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Samuel, W. M. Paxton, Robert Sevier, James L. McCoun, R. H. Smith, Robert Clark, D. F. Green, N. Davis, j. R. Allen, and George W. Dunn, shall be, and they and their successors in office, are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name, "The Trustees of Richmond College."

The first meeting of the board of trustees of Richmond College, was in the city of Richmond, on Thursday, the 29th of December, 1853. The following trustees were present: George W. Dunn, William Dickson, A. V. C. Schenck, Thomas A. Bracken, J. B. Harbison, I. W. Canfield, James L. McCoun, Lewis Green, Nathaniel Davis, George I. Wasson, Robert Sevier (resigned).

Soon after the complete organization of the board of trustees was effected, arrangements were made for building the college. The contract for building it was let to William Hunter, in the year 1856. The site selected for it was in the southern suburbs of the city of Richmond, on a beautiful eminence called College Hill, surrounded by a delightful and inviting "campus."

The work of the building had progressed so far, and was so near completion by September, 1856, that the lower stories could be occupied for the purposes intended by the board of trustees. Richmond College was therefore formally opened in September, 1856, for students. Reverend John L. Yantis, D. D., a distinguished Presbyterian divine, was duly installed as president of it. Prof. Oliver Cunningham, a teacher of great experience and ability, was selected as professor of languages. Professor Rufus B. Finley, a teacher of high standing, and a thorough mathematician, was chosen for the position of professor of mathematics. There were also assistant teachers in the different departments. The college opened with the most flattering prospects; a large number of students was soon in attendance, and everything connected with this young institution of learning seemed to progress most admirably, in every respect, for about two years. About this time it was ascertained that the resoures and liberality of the presbytery of Upper Missouri had been overestimated. The friends of Westminster College, at Fulton, charged a want of good faith, on the part of the presbytery of Upper Missouri, that had been one of the contestants for the synodical college; that having failed in obtaining it, it should have acquiesced in the decision of synod in establishing the college at Fulton, in October, 1852; that it should not have engaged in an enterprise and movement that placed it in an opposing attitude to the interests of the synodical college at Fulton. This was the prominent cause of the enthusiasm waning for establishing a Presbyterian College at Richmond, and in a great measure caused the enterprise to give way. It was also ascertained at this time, that the financial scheme for endowing the college from scholarships, was far from being a success, and fell far behind the expectation of the friends of the college. At the end of two years it was found that the fund realized from the endowment plan by scholarships was only $13,000 of the $40,000 promised, and agreed upon. Failing, therefore, to realize a sufficient amount from the endowment fund to meet the annual expenses of the college, and that a debt was rapidly accumulating, the presbytery of Upper Missouri submitted to the board of trustees of Richmond College the proposal that the presbytery would assume the entire indebtedness, not only the debt to the teachers, which had become a considerable one, but to relieve it of indebtedness of every kind, and cancel the guaranty bond of the citizens of Ray county for the building fund of $15,000 for Richmond College, on condition that the guaranty bond of the presbytery of Upper Missouri, for the endowment fund for $40,000, should also be canceled, and- the college building revert to the people of Ray county. This proposition was accepted. The agreements were not fully complied with until some years afterward. The presbytery of Upper Missouri relinquished all claim to the college building and grounds, which reverted to the people of Ray county, Missouri.

Some time, however, before this arrangement had been consummated, James R. Allen, of Ray county, had completed the Richmond college edifice, at his own expense, and received the grateful acknowledgments of the synod of upper Missouri in a resolution passed in session at Lexington, Missouri, September 29, 1860. The synod of Upper Missouri was organized some time after the presbytery of Upper Missouri had engaged in the work of locating, erecting, and endowing the Richmond college. This explanation is made to show the connection of the synod of Upper Missouri with the Richmond College, and all matters pertaining to it.

Some of the original trustees of the college having resigned, the follow ing board of trustees were elected, and classed as required in the charter by the synod of Upper Missouri, at the session held at Lexington, September 29, 1860: First class, composed of Judge George W. Dunn, Rev. Robert Scott, George I. Wasson, Lewis Green, and Rev. Ralph Harris; second class, Rev. I. Canfield, Dr. B. A. Rives, Preston Dunlap, James Furguson, and A. W. Hutchins; third class, Benjamin J. Brown, Geo. W. Buchanan, D. F. Green, Rev. D. Coulter, D. D., and Dr. I. M. Keith, any seven of which to constitute a quorum.

