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HISTORY OF THE MICHIGAN FEMALE COLLEGE

AND A SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF MISS A. C. ROGERS BY MRS. ELIZA C. SMITH, 1883

The school opened in September, 1855, under the charge of Misses A. C. and Delia Rogers and Miss H. K. Clapp.
The use of the State capitol was granted for the daily school sessions, and here, for two years, in the intervals allowed by the short sessions of the Legislature, which were then the rule, it continued.
The question of a site for a permanent building was, from the first, a troublesome one. Lansing, like most new towns, was poor in everything but its possibilities; but these, in view of its being the State capitol, were vast and dazzling. There was certainly no lack of unoccupied land everywhere within the extensive limits which had been staked out for the rapid growth of the town. But the owners of desirable situations placed such a high value upon their real estate, even when its future beauties were concealed by the native forests, or the blackened stumps, or the swamps, as yet guiltless of drainage, that they were unwilling to part with any of their acres without conditions that made their acceptance impossible. The feeling of rivalry between the two extremes of the town, now happily a thing of the past, was at that time very strong, so that all efforts to settle upon a central location for the school, proved useless. At last a gift of twenty acres of land in the north end of the town, and a subscription of $20, 000 were secured, and in spite of the probability that this would alienate the other sections of the town, the offer was thankfully accepted. The names of those who contributed to this result most liberally, both of their means and their personal efforts, were the Hon. H. H. Smith and D. L. Case, and the late Hon. James Turner, and A. N. Hart. To the friendship and advice of these gentlemen Miss Rogers always held herself greatly indebted, as well as to the kindness of many other friends of the enterprise, impossible here to name. Of those outside the town who gave their generous aid, should be named Hon. John Owen, and the late Capt. E. B. Ward of Detroit.

MICHIGAN HISTORY


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