Brevities From the Past: ASHLAND UNIVERSITY
Key - T = Ashland Times Newspaper
P = Ashland Press Newspaper
G = Ashland Gazette Newspaper
- May 16, 1878 (T)
Bank Street (now College Avenue) and the College grounds are
becoming quite a resort on Sabbath afternoons.
The work on the College building is fairly under way....
The Trustees are having a stone wall built around the spring on
the College grounds.
- Oct 7, 1886 (P)
Several new students are expected at the college this month.
A bonfire on the campus (Ashland College) or rather in the
hayfield--will be held soon, and the boys will burn up their summer hats.
A straw hat was badly damaged recently by having a bite taken out of it.
- Aug 17, 1887 (G)
The grading of Bank street (College Avenue) is about finished,
and work will now begin on the board sidewalks. These walks will extend
on both sides from the residences of Mr. Gantz and Mr. Dove to Center
- Sep 22, 1887 (P)
Miss Eva Ferrel, of Center street, was enrolled as a student at
the college on Monday last. About forty names are now on the list.
- May 23, 1889 (P)
The grounds opposite the college have been fitted up for lawn
tennis, and a club of ladies and gentlemen has been organized. They play
in the evening, and as the work is not violent, it gives them an
(appetite) for sleep.
- Sep 13, 1889 (G)
College Hill - Lawn tennis and croquet until you can't rest
in our part of town.
- Nov 22, 1889 (G)
Prof. Schook has made some improvement about the college hall.
He has fitted up a fine music room at the college. Those wishing to take
music will find a very pleasant room and instruments of the finest and
best....Mr. Duff commenced work at the College.
- 12 Jun 1879 (T)
The Board of Trustees of Ashland College...have...decided to
build a large and commodious boarding house, 110 by 40 feet in dimensions
and four stories high. The building will be of brick, and stand some 200
feet west of the college. It will have a large dining hall, dormitories,
etc.....The Trustees have also purchased a thousand pound Troy bell for
- 19 Jun 1879 (T)
At the last meeting of the Board of Trustees of Ashland College
the work of selecting a suitable faculty for that institution was fairly
begun. Prof. Leonard Huber, a graduate of the University of Munich,
Bavaria, was called to the chair of the German, French, and Latin
languages, and literature. Prof. D. Bailey...was elected to the chair of
Mathematics....President S.Z. Sharp will occupy the chairs of Mental and
Moral Science. The chair of Natural Science, Greek, and the Commercial,
Normal, and Musical departments, will be filled previous to the beginning
of the term in September....
- 18 Sep 1879 (T)
The attention of the Council is directed to the importance of...
placing street lamps to the College gate.
- 2 Oct 1879 (T)
There was a grape festival at the College one night last week.
Prof. Bailey led by about a "neck." Prof. Foster was second. Mr. Hixson
is very fond of this fruit but his capacity in that direction seems to be
limited. Mr. Ames furnished the grapes.
- 16 Oct 1879 (T)
The Professors got so much interested in a game of croquet the
other evening that they forgot to quit when the study bell rang. To make
the matter worse, the President came that way. They quit then....
- 30 Oct 1879 (T)
The chemicals and apparatus has (sic) arrived, and Prof. Keim and
his Chemistry class have commenced smashing bottles and the like....Quite
a large collection of specimens are (sic) already displayed in the
museum, and there are more to be added. Prof. Bailey and his Surveying
class were out the other day trying their compass....
- 13 Nov 1879 (T)
Shopbell is kept very busy making cases and so forth, for the
different rooms at the College.
(From the "Ashland College Book, 1878" is the following.) Daniel
Shopbell was paid $38.07 for 21 and 3/4 days work to build bookcases in
the College Library and President Sharp's office.
The Sunday School at the College is still increasing, whole
number (sic) of officers, teachers, and pupils, enrolled, one hundred and
five, and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather on last Sunday
morning there were ninety-one present. The class of young ladies was
divided, E.J. Worst taking the second part. The young men's class was
also divided, J.C. Ewing taking part of the class....
- 20 Nov 1879 (T)
The workmen are now engaged in finishing the College chapel on
the second floor. It will be ready for the painter in a few days.
- 26 Feb 1880 (T)
Professor Rosinbaum, the Phrenologist has completed his canvas of
the College, and the students are now deeply engrossed in studying the
character of themselves and the "bumps" of others....
- 4 Mar 1880 (T)
Some of the College boys in order to have a little sport
organized a bogus choir a few nights since. They made a little too much
noise and were invited to disband. They disbanded.
The boys are now furnished with facilities for exercises in
gymnastics. The students engaged in a game of ball on the College Campus
Saturday afternoon. We hope this game may be encouraged....
Saturday evening some of the College boys and girls spent a very
pleasant evening with the President at his home on Claremont Avenue.
