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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

The old buildings contained upwards of twenty-five public rooms, and one hundred and ten dormitories. The five buildings were connected, and plain in architecture; and standing upon the highest grounds in southern Michigan, they presented an imposing appearance. The doors of Hillsdale College were opened and school commenced at the new home and under the new charter, on the 7th day of November, 1S35. The following named persons constituted the faculty: Rev. Edmund B. Fairfield, A. M., President. " Rev. Ransom Dunn, Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy and Natural Theology.
Rev. Charles H. Churchill, A. M., Professor of Latin and French languages and music. Rev. Henry E. Whipple, A. M.. Professor of English literature and history. Spencer J. Fowler, A. M., Professor of mathematics and natural philosophy. James Bascomb, M. P., Professor of chemistry and physiology. George S. Bradley, Tutor. Miss Delia K. Whipple, Principal of Female Department. About one hundred students were present at the time school began, and one hundred and sixty-two were in attendance during the first quarter, among whom were many of the old students from Spring Arbor. The buildings were not yet completed, and the rooms were not furnished. The hardy students, with true pioneer spirit, substituted nail kegs for chairs, boxes for tables, and bunks of straw for beds until better conveniences could be provided. Classes were organized in the different courses of study, and Clariet Capron, of Chicago, 111., and Eliza A. Scott, of Parma, graduated from the ladies' course the following June. Four hundred and ninety-three students attended during the first year of school, five hundred and eighty the second, six hundred and sixty-nine the third, and seven hundred and fifty-seven the fourth year. The college people and the citizens made every effort to furnish work for indigent students.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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