Cogswell claimed to have been a passenger on the train that Kate Shelley stopped in Iowa in 1881 during a rain storm. Her courage saved the lives of all the passengers. Nearly twenty years after the near accident, Cogswell donated a large metal sculpture of himself atop a large drinking fountain dedicated to Kate Shelley. The statue was dedicated on May 28, 1884 in WASHINGTON PARK. (2)
On March 19, 1887, Dr. and Mrs. Cogswell executed a trust deed setting apart real property (valued at approximately one million dollars) to establish and endow Cogswell Polytechnical College. It was, as far as is known, the first school of its kind west of the Mississippi River.
The purpose of the College as a nonprofit charitable trust was expressed in the words of Dr. Cogswell in his presentation address to the first Board of Trustees, which he and Mrs. Cogswell had selected.
Educated working men and women are necessary to solve the great labor problems that will arise in the future. For the purpose of this education, there is room and need for technical schools in all quarters of our country.
For the purpose, then, of providing boys and girls of the state a thorough training in mechanical arts and other industries, we have made the grant, as set forth in these papers, providing for the founding and maintaining of Cogswell Polytechnical College.” (4)
In 2007 when renovations were made to the park, efforts were made with metal detectors to find the statue. Nothing was located leading to the thought that the vandals had thrown the sculpture into the MISSISSIPPI RIVER.
1. "The Founding and History of Cogswell Polytechnical College," Online: http://web.archive.org/web/20070609130631/http://www.cogswell.edu/historicalOverview.html
2. Way Back When," Telegraph Herald, Undated article. Courtesy: Diane Harris
3. "Henry Cogswell's 1891 Temperance Fountain -- Tompkins Square Park," Daytonian in Manhattan. Online: http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2011/05/henry-cogswells-1891-temperance.html
5. "The Founding and History..."