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Irrhe following story of Olverliffs pas! was nnilen by .Mrs llffury Slrirrllrjf, a grazlualc
cf tie College in '68, aml lvirlona of Cericral C. VV. Sfiiinlvff. who cnrnzmunleil a regiment in Ilie
Civil WCIV. ll pre:u1iis Ilrc Iemlifrg feels of Olwmirrs fournling untl rlevtlopzmzrif iwry informally
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EV. JOHN SHIPHERD, while pastor of the Presbyterian church in Elyria, be-
came impressed with the great need of gospel preachers and teachers in "il he Valley
ofthe Mississippi." He resigned his pastorate that he might give his whole time to the plan of
founding a college and community for the purpose of training such laborers. Philo P.
Stewart, who had been a friend and claifrate at Pawlet, Vt,i returning from missionary work
among the Choctaw Indians, joined him at lnilyrizv, and they worked out the plan together.
Two sites, one in Elyria and one in Brownhelm, were offered for the enterprise, but
neither afforded sufficient room to carry out their ideas. So Mr. Shipherd started off, on
horseback, to New l-laven, Conn., a two week's journey, to propose his scheme to Messrs.
Hughs and Treat, owners of a large tract of unbroken forest in the southern part of
Lorain county. He asked for a gift of five hundred acres for a Manual Labor School,
and that nine square miles adjacent to the school grounds might be sold to the colonists
for farms at Sl.5O an acre. This, he assured the owners of the property, would bring
their land into market. Day after day he called upon these men, experienced in the
handling of real estate, without receiving a word of encouragement. But at last, con-
vinced that so earnest a man would succeed, they accepted his proposition.
Mr. Shipherd then undertook the task of raising funds and securing suitable persons
to carry out his great enterprise. Those expecting to become colonists were asked to sign the
Oberlin Covenant, consisting o' twelxe articles, pledging themselves to such lives of industry,
self-denial, and benevolence as 'conformed to Mr. Shipherdis standard of Christian
character. An idea of the whole covenant may be gained from the third and sixth articles:
An idea of the whole covenant may be grained from the third and sixth articles:
"THIRD: We will hold in possession no more property than we believe we can
profitably manage for God as His faithful stewards.
"SIXTH: That we may add to our time and health, monev for the service of' the
Lord, we will renounce all the world's expensive and unwholesome fashions of dress, partic-
ularly tight dressing and ornamental attire."