Prominent among the distinguished citizens of Edwards county is Rev. Frank Bristow Hines, president of the Southern Collegiate Institute of Albion, Illinois, and a clergyman of the Congregational church. He stands high as an educator in this section of the state. Since 1904 he has held his present office, his endeavors having proved remarkably effective towards its intellectual upbuilding and substantial growth. Under his administration a wise and progressive leadership has carried the school towards the accomplishment of its purposes and the realization of its high mission. At the same time, in all his career at Albion, he has never failed to yield hearty support and co-operation to any measure that has appealed to him as conducive to the public good. He has amply commended himself by his fidelity and indefatigable devotion to public duty.

Mr. Hines is a Kentuckian by birth, being born in Warren county, March 22, 1859. His father, Vincent K. Hines, also a native of the Blue Grass state, was born in 1815. The subject's paternal grandfather was one of Kentucky's pioneer settlers, and was of Scotch-Irish descent, a staunch combination of ancestral forces which has been transmitted to his descendants. The founder of the family in America located in Virginia in colonial times. In 1866 Mr. Hines' father removed with his family to Missouri and settled near Sedalia, where he secured a farm and devoted the remainder of his life to the great basic industry of agriculture. He removed to Windsor, Missouri, in 1876, and there died February 3, 1901. He married Anna L. Stone, of Kentucky, and ten children were born to them. The following brief data concerning these ten children is herewith entered: James H. resides in Sarcoxie, Missouri; Jane (Craig) is living in Johnson county, Missouri; Mary F. (Cross) is in Windsor, Missouri; William died in 1872; Wood M. is a citizen of Windsor, Missouri; Virgil M., of Houston, Missouri, died in 1898; Julia G. (Hall) is located at Eldorado Springs, Missouri; Ida M. (Dawson) is in St. Paul, Minnesota; Mr. Hines is next in order of birth; and Volney G. is a resident of Kansas City, Missouri. The eldest brother, James H., was seventy-one years of age January 20, 1912. The good mother was called to her eternal rest in June, 1901, at the age of eighty-two years.

Mr. Hines, at the conclusion of his public school education, entered Drury College at Springfield, Missouri, and from that institution of learning was graduated in 1885. Following that he entered Andover Theological Seminary at Andover, Massachusetts, and was there graduated in 1888. From Drury he holds both the A. M. and A. B. degree and from old Andover he has the degree of B. D. In 1888 this well equipped young man took charge of the pulpit of the Congregational church of Carthage, Missouri, and after a successful ministry at that place he was called to the Congregational church of Metropolis, Illinois. His identification with Albion dates from the year 1904, when he was called to the pastorate of the Congregational church and president of the Southern Collegiate Institute. His work as preacher and pastor was recognized as of the highest character and he was four times elected to the pastorate of this church. He was at the same time president of the Southern Collegiate Institute. On account of the heavy and constantly increasing duties of the growing institution, he found it necessary to resign his pastorate. His work here has been of truly splendid proportions, for he has built a church and has paid off a debt of $10,000 on the college and raised $50,000 as endowment and building fund. A new, beautiful and appropriate building is now under construction. In addition to his gifts as an educator he is a man of fine executive ability and distinctly an organizer. He emphasizes the Christian character of college work and believes the proper direction of principles and character to take rank with mental and physical training; his methods proceed on the thought that morality in the best sense can be taught only through the inculcation of high ideals constantly kept before the mind of the student. The college now affords two years of the regular university work in addition to the four years' academic curriculum.

Mr. Hines takes more than the interest of the amateur in agriculture and is the possessor of a fine farm in the vicinity of Cobden, and near Ozark, Illinois, he has a promising young orchard of one hundred and thirty acres.

In June, 1888, Mr. Hines was united in marriage to Laura M. Saunderson, of Boston, Massachusetts, a graduate of Smith College and a woman of high intellectual attainments and personal culture. Mrs. Hines died in 1894, leaving three children, Marion, William (who died in October, 1896) and Laura. Marion is now a junior of high rank at Smith, her mother's alma mater. Before going to Smith she was for two years an honor student at Drury College, Springfield, Missouri. Her gifts and personality make her one of the most popular and prominent of Smith's sixteen hundred students. Laura is now a popular student of the junior class of the Southern Collegiate Institute of Albion, Illinois. In 1897 Mr. Hines was married to Anginette Himmingway, of Oak Park, Illinois, a graduate of Oberlin (O.) College, December 30, 1897. Their cultured and hospitable home is shared with their five interesting children, Margarette, a student in the Southern Collegiate Institute; Frank B., Anginette, Adelaide and Hemingway.

Mr. Hines takes a deep interest in the great questions and issues before the American people and as a close student keeps himself fully informed upon current events. It is safe to say that among the scholarly and cultured educators of the state he has few peers.

Extracted 11 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from 1912 History of Southern Illinois, by George W. Smith, volume 3, pages 1685-1686.

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