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vanced work, and later entered Harvard University, receiving there
the degree A. M., 1899, and Ph. D., 1901. From 1894 he was a
member of the College Faculty at Northwestern University as in-
structor, assistant professor, and professor, his special field of instruc-
tion having been history. Dr. Wilde's experience in the East, both
as instructor and in administrative capacities, enabled him to bring to
the University of Arizona a valuable fund of knowledge and an execu-
tive ability that has meant much for the advancement of the Uni-
versity. As Registrar of the College at Northwestern, a University
that has an enrollment of about 4,500 students; principal of Evans-
ton Academy, a preparatory school having about 500 students; then
Secretary of the University and administrative assistant to the Presi-
dent, he has met and coped with questions which have ably fitted him



Dr. A. H. Wilde

I V \ R I 7. O N A 311

for his present position, a fact which he has demonstrated during his
brief administration. Dr. Wilde received his early education in the
public schools of Massachusetts, which rank eminently high in the
nation, and is deeply interested in the development of State Universi-
ties as the culmination of the public school system. He is an active
member of the American Historical Association, and was elected hon-
orary member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. Dr. Wilde is a contribu-
tor to periodicals on culture of early middle ages and general educa-
tional matters. He is a member of the Congregationalist Church, and
in politics an Independent Republican. He was married September 6,
1892, to Miss Sarah Frances Fellows, of Center Sandwich, N. H.

ARTHUR JOHN MATTHEWS, president of Tempe Normal School,
has been engaged in educational work for more than thirty years, as
teacher, principal and superintendent of public schools and as head of
the Tempe Normal. Mr. Matthews was born in Cazenovia, N. Y.,
September 3, 1860, and is the son of Patrick Henry and Anne King
Matthews, both of Irish descent. His childhood and youth were spent
on a farm and his early education received in township schools. He
then attended Cazenovia Seminary, a Methodist institution, as prepa-
ration for Syracuse University, which he attended two years, and then
supplemented the whole by a course at Poughkeepsie Business College.
He began teaching at the age of nineteen, while a student in the Semi-
nary and the University, and for several terms was thus employed
during the winter months. After leaving the University he was prin-
cipal of the schools of West Eaton, N. Y., and later superintendent at
Adams, N. Y. In 1887 he went to Wyoming and for ten years was
superintendent of schools in Rock Springs and Rawlins. The family
then removed to Arizona because of his daughter's health, and for
three years he was superintendent of Prescott schools, after which he
was elected to his present position. Having devoted practically his
entire life to school work, and advanced from the village school, as
teacher, through the various grades of educational work, Professor
Matthews has acquired a thorough knowledge of teaching and is well
equipped not only to meet all phases of responsibility incident to his
present position, but to enable those to whom he is the leading spirit,
both teacher and pupil, to make the most of every opportunity afford-
ed them in their work. His enthusiasm for his profession is not con-
fined to his actual labors, but in a general way he has been active, and
in both Wyoming and Arizona has been president of the State Teach-
ers' Association and member of the Board of Education, having held
the latter position in this state for the past twelve years. He is now
senior member of the Board. He has also been an active member of
the National Educational Association for the last twelve years, during
which he has been director for Arizona, and has served as vice presi-
dent of the Association and vice president of the Normal Department.



Prof. A. J. Matthews



Dr. R. H. II. Blomi-

314 W H O ' S W H O

For four years he has been a member of the State School Law Com-
mittee. Professor Matthews is a Democrat, but never an active
worker in the political field. In 1896 he was candidate for the posi-
tion of State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Wyoming, but
was defeated by Estelle Reele, the Republican candidate, who was the
first woman elected to a state office in the United States. For many
years Professor Matthews has been a member of the K. P. Lodge, of
which he is Past Chancellor, and for the past five years has been a
Trustee of the Grand Lodge of the State of Arizona, and with two
other Trustees has special care of the Pythian Home Funds. He has
also been an active Mason for the past five years, and has been Master
of Tempe Lodge. He is a member of the Grand Masonic Lodge of
Arizona and has been Grand Orator. January 1, 1887, he married
Miss Carrie Louise Walden, to whom have been born two children,
Arthur, deceased, and Anna, wife of E. L. Hendrix, Roundup, Mont.
The family are members of the Episcopalian church.

