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Lee E. Shuman

L. E. Shuman, of Lake Station, Ind., was born at Fremont, Ohio, March 5th, 1889. At school age he began school life in a district school at Fort Seneca, Seneca county, Ohio, where pleasant memories instead of aversion to school life were early formed.

He was often known to speak of his early school days with joys and turns to his friends. Continuing attending district school until 1876, when he entered Heidelberg College at Tiffin, Ohio, better to prepare himself for the many exigencies which all must meet in this life. At the close of his connections with this College he assumed the responsible duties of teacher in the same district school where his father taught the young many years before. In 1877 he came with his parents to Lake Station, where he resided until the date of his death. There is, however, more which is at this time worthy of mention of our departed friend. During the winter of 1881-2 he began teaching at Ross Station, Ind., where the patrons recognized and honored at once in him the qualifications of a successful and practical teacher. At the close of this school year the patrons of the school very much desired that he teach their school the following year, but his services were wanted at home, where the patrons of the Lake Station school elected him by an enviable majority to the primary department where he zealously labored in training and storing the minds until 1884, which position he filled with credit until April 27, 1888, when he tendered to Trustee J. H. Roper, his resignation on account of failing health. Mr. Shuman was a very conscientious teacher.

He attended the monthly township institute whenever possible, and in all his years of teaching missed only one county institute at Crown Point. Through his efforts the township institute met once each year at Lake Station where he always treated the teachers with the best hospitalities. He was also a great lover of nature and highly delighted with natural sciences and curiosities. He attended the New Orleans Exposition in 1885; visited friends and relatives in Ohio in 1886; saw the sights in Mammoth Cave, Ky., a year ago and made two trips to Niagra Falls, the last of which was taken a little over one month ago.

To better prepare himself for teaching Mr. Shuman attended the Normal School Valparaiso, Ind., during the summer of 1882. Here he also acquired knowledge of perspective drawing in which he often gave lessons at the township institutes from which teachers one and all could draw practical hints. He prepared many drawing, among which were Crown Point court house; Lake Station school house and many others which his friends will remember. Mr. Shuman also collected a splendid library, from which he was ever gathering knowledge, as he was a great reader and close observer. During his rapid decline, brought on by consumption, he very seldom complained. In speaking of his disease he often said "IT seems strange that I have no pain." He bore with unusual patience the obstacles that crossed his path in sickness. He continued failing until Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20th, 1888, when his relatives and friends were summoned to his bedside to witness his death. His age was 29 years, 6 months and 15 days.

The funeral procession (in charge of undertaker Wild, of Hobart, who deserves credit for so skillfully doing his part) left the house at about 1 o'clock, prominent in which were the pupils of his school, who rode in a large four hourse wagon, draped for the occasion. They presented to the bereaved parents and brother, a floral laurel of pillow design which bore the inscription, "Our Teacher." There was also a floral anchor which bore his name "Lee" and a third on which was the word "Friend."

The deceased had a host of friends in Hobart township, as well as in Ohio, from whence he came to Indiana nearly eleven years ago.

Interment of L. E. Shuman took place in Hobart cemetery, Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22d, 1888, were was confined the tomb, all that was mortal.

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: September 27, 1888
Volume Number: 5
Issue Number: 24
Page: 1
Column(s): 4

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    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
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                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

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                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
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