Early Setback: The First Building Burns


Early on the morning of April 30, 1918, flames could be seen at Tabor College. Within an hour, the building had burned to the ground. Solomon Loewen climbed up a ladder into H. F. Toews?s classroom and threw chairs and maps out the window until the floor began to burn. They told him, ?You must get out! There?s too much danger.? That very day the students and faculty pledged $13,000 for a rebuilding fund, and for three days following, the students, faculty and constituents worked at the ruins, cleaning bricks, crushing rock, working to ?recycle? what remained.


This ?Tabor in Time? was written by Peggy Goertzen, one of the contributing authors of ?Tabor College: A Century of Transformation 1908-2008,? the history of the college commissioned for this year?s centennial celebration. The pre-publication price for the 248-page hardcover book with around 400 photos is $37.50 (tax included) until May 10. After May 10, the price will be $48.39 (tax included) plus $5 for shipping. Call 620-947-3121 ext. 1212 for information or orders.

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