From the first C of I yearbook, 1908, Ye Renaissance of Ye College of Idaho
By Mae Franklin, Professor of Latin
In the days of our forefathers men and women of strong convictions and high ideals often suffered death in the arena, the prey of wild beasts, or were burned at the stake. In these enlightened days such spirits as these spend a lifetime of self-denial in our church schools, a sufficient proof that the whole trend of modern American life is not materialistic.
The little College of Idaho, away out in the sage brush plains of Idaho, is no exception to the general rule of church schools. Most of these have at least one consecrated life built into their foundation stones. The College of Idaho has been singularly fortunate in having two. Doctor Boone has not only been a pattern by which the young people of Idaho might shape their characters but he has given to them the feeling that severe mind training can be used for something better than the mere heaping-up of wealth.
No history of this school would be complete without a tribute to the woman who has done so much to make the College of Idaho unique in its character and the training given to its students. That Miss Finney should have been willing to devote so many years of her life to the upbuilding of this College is not to be wondered at for her whole life has been surrounded by just such influences. Her father was a college man and all thru her life she has been intimate with men and women of the highest type of culture.
Miss Finney is one who strives not for prestige and a name but for a high standard of work and for results. It is characteristic of her that altho entitled to a doctor's degree because of study in our best schools, Carlton College, the University of Minnesota, Chicago University and Wellesley College, she never cared to assume the title.
Some nine years ago, Dr. E. C. Roy, then secretary of the College Board in New York
City, met her in Chicago and recognizing her unusual executive ability and force of character, persuaded her to come to the College of Idaho at Caldwell. It is not Miss Finney's nature to turn back when she has set her hand to the plow and altho offered by Eastern schools three times the salary she was receiving here, with work in inverse ratio to the salary, she refused to go.
There are a few people in the world who can do one thing better than the majority of their fellows. There are still fewer who can do several things equally well. To this latter class belongs Miss Finney. She has done the work of three or four persons in the College. Representatives from the faculty of the State University have taken occasion publicly to commend the fine grade of work done in the English department of the College.
It was she who secured from Dr. Pearsons the $25,000 which is the basis of the effort now being made to raise an endowment fund.
Miss Finney has made many friends, where ever she has been, some of them very prominent men and women, but none except those who know her most intimately can fully appreciate her fine personality, her broad- minded culture and the value of her work. She has been for some months in Berlin, Germany, where her friends sincerely hope she is receiving some compensation for those hard years of sacrifice that broke down even her sturdy constitution and made a rest imperative.