VEARL GEORGE ROWE
1906 - 2005
"I don't know if I ever made a
teacher or not, but I
kept that name for a long time
and I'm proud of it."
Vearl was "in school" for fifty-one
years and helped a lot of students along the way, in more ways than just
what the curriculum called on him to present. His days of helping
people did not end the day he retired from teaching, for he was a historian
and genealogist at heart. For the rest of his active days, he spent
working on the goal of keeping the county's history known and "roots diggers"
assisted with their queries, writing several books and recording every
burial ground in Wright County that he was told about....brambles, briar
patches and barbed wire fences; creeks, crusted markers and cantakerous
cows; only rain, sleet, snow and the dark of night could deter him from
his determined rounds.
Vearl spoke to the Wright County Historical
and Genealogical Society on April 27, 1987. During part of that talk,
he read a poem which had made an impression on him. Two lines from
that poem, "Then we find those splendid persons upon whom we can depend,
And we feel that we've been honored when we hear them call us 'friend.'"
Thank you Vearl Rowe, Teacher, Genealogist,
Historian, Author, WCHS member and above all else FRIEND. It was
a privilege to have known you.