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1885 Irby J Good was born on 26 December, 1885 to Isaiah R Good and Anna A Rohrer. [1]

1900 Photocopy,  Certificate of IJ Good's graduation from grade 8, 1900.

1904 Photocopy,  Certificate of IJ Good's graduation from high school, 1904.

c 19xx Irby posed for a family photo with his parents, Isaiah and Anna Rohrer Good, and his siblings. 

Isaiah and Anna Rohrer Good family, perhaps early 1900. 1903 Irby Good, student, lived at 1649 west 2nd Street in Marion, Grant County, Indiana. Isaiah R Good, carpenter, and Anna lived at the same address. [2] 1904-05 Irby J Good was a student at Otterbein College, Ohio. 1906 Letter from Indiana Central College president JT Roberts to IJ Good preparing Irby for college. "Mr JC Shrizley of White Cloud, Indiana will be in school and will take care of the furnace. he will be your room mate the year. We expect him in about one week. We are xxxing to have a good time the 1st. Dr Funtshouser of Dayton will deliver address. Quartette will sing also have orchestra. Come on Monday before spring if you can. We want the building to shine. Bring 4 or 5 students". Photocopy, " ... the teachers and their families, and all the students lived in classrooms that first year ... A soft coal furnace provided heat. One of the students that year, a boy about 18-years-old, acted as fireman and janitor. His name was Irby Good, later president. He understood small boys and was my friend and very patient as I followed him around." Rev. Roberts also recalled, "The big events of the early years were the annual Sunday School picnic, the annual Chautauqua week, the annual revival meeting week, the Musical extravaganza of the church choir and the annual ice cream festival at which we all had a 5-cent dish of ice cream." [3] 1906

IJ Good at Indiana Central College, about 1906. "This historic photo was taken on the front steps of what is now known as Good Hall less than one year after the building was completed. It is of particular historic significance because Irby J. Good is pictured in the photo (2nd row, 2nd from right). In this photo he was a college sophomore. He graduated in 1908, then returned in 1915 before he was 30 to become President of the University, an office he held for a record 29 years! So here we have the first known photo of students and faculty that coincidentally contains a picture of Dr. Good, as a student, standing on the steps of a brand new University building that now bears his name!". [4] Irby J Good worked as a janitor and fireman while attending college. c 1906

William and IJ Good at college. Shrizley was IJ Good's roommate in 1906. 1907

IJ Good and friends at Garfield Park, 1908. "In the early years of the University, Sunday student outings to nearby Garfield Park were a regular feature of weekends at Indiana Central. This 1907 outing was captured for posterity and interestingly includes student Irby J. Good '08 (far left), who would return to the University in 1915 to become President of the institution. He is the only one of U of I's seven Presidents who graduated from this University." [5] 1907 Irby Good lived at 1306 West Third in Marion, Indiana. [6] 1907 Irby and a friend, perhaps (see photo above at Garfield Park), visited with uncle Isreal Good. The location of this picture is not known; uncle Isreal lived in North Carolina at this time.

Irby Good and uncle Israel Good, c 1907. 1908 Irby Good, teacher, lived at 1306 west 3rd Street in Marion, Grant County, Indiana. [7] 1908 Irby J Good graduated from Indiana Central with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. "At Indiana Central, this tradition of service began with J. T. and Alva Button Roberts, and would continue as graduates like Irby J. Good '08 and Roy Turley '20 and their successors took their places as leaders of the college, in the United Brethren Church, and in the wider world. [8] 1910 Irby J Good, professor at Indiana Central University, lived at University Heights, Indianapolis, Indiana. [9] c 1912

IJ Good in his early 20s. 1944 Irby Good gave a farewell speech to Indiana Central College that gave some details of how he decided to go to college. Transcription, IJ Good speech at Indiana Central College [now University of Indianapolis].

Footnotes:

[1] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 196, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[2] R.L. Polk & Co, Marion (Indiana) City-Directory (Indianapolis, Indiana, 1903), 194, [Ancestry_Image].

[3] Rebecca Blair, M G Cartwright, and A J Fuller, Profiles in Service (University of Indianapolis: 2006), 16, [University_Indianapolis].

[4] Indiana Central College Archives, Previously displayed on a transient college website, [University_Indianapolis].

[5] Indiana Central College Archives, Previously displayed on a transient college website, [University_Indianapolis].

[6] R.L. Polk & Co, Marion (Indiana) City-Directory (Indianapolis, Indiana, 1907), 160, [Ancestry_Image].

[7] R.L. Polk & Co, Marion (Indiana) City-Directory (Indianapolis, Indiana, 1908), 184, [Ancestry_Image].

[8] Rebecca Blair, M G Cartwright, and A J Fuller, Profiles in Service (University of Indianapolis: 2006), 17, [University_Indianapolis].

[9] R.L. Polk & Co, Marion (Indiana) City-Directory (Indianapolis, Indiana, 1910), 588, [Ancestry_Image].


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