Miner, Student and Natural Leader
Thomas Keith Marshall was born in eastern Kansas in 1870. His father died of tuberculosis when Tom was six, his mother had remarried twice by the time he was fifteen. Tom had been on his own and self-supporting for some years and working as a miner in Mammoth, Arizona, when he decided to come to Tucson to further his education. The University had an excellent School of Mines, but first he needed a high school education.
It must have taken courage and determination to be in the preparatory section where so many students were half his age. He was handsome and personable, energetic and physically strong from years of manual labor. He had a restless nature and could visualize projects with great enthusiasm, but preferred to leave to others the detailed work that would bring it to a successful conclusion. Both his attendance record and his grades reflect his interest, or lack of it, in a particular subject.
As a well-liked older student, he was a natural leader, a first-rate debater; a member of the first (1899) and second (1900) football teams; a cadet, sergeant, and an officer (1902) in the military unit on campus.
As a member of the University Club, Tom gave a speech describing the Alaskan Gold Rush and mining in Alaska from his actual experience and observation of mining there. The club members and the activities are listed in the '03 Burro, the first University of Arizona yearbook.
One of Tom's interests was photography and he was very good at it. Most of the pictures in this book of the campus and University Neighborhood were taken by him from 1899 to 1920. There are many more of Tucson, other Arizona towns, California, New Mexico and Colorado.