DR. RULOLPH H. H. BLOME, President of the Northern Arizona
State Normal School, is the son of Frederick and Margaret Hanfeld
Blome, and was born in the Province of Hanover, Germany, in 1854.
His maternal grandfather was at the Battle of Waterloo. Doctoi
Blome came to America at the age of fifteen. He took a course at the
Illinois State Normal School, and later attended the University of
Jena, Germany, from which he received the degree Doctor of Phil-
osophy. He came to Arizona in 1900, and immediately associated
himself with the Tempe Normal, where he remained nine years.
During that time he was teacher of Psychology and Pedagogy, and
later Director of the Training School. Dr. Blome is a thorough
scholar, a student always, and an educator in the truest sense of the
word. He wins the confidence and co-operation of his teachers and
students, and has the faculty of obtaining the best possible results from
both. During the years he was at Tempe his success was marked,
and during the three years he has been connected with the Flagstaff
Normal the attendance has more than doubled and the work accom-
plished in the various departments has shown a corresponding im-
provement. Dr. Blome is also well known as an institute instructor,
his w r ork in this respect being highly practical and of a sort that is of
actual aid to the teacher in the life of the schoolroom. Having a com-
plete mastery of the profession of teaching, in both grade and advanced
work, his interest and intense enthusiasm are contagious, and his
efforts, whether as head of the Normal or on the platform, are pro-
ductive of the very best results. One of his most prominent charac-
teristics is the absolute thoroughness invariably inherent in the German
scholar. Dr. Blome was married November 30, 1882, to Miss Pierce.
They have four children Nora Elizabeth, Helen Margaret, Maurice
Hanfeld and Harold.



Dr. Andrew Ellicott Douglass

ANDREW ELLICOTT DOUGLASS, Astronomer, who ranks high in
his profession, is the son of Reverend Malcolm and Sarah E. Hale
Douglass, and was born in Windsor, Vermont, July 5, 1867. He
was educated in his native State and at Trinity College, Connecti-
cut, from which he received the degree A. B. in 1889, and Sc. D. in
1908. Dr. Douglass is well known throughout Arizona as astronomer
and instructor, has been acting President of the University and is now
Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the same institution. During
the years 1889 to 1894 he was in the Observatory connected with Har-
vard College. In the latter year he resigned his position there to come
to Arizona, where he became First Assistant Astronomer at the Lowell
Observatory, Flagstaff, this State, a position which he held until 1901.
He then became Probate Judge of Coconino County, and served for
four years in that capacity, coming to the University of Arizona in
1906. He was married August 3, 1905, to Miss Ida E. Whittington
of Los Angeles, Cal. Dr. Douglass is a fellow of the Royal Astro-
nomical Society, London, England, and of the A. A. A. S., member of
the American Astronomical and Astrophysical Society, and honorary
member of the Southern California Academv of Sciences.



PROFESSOR E. C. BUNCH, recently appointed Assistant Superin-
tendent of the Arizona Schools, has been interested in school work
all his life, and is, therefore, eminently qualified to fill the position
to which he has been chosen. He is the son of Bradley and Jane

Boswell Bunch, and
was born in Berryville,
Ark., m 1856. His
grandfather, Nathaniel
Bunch, Captain of
Tennessee Militia,
fought under Andrevv
Jackson at the Battle
of New Orleans, and
the powder flask car-
ried by him during this
battle is still in exist-
ence and much treas-
ured for its historical
value by its possessor,
Hugh Bunch, of
Bowie, Arizona, a
nephew of Professor
Bunch. In 1876 Pro-
fessor Bunch first
came to Arizona, and
after a time left here
for Oregon, but he
freely confesses he wai.
glad to return and
that he did so with a
determination to make

Arizona his permanent home. Apart from his work as an educator,
the first important enterprise in w r hich he was engaged was the
construction of a large ditch and reservoir, now known as the
Bunch reservoir, which was the first large reservoir in Arizona.
Although the main work of his life has always been educational,
he has during the greater part of the time been devoting much
time and energy to development projects, irrigation mostly, and he
completed the Owyhee Canal in Oregon, which supplies water for
more than 40,000 acres of land. In addition to his school and
development work he has found time at various intervals to act as
Justice of the Peace, Probate Judge and Undersheriff of Apache
County, and he remembers \\hen it was customary to adjourn court
with a six-shooter. He was also a member of the Twenty-fourth
Legislature from Maricopa County, and served as chairman of the
special committee that had charge of all gambling legislation during



that session. He is an active member of the Odd Fellows, and
both Mrs. Bunch and he are prominent members of the M. E.
Church. Mrs. Bunch, before her marriage in September, 1885,
was Miss Ellen Weatherford, of Richfield, Mo. Professor Bunch
has one daughter, Edith, and five sons, Carl, Conway, Harrv, Alvin
and LeRoy.

