Harpeth Hall School - Milestones Iris Yearbook (Nashville, TN)

 - Class of 1900

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WARD SEMINARY ' ! > ' I* * /( > was organized in 1 H(5o by Dr. William E. Ward, who, prevented by throat trouble from continuing in active ministry, by the advice of his wife rented the Kirkman residence on the corner of Summer and Cedar streets, and on September ' 2 opened a school with thirty girls present. By the succeeding March the attendance had so increased that he purchased, from Mr. W. P. Bryan, the present site on Spruce street, and there for twenty-two years was President of the Seminary. His registers for that time show that more than three thousand girls were intrusted to his care. The life of this Christian gentleman and noble worker, whose aim was the elevation of humanity, left its mark upon every home thus represented and these make his most lasting monument. Dr. Ward ' s successors were: Mr. J. ]!. Hancock; Rev. B. H. Charles, D.D.; and the present incumbent, Mr. J. D. Blanton. Through Dr. Ward ' s administration, Mr. Hancock ' s, and Dr. Charles ' , Mrs. Mary H. Robertson was Principal of the School Department. Hundreds of girls through the South remember her with grateful affection and are stronger and better women for her influence. Inspired by these influences, and by love for their Alma Mater, the Alumnae of Ward Seminary formed their Association. All will concede this most suitable, for by the quality of her work the school has won the right to be classed among the leading educational factors of the South. During the Tennessee Exposition the enthusiastic graduates succeeded in securing Wednesday, October • > , for a reunion of the Alumnae, and at this the foundation of this Association was laid. On April • > •! of the following year the first formal meeting was held in the chapel of the Seminary, and the Monday of Commencement week of every succeeding year was appointed Alumnae Da}-, the business meeting to be held in the afternoon, and the reception in honor of the graduating class in the evening. At the first meeting Mrs. Edward Buford was elected President ; Mrs. J. Horton Fall, Treasurer; Miss Lizzie Lee Bloomstein, Historian ; and Miss Mary Lucy Mitchell, Secretary; and for each State represented in the school a Vice President was appointed whose duty is to look after the interests of the Association in her State. The present officers of the Association are: Mrs. James M. Head, Presi- dent; Miss Lizzie Atcheson, Historian; Mrs. P. A. Shelton, Treasurer. One object of the Association is educational, and at the last meeting it was decided that a two- years ' scholarship should be given to the daughter of a member of the Association, to be conditioned upon the previous record of the candidate. Madge C. Ham,, Rec. Sec ' v Ward Seminary Alumna; Association.

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