Who was Emanuel Northup for whom Northup Library and Northup Hall was named? Learn about him by reading information posted here.
Source: Bricks Without Straw – The Story of Linfield College By Jonas A. Jonnason 1938
Based on action of the McMinnville College Board of Trustees on June 13, 1888, that the Rev. Emanuel Northup of West Oneonta, N.Y., was offered the position of professor of mathematics. According to Jonnason’s book, “the position … was not very attractive. The struggling school was three thousand miles from his present home, and the promised salary was only $650 a year. The offer was accepted, however, and in September of that year he and his family crossed the continent to help build an institution that bore the name ‘college’ but was in reality little more than a mediocre academy. Nothing in the experience of the thirty-seven-year-old professor-elect, either as a student in Colgate University from which he graduated in 1879 or at the seminary that is now the Divinity School of the University of Chicago where he was a student from 1879 to 1883, not in his brief pastoral service in the East, prepared him for the temporary disappointment caused by his first view of McMinnville. He had pictured the town as a place of beauty, perhaps like some of the college communities he had known in the East, and it was only a relatively crude western hamlet. ‘There were broken or no sidewalks, falling barns and crumbling fences, shabby weather beaten dwellings, deep dust filled the streets with big boulders make the streets nearly impassible. In the one college building, then heated with wood stoves, three teachers with but a few books and no laboratory facilities did all the work in both collegiate and preparatory departments. Of the ninety-six students enrolled during Professor Northup’s first year at McMinnville College only seven with in the college department. Apparently on June 20, 1905, the Linfield Board of Trustees elected Dean Northup acting president with a salary of $1,200 a year. Professor Emanuel Northup was dean of the faculty by virtue of his long term of service as well as by designation of the board of trustees. In 1928, when hundreds of friends were congratulating him on the completion of his second score of years on the faculty of Linfield College, Professor Eugene S. Gardiner expresses the sentiments of many when he commented on the “service not only for its length but for its devotion.” Many of those whom Dean Northup, during ten student generations, watched pass through the college halls were “scared almost to death” by his brusque insistence on precision in mathematics, and later learned to see the “adorably friendly twinkle” in those eyes that often saw more in a man than the man saw in himself. On more than a few funny occasions in the old chapel, students making vain a struggle to stifle laugher got their cue for release when the massive shoulders of the Dean began to heave with inner mirth. To the old students he was “Baldy,” a name given in the same spirit that a towering granite peak might have been called Mt. Baldy. A well fitting toupee, worn during the last decade of his life, made it more natural for younger students to call him “the Dean.” In 1929 he resigned from the faculty, but he continued to live in McMinnville and until his death in 1933 was vitally interested in the school for which he had wrought so effectively for nearly half a century. In the college’s eightieth decade, Dean Emanuel Northup went into well earned retirement, and for four years remained the “Grand Old Man” of the college.
Source: Northup Family Genealogy
Emanuel "Uncle Hack" Northup was born the son of Isaac Northup and Phebe Elizabeth Saunders, on 13 July 1851; W. Oneonta, Otsego Co., NY. He was married to Maud Galer (b. 08 May 1867 in Pleasant Brook, NY.) on 18 February 1886 in W. Oneonta, Otsego Co., NY. They had seven known children. Emanuel Northup Died: 04 January 1933 in McMinnville, Ore.
Source: 1913 University of Chicago Alumni Directory
“Emanuel Northup. Dean, McMinnville Coll., McMinnville, Ore.” He received a “D.B. ‘51” means a bachelor of divinity degree from the University of Chicago in the year 1851.
Source: State of Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction biennial report to the state Legislature Sept. 11, 1876
At the close of the year Professor W. J. Crawford offered his resignation and Rev. Emanuel Northup. of West Oneonta, New York, a graduate of Madison university, Hamilton, New York, and of Chicago Theological seminary, was elected in his place.
Source: McMinnville Telephone-Register Jan. 5, 1933
Dean Northup Succumbs Of Heart Disease Funeral Services To Be Held Friday At Baptist Church COLLEGE LEADERS TO ASSIST IN FINAL RITES Educator Connected With Linfield College For 41 Years
Dr. Emanuel Northup, 81, revered professor of mathematics at Linfield college for 41 years and a leader in civic affairs in McMinnville, died at his home here Wednesday morning of heart disease. He had been confined to his bed several months, but only became critically inn Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock and college glasses will be dismissed for the services. City business houses will be closed from 2 until 3 o’clock. Dr. W. Everett Henry, pastor, will conduct the services, assisted by Dr. Leonard Riley, president emeritus of Linfield, Prof. L. S. Shufmaker, and Dr. W.R. Frerichs Honorary pallbearers will be Charles H. Kopf, Prof. G.W. Payne, Prof. H.E. Hewitt, Dr. P.J. Orr, Prof. R. E. Storey, Prof. K.S. Sawtelle, J.K. Riley and Prof. Luther Taylor.
