image
image

image
image
 

HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883


Work was commenced on the walls on the 1st day of August, 1853, and the basement and foundation walls of the five connected buildings, two hundred and sixty-two feet long by sixty feet deep were completed within thirty days. The business had been done, subscriptions taken, and lands conveyed in the corporate name, and for the benefit of Michigan Central College at Spring Arbor. The trustees and the citizens of Hillsdale had thus far acted upon the theory of removing the corporation from Spring Arbor to Hillsdale. School had been continued at Spring Arbor by the corporation and faculty, until July 6th, 1853, the commencement day of that academic year. The board of trustees, two days after the corner-stone was laid at Hillsdale, met at Spring Arbor, and appointed Professor Ransom Dunn agent to raise means to pay the debts of the college, with full power to sell and convey the property of the institution at Spring Arbor, for that purpose. With the graduating exercises of the class of 1853, the existence of the school ended, and the doors of Michigan Central College at Spring Arbor, were closed. The citizens of the town now fully realized the situation. The opposition to the removal now began to take form, and legal measures were determined upon to prevent the removal of the school. On the 27th day of August, 1853, the citizens of Spring Arbor caused a bill to be filed in the circuit court for the county of Jackson, in chancery, in the name of the people of the State of Michigan, on the relation of the Attorney General as complainant, against the Michigan Central College at Spring Arbor, James De Puy, Charles H. Churchill, Ransom Dunn, Laurens B. Potter, Lewis J. Thompson, Joseph E. Beebe, Francis Woodbury, Elijah Cook, Daniel Duna-kin, Chauncey Reynolds, Eli T. Chase, Henry S. Limbocker, Edmund B. Fairfield, Henry E. Whipple, and John Thomas as defendants.

EARLY MICHIGAN


Page 1


 


image



Please consider making a donation to help offset expenses to keep this site online.
Thank you



image
image
image

Site Map | Chapter Index | MICHIGAN
Counties | Towns | The Blackhawk War | Southwestern michigan | Early Recollections | | Bagley | Eldorado | New Life | Navarre
Maxwell | Territorial Road| Pioneer Life | Battle Creek | Stebbins | William Burt | Pilcher | Chase | Lamb
image