Letter from Arthur Reisen to David Reed (August 16, 1890)
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Arthur Reisen wrote this letter to Reverend David Allen Reed on August 16, 1890. The letter, which was hand-delivered to Reed by Ishikawa, says that Ishikawa has an earnest Christian character and urges Reed to do all that he can for him and his welfare. Reverend David Allen Reed was the founder and first president of the School for Christian Workers (now Springfield College) located in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts. It was Reed’s interest in the formal training of men who would devote their life to Christian service that led him to found the school which was dedicated to training Sunday school teachers and YMCA workers. Reed was responsible for securing the funds and land necessary to start and expand the school to its current location on Massasoit Lake. Eventually, the YMCA department separated from the School for Christian Workers becoming the YMCA Training School and later the International YMCA Training College. In 1953 the name changed to Springfield College. In 1891 Reed resigned as president of the Training School but maintained his interest and connection until his death in 1932. Genzaburo Ishikawa (July 27, 1866 - December 7, 1956) was born in Tatebayashi, Gunma-prefecture, Japan. When he was only two years old, his father died. In 1876, he moved to Tokyo, where his mother had been born. On September 30, 1886, he left Japan and entered the Westminster Prep School in San Francisco. Three years later, he entered the Pacific Theological Seminary in San Francisco. The following March, he moved to Massachusetts and entered the Mount Hermon Prep School. That September, he enrolled at Springfield College. In 1891, he was one of the original 18 students to play in the first game of basketball created by Dr. James Naismith. Most famously, he is credited with a drawing of the first game of basketball that appeared in the 1892 Triangle edition that announced the game to the world. In 1892, he graduated from Springfield College and became a director of the San Francisco YMCA. He stayed in this position for five years, at which point he left to enter the University of Wisconsin (Madison). In 1899, he submitted his master’s degree thesis. In 1901, he submitted his doctoral degree thesis and returned to Tokyo with Mary MacRea, whom he married that August. In 1903, he began working at the Mitsui Products Company, Ltd. In Tokyo. Five years later, he was promoted to general manager of the company’s branch in Hamburg, Germany. On April 4, 1906, his first child, Akemi, was born. By 1917, Ishikawa was having a hard time in Hamburg due to World War I, so he returned to Tokyo. However, his wife and daughter moved to Alexandria, Canada, and never again returned to Japan. In 1918, he left the Mitsui Products Company, Ltd. In 1923, he became a representative of the International Wireless Telephone Co., Ltd., in Tokyo. The following year, he became a member of the board of the directors of the NHK in Tokyo. In 1934, he joined the Board of Trustees of the NHK in Tokyo.
- Reisen, Arthur
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Ishikawa, Samuro Genzaburo
Reed, David Allen
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- Reisen, Arthur. Letter from Arthur Reisen to David Reed (August 16, 1890). 1890-08-16. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/8095. (Accessed July 17, 2018.)
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- Reisen, Arthur, (1890-08-16) Letter from Arthur Reisen to David Reed (August 16, 1890). Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/8095
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