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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

But there was thoroughness, and an honest purpose to accomplish real mental work, rather than to go over a certain amount of ground in text books. No one could become a member of that busy community without feeling the influence of the spirit of industry that pervaded every department. Were it possible to collect such testimony, I doubt not there are living many women who would without hesitation date their first serious views of life, and earnest resolves for its best service, from the beginning of their school life at the Michigan Female College, and especially to the personal influence and example of Miss A. C. Rogers.
What I have been asked to write in regard to the history of this institution was intended to be in. the nature of a memorial record of the life and works of Miss A. C. Rogers, but justice would be done neither to the living nor the dead, were all mention omitted of her sister Miss Delia Rogers, who survives her, and was associated with her from the opening of the institution till its close. Her courage and cheerfulness were supplemented by the elder sister's zeal and enthusiasm, and if the one was the inspiration and guiding spirit of their joint work, the other gave the practical direction, the ready helpful hand, equally necessary to its continuance and success.
The external facts, even of the busiest lives, are soon told. Miss Abigail C. Rogers was born at Avon, N. Y., in 1818. The perseverance and energy which distinguished her through life, enabled her in spite of many disadvantages, to attain proficiency in her studies rare in those days of limited opportunities, and when scholarship was scarcely thought desirable for women. At the age of nineteen she took charge of a young ladies' seminary at Coburg, Canada, and two or three years later accepted a situation as preceptress of White Plains Seminary in Westchester county, N. Y. After leaving this position she was for several years at the head of the female department of the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, N. Y., for many years the largest and most prominent institution of the kind in the country.

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