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Hines - Linnaeus Neal

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen,  1913.

Of high professional and academic attainments and  possessing organizing force and executive ability of a superior  order, Prof. Linnaeus Neal HINES, for 5 years the efficient  superintendent of the educational system of the city of  Crawfordsville, has achieved honorable distinction in one of the  most responsible and exacting callings, occupying a conspicuous  place among the leading educators of western Indiana. As an  organizer he has few equals as his work in various places  abundantly indicates; as an executive he possesses rare judgment  and foresight, together with the ability and tact which has  enabled him to take advantage of circumstances and mold them to  suit his purposes, and as an instructor he has the happy faculty  of imparting to others precisely and specifically what he knows  so as to obtain the best possible results. Distinctively one of  the most successful educators of the present day in this section  of the Hoosier commonwealth and a gentleman of commanding talents  and sterling worth whom to know is to esteem, he has left his  individuality deeply impressed upon his various fields of labor,  raising the schools where his talents have been employed to a  high state of efficienty through his ability and paintaking  endeavor. Professor Hines was born Feb 12, 1871, at Carthage,  Jasper Co, Missouri. He is a son of Hiram and Sallie (Neal)  Hines. The father was born on May 20, 1840, Coshocton Co Ohio and  when 2 his parents brought him to Hamilton Co Indiana and there  he gerw to manhood and received a common school education. When  21, he enlisted for service in theUnion Army during the CivilW  ar as a member of Co. H 57th Indiana Vol. Infantry he saw much  hard service during his 4 1/2 years at the front. For meritorious  conduct he was promoted to the rank of Lt. At the close of the  war, having received an honorable discharge, he moved to Missouri  and resided there a few years, then returned to Hamilton Co,  Indiana and while living there was elected county auditor. He  spent part of his life as a contractor and later in the mail  service for several years. His death occurred March 18, 1913. The  mother of the subject was born Spet 12, 1851, in Hamilton Co, In  and there grew to womanhood and received a common school and  academy education. She is still living.

 Seven children were born to Hirma Hines and wife: Linnaeus N, of  this sketch; Fred E; Nellis, deaceased; Eleanor; Sam Neal; Ralph,  deceased; and H.C.
 Prof. Linnaeus N. Hines received a common school education and he  was graduated from the high school atNoblesville, Indiana, 1889.  He subsequently entered the university of Indiana, Bloomington  where he made an excellent record for scholarship, and was thre  graduated with the class of 1894. During that time he had spent  one year aaway from the University teaching, having been principa  of the 1st ward school in Noblesville. After his graduation he  taught and acted as assistant principal at Evansville HS from  1894 until 1899. In order to further prepare himself for his  chosen life work he took a post graduate course in Cornell  University, also in Indiana and Columbia Universities, after  which he taught in Shortride HS at Indianapolis, Indiana. later  he engaged in editorial work on the daily papers of that city for  ayear and although he was making an excellent start in the field  of journalism the school room seemed to have greater attraction  for him and from 1901 until 1906 he was superintendent of schools  at Union City, Indiana and from 1906 until 1908 he filled a like  position at Hartford City, then became superintendent of schools  at Crawfordsville, the duties of which he continues to discharge  in a manner that reflects much credit upon his ability and to the  eminent satisfaction of all concerned. As a superintendent, Prof.  Hines, according to those whoknow of his work, has no superiors.  An excellent disciplinarian, the schools under his management are  always orderly and in the highest degree systematic, and between  his teachers and himself a mutual confidence has ever obtained,  while his relations with pupils are such as to gain their good  will and profound regard. Personally, he is the most  companionable of men, possessing to a marked degree the qualities  that win and retain strong friendships, and his high standing as  a citizen with the best interests of his fellow men at heart  gives him influence in the community such as few exercise. He is  easily approached, affable, obliging and though entirely  unostentatious in his relations with the workd, he makes every  other consideration subordinate to duty regardless of  consequences and lives in harmony with his highest ideals of  manhood and citizenship. He has ever remained a profound student.  He has accepted labor as the motive duty and destiny of man and  never has he been known to shrink timidly from its mandate or  injunction. Work to him is a joy and a pleasure and his ambition  to excel in the noble field of endeavor to which his talents are  devoted has become the predominate incentive of his life. That he  is rapidly rising to a high and honorable position among the  distinguished educators of Indiana and winning a reputation  second to none of his contemporaries is due to his inborn  ambition and determination to succeed and in thebroadest and  best sense of the term he is the architect of his own fortune and  is eminently worthy to wear the proud American title of a "self  made man." On Feb 26, 1907, Prof. Hines was united in marriage to  Bertha G. WIGGS of Chicago, a lady of many estimable attributes.  She is a duaghter of George W. and Anna Oldfield Wiggs, an  excellent old family. She received her education in private  schools of Chicago and in the Chicago University. The union of  our subject and wife has been graced by the birth of one child,  Neal Oldfield Hinest, born Nov 22, 1908. Professor Hines owns a  cozy and neatly appointed home in Crawfordsville. Fraternally, he  belongs to the Masons, to Phi Kappa Psi, a college fraternity. He  is a member of the national Education Association, national  Superintendents' Association and American School Hygiene  Association, holding office in thelatter; he is also a member of  the Indiana Association of Superintendents, the Indiana State  Teachers Association and Northern Indiana Teachers' Association  and editor of the proceedings of the Indiana Teachers' State  Association. - kbz
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