1907 - A Monument to Mr. Kimball

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Mon Jun 18 23:07:23 EDT 2007

This newspaper reporter did not know his
Bible or learn much about literature in school. The quotation that he
attributes to the Bible is actually from the closing of Samuel Taylor
Coleridge's Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner:

Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.

These are the phrases that are inscribed on the several sides of this
fountain, which now resides on the plaza in front of the NS office building
in Roanoke.

Gordon Hamilton

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> Roanoke Times - June 18, 1907




> A Huge Fountain Will be Erected Fronting Passenger Station


> When the late Frederick J. Kimball, president of the Norfolk & Western

> passed away there was considerable talk of erecting a memorial to one who,

> up to that time, had been Roanoke's best friend. From time to time during

> the following years such steps were mentioned and it was pretty generally

> known that plans were being made for the erection of that monument.

> President L. E. Johnson and other friends of Mr. Kimball were not idle

> and lately plans where adopted for a most appropriate memorial. It will be

> a drinking fountain for man and beast and will be placed at the entrance

> to

> the plaza, fronting the Norfolk & Western passenger depot.

> The design is the work of a Philadelphia artist and the contract for the

> erection of the memorial has been awarded. It will be of granite, 13 feet,

> 10 1/2 inches in length and 11 feet in height. At the base will be a pool

> for dogs, and higher up basins for horses and drinking places for man.

> The following inscription will front the memorial:


> To Him Unto Whom

> We Owe So Much:



> On the sides and rear will be Biblical quotations. One will be:

> "He prayeth well, who loveth well, both man and bird and beast."


> The memorial will cost several thousand dollars and when erected will be a

> great ornament to that part of the city and a fit monument to the great

> railroader.


> -----------------------------------


> - Ron Davis, Roger Link




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