Was Civic Leader Dean Northup, as he was known to hundreds of graduates and ex-students of Linfield college, had been linked with every interest of the college since he became a member of the faculty in 1888. In addition to his duties as a teacher, he also was dead of the faculty from 1896 until 1929, treasurer of the college from 1906 to 1917, secretary from 1904 to 1906, and a trustee from 1904-05, 1917-24, and from 1930 until his death. Although burden with the many duties of the then struggling college, Dr. Northup also found time to take an active part in the Masonic lodge work and in civic activities. He was mayor of the city from 1903 to 1905, president of the Oregon Mutual Fire Insurance company in 1902-03, vice president of the company from 1903 until 1925 and a director of the American Savings and Loan association from 1923.
Active in Masonry Dr. Northup was a member of Union lodge, No. 43, A.F. & A.M., of which he had been chaplain and trustee; Taylor chapter of Royal Arch Masons; of which he had been grand chaplain since 1922; of Royal and Select Masters, and Delta Commandery, Knights Templar. Dr. Northup was born July 13, 1851, at West Oneonta, N.Y., and was graduated from Colgate university and Baptist Union Theological seminary. He later received a master’s degree from Colgate and an honorary degree from Linfield. Following his graduation, he held pastorates in Wisconsin, New York, Illinois and Oregon* before coming to this city to join the faculty of Linfield college, then known at McMinnville college. Besides his widow, Maud Galer Northup, whom he married in 1886, at West Oneonta, Dr. Northup is survived by a son, Truman of Newberg and three daughters, Elizabeth Northup and Lucy Kaufman of McMinnville and Fleeta Johnson of Oregon City. Macy and Sons are in charge of funeral arrangements.
Source: The Oregonian Jan. 5, 1933
OREGON EDUCATOR DIES DR. EMANUEL NORTHUP WITH LINFIELD 41 YEARS Widely Known Mason and Church Worker, 81, Ill Some Time, Victim of Heart Malady.
McMINNVILLE, Or., Jan. 4. (Special.) – Dr. Emanuel Northup, 81, for 41 years a member of the faculty of Linfield college and widely known in the affairs of the Baptist denomination and Masonic lodge, died today at his home here on heart disease. Dr. Northup had been confined to his bed several months and became seriously ill Tuesday. Funeral services are to be held in the First Baptist church Friday at 2 P.M. with Macy & Son in charge. Dr. W. Everett Henry, pastor, will officiate and the pallbearers will include members of the college faculty and Masonic lodge. Dean Northup, as he was known to hundred of graduates and ex-students of Linfield college, had been linked with every interest of the college since he became a member of the faculty in 1888. A graduate of Colgate university in 1879 and of Baptist Union theological seminary in 1883, he had also held pastorates in Wisconsin, Illinois, New You and Oregon. Dr. Northup was a member of Union lodge No. 43, A.F and A.M.; Taylor chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of which he has been grand chaplain since 1922; the Roy and Select Masters and Knights Templar. He also served as mayor of McMinnville from 1903 to 1905; president and vice president of the Oregon Mutual Fire Insurance company of McMinnville from 1902 to 1925, and had been a director of the American Savings and Loan association from 1923. He was born July 13, 1851, at West Oneonta, N.Y. Besides his widow, he is survived by a son and three daughters.
Source: McMinnville Telephone-Register Jan. 12, 1933
IS HE DEAD! Lines on the death of Prof. Northup Lynn Gubser
Said a voice from my office doorway “Our dear old friend is dead.” Then feelings of sadness came o’er me And I sat and bowed my head. I did not know him closely. As those of his town could do. But long I had grown to honor him. As a citizen strong and true. I never had sat in his classes. Nor worked with him even a day. But years I had known that ever He had led in the upward way. I never had learned to love him As those of his home had done – And yet, in a way I cannot explain, My respect he had long since won. How fine is life, if, in living. The lives of others are blest – And, when the journey is ended, We lure to the Haven of Rest. Is he dead? Ah, no. He is living. In the heart of every friend; And, through them, his life shall continue Till the cycles of Time shall end.