After it was ascertained that Richmond College could no longer be sustained on account of the reasons already mentioned, private schools were organized, and taught in the college building, one by Rufus W. Finley, and one by George B. Turner. These schools were well patronized, and admirably conducted, until the spring of 1861, when the blast of "grim-visaged war" was heard in the land, they ceased to exist.

Richmond College building from the commencement of the great civil war until its close, instead of being the temple of learning, the home of star-eyed science, became, from necessity, a fortress bristling with bayonets, and arrayed in all the fierce panoply of war.

From 1862 till 1865 large bodies of troops were quartered in it at different times, and as a natural consequence the injuries it sustained were considerable. As soon as practicable after the close of the war, repairs were made to the college building by the board of trustees, and it was put in as good condition, if not better, than it was before the commencement of the war. In September, 1867, a tier of lots on the east and west sides of the college ground, extending entirely across it from north to south, was sold, in accordance with legal process, and the amount realized from said sale was appropriated to the liquidation of a portion of the debt against the trustees of the college building. «James R. Allen instituted suit against the trustees of Richmond College, in 1862, in Ray county circuit court, for the amount of money advanced by him to complete the college building in the year 1858, but dying before the suit was determined, the administrators were substituted as plaintiffs in the case. Failing to obtain judgment in the circuit court, the cause was appealed to the 5th district court of Missouri, held at St. Joseph, Missouri, and on being heard, resulted in a reversal of the judgment of the Ray county circuit court.

This claim was afterward fully satisfied by the trustees of the college.

Public schools were taught in the college building in 1867, by B, F. Winfrey, Mrs. Hannah Cunningham and others.

In 1868 one session of school was taught in it by Prof. J. W. Lewis, Prof. B. F. Winfrey and Mrs. Hannah Cunningham and assistant teachers.

In September, 1868, Rev. Samuel J. Huffaker opened a high school in the college building, for the co-ordinate education of male and female pupils. The faculty for the collegiate year of this school, from 1868 to 1869, were as follows: Rev. S. J. Huffaker, principal and teacher in the several schools; Lafayette W. Groves, professor of ancient languages, and assistant teacher in the several schools; Frank G. Gibson, professor of pure and mixed mathematics, French, and assistant in the several schools; Miss Mattie Steele, mistress of primary school; Miss Docia Smith, assistant in library school; Miss Ruth B. Colgan, principal of music school.

College home, Mrs. S. J. Huffaker and S. J. Huffaker.

The board of trustees at this time, 1868 to 1869, were: Judge G. W. Dunn, president; Dr. W. W. Mosby, C. T. Garner, Esq., G. I. Wasson, Esq., treasurer; Judge Walter King, Joseph S. Hughes, Esq., J. C. Catea Esq.

In the year 1869, the presbytery of Upper Missouri, relinquished all claim to the college building and grounds in compliance with an agreemeant that had been previously made. The college building and grounds therefore reverted to the people of Ray county.

Teachers in Richmond College in scholastic year from 1869 to 1870: Samuel J. Huffaker, principal; Lafayette W. Groves, professor of languages; Frank G. Gibson, professor of mathematics; Mrs. F. M. Pritchard, mistress of primary school; Miss Ruth B. Colgan, principal of music school.

Board of trustees from 1869 to 1870, were as follows: Judge Geo. W. Dunn, president; Dr. W. W. Mosby, C. T. Garner, Esq., Geo. I. Wasson, Judge Walter King, J. C. Cates, Esq" Joseph S. Hughes, and Isaac Hale, Esq.

Teachers in Richmond College, scholastic year from 1870 to 1871: Samuel J. Huffaker, principal; Lafayette W. Groves, professor of languages; Frank G. Gibson, professor of mathematics; Miss M. A. S. Clark, teacher in intermediate department until February, 1871; Miss Mary Woodson, successor to Miss Clark, in intermediate department; Miss Alice Colter, teacher in primary department; Miss Ruth B. Colgan, principal in music school.

Board of trustees from 1870 to 1871: Geo. W. Dunn, president; C. T. Garner, secretary; Geo. I. Wasson, treasurer; Dr. W. W. Mosby, Judge Walter King, Joseph S. Hughes, J. C. Cates, and Isaac Hale.

