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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

No recitations were had on Monday, that the ladies might do their own work. Strange as it may seem, scores of those young ladies, who now are holding high social positions, distinguished for their culture, and the pride and envy of their neighbors, in those days not only made their own wardrobe, and took care of their rooms, but actually washed in the kitchen to defray their own expenses, and often did the washing and mending for their brothers, who, with themselves, were struggling to secure an education and a position in life. In this institution labor and self-reliance were not only honorable but popular. The course of study in the college departments was substantially the same as that required at the State university. The instruction was thorough. A spirit of life and enthusiasm prevaded the whole institution. Every Thursday afternoon lectures were given by members of the faculty, on moral, scientific, and literary subjects, and were designed not only to instruct and entertain the students, but to inspire them with noble purpose and lofty aims. These lectures did much towards attracting students to the school. The enterprise depended upon its own merits for success. The members of the facility, though working upon small salaries, were all able, energetic, eloquent, and progressive men, thoroughly identified with the work, and bound to make it a success. In 1860 the first class, pursuing the full course at Hillsdale, fourteen in number, graduated from the college. The standard of scholarship was steadily raised. A good working library was collected. The denomination had a biblical school at New Hampton, X. H., which was removed to Lewiston. Me., its library was divided and one-half of it added to the college library at Hillsdale.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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