Gem City Business College - Yearbook (Quincy, IL)

 - Class of 1912

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Parents and Guardians May Arrange to have Weekly Allowances Paid to their Children or Wards T F GUARDIANS desire to make weekly I allowances for their wards ' expenses, the A money may be deposited at the college bank and it w ill be paid out as directed, and a report rendered when requested. All that is necessary is to send the money direct to us with a request that so much be paid to the student each week, and our cashier will see that the request is followed. We have a regularly established bank- at the College Office. The banking hours are from eight a. m. to five p. m. on school days. This bank does a regular banking business, except that it does not loan money. The majority of our students deposit their money in this bank and draw from it as their needs require. They find it a great convenience, as it furnishes a perfectly safe place to keep their money and enables them to draw it without leaving the building, and in tmis to suit their wishes. We have correspondent banks in Chicago and St. Louis, and students desiring drafts on either of these cities may purchase them at the bank. Our bank has proved a great convenience to hundreds cf students each year, and practically all of them take advantage of its privileges. One of the officers of the bar.k is a notary public, and students requiring h ' .- services may be accommodated at any time. Several of the officers of the school are also directors in the National and State banks of this city and hence are in a position at all times to give advice to students along any banking lines they may desire. Parents and guardians wishing any further information regarding the bank should communicate with V. G. Musselman, Secretary. Students ' Bank in College Office The above is a photograph of the bank in the college office, where the students deposit their expense money to be checked out when needed

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V. G. has inherited his talented father ' s artistic temperment. His skill with pencil and brush was recognized even while at college. He was chosen on the editorial staff of the college paper, " The Illini, " as chief illustrator, and he was also art editor for the college year book, the " Illio. " His poster and cartoon work is of exceptional excellence. For several years he acted as assistant principal of the Actual Business department. He became Office Manager and Secretary of the College, upon the election of his brother to the Presidency. He is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Blessing Hospital and Secretary of the Civic Improvement League. In every position held by this splendid young man he has manifested the same constant zeal, admirable judgment, and business application, while he possesses the true Mussel- man temperment, an amiable and agreeable personality. T. E. Musselman, the Third Son - The youngest son, Thomas Edgar Musselman, is a graduate of the Shattuck Military School, and the degree Bachelor of Arts was conferred on him by the University of Illinois on his graduating from that school in June, 1910, following which he took a thorough course in the Gem City Business College. He i now an instructor in the Actual Busi- ness department. Besides being a very tine teacher of bookkeeping and the other studies which go with it, Mr. Musselman is considered an authority on birds, and is a member of the American Ornithological Society. He possesses the admirable qualities so characteristic of the family, being industrious, energetic, laudably ambitious, and has a most congenial disposition. All three of the sons possess good physiques, with a well developed taste for athletics, in which each has won distinction. T. E. won the tennis championship of Illinois University for the years of 1908-1909 and 1909-1910 and in 1910 he represented the University of Illinois in the Intercollegiate Conference meet held in Chicago and was runner-up in the tennis doubles. The last year at the University he was president of the Educational Club. In 1908 lie won the championship of the Central Illinois Tennis Tournament at Peoria, Illinois, and together with D. L. won the first prize in the doubles at the same tournament. This sketch of these young men would not be complete without referring to the perfect sympathy of their relations with each other and to the admirable coordination of their successful work for the advance- ment and enhanced prestige and influence of the great educational institution left in their capable hands. Money alone could not have built up and maintained an institution of such wide scope and so national in its character. Time, hard work, careful management, fair dealing, and a clear knowledge of conditions were necessary. All the money of a Rockefeller would not build a Gem City Business College; the work is a growth, and requires many years of patient toil and right supervision. BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR PROGRESS THE GEM CITY BUSINESS COLLEGE opened in 1870 with three students, increasing to thirty-three by the end of the first year. The attendance steadily increased in numbers and in a few years reached the creditable enrollment of five hundred students annually, and thus encouraged it was decided to push for the one thousand mark. It was at this stage of the work that we conceived the idea of the " Greatest School in America. " Why not have it in. Quincy — the beautiful, healthy town of 40,000 inhabitants, situated on the banks of the grand old Mississippi, in the midst of the finest and largest agricultural country in the world? Why not make it the Yale, the Harvard, the Ann Arbor, of commercial colleges? Would not the public approve and support it? Does not the business public require it? Does not the inefficiency of the work of the multi- tude of weak school s all over the country leave an opening, and a demand as well, for one great school that will stand pre-eminently at the head of business education in this country? To accomplish this result, we bent our best energies. The school had now reached eight hundred students in annual attendance. Newer, larger and better quarters were needed for it than could be rented in Quincy. We therefore purchased a valuable lot and erected thereon the finest commercial school building in the land, costing over $100,000. The students were delighted with the new building and its line equip- ment, and were high in their praise of the excellent business training received within its walls. Additional expert teachers were employed to meet the demands; courses of instruction were revised, and methods improved; and the fame of the Gem City Business College and the work accomplished by its students went abroad, and the patronage increased until not only was the much coveted one thousand mark reached, but passed, several years since, and the annual enrollment now reaches from 1400 to 1S00 students. It is worthy of note in this connection to state that the enrollment of students in the G. C. B. C. since its organization has reached more than the 35,000 mark, and the large daily attendance now requires a faculty and working force of nearly thirty people. The school has been successful beyond the most sanguine expecta- tions of its management, proving conclusively that there is a demand for higher and better business education in America, not only by the business interests of the country, but by the patronizing public as well. To further strengthen the school, to add to its popularity and insure its perpetuity, the G. C. B. C. was in 1893 incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. The incorporation certificate requires a high class curriculum and authorizes the issuing to its graduates the degree " Master of Accounts, " and " Bachelor of Accounts. "