HENRY QUINTUS ROBERTSON, Superintendent of the Public
Schools of Mesa, and one of the best known educators of the State,

is also a member of the State Exam-
ining Board, to which he was ap-
pointed by Governor Hunt in rec-
ognition of his excellent work as an
educator in the State of Arizona.
Mr. Robertson, the son of P. C.
and Elizabeth Tebbs Robertson,
was born in Yolo County, Califor-
nia, and passed his early life on a
farm three miles from Woodland.
His father was the first assessor of
Yolo County and joint assembly-
man from Modoc and Siskiu Coun-
ties. He is a lineal descendant of
General James Robertson, and a
cousin of Colonel Frank Robert-
son of General Price's army. Mr.
Robertson w T as educated in the pub-
lic and Normal schools of Tempe.
Having been graduated from the
latter, he at once took up the pro-
fession of teaching, his first work
having been at Tempe in 1888.
Since that time he has been em-
ployed in this capacity in various

sections of the State, during the past four years in his present posi-
tion at Me^a, to which he has been re-elected. He has been a resi-
dent of Arizora since 1881, when he located in Globe. Mr. Rob-
ertson was married in May, 1889, to Miss Katie Brown, whose
tather, Henry Brown, was a captain in the Confederate Army under
General Lee, and her paternal grandfather owned the house that
was purchased for Jefferson Davis 's home after the war. Mr. Robert-
son's family consists of Mrs. W. R. Hughes, Miss Dorris, also a
teacher in the schools of Mesa; Orrick, Alleen, Henry and How-
ard Q.



Clay F. Leonard

Dr. Benjamin B. Moeur

CLAY FINSON LEONARD, member of the Board of Education of
the Tempe Normal School, was born in Waubeek, Iowa, August 17,
1862. He is the son of Morgan Leonard and Mary L. Finson, both
descendants of earl}' pioneer families of Iowa. His maternal ances-
tors, however, were among the early settlers of Massachusetts, and
some of their names are prominently shown on the Massachusetts
State Records of the Revolution. His great-great-grandfather,
Thomas Finson, of Cape Ann, Mass., was corporal in the Twenty-
seventh Massachusetts Regiment, having enlisted May 29, 1775;
and his father, Thomas Finson, seaman, is on the list of American
prisoners brought to Marblehead in the cartel, "Pacific," to be ex-
changed for British prisoners. In Mr. Leonard's personality are to
be noted many of the strong characteristiss of this pioneer ancestry.
Mr. Leonard received his early education in the common schools of
Missouri, and finished at the State Normal School of Kirksville, from
which he was graduated. He has been a resident of Arizona since
1888, and Is very well known in the State, especially in and about
Maricopa County, where he has held various offices. For seven
years he held the position of County Recorder, and made an excellent
record for the able manner in which he managed the affairs of the
office. He is at present Deputy Clerk of the Superior Court of Mari-


copa County, a position in which his marked attributes of courtesy,
promptness and absolute attention to detail are a valuable asset. Mr.
Leonard is Secretary of the Arizona Society of the Sons of the Ameri-
can Revolution, and has reached the highest degree in the Masonic
order. He was married in 1893 to Miss Serena Goodrich Leonard,
and thev have since made their home in Phoenix.

