when she returned to her former position in the Wisconsin State School for the Blind.
At the age of fifteen, while teaching her first country school Miss Hobart united with the Congregational church and has remained a consistent and faithful member of that organization.
To her initial education acquired wholly through her own effort she has added a broad culture which comes from systematic study and wide travel. To these opportunities Miss Hobart brought such an inherent ability, such capacity for work, such sympathy with and understanding of others that she ripened in her maturer years a very striking and unusual personality. She combined the rugged and conscientious uprighteousness of the puritan with the sympathetic culture of the true scholar. She interpreted her God given gifts and her acquired characteristics merely as instruments placed in her hands for the benefit of others and she religously and systematically planned that this measure of benefit to others might be as large as possible.
Hundreds of handicapped boys and girls have come under the impulse of her teaching to become better and more capable men and women because of her influence. Understanding childhood she lived the lives of her pupils, grieving with them at their failures and defeats, joying with them over their successes and victories. She took to herself an undue share of blame for failures that her classes made and assumed not to herself the credit for their successes. She was modest of her own attainments and capabilities, rigidly fixed in her own moral ideals and clear cut in the school ideals which she hoped to see realized in every boy and girl in her charge. She taught, and planned, and lived that these ideals might be realized and has erected her most fitting monument in the lives of pupils she has touched.
Coming early in the church relationship she embraced the opportunities and assumed the responsibilities and duties of a religious life with the same conscientious fervency and zeal which characterized her professional life. The particular phases of church work that appealed to her most were the missionary and the Sunday school work. She was a Sunday school teacher all her life; a Sunday school superintendent for twenty years. She laid out for herself a large amount of work in school and church life and yet always responded cheerfully when additional drafts were made upon her time and energy. Brilliant and well equipped in mind, large and sympathetic of heart, rugged and conscientious in character, kindly and considerate in disposition Miss Hobart has left a deep impress upon all those who have been associated with her. She will be deeply missed in many walks of life but her own life has been so efficiently inspiring that it has paved the way for fulfilling the gaps her death has caused. In church and school and society, people are better because she lived and labored.
Miss Hobart leaves to rejoice in her life and mourn her death, two brothers and a sister; Mr. C. M. Hobart, of Albert Lea, Minn., Mr. Randall Hobart, Lake Crystal, Minn., and Mrs. Etta Wilson, Ashton, South Dakota. These were all present at the funeral as were Mr. Murray Hobart, a nephew, of Chicago and the cousins, Mr. F. G. Hobart and Miss Lillian Hobart, of Beloit, and Mrs. C. A. Lewis of Milwaukee.
At 11:45 a.m. Monday a short funeral service was conducted by Dr. L. G. Reser of the Congregational church of Delevan. At the same time a memorial service conducted by Prof. W. F. Gray was held at the Institute chapel, after which the funeral party took the 12:57 train for Milwaukee. At the request of Miss Hobart her body was cremated and deposited in the grave of her mother at South Milwaukee.
Resolutions Adopted by the Teachers' Association of the Wisconsin State School for the Deaf.
WHEREAS, After blessing with the crown of a useful life it has pleased our Heavenly Father to call our beloved associate, Miss Almira I. Hobart, from the school of earthly existence to everlasting and restful labor in the school of Paradise, and
WHEREAS, Miss Hobart was for thirty-one years a highly capable and dearly beloved member of our association and,
WHEREAS, She has during her long service here been known to us as a high type of woman and teacher and an ever present inspiration and guide to us in our work, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That we honor her by emulating so far as in our power her personal and professional virtures; that we hold gratefully and reverently the ideas that inspired her live and be it further
RESOLVED, That we express to the bereaved relatives the assurance of our highest esteem for their departed sister and of our sincerest sympathy in our mutual bereavement.
Mary D. Fonner
E. W. Walker
|1870 U.S. census, Jackson Co., Wisconsin, r. 1356, p. 351|
1880 U.S. census, Jackson Co., Wisconsin, r. 1429, p. 267D
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