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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

Coldwater and Hillsdale made efforts to secure the institution. These places were situated on the line of the Michigan Southern railroad, and at that time no institution of learning had been established on the line of that road, while several had been located on the line of the Central, which was a strong argument in favor of the two competing localities. It was arranged that the committee on location should first visit Coldwater and go from there to Hillsdale. While the committee was at Coldwater the Hillsdale men were vigilant. The late William Waldron had arranged with a shrewd young man from Toledo to keep him informed on the negotiations between the committee and the citizens at Coldwater. When the committee arrived, this young man, supplied with credentials and letters of introduction to prominent citizens, was stopping at the principal hotel, looking over the town and making acquaintances with a view to locating and investing in the village. Among other things the citizens urged in favor of the town, that a college was to be located at that place, and informed him of all the secret understandings and negotiations with the committee. Coldwater offered to give ten thousand dollars for building purposes, and the committee gave them great encouragement. The citizens felt that they had secured the institution. William Waldron and the Hillsdale managers were kept fully posted during these negotiations, and had a full verbal report before the committee arrived. It seemed much like a mere matter of form for the committee to make its promised visit to Hillsdale. Upon arriving at Hillsdale, the committee on location was informed by the citizens, through Dr. George W. Underwood, that they had no bids to make.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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