1907 - A Monument to Mr. Kimball
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Tue Jun 19 11:00:12 EDT 2007
In reference to my message yesterday about the inscription on the Fredrick
J. Kimball fountain monument, I took the attached picture this morning. The
high, circular trough on the near side was for horses (water still flows
into the trough from the lion's mouth; where are the horses?) and the two
low objects at the extreme right and left are water troughs for dogs. Thus,
the appropriateness of the inscriptions about animals from Coleridge's poem.
The NS office building is in the background. Incidentally, I once heard a
local architect comparing this NS office building with what is now knows as
the Wachovia Bank tower building which dominates the downtown Roanoke
skyline, and he said that the NS building was a much better building. I
don't know the details, so this is just for what it is worth.
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Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 11:07 PM
Subject: Re: 1907 - A Monument to Mr. Kimball
> 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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> Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 10:37 PM
> Subject: 1907 - A Monument to Mr. Kimball
>> Roanoke Times - June 18, 1907
>> A MONUMENT TO MR. KIMBALL
>> 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
>> 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
>> a drinking fountain for man and beast and will be placed at the entrance
>> the plaza, fronting the Norfolk & Western passenger depot.
>> The design is the work of a Philadelphia artist and the contract for
>> erection of the memorial has been awarded. It will be of granite, 13
>> 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:
>> FREDERICK J. KIMBALL
>> 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
>> great ornament to that part of the city and a fit monument to the great
>> - Ron Davis, Roger Link
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