Highland in Doniphan County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The hand-hewn bricks in this memorial were taken from the fireplace of Rubeti Lodge. Constructed as a home for Indian girls, Rubeti Lodge was erected as a memorial to Sophie Rubeti, a young girl of the Sac Indian tribe. Sophie lived at the mission & acquired the rudiments of Christianity taught by Father Irvin.
Through hard work and a frugal existance [sic], Sophie acquired $200 which she placed on deposit with the St. Joseph Trust Company. She instructed the trust company to turn over half the money to Highland College if anything should happen to her. The other half was to be used to "teach little children to follow Christ."
Shortly after her eighteenth birthday, Sophie suffered a fatal attack of tuberculosis. The story of her life and bequest travelled across America & Scotland. A fund was started to build Rubeti Lodge in her honor. The original building was razed in 1978.
Location. 39° 51.583′ N, 95° 16.225′ W. Marker is in Highland, Kansas, in Doniphan County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on the Highland Community College campus, about 50 feet southwest of Allen Field House. Marker is in this post office area: Highland KS 66035, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Irvin Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Highland Community College (within shouting distance of this marker); Smithton Lodge No. 1 A.F.&A.M. (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Highland Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Sir Knight John W. Smith / Daniel D. Vanderslice (approx. one mile away); The Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Highland Presbyterian Mission (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Highland.
Also see . . . Sophie Rubeti Memorial Tract in Kansas State University Library. (Submitted on October 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.