Monthly examinations Monday and "long faces" for several days
will be the partial result.
- 11May 1880 (T)
...Owing to the pleasant weather of the past week the students
have been enjoying considerable outdoor exercise, in playing ball and
entertaining themselves with practicing upon the "exercise machine" that
has lately been erected....
- 19 Aug 1880 (T)
The first number of a new paper, "The College Record" has just
been issued from this office. It will be an irregular publication in the
interest of the College.
- 9 Sep 1880 (T)
The College boys will make the watermelon trade good.
- 30 Sep 1880 (T)
The College Sabbath School was reorganized on Sunday.
Professor Rupert has organized two vocal music classes and has a
number of instrumental students....
Professor Keim has moved his chemical laboratory from the
basement to the first floor of the College....
- 17 Jun 1880 (T)
The first annual catalogue of Ashland College has just been
issued from the "Times" job-room. It is a neat pamphlet of thirty-two
pages....There have been in attendance during the year, 2 juniors, 3
sophomores, 11 freshmen, 65 preparatory, 82 normal, 22 commercial and 2
Biblical students, making a total of 187....The following are laid down
as distinguishing features: "It is thoroughly Christian, but not
sectarian." "Its location affords an unusual number of advantages." "It
combines the most liberal course of instruction at the least expense to
the student." "It inculcates the spirit of plainness in dress, and aims
to adorn the mind rather than the body." "It aims to teach
self-government on the principal of love and respect." The catalogue
shows that the expenses of the student...are very light. Tuition, per
year, $30; board, per week, $3, and incidentals, per term, $1.
- 1 Jul 1880 (T)
The valedictory oration was delivered by Miss (Anna E.) Baker, a
fine student and good writer. ...Miss Baker, as a speaker, is
self-possessed, forcible, and entertaining.
The election of the new board, and the refusal of President Sharp
to be a candidate for re-election, are fully presented....
In the future all letters pertaining to business connected with
the College, will address the President, Elder R.H. Miller, Ashland....
Personal letters can still be addressed to him at Ladoga, Ind....
- 16 Sep 1880 (T)
The fall term of Ashland College opened on Wednesday, September
8. There are now one hundred students in attendance. ...Professor H.M.
Lichty of Elk Lick, Pa., now has charge of the Mathematical Department of
the College....Mr. A.J. Isenberg is temporary janitor of the buildings.
- 21 Oct 1880 (T)
The trustees have employed a janitor to attend to the ringing of
the bell and to take general charge of the buildings....
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Stubbs and Mr. and Mrs. John Kurtz will give a
grand reception and oyster supper....The societies each have appointed
three of its members to respond to toasts....
- 28 Oct 1880 (T)
Quite a number of students are going out to teach the coming
- 18 Jan 1881 (T)
The question for debate in the Dallas Society next Friday evening
is, "Resolved, That the love of God makes more Christians than all other
- 20 Jan 1881 (T)
Professor Keim delivered an excellent and interesting lecture
accompanied by experiments to his Chemistry class last Friday....
Next week Professor Stubbs will begin a two-week's course of
lectures to the students of the Normal Department on the Science of
Active preparations are making (sic) to furnish a reading room
in the College....
We are no longer permitted to make things lively in the Chapel.
Hereafter the boys will prosecute their search for knowledge under the
watchful care of the professors in the class-room, while the young ladies
are banished to the Reception Room....
One the (sic) faculty sat down on a little love scene in the
recitation room the other day and gave the parties some advice which
others would do well to heed....
The petition praying the Janitor to sweep the floor of the Chapel
cleaner in view of the existing requirements (to kneel during prayer) did
not obtain many signatures from the fairer part of the students.
- 12 May 1881 (T)
- ...The Pierians had some excellent music rendered at their
society last Friday night, and the program was of a good character
throughout. Miss Amanda Moherman is the sweet singer of the society, and
thrilled the hearts of all present. Mr. Frank Baer makes a good
presiding officer and rules with dignity. The debate was red hot, and
Mr. Kirby Poynter gives promise of future usefulness and considerable
oratorial ability. Two new members for the society, and we are happy.
One hundred and forty dollars raised for the purchasing of a new piano
and you just wait until we get it, and then come up and hear us play,
listen to our singers sing, and hear our declaimers declaim....
- 2 Jun 1881 (T)
- ...Preparations for Annual Meeting are still progressing. The
large tabernacle is erected and the seats are all well arranged. The
canvas which forms the roof of the boarding tent is also up, besides
numerous other buildings which gives it something the appearance of a
- On last Wednesday about 3 o'clock a crowd was seen gathering on
the ball grounds of the College. On inquiring what was the cause of the
assemblage I found out that a picked nine from town, had come to play a
match game of ball with the College club. After some parleying the game
started off briskly with Ed Mansfield as umpire and the College boys at
the bat. All played with vigor and considerable interest was manifested
on both sides. Whitewash after whitewash was made until both parties
were as pale as a sheet and looked like walking ghosts. The contest
continued until the sun was far down in the west, when seven innings had
been played and they agreed to quit, the score standing 22 to 10 in favor
of the College club....