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g— inni— »nni-nmn »nn«— nm ' " " ' r fl s General Information j THE Fall Session begins Tuesday, Sep- tember 5, 1911, at which time new- classes in all departments will be formed. The Winter Session begins Tuesday, Jan- uary 2, 1912, when a large number of new students will enroll and new classes will be organized in all subjects. Students May Enter Any Time. The classes are so arranged that a student may begin at any time and pursue the desired studies without interruption. If one finds it inconvenient to begin at the opening of the Fall or Winter Session he may enroll at any other time with equal advantages. Many enter during the latter part of September and in October and November, and also during the spring and summer months. Courses of Study. The College offers sev- eral regular courses of study: the Business Course, the Shorthand and Typewriting Course, the Normal Penmanship Course, the Full Combination Course, and the Short Com- bination Course. Special courses may be ar- ranged if desired. The Business Course embraces bookkeep- ing, actual business practice, auditing, business management, banking, commercial arithmetic, business law, penmanship, letter writing, spell- ing; punctuation, rapid calculation, the use of the adding machine, and other special office devices. Banking is optional in this course. The Shorthand and Typewriting Course embraces shorthand, typewriting, spelling,, .let- ter writing, punctuation, business writing, manifolding, and the use of the copy press, mimeograph, planotype, and other duplicating devices. The Normal Penmanship Course embraces plain and ornamental writing, pen lettering, flourishing, blackboard work, engrossing, spec- imen making, spelling, letter writing, punctua- tion, methods of teaching, etc. The Full Combination Course embraces the subjects of arithmetic, business law, book- keeping, actual business practice, banking, business management, auditing, shorthand, typewriting, spelling, letter writing, penman- ship, punctuation, rapid calculation, office dic- tation, the use of the mimeograph, adding machine, and other modern appliances. This course embraces all the subjects of the Busi- ness Course and also all those of the Short- hand and Typewriting Course. Banking is optional in this course. The Short Combination Course consists of shorthand, typewriting, bookkeeping (11 sets), actual business practice (2 sections), letter writing, spelling, penmanship, punctuation, and office practice. This course is the same as the Full Combination Course, except that commercial law and arithmetic are omitted, and the bookkeeping and actual business work is shortened. Post Graduate Work. Many teachers and others who have taken complete or partial courses in other schools, arrange to do post- graduate and special work. The student se- lects such course or subjects as may be desired and carries them along in the regular classes. Tuition for special courses is determined by the length of time devoted to the school work. If all the branches of a regular course are completed, a diploma is issued, providing three months or more are spent in the school. Special German Course. Students who de- sire may arrange to take lessons in German. The classes are held after the regular school sessions are finished for each day. Life Scholarships. The life scholarship plan has proved a great success in our institu- tion, and to it must be given the credit for our having graduated more high-grade, suc- cessful students than any other American business college by any other plan. Life scholarships are issued for each of the regular courses described above. By life scholarship is meant a tuition certificate entitling the student to unlimited time in completing the course. One holding a life scholarship may, if desired, withdraw at any time before the course is completed and return later for the purpose of finishing the work. The holder of a life scholarship is also permitted to review the work at any time without additional cost. Many students take advantage of this privilege even after they are graduated and have been employed for a number of years. The scholar- ship is always honored by the G. C. B. C. when presented by the original purchaser, unless he has forfeited his rights and privi- leges by bad conduct. The Term Plan of Tuition. Students may if desired pay their tuition by the month or by the term. It usually costs more, however, to finish a course by this plan than by the life scholarhsip plan. Tuition Not Transferable. Life scholar- ships and tuition certificates are not transfera- ble nor redeemable, except in case of death in the early part of the course, in which case term tuition is retained, and any balance re- maining is returned to the parents. Bocks. The text books and supplies for the various courses are extra. The cost of books for each course is explained farther on. The Payment of Tuition. All tuition is payable in advance, and students should come provided with a sufficient amount to pay for the scholarship and books, and expenses for board and room for a few weeks. Money should be brought in the form of a bank draft or post office or express money order. Do nut put your money or draft in your trunk on your trip to Quincy, but carry it with you, and when you reach the college you can de- posit it in the College Bank for safety and convenience. Board and Lodging. We assist each stu- dent in getting nicely located in a good room in a private family conveniently situated near the college. A representative from the school accompanies each student and sees that he is suitably located. Board may be procured in private families, or at a boarding house.

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