DR. BENJAMIN BAKER MOEUR, member of the Educational
Board of the Tempe Normal School, is known in the State not only
as a physician and surgeon, but also for the deep interest he has
taken in educational work and his important part in the political life
of Arizona during the past 16 years. Dr. Moeur has always been
active in the educational development of the State, but, being a resi-
dent of Tempe, has displayed particular activity in behalf of the
Normal School there. Dr. Moeur and Mr. Clay F. Leonard form
the Educational Board of the institution, Superintendent O. P. Case
being an ex-officio member. Dr. Moeur also served as member of
the School Board for eight consecutive years. He was born in Dech-
erd, Tenn., December 22, 1869, and coming of a family of profes-
sional men, he is but following the bent of his inherited tendencies in
his professional and educational labors. His father, Dr. J. B. Moeur,
was a leading physician of Tennessee, and his mother, who was Miss
Esther K. Knight, was a member of the well-known Knight family
of the South. In his profession Dr. Moeur is a leader, and ever
evinces a deep interest in the betterment of conditions that in any way
pertain to medical or surgical work. He is a member of the Ameri-
can and the Arizona Medical Associations, the Maricopa Medical
Society and the Southside Medical Association, being Chairman of
the latter.

Dr. Moeur was a member of the constitutional convention, took
a prominent part in the deliberations of that body, and was consid-
ered one of the ablest men in that assembly of the notably able men
of the State. He is active in political movements, and a member of
the state, county and precinct Democratic Clubs. In addition to the
above, he has also important business interests, being president of two
of the largest corporations of the state, The Southside Electric Light
& Gas Company and The Moeur-Pafford Company, a ranching and
cattle raising corporation.

If the happiest man is he "Who can carry the golden thread of
boyish enjoyment farthest through the web of life," Dr. Moeur may
then be classed among the happiest by reason of his genial personality.
He is a member of the Elks, Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows, but
withal a home man. He was married in 1896 to Miss Honor G.
Anderson, and they have four children, John K., Vyvyan Bernice,
Jessie Belle and Ben. B., Jr.



Henry C. White

Miss Harriet T. White

HENRY C. WHITE, principal of the School for Deaf Mutes in con-
nection with the State University, at Tucson, is a native of Boston,
and lost his hearing as a result of typhus fever when four years of age.
He was educated at the American School for the Deaf at Hartford,
the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston, and at Gallaudet
College for the Deaf in Washington, D. C., having been graduated
from the latter in 1880 with a B. A. degree, \vhich was awarded under
the seal and authority of Congress by President Rutherford B. Hayes,
ex-officio patron of the college. Mr. White early took to reading and
covered a w r ide field of fiction, poetry and history, and though unable
to sense the sound of rhyme, has a keen appreciation of the beauty of
language and the sentiment of poetry. By means of his habit of read-
ing only the best, Mr. White has acquired a thorough mastery of Eng-
lish, an unusual accomplishment for the deaf. After his graduation
he taught in a school for the deaf at Beverly, Mass., where he remain-
ed until called upon to organize a similar school at Salt Lake City,
which he built from the ground up, and which today ranks as one of
the best in the west. After eight years he returned to Boston to set-
tle his father's estate, and there engaged in various pursuits, among
them that of editor. He was frequently consulted by the deaf of New
England on matters of law, was induced to take up the study of law,
and after three years work compiled and published "Law Points for
Everybody," which had a phenomenal sale in New England and New
York. He frequently acted as court interpreter for mutes and has
assisted in this way some of the most noted attorneys of the country.



He was also instrumental in establishing the New England Home for
Deaf Mutes, Aged, Infirm or Blind, of which his wife was first
matron. Mr. White has been twice elected secretary of the National
Association of Deaf, consisting of eighty thousand throughout the
United States, and declined a third term in this capacity. He has
done newspaper work on papers devoted to the interests of the deaf,
and written articles upon educational matters which have won for him
a national reputation as one of the best teachers of English in the pro-
fession. Mr. White married Miss Mollie E. Mann, who was deaf,
but not dumb, and they have three children, two girls and one boy, all
normal in speech and hearing. One daughter is married to a young
lawyer in New York, while the other one, Miss Harriet White, early
engaged in the profession of teaching, and is at present employed
with her father in the school at Tucson as matron and teacher of lip
reading. This school is entirely the result of Mr. White's personal
efforts extending over a period of two years. When he decided to
come to the far west to establish another school for the deaf where it
seemed most urgently needed, he chose Arizona as his field of en-
deavor, and brought with him a letter from Mayor Fitzgerald of
Boston to Mayor Christy of Phoenix, and others from a member of
the legislature, the Boston School Committee, and Secretary of the
Y. M. C. A. After Governor Hunt was elected he received a per-
sonal letter from Governor Foss, of Massachusetts, commending Mr.
White to his good offices. \Vhen his unremitting efforts in behalf of
those afflicted like himself were crowned with success and a state
school for the deaf in Arizona became a reality, Mr. White was
chosen its principal. This school is situated just north of the Univers-
ity campus and has seventeen pupils ranging from 6 to 21 years of
age, and applications for admission are being constantly received. The
building, formerly a private residence, will soon be unable to accom-
modate the number of pupils and new quarters will, therefore, be re-
quired. Thus far, the work has been extremely successful, the pupils
being ^deeply interested in the work, pleased with their home, and all
like Tucson and its climate. In this latest act in a life devoted almost
entirely to the uplifting of those of his own particular class, Mr.
White has undoubtedly accomplished the organization of a school that
will prove a boon to the many thus afflicted in Arizona, which as it
increases in proportions and usefulness will surely stand a monument
to his ability, persistence and great-heartedness.

