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KLING, Henry Frank 1857-1919


Posted By: Cindy Maust Smith (email)
Date: 7/2/2021 at 13:44:29

Source: Fayette County Leader reprinted by New Hampton Gazette, Wednesday, August 20, 1919, New Hampton, Iowa, Page 1

News was received here by Mrs. M.N. Trout, Tuesday of the death of Prof. Henry F. Kling that morning at eight o'clock at his home in Chicago. There will be a funeral service in Chicago and the remains will be brought here for burial, probably tomorrow. A service will be held in the church here. Professor Kling was sixty-two years old last March.

He was graduated from U.I.; had been engaged in teaching U. in 1883, and since that time for the past fourteen years or more being principal of one of the Chicago schools. His first work in schools was in Fayette, where he was principal of schools, going from that position to that of head of the normal department of U.I.U., which place he held for several years. At the time he went from the public school to the college teaching force a large part of his class in the high school followed him and began their college work without finishing the high school course, showing somewhat the esteem in which he was held by his pupils in the early days of his educational career. His teaching experience covered work in Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin schools prior to his final location in Chicago.

Professor Kling had been a member of the board of trustees of the U.I.U. for years and was recommended for a continuance of his relation by the alumni association, whose representative he was, at its last meeting in June, 1919, although at that time he urged the appointment of another man, knowing that his term of life was short. In an address before the alumni of the college on Wednesday of Commencement week he told his hearers that he could not be here long and probably would never meet them again, his farewell being perhaps the most pathetic and the most courageous statement ever made before a college gathering. His death was due to the cancer from which he was then suffering and which he knew was certain to bring his life to a close.

Mr. Kling came to Chickasaw county from Wisconsin at the age of 14 years with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kling, and grew up on a farm in Dayton township. After attending district school he entered the Bradford academy near Nashua, then took a course at Upper Iowa University. His later educational work is related above.

Mr. Kling is survived by his wife, Kate H. Kling; his son, Leroy A. Kling; and a daughter, Mrs. H.E. Biedinger, all of Chicago.

He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Joshua Adams, of New Hampton, and one brother, C.F. Kling of Dayton township.

Those who attended the funeral at Fayette Friday were: Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Adams, Frank and Walter Adams, Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Kling, Mr. and Mrs. A.N. Ries, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ries, and Guy Keppie of Nashua.

Prof. Kling passes from us, leaving the indelible impress of a well-spent life. Our honor and our high respect are due to his memory.


Henry F. Kling Noted Educator


Source: Chicago Daily Times reprinted by New Hampton Gazette, Wednesday, August 20, 1919, New Hampton, Iowa, Page 1

Henry Frank Kling, 2539 Logan boulevard, principal of the Brentano public school, died at his home Tuesday morning.

Mr. Kling was born in Beaver Dam, Wis., March 16, 1857. He was educated in the Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Ia.; twelve years as superintendent of schools in Waukon, Ia., Hot Springs, S.D., and Evansville, Wis., and for fifteen years principal of five elementary schools in the city of Chicago.*

He conducted more than fifty county institutes throughout Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota during the summer months. For six years he conducted a course of travel lectures in connection with neighborhood social settlement work. He was president of the Chicago English Club for three years, was chairman of the St. James Methodist Sunday school and in other ways associated with educational and religious work.

The funeral will take place this afternoon from the Avondale Methodist Episcopal Church under the auspices of the Rev. G.Z. Moome, and Normal Park Masonic Lodge No.797, A.F. & A.M. - The body will be sent to Fayette, Ia., for burial.


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