George B. Haldeman, November 19, 1909



George B. Haldeman.

George B. Haldeman was born at Oakland Place, near Mt. Carroll, Ill., June 9, 1861, and died at Cedarville Nov. 14, 1909. He was seven years old when he came to Cedarville, where, in his childhood days, he attended the village school. In 1877 he entered Beloit college and graduated in the class of 1883. He afterwards attended John Hopkins university at Baltimore, and was prepared to take the degree of doctor of philosophy. He was detailed by that university to do a very important research work, in the pursuance of which he spent two summers at Beaufort, North Carolina. The scientific results of this research were published in England as well as in America and are regarded as an important contribution to the subject. Although biology was his major subject, Mr. Haldeman was also a fine Latin and Greek scholar. He was twice abroad and took up the study of psychology at [Leipzig] under Professor William Wundt. Mr. Haldeman was a profound student all his life, although frail health prevented his assuming the duties of a professorship, for which he was prepared. He enjoyed very much the society of his friends and was a help and inspiration to the young people with whom he came into contact. He was very appreciative of the rural beauty of Cedarville and years ago he wrote some lines to "The Wildflower," which expresses the appreciation in a form of literary beauty:

"Fair as an aphrodite,
Child of the wind's delight,
Blooms the wind-flower.
Purple and pale the light
Poeting from somber night
Thy natal hour.
Wild Winds have moulded thee,
Lingering, unfolded thee,
Loosing their power.
Offspring of aeronaut,
Breezes thy petals wrought,
Dawn tinted flower."