Miss HARRIET T. WHITE, matron and teacher of the Arizona
State School for the Deaf, is the daughter of Henry Cheney White,
the principal. Miss White was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, of parents
who, though deaf, were highly educated. Her mother, Mary Eliza-
beth Mann White, was a native of Cincinnati, where the family were
neighbors and friends of the Taft and Longworth families. Though



born in Utah, Miss White has spent almost her entire life in Boston,
where she was educated in the best schools, and was graduated from
both High and Normal Schools. At an early age she entered the
profession of teaching, in which she proved an adept, though one of
the youngest in the profession. As an oral teacher in the
Arizona institution she taught several pupils speech and lip
reading in and outside of the school room with remarkable
success, having developed the dormant power of speech in one
girl and one boy each possessing good hearing, but incapable of in-
struction in the public schools. Miss White served three years as
teacher and assistant principal in the School for the Deaf at St. John,
N. B., where she demonstrated such proficiency in the results obtained
that she was offered a similar position in the Central New York Insti-
tute for the Deaf, but declined it to come west to assist her father in
the organization of Arizona's new School for the Deaf, where she has
served in the double capacity of matron and teacher with exceptional
ability. As matron, she has inaugurated a system which \vill doubt-
less continue permanently in the institution, and her excellent manage-
ment and wise economy have attracted the attention and approval of
Dr. Wilde, President of the University, with which the School for
the Deaf is connected. This talent of efficiency, especially in man-
agement, comes naturally to Miss White, for her mother was the
first matron of the Utah School for the Deaf, and a notable house-
keeper and manager in domestic affairs, as well as a woman of liberal

E^GAR A. BROWN, secretary of the Board of Education of the
Northern Arizona Normal School, was born in Covington, Kentucky,
August 31, 1873. His father, W. W. Brown, was for years Vice
President of the First National Bank of Cincinnati. His mother,
Margaret Cambron Brown, is a direct descendant of Charles Carroll
of Carrollton. Mr. Brown received his early education in his home
schools and later attended St. Xavier College, Cincinnati, from which
he took an A. B. degree in 1893. For the next six years he was con-
nected with the Big Four and Chesapeake & Ohio railroads at Louis-
ville and Cincinnati as General Cashier, Chief Rate Clerk and Travel-
ing Freight and Passenger Agent. He came west in 1899, located in
Flagstaff and has since been a resident of Coconino County. His first
business association in Arizona was with Babbitt Brothers and for
several years he was located at Tuba and Willow Springs in charge
of their trading business on the Hopi and Navajo reservations. He
then served several years as private secretary to David Babbitt. In
1909-1910 he managed the Commercial and Weatherford hotels at
Flagstaff, and later assumed charge of the Bright Angel Hotel at the
Grand Canyon, prior to the erection of the El Tovar. Here he re-
mained until 1911, when he became owner of the Flagstaff Steam
Laundry, which he has since conducted. Mr. Brown served in the
Kentucky State Militia in every capacity from private to captain, and











was mustered out with his company in 1895. He has also served
three years in the National Guard of Arizona as 1st Sergeant of Co.
I of Flagstaff. During the past eight years he has been a member of
the Democratic Central Committee of Coconino County, and either

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