The graduating class of this year-were: Miss Lucy S. Menefee, Miss Ollie Miller, Miss Sallie Harbison, Charles J.-Hughes, Jr., James W. Garner, and Geo. W. Sweich. The essays and orations of this class on commencement day, were splendid efforts. They sparkled with brilliant thoughts, and glowed with beautiful imagery.

Teachers in Richmond graded school, from 1871 to 1872, organized under school laws of Missouri as Richmond public school:* N. B. Peeler, principal; F. G. Gibson, professor of mathematics; Rev. Samuel E. Derackin, teacher in intermediate department; Mrs. F. M. Pritchard, teacher in intermediate department; Alvin S. Child, teacher in primary department; Miss Alice Colter, teacher in intermediate department; Miss Flora Child, teacher in primary department; Miss Bettie Lynch, teacher in primary department; Miss Docia Smith, teacher in primary department.

Board of directors from 1871 to 1872, were: Dr. W. W. Mosby, president; C. J. Hughes, Sr., secretary; A. K. Reyburn, treasurer; Geo. W. Dunn, D. H. Harbison, and Geo. I. Wasson.

*The public school in Richmond, Missouri, was first organized in the year 1859. Prior to that time the public moneys were distributed among the children residing in the territory afterwards included in the Richmond school district, who attended the various private schools. Joseph E. Black taught the first session of the public school, assisted by Miss Cynthia J. Cole. The public school was continued until the organization of Richmond College, in 1871, as above stated.

Teachers in Richmond College, for the scholastic year from 1872 to 1873, were as follows: S.J. Huffaker, principal; T. F. Peake, professor of languages; Reverend Thomas B. King, intermediate department, succeeded by Thomas J. Dodd, in February, 1873; Miss Emma Pybas, high school department; Miss Maggie Jackson, intermediate department; Miss Docia Smith, primary department; Miss Bettie Lynch, primary department; Mrs. Ruth B. Colgan, music teacher; Thomas J. Dodd, (successor to Thomas B. King), teacher from February, 1873, to close of term.

Board of directors from 1872 to 1873: W. W. Mosby, president; Chas. J. Hughes, secretary; A. K. Rayburn, treasurer; Geo. W. Dunn, Geo. I. Wasson, and Henry C. Garner.

Teachers for the scholastic year from 1873 to 1874—(board of trustees same as from 1872 to 1873): S. J. Huffaker, president; Thomas F. Peake, professor of languages and elocution; James Jane Allen, professor of Greek, French, logic, and English literature; Charles J. Hughes, professor of mathematics, mathematical science, and political economy; Mrs. Clara K. Fore, intermediate department; Mr. Delos Luther, intermediate department; Mrs. P. M. Luther, primary department; Miss Docia Smith, primary department; Miss Bettie Lynch, primary department; Mrs. C. M. Murray, vocal music; Miss Ruth B. Colgan, music teacher.

Before the close of the session Miss Sallie Smith was chosen teacher in place of D. Luther.

The graduating class of 1874 were: C. T. Garner, Jr., Miss Lizzie S. Garner, Miss Josie H. Shweich, Miss Maggie E. Rimmer, and Miss Julia M. Beyan.

Teachers in Richmond graded school, for scholastic year from 1874 to 1875: Samuel J. Huffaker, principal; Thomas F. Peake, professor of languages; Charles J. Hughes, professor of mathematics; Z. M. Willis, intermediate department; Mrs. Clara Fore, intermediate department; Miss Docia T. Smith, Miss Bettie Lynch, and Mrs. S. E. Percival, primary department; Miss Ruth B. Colgan, music teacher.

The board of trustees for this year were: Dr. W. W. Mosby, president; Charles J. Hughes, secretary; A. K. Rayburn, Geo. W. Dunn; H. C. Garner, and Geo. I. Wasson.

Graduating class of 1875: William Banister, Geo. Warriner, Warner Holt, Miss Maggie Hughes, Miss Mollie Rodman, Miss Susie Demasters, Miss Ida Carter, and John R. Watkins.

Teachers in Richmond graded school, from 1875 to 1876: Samuel J. Huffaker, principal; Thomas F. Peake, professor of languages; Charles J. Hughes, Jr., professor of mathematics; Z. M. Willis, intermediate department; Mrs. C. Fore, intermediate department; Mrs. S. E. Perci

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