Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 9 (1895)
Adams, H. C.
Henry Cassius Thom, pp. 18-19 PDF (474.4 KB)
* .- :,|~ ~~~~~ --1 HENRY CASSIUS THOM. It is no idle tribute of words to sy that Henry Cassius Thom wlth 1 honored and loved in Wisconsin. A native of the sate, born at Clinton. 3eek County. in 1856, of Scotch parentage, learning as a child the lemons of lbtW in the steady routine of farm life, educated in the district school of Mosative place and the state normal school at Oshkosh. a successful teacher in thM ity for some years, and oinally agin w farmer near hi old home and sptend- g ent of schools of Bock County, a teacher in the Farmers' Institue, deirypd food eommissioner during Giovernor HoA rd's adminisabion, hasinth on' the 1 Republia n State Central Committee in two C mp igns, and manaer ofthe - | electrie light plrat at M dson, his lifte tounhed miny, and greah t olerae in this state and wah sO brod in its eh itsharity and strong in its wisdoi nOMc death st his home in Mldison, March 16,, 1895, ws molrned not anly bq a bt of peromal friends, but by the people of the ste, as a los of tone ot tie- sin's moat splendid products, a broad-minded, upright and able mn.1 Mr. Thom became fIrt known to the farmers of this state through his work in the Farmers' Institutes. A paper whieh he red at a Clinton Institte pon stock feeding attracted the attention of Mr. Morrison and for several yea he wa a leader in this work. As in his farm management he was systematic, thoughtful and thorough, so in his Institute work he was definite and pracdal, and cultivated mena' brains as he did his fields. e wasakeen judge of men. He never mistook gravity for wisdom nor wit for folly. He was the soul of Institute meeting because he knew that men open the door to knowledge when humor knocks. With a wit as brilliant as his logic was trenchant, he was too true a man to use either weapon in stage effects, but always had th eourage and judgment to use them in behalf of the truth. Two ideas were distinetve in his Institute teachings, the duty of the farmers of the state to eda their 1 children and the necessity upon the farm for that same thoughtful, bnes management which obtains in the centers of commerce and trade. He 1d his Institute work in a way which made every Institute worker his rimd Per- sonal biekerings and jealousies were beneath him. Hehad the c,,ai self- reliance which goes with strength and the potent in4sou¢ne wWUkiM. with both. In all the relations of his life imriiliess was his distintive character- istie. Courage, persistence and sel-control osme to him through the blood od his Scotch ancestry. Delicacy of feeling, tenderness of heart and a wealth of sentiment were in the depths of his life, guarded jewels, known to but his closest friends. Pro-eminently practical in his make-up, with no lov faori dreamers and theorists, a man of affairs, yet he read poetry as few men read it, I is
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