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pointed Professor Greene as a member of the Board to fill the vacancy. Professor Greene was by his colleagues on the Board -Doctor 0. L. Schmidt and Dr. M. H. Chamberlin,-chosen President of the Board of Trustees and he has acted in that capacity until April, 1923, when his resignation was accepted by Governor Len Small, who appointed on the Board in his place Professor Laurence M. Larson of the University of Illinois.
Professor Greene also served the State as a member of the Commission which so ably conducted the Centennial of the State in 1918. To Professor Greene as chairman of the Committee on Publications of the Centennial Commission is due in large measure the splendid Centennial History of Illinois which was published by the Commission. He gave untiring energy and critical supervision to the work and its accuracy and scientific historical style are the result of his painstaking labor and careful choice of the editors and compilers of the several volumes of the History.
This brief summary mentioning the dates and number of years service which Professor Greene gave to the University of Illinois and to the State Historical Society and Library gives no idea of what this service has meant to everyone connected with these institutions.
Professor Greene has in a high degree the traits which are needed in a leader of organizations made up, as are those over which he presided, of many persons of varying opinions and temperaments. His sound judgment, sense of justice, unfailing courtesy, fearlessness and his profound scholarship inspired confidence in and a high respect for his opinion under all circumstances. It is, therefore, with sincere regret that Governor Small accepted his resignation and his associates on the Library Board accepted his decision to retire from the board.
The Historical Society will count on his continued interest, assistance and counsel.
At the University of Illinois where Professor Greene had made his home for so many years his friends were, of course, extremely sorry to lose him and his sisters from the faculty circle. Entertainments were given them when they were preparing to leave the community and expressions of regret were
heard from the members of the faculty, the student body and from citizens of Urbana and Champaign.
The Illinois State Historical Society at its annual meeting held in Springfield May 22-23, 1923, passed resolutions expressing its regret at Professor Greene's departure from Illinois and its hopes for his future happiness and prosperity.
A dinner was given by the Society in his honor at the Illini Country Club on Tuesday evening, May 22nd. Dr. O. L. Schmidt, the president of the Society presided. Brief addresses expressing appreciation of Professor Greene's services were made by the President of the Society, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Francis G. Blair, Professor J. A. James of Northwestern University and Mr. Stuart Brown, Professor James and Mr. Brown are colleagues of Professor Greene as directors of the State Historical Society.
There were present at the dinner in honor of Professor Greene about one hundred members and friends of the His torical Society. Professor Greene's sister, Mrs. Mary Greene Griffin, was with her brother a guest of honor. There were several distinguished ladies and gentlemen present among them being United States Senator Simeon D. Fess of Ohio, who presented the annual address before the Historical Society; Lieutenant Governor Fred E. Sterling; Hon. L. L. Emmerson, Secretary of State; Hon. Andrew Russel, State Auditor, a director of the State Historical Society; Hon. David E. Shanahan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives; Hon. Edward J. Smejkal, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives; Mr. Wallace Rice who wrote and read an ode in commemoration of the dedication of the Centennial Building; Professor T. C. Pease, University of Illinois; Mr. John H. Hauberg of Rock Island, Rev. Ira W. Allen of La Grange and Mr. H. W. Clendenin of Springfield, Directors of the Historical Society; Dr. C. B. Johnson of Champaign; Mr. E. C. Silliman of Chenoa; Mrs. Laura B. Evans, one of the Trustees of the University of Illinois; Mrs. I. G. Miller; Mrs. Martha K. Baxter; Right Rev. Granville W. Sherwood, Episcopal Bishop of Springfield and Mrs. Sherwood, close personal friends of Professor Greene; Rev. W. F. Rothenburger and Mrs. Rothenburger; Mr. and Mrs. Logan Hay; Mr. and Mrs. George Pasfield, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs.
Burton M. Reid, Mr. and Mrs. James S. King, Mrs. O. L. Schmidt of Chicago, wife of the President of the Society; Miss N. Elizabeth Harris of Chicago; Mrs. B. F. Harris and Mrs. Mary Vose Harris of Champaign; Miss Lottie E. Jones of Danville; Miss Felicite Oglesby; Mrs. Anne C. Dickson, Miss Margaret Norton, and many other friends and admirers of Professor Greene.
Professor James spoke of his long association with Professor Greene in historical and university work. Mr. Stuart Brown spoke as the representative of the Historical Society. His address is given in full.
EVARTS BOUTELL GREENE.
By STUART BROWN. I remember, but cannot place Macaulay's comparison of Scott with Hallam.
Scott, looking at history like a sculptor, placing before you a vivid, pleasing external form to see and to admire.
Hallam, like the anatomist with meticulous care dissecting, exposing every nerve and muscle, and limning their point and several sections through cause to effect.
Carlyle looked at history as a chemist would and called it the essence of innumerable biographies.
Bacon's idea was that of the analyst and compiler. "Industrious persons, by an exact and scrupulous diligence and observation, out of monuments, names, words, proverbs, traditions, private records, and evidences, fragments of stories, passages of books that concern not story, and the like do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time."
There is one with us tonight of whom I shall speak not as a close friend, but as an admirer for close friends. For all those who have really worked with him speak lovingly and respectfully of him. They have seen him in all the varied moods of the historian. Like Bacon's ideal, they have observed him blow away a bushel of chaff to show the virile yellow grain. Like the Hallam described by Macaulay, they have known him to pan out the dross and debris of ages to find the glistening gold; like Carlyle's chemist they have known him to pour through his litmus filter whole shelves full of biographies dry as dust on Arizona's plains and many as leaves of Vallowbrosa, and heard him shout with delight over the residual geni. These close friends believe that this man joins poetry to philosophy; that he can drive that invincible pair Labor and Imagination.
Close electric contacts make sparks, and many sparks make light, and light makes sordid lives even bright. When those who are nearest to you praise you, that is a part of heaven.
But these friends who have known this man also say he joins to patience and industry and depth of learning, a rare tact and a kindly courtesy. That he can say where did you get that story? or are you quite sure of that point? and not offend your pride or sensibilities. In other words that
he can persuade through friendliness of criticism and not by the bare hostility of doubt; And of such again are the Kingdom of Heaven.
To you, Evarts Boutell Greene, who with Hiram W. Beckwith, Edmund J. James, George N. Black, J. H. Burnham, E. M. Prince, George P. Davis, David McCulloch, Jessie Palmer Weber and others, most of whom belong to the illustrious past, did call the Illinois State Historical Society out of the void in 1899. To you, its first Secretary, who held up the hands of all its Presidents as a Director, from Beckwith up to Schmidt. To you who have been President of the Historical Library since 1910, the officers and friends of those institutions owe a world of thanks. Because of your loyal, gracious and untiring effort we have hope that these societies will continue to en. courage a true learning and in a modest, yet effective way, carry on through coming generations.
My dear sir, I am sure I voice the feelings of all for whom I speak, when I say, that they view your departure from this circle to other places, with the deepest regret; a regret not untinged with jealousy. You will not misunderstand me then when I say that each morning you will notice if you look abroad in your new home, that the sun rises in all his majesty in the East hastens West just as fast as he can.
We rejoice, Sir, that the pendulum of time is swinging you up to a higher fame and a greater opportunity, but still with that tinge of jealousy, we do hope that when it swings to another rise, it will bring you back home.