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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

Lansing has always been more distinguished for its generous disposition, than for an abundance of means that makes it easy or possible to carry out great undertakings. It was even more so at that early day, when large fortunes were prospective, and very limited resources the actual present situation. A handsome plan was drawn and accepted, embracing a large main building and two wings. With a certain portion of the subscription (which had been pledged conditional to carrying out the entire plan), it was proposed to erect the north wing, trusting to the success of the school, the liberality of citizens, or possibly to the assistance of the State, to carry out and complete the undertaking.
From the time of making the subscription, from the first earth excavated for the foundation, the personal oversight and exertion of Miss Rogers were everywhere present. Untrained in the cares of business, inexperienced in the detail of mechanical industry, her woman's quickness of wit, and her indomitable determination stood her in good stead to supply the lack of previous experience. Was a subscription slow in coming, or difficult to be realized, even though pledged in good faith, it was she who would so often find a way to ''turn it, " as the saying is, taking labor or some commodity necessary to the work, instead of the" money, often so difficult to obtain. The contract for the building was let to good and reliable men, but the circumstances to which I have alluded, and her own absorbing interest in the work, combined to keep her on the ground much of the time as the work progressed. Round after round she watched the bricks go on, to form the walls, till it seemed like actually putting in a part of herself; and it did, indeed, represent an expenditure of nervous and physical strength which was seriously felt in after years.

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