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Elias Compton served as dean at the College of Wooster and had three sons, Karl, Arthur, and Wilson, who went on to gain distinction.

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Howard Lowry: The College of Wooster president responsible for adding the requirement of Independent Study to the curriculum.

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One of the College of Wooster’s prominent early professors who taught Latin and Greek from 1873 to 1928. After his death, his daughter, Lucy L. Notestein, compiled a book of his notes on the college, Wooster of the Middle West, published in 1972.

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Photo taken for a "Rep. for Frick," of the original Old Main Building. Presumably, this is one of the photos that encouraged Henry Clay Frick to donate money to build a library for the new, Christian school.

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Artwork depicting the original Old Main academic building on the University of Wooster's campus.

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A sketch of the original Old Main building, focusing on the awkward middle section that the townspeople nicknamed "Bitter's Bottle," because it looked so much like a pill bottle.

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View of Severance Hall (chemistry), constructed in 1902, from the academic quad of the College of Wooster

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Portrait of Louis H. Severance, trustee of the University of Wooster, circa 1910

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President Holden wrote his autobiography for his children in 1932 and it featured an extensive portion on his time as the President of the College of Wooster. He focused on the difficulties he ran into as he desperately tried to find donors for…

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The photograph shows just how little remained of the campus’ main academic building after a fire ravaged the structure in 1901.

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The main academic building on campus burned down early in the morning in mid December 1901. Students and faculty could only watch in horror as the fire destroyed the building.

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The article describes President Lowry’s remarks during a university chapel service for Herman. Lowry reflected on his personal relationship with Herman and gave him a plaque to celebrate his 80th birthday.

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The Daily Record interviewed Herman and he was honored but had wanted to keep it secret. The store and the college had a long standing relationship with many of the students and their parents shopping at Freedlander’s.

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Lowry and Garber Drushal spoke of Herman’s fondness for helping children and his invaluable contributions to the community. Traditionally only faculty and trustees were part of the vote, but students and faculty wanted to honor Herman as well.

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The association lamented the loss of their bible teacher, Mary Irish, and resolved to always remember the sisters’ exemplary personalities.

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This portrait of Annie B. Irish was probably done soon after she accepted the position of Professor of German Literature and Language at the University of Wooster.

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Students, faculty, and trustees paid for the monument that paid tribute to both sisters’ accomplishments and contributions to the University.

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The talk included music and stories about Annie B. Irish’ life and honored her accomplishments as a scholar.

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Howard Irish, Annie’s brother, described her life including her studies at Johns Hopkins University. Their father, O.H. Irish, served as Consul General in Saxony, which is where she studied German and French Literature. She eventually worked as a…

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The article discusses President Scovel’s address at the university chapel for Mary Irish, who was a student at the University before she became ill. The tight bond between the sisters was remarked upon and Annie B. Irish took care of Mary until her…

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Photo of Dr. Willis Lord, the University of Wooster's first president.

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Part of Dr. Lord's speech when he reveals that the University "shall be open to students of both the sexes."

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Front page of a pamphlet recording President Lord's Inaugural Address.

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Front page of transcript of Dr. Lord's Inaugural Address

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Annie B. Irish: This woman served as the University of Wooster’s first female professor, starting in 1882.

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Andrew Carnegie wrote personally to President Holden once he was informed that the University met his requirements. He pledged to follow through by paying $100,000 and said his cashier would send the check.

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In the letter, President Holden thanked people for donations and informed them that they had helped meet the conditions set forth by Andrew Carnegie, which allowed the University to receive $100,000.

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In the letter, President Holden is soliciting donations from the University community and town to rebuild, while also alluding to an anonymous donor who was eventually revealed.

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The Special Edition describes the story of the fire and how the college responded. A lengthy section was devoted to listing how many people and organizations had donated and how people could continue to help.
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