- 9 Jun 1881 (T)
- "The Great Conference of the Dunkard Church - Annual Meeting"
- ...The dining hall on the College grounds seats 1,580 persons at
a time.....About forty-five hundred members had come in on the cars up to
Tuesday morning. An educational meeting was held in the Tabernacle
Monday afternoon. ....All the leading men in the Dunker Church are
waking up to the importance of higher Christian education....The College
buildings have been filled with visitors and friends since Saturday....
- 23 Jun 1881 (T)
- ...The Class of 1881 united Tuesday evening in dedicating a
memorial stone....The dedicatory exercises were held at 7 o'clock in
front of the College building. The center of the triangle formed by the
diverging walks was taken up by a handsome bed of scarlet
geraniums....Excellent music was furnished during the exercises by the
- The graduating exercises on last evening terminated the first
regular commencement week of Ashland College....The exercises opened with
prayer by Elder I.D. Parker, President of the Board of Trustees, followed
by a vocal chorus from the choir. Mr. S. Yeater made the salutatory
address....Mr. F.M. Plank followed with an address....Miss Etta Campbell
then favored the audience with a beautiful vocal solo. The third orator,
Elliot D. Wigton (was followed by) an instrumental solo, "La Cascade
Roses." by Freeman G. Muir...The last oration ... was the able production
of H. Frank Hixson.
- The more intimate friends and admirers of the members of the
class vied with each other in showing their delight at their literary
efforts, by loading them with beautiful bouquets...
- After the presentation of diplomas by President MIller, who
addressed the graduates in a most impressive and eloquent manner, the
quartette, "Good night, beloved," was beautifully rendered, and the
President pronounced the benediction.
- After the close of the commencement exercises a reception in
honor of their first society graduate, H. Frank Hixson was given by the
Pierian Literary society in their beautiful hall; here a delightful
collation, i.e., ice cream, strawberries, cake and lemonade, was served
to the society and the invited guests....
- Thus closed the second year of Ashland College, fraught with
events and pleasures that will make it sacred in the memories of all its
professors, students and friends.
- 27 Oct 1881 (T)
- Ashland College Church held its first love feast on Tuesday evening
last. A large number of the brethren and sisters were present and took
part in the services,--which were conducted by Elders William Saddler and
- 18 May 1882 (T)
- ....The College authorities have been making some improvements. Fences
have been repaired, trees planted, and a new automatic gate erected. No
one doubts the necessity of these things. Someone has obstructed the
passage of the alley leading north directly from the college by building
a fence across it....
- 25 May 1882 (T) "College Squibs"
- Who is "Eagle Eye" is now the question among the students...."Eagle Eye"
made an attempt to investigate the doings of both societies on last
Friday evening. (Column signed by Eagle Eye.)
- 8 June 1882 (T) "College Squibs"
- The exercise in our gymnasium varies with each term of school. Now
swinging is the go. The boys find it a golden opportunity to show their
gallantry to the ladies....
- 29 June 1882 (T) "ASHLAND COLLEGE, Second Annual Commencement
- Exercises--Showing a Year of Good Work in All its
- The exercises of the second annual commencement of Ashland College were
opened Sunday afternoon by the sermon to the graduating class by Rev. J.
E. Stubbs....On Monday evening in the Opera-house, Rev. J.R. Boyd, of
Lancaster, delivered the annual address before the literary societies....
- The students very pleasingly expressed their regards for the Senior
Class by giving them a dinner at the Boarding Hall on Tuesday. After the
closing chapel exercises at 12:15 P.M. all who had assembled repaired to
the hall where a very excellent dinner was prepared through the
generosity of the two societies and Mr. Kurtz. About eighty partook of
the bounties....Professor Hixson, the Master of Ceremonies, announced the
- Tuesday evening the Opera-house was filled to its utmost capacity with
an audience of our best people who gathered to listen to the literary
entertainment of the Dallas and Pierian Societies. The following was the
- Prayer - S.H. Bashor
- Piano Solo - Tarantelle - Heller Miss Myrtle Smalley
- Oration - Monopoly and its Fruit - William C. Perry
- Essay - The Unfolding Bud - Miss Effa Van Niman
- Declamation - The Three Lovers - Mrs. J.H. Huber
- Vocal Solo - (a. When to Depart, Love,) Chopin (b. The Maiden's Wish.) Miss Emma Kellogg
- Debate - Has the United States the right of Intervention in Affairs
between South American Governments
- Affirm - E.P. Wise Deny. H.J. Black
- Vocal Solo - Olivia - Cotsford Dick Miss Emma Kellogg
- Declamation - Ginevra Deg!! (?) Amieri - Miss Etta Campbell
- Essay - Streaks of Light - Miss Ida Wertman
- Piano Duett - Sonata Diabelli. Misses E. and M. Smalley
- Oration - Modern Civilization - John W. Irvin
- Benediction - Rev. R.G. White
- The entertainment throughout was good and gave evidence of an advance in
literary culture and merit. In this respect the work of our College will
rank favorably with any of the older institutions; and givens abundant
promise of future excellence.
