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08-28-2014

Castles Donate Clarkson Family Tools to Clarkson University

John and Sondra Castle of Potsdam, N.Y. have donated to Clarkson University two antique shovels and a drill that once belonged to Emilie Clarkson Moore, the niece of Thomas S. Clarkson, for whom the University is named.

Brian T. Grant (right), and John and Sondra Castle.The implements were once used at Moore’s childhood home, known as Holcroft House on the Clarkson hill campus. Emilie, born in 1863, was the daughter of Ann Mary and T. Streatfeild Clarkson. Ann Mary was a sister of Thomas S. Clarkson. Emilie married William Moore in 1901.

“As an adult, Emilie had a home in Potsdam and the tools were likely brought over to the house from the hill,” explained John Castle. “One shovel is stamped ‘Holcroft’ and the other has the initials ‘TC’ etched into the handle.”

Holcroft House was gifted to Clarkson College of Technology in 1927 and today serves as the hub of student admission activities for Clarkson University.

The shovels and drill will remain on display on the first floor of Holcroft, close to where they were used.

“We’re thankful to the Castles for these visual reminders of daily life in the 19th and early 20th centuries,” said Dean of Admissions Brian Grant. “They help bring the history of the Clarkson family to life and keep us connected to our past.”

“It’s important to remain connected to our roots,” added John Castle. “These tools passed to Emilie and then down through my family. Now it’s time to return them to Holcroft House.”

The Castles' son, Christopher, graduated from Clarkson in 1990.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: John and Sondra Castle have donated to Clarkson University two antique shovels and a drill that once belonged to Emilie Clarkson Moore, the niece of Thomas S. Clarkson, for whom the University is named. Above, Dean of Admission Brian T. Grant (right) accepts the gifts from John and Sondra Castle.

[A photograph for media use is available http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/castles.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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