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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

The school continued, it is difficult to tell how. During the first term, the wood and the money were exhausted at the same time, when Henry R. Cook, one of the students, volunteered to chop the timber in the woods, Mr. Taylor, a neighboring farmer, volunteered to haul the wood to the school building, and other students volunteered to prepare it for the stove, and thus the fuel question was settled. Other wants were supplied, and other difficulties overcome, in like spirit and in a similar manner. At that time we had no general law for incorporating colleges. It had been the settled policy of our State government to give to our State university V the exclusive power to confer collegiate degrees, and no college charters had then been granted by our legislature. The trustees were unable to obtain a college charter for the institution from the legislature of 1845. An act was passed, however, which was approved on the 19th of March, 1845, enacting "That Elijah Cook, Drusus Hodges, Jonathan L. Videto. Justus H. Cole, Joseph C. Bailey, Henry S. Limbocker, Lemuel W. Douglass, Lewis J. Thompson, and Enos W. Packard, and their successors in office shall be, and they are hereby constituted and deemed a body corporate, by the name and title of The Michigan Central College at Spring Arbor, and shall be trustees . of said college, with the power to hold property to the amount of thirty thousand dollars, to sue and be sued, to have a seal, with power to appoint and remove teachers, and to admit and dismiss students. " Two college buildings of wood were commenced in 1845. The land subscribed by Elder Chauncey Reynolds had been exchanged for lumber, and the materials from various subscriptions and sources had been collected during the winter. Hon. Daniel Dunakin, a stone mason by trade, laid the foundation walls with his own hands, and Elder Laurens B. Potter, "inch's own proper person, " mixed the mortar and tended the mason.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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