Knox Connection: Poets Field and Sandburg

From: Galesburg Planet (Galesburg, IL)

Eugene Field has a Galesburg connection because he attended Knox College for two years as a member of the Class of 1871. In his autobiography, Always the Young Strangers, Carl Sandburg wrote that his sixth grade teacher, Lottie Goldquist, insisted her students should know about Eugene Field because he had attended Knox College. She wanted her students to “feel close to him.”…

Field received an honorary degree from Knox College in 1893 and appeared “to a small and appreciative audience” in the Auditorium on May 22, 1894, to read a number of his poems and prose pieces… Read more…