Excerpt from The Lutheran Church Review, 1901, Vol. 20
The financial equipment of the seminary was still very meagre. The removal to St. Sebald had been a measure of economy, as it was hoped that the support of professors and students would be much easier on a farm of 160 acres, fifty of them being cultivated, than in a town like Dubuque. The lo cation of the Wartburg Seminary was one of perfect isolation and seclusion from the world. Living five miles from the nearest post oﬂ'ice, and nearly a day's journey from the nearest railroad station, the professors could give themselves up to their work of studying and teaching without fear of unpleasant interruptions, without distracting social duties to perform.
It is hardly credible how they managed to live there and to support their large families, yea, to build up respectable libra ries, on a salary of one hundred dollars a year and the pro ceeds of the seminary farm. With the disciples of old they were able to say, We lacked nothing, thanks to the trulv Apostolic simplicity of their faith and their life, and thanks. Above all, to the remarkable manifestations of divine provi dence which again and again removed their embarrassments, supplied their needs, and raised generous and steadfast friends in distant lands who assisted the Wartburg Seminary, not only by their liberal contributions, but also with their devoted per sonal service.
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