- GRADUATING EXERCISES -- CLASS OF 1882
- 4 Nov 1881 (T)
Early on Friday evening the boarding hall was brightly illuminated with
lights and thrown open for the reception of guests during the
evening....About eight o'clock supper was announced and soon after 115
persons were comfortably seated in the large dining hall....All joined in
singing the "National Anthem" after which, Rev. A.M. Dick returned
thanks. In a few minutes all were supplied with oysters....After supper
was over, a short time was spent in eating candies, raisins, nuts,
- 18 Nov 1881 (T)
There have been 124 students enrolled this term, and still they come.
- 11 Oct 1883 (T)
....Professor D. Bailey will soon issue a new rhetoric based upon the
idea that persons learn to write by writing. Professor Bailey is a
practical man and we may expect a practical book.
Eugene Cressinger, of the First National Bank, is taking a course in
penmanship. The class being at 8 o'clock A.M. permits his taking his
course without interfering with his labors in the bank.
U.D. Gnagey is becoming quite popular with his classes. He is good
looking and single, which added to his ability as an instructor renders
him almost irresistible.,,,
Mr. J.J. Heitz, the brilliant young violinist, cornetist and pianist is
taking a course in harmony, composition, and instrumentation from
Professor Ward, and plays first violin in the orchestra....
John Irvin is reading medicine with Dr. Sherrick, of Ashland, and still
continues to "smile upon" the college girls. He boards at the Hall.
- 1 Nov 1883 (T)
The first term of school since the College has been placed under a new
curriculum of study is rapidly drawing to a close, and judging from the
work that has been done, and the number of students in attendance, we may
safely say that the College has made a favorable start in its new course.
A few of the students have left, and more will leave soon to begin their
work in the school room. We wish them success and wish to impress upon
their minds the responsibilities resting upon them as teachers....
Professor Ward, who has charge of the musical department, is making it a
success. He has been at his post promptly since the opening of school
and has built up his department which has been heretofore very much
- 13 March 1884 (T)
Last Saturday evening the social was a very interesting affair. There
was a large number of students present and from appearances each one
enjoyed himself. The orchestra furnished some excellent music, but the
singing of "How Goes the Money," by the College Quartet Club, was the hit
of the evening. After the musical program was finished the students
adjourned to the chapel and spent the remainder of the evening in
promenading, social games and conversation....
- 1 May 1884 (T)
On Monday afternoon a game of base ball was played between the College
plough-boys and the Ashland nine.
Clem Winbigler, discarding the dignity of the legal profession,
attempted to destroy the good looks of the batters by throwing wild
balls, at frequent intervals crying judgment on a ball, so far from the
batter it would take a Lake township delegation to go after it. "Smithy"
the cigar maker, was the unfortunate person delegated to catch Clem's
balls. He has the sympathy of the people. Charlie Moore puffed and
fumed in the position of shortstop.
Henry Brubaker trembled on first base. Charlie Weist on second base,
and Walter Gaines on third base for half the game, when he played out the
corpulent frame of Hissam, the bank teller was substituted in his place.
The field was held by Stark, Otter and Buchann.
This is the invincible (?) nine that got beat; those whose delicate
frames are better adapted to encircle the dainty maiden waist in the ball
room, than to contest the chances of a bruised mug, or a shattered fist
on the ball grounds. The game was lively throughout. Clem got along all
right in spite of his awkwardness. The score resulted 28 to 36, in favor
of the College. Sometime in the distant future, the boys may try it
again, provided they ever get over the delapidated result of Monday's
- 2 October 1884 (T)
The Dallas Society convened on last Friday evening, and to a large
audience presented an interesting program. The declamation class was
excellently represented by Messrs. Cothoron, Moore, McNaul and Luce. Mr.
Luce acquitting himself nobly as usual.
Miss Grace Hughes read an excellent essay and one that was well
appreciated. The debate followed, after which was extemporaneous
speaking which was heartily enjoyed. prof. Ward delivered a lecture on
music which was well received. Guitar duetts and a piano solo were the
musical features of the evening. Society next Friday night as usual. All
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