December 8: On This Day in Eureka History

Robert Enoch Hieronymus (Class of 1889) was born on this date in 1862. Hieronymus would later teach at Eureka College for many years and he served as president of the institution from 1900-09. The house that is located at 711 Burgess Street, currently the President's Home, was built in the mid-1890s as the Hieronymus family residence.

It was on this date in 1927 that Rev. Kirby Page, an internationally renown pacifist, spoke upon the Eureka College campus. Rev. Page (1890-1957) was a prominent anti-war activist and exponent of the Social Gospel, and a prolific speaker and writer. He worked for the YMCA and served as personal secretary to Sherwood Eddy for a few years. From 1926 to 1934, he was editor of World Tomorrow, a Christian pacifist monthly published in New York. In his career he wrote more than forty books and numerous articles.

Page had published a pamphlet entitled "War: Its Causes, Consequences and Cure" in 1923. A copy of this work was sent to Mohandas Gandhi in India who reproduced it in twenty-one instalments in the publication Young India between November 26, 1925, and May 6, 1926. Just a few years later, Rev. Page traveled to India to meet with Gandhi. Page subsequently wrote about the experience in a booklet entitled "Is Mahatma Gandhi the Greatest Man of the Age?" Years later, in his own autobiography, Page answered his earlier question by writing "Long since that question mark has been erased from my mind."

On this date in 1980 Dan Gilbert, the President of Eureka College, was named to the Transition Team that would organize the beginnings of Ronald W. Reagan's administration. During the next few months, President Gilbert divided his duties between work in Eureka and work in Washington so that a smooth and orderly transition of power would take place on January 20, 1981, when Ronald W. Reagan became the nation's fortieth president.