Throwback Thursday: W. H. McIntosh

Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!

It’s back-to-school season! Today, let’s brush up on some local school history by taking a look at William H. McIntosh, Civil War veteran, teacher, and school superintendent.

W. H. McIntosh

Not originally from DeKalb County, William H. McIntosh came to Auburn by way of a war and a wife. During the Civil War, he volunteered for the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry and found himself stationed in Rutherford, Tennessee, where he was told to establish a school for the children of the freedmen there.

It was there that he met Anna Cosper, an Auburn native who had come with four other women to Tennessee to aid in the war effort. Anna taught in William’s school, and when they both had free time, they passed out literature and supplies in Union hospitals together. Not surprisingly, they fell in love.

McIntosh Home

There was a hitch, though. William was only teaching until he received further orders—orders which arrived in February, 1864, directing him to one of the front lines. When he was able to get away on leave two months later, the two quickly got married, and then didn’t see each other again until after the war. For a short time, they lived in Wisconsin, before moving to Auburn in 1867, where they lived in this home on S. Main Street. They had two children, Ella and Henry.

McIntosh High School

No longer awaiting orders, William went back to working in education. He served at the DeKalb County School Examiner from 1868-71, and as the DeKalb County Superintendent of Schools from 1873-94. After his beloved Anna died in 1915, he offered his property as the site for a new high school building. The gift was accepted, and on July 2, 1916, William laid the first brick for what would soon become known as McIntosh High School.

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New Audiobooks

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New Fiction

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library: August 24-29

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Are you following Eckhart Public Library on Instagram? The photo above is from the Teen Library Instagram account, which you can access by clicking here. We also have a Main Library account, which features photos from a variety of activities across the campus and beyond! Click here to access it. And we love to see pictures of people at the library or reading library books, so be sure to tag us!

Here’s what’s happening around Eckhart Public Library this week:

  • Read a Romance Month: The month of August is dedicated to reading romance! Everybody who reads a romance novel from Eckhart Public Library in the month of August can receive a Read a Romance Month button and enter in a drawing to win an Eckhart Public Library romance prize pack. We are also holding a weekly Romance Cover Caption Contest on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers 18 and older, no matter what genre, are welcome in this group. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, August 25, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Romance Book Chat: Talk about romance novels! Read a romance—any romance!—and discuss it, and the genre, with other readers. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday, August 25, 6:30-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Come play games at the library! We will learn how to play 7 Wonders and Settlers of Catan. Other games will be available to play as well. Thursday, August 27, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Teen Game Night: Join us for Game Night at the Teen Library. Bring a friend and enjoy video games or board games of your choice. Friday, August 28, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Register for Storytime Enrichment Classes: Registration is open for Storytime Enrichment Classes! Classes are for children from birth through 6 years old and begin in September. Eckhart Public Library is proud to offer Storytime Enrichment Classes for the children and families in our community at no cost to them. All families are welcome, and no library card is needed to attend these classes. The library offers weekly classes at several times during the week. Visitors are always welcome. Register by calling the Children’s Department at 925-2414 ext. 320.
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Goodviews: Sweeney Todd


Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street is one of my favorite musicals. Even if you can tell the blood is fake and the scenery is extremely dark so you can’t catch all the details depending on the brightness of your screen it’s still a story that I find wonderfully twisted.

Meet Sweeney Todd, formerly Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) a barber on his way back to London after being gone for years after Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) banished him because Judge Turpin was in love with Sweeney’s wife Lucy (Laura Michelle Kelly). At the time he was banished Sweeney and Lucy had just had a baby girl, named Johanna (Jayne Wisener). Headed to London with Sweeney is a young traveler named Anthony (Jamie Campbell Bower).

The movie starts out with Anthony singing that there is no place like London. He compares it to great and beautiful cities, but Sweeney joins in song expressing feelings about London being filled with vermin. Two very different perspectives. The two split up and Sweeney ends up meeting a pie shop owner named Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) whose pie shop is under Sweeney’s old barber shop. Mrs. Lovett’s pies are, in a word, horrendous. Rock hard, slimy, and the taste doesn’t leave your mouth for some time. Blame it on the meat.

This movie has so much to give. Amazing acting, lots of gore, beautiful music, and a twisted story line.

Heather: Anyone else think Jamie Campbell Bower looks familiar? You might recognize him from the Twilight Saga as Caius or you might recognize him as Jace from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Combine Jamie with Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter and you’ve got part of a cast I adore. And don’t get me started on the fact that three cast members were in the Harry Potter films. Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, and Timothy Spall (Beadle in Sweeney Todd, Peter Pettigrew aka Wormtail in Harry Potter).

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New Fiction

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Library Looking For Community Input

Eckhart Strategic Planning

Eckhart Public Library requests the community’s input as it plans for the future.

In creating its new strategic plan, the library hopes to respond to the needs of the community with an openness to change and a focus on outcomes, Director Janelle H. Graber said. This includes exploring fluctuations in circulation and a downturn in the overall number of cardholders.

“You can use the library and never come into the facility, and yet you’ve downloaded books or conducted research using the ‘virtual branch,’” Graber said. “People are using libraries in new ways, and we want to know how they’ll use our library in the future.”

The library has partnered with Debra B. Natenshon of DBN & Associates, who has solicited staff input and conducted interviews with key library stakeholders. She will conduct focus groups of teens and adults in Auburn this fall. That input will help guide the strategic planning process.

“I am honored to work with the forward thinking leadership of the EPL as they develop an outcome-based strategy,” Natenshon said. “It’s very exciting to systematically listen to the voices of patrons as well as people who are not library users – to enlighten the process and explain what they need and expect from this important community resource moving forward.”

The focus groups will be held Oct. 20 and 21 in Auburn. Teen and adult focus group participants are needed to discuss the following library services: Adult, Children’s, Teen and Genealogy. Non-library cardholders living in the library’s service area are also invited to take part in a special focus group. If interested in participating in the focus groups, call 260-925-2414 extension 401 or email Recruitment will continue through the end of September.

The library writes a strategic plan every three years, as required by state law, and tries to bring in a professional consultant to guide the process every six years. The process this year has been primarily supported by a grant from the Dekko Foundation.

Dekko Foundation’s Nonprofit Toolbelt Grants are designed to help build strong, long-lasting organizations, furthering the healthy development of young people. Kendallville-based Dekko Foundation invests in projects that help children and youth, up to age 18, work toward economic freedom.

DBN & Associates, L3C is a social purpose consultancy that partners with social sector organizations to clarify, articulate and improve outcomes. Natenshon, its founder, is a nationally recognized expert in outcome management.

Photo: Members of the Eckhart Public Library board of trustees “Get Caught Reading” in May. Front, left to right: Nancy Irwin and Lisa Conrad. Back: Carolyn Foley, Barb Morrow, Bill Schaab and Steve Teders. Not pictured: Kari Ackerman.

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