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Kin Takahashi, 1902
Posted by: Caleb Teffeteller (ID *****4419) Date: January 24, 2006 at 00:13:30
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Maryville Times, (Blount Co. TN) Saturday, december 20, 1902:

"College Notes---The Y.M.C.A. received a copy of a letter from Fred Curtis, a missionary in Japan, telling of the sad news of the death of Kin Takahashi of the Class of 1895, so well known here and who originated and carried out the scheme of building the beautiful building which is now the home of the Y.M.C.A. Mr. Curtis met Kin in his native state and they worked together, after Kin’s health was too far gone to permit him to work longer in his chosen profession. In his letter he speaks of Kin as follows: “After a lingering illness Mr. Takahashi passed away peacefully, while sleeping, in the early morning of May 7th.” In speaking of the funeral Mr. Curtis says in part “I suppose 250 or 300 were present, the room being crowded to over-flowing, including the leading citizens of the town who had been impressed by the earnest life of the young, Christian man. The streets were literally lined with hundreds of people to witness his being borne to his last resting place and when we reached the hillside where his body was to be interred we found nearly a thousand people gathered.” After leaving America, Kin was engaged as General Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. at Tokyo where he was when his health failed. Mr. Curtis speaks of his doing a wonderful work in his home town even after his health failed."


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