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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

In the educational movement, the clergy did not do all of the work. The laymen did their full share. Among the laymen first taking an active part in this advance step in the denomination, Hon. Daniel Duuakin, a native of western New York, who located in Eckford, Calhoun county, in 1835. was the most prominent. He was a man of broad views, and was public-spirited and liberal with his means. Having accumulated a competency at an early day he was one of the wealthiest men in the denomination in the State. Intelligent and active, he was a leader in every progressive movement. He was at least twenty years ahead of his times, and an ardent friend of the cause of education. One of the first trustees of Michigan Central College, at Spring Arbor, he continued on the board of trustees until his death in 1875. I know of no person in the denomination who has contributed more generously of his time, labor, and means to Hillsdale College than Daniel Dunakin. As long as he lived he watched the institution with parental solicitude, and staked his fortune for its existence. Its scanty treasury was replenished by a constant stream from his own purse, and at his death a liberal bequest was transferred to the endowment fund. Eli T. Chase, a native of the State of New York, who settled in Eckford in 1835, took an active part in establishing the school at Spring Arbor. He was a neighbor and co-worker of Daniel Dunakin. Thomas Dunton and Deacon Heman Cowles, of the township of Battle Creek, Calhoun count. v, were among the early advocates and friends of the school. Deacon Joseph S. Blaisdell. of Assyria. Barry county, a native of Vermont, did effective service in the movement. Roosevelt Davis, of Blackman, Jonathan L. Videto, and Joseph C. Bailey, of Spring Arbor, Jackson county, were leaders in the denomination in the educational movement, and worked earnestly for an institution of learning.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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