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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

The board then adjourned until January 19th, 1853. President Fairfield and Prof. Dunn, as members of the committee to confer with localities, visited Coldwater, looked over the field, and together conferred with the citizens. The citizens of Coldwater received the committee very cordially, and promised liberal contributions toward grounds and buildings, should the college be located at that place. Here the two members of the committee separated, and Professor Dunn returned by the way of Hillsdale. Late in the afternoon of the 14th day of January, 1853, Prof. Ransom Dunn, a stranger and alone, drove into Hillsdale, and registered at the hotel then standing near the center of the village. He inquired of the landlord for citizens who were interested in schools, and in educational matters. Among others, the late Dr. Alonzo Cressy was named. The Professor called at the doctor's office, introduced •himself, and made his mission known. The doctor caught the idea, and comprehended the opportunity at once. Without words, and in that quiet way so peculiar to himself, the Doctor asked to be excused for a few minutes. He soon returned in company with several citizens. The professor stated the object of his visit to them. The citizens present determined to call a public meeting that evening, at the court-house. Notice of the meeting was heralded History of Hillsdale College over town. Professor Dunn expected to find only a few present at the meeting called on so short a notice. At the appointed time, a committee of citi-zens called at the hotel, and escorted the professor to the place of meeting. To his great surprise he found the court room filled with wide awake citizens. The professor addressed the meeting, and described the work and needs of the school. He stated that the friends of the enterprise desired to build up a first-class college; that they were ready to do their part towards accomplishing that end, and indicated what would be expected of the locality.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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