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A log cabin, built by Peter Pindar Pease from Brownhelm, in the spring of IS33,
and located near the historic Elm, was the first edifice erected upon the tract allotted to
the Oberlin colonists. l-le started a saw and grist mill, welcomed the settlers when they
arrived, and pressed forward the work upon the first school building, which received the
name, Oberlin l-lall. It was a frame building of two stories and an attic. For a year it
was the center of the whole enterprise, the home of students,
is LB? teachers, and founders. One large room on the first floor
A . V served for school, chapel, and church.
f. ' is 'L' I e The second building was a boarding hall, headquarters
:FRI Q of the Women's Department, and called Ladies' l-lall. It stood
A Y on the northeast corner of the lot on which the second church
now stands, and had accommodations for the Stewart family,
- K V I sixty young ladies, and sittings inithe dining room for two
First Ladies' Hall , ,
hundred. Ar lirst it was put in charge of Mr. and Mrs.
Stewart. They had very strict ideas upon the subject of diet, and banished tea and
coffee from the tables. Graham bread with gravy was a principal article of food. Meat
was served, but the Stewarts approved a purely vegetable diet. It is related that Mr.
Stewart once proposed the substitution of parched corn for the graham bread, in order
to Hsave something." But the students did not favor the change, and not long after, Mr.
and Mrs. Stewart left the boarding hall, deeply grieved that the youth of that generation
were so devoted to the "flesh pots of Egypt." They went to Troy, N. Y., where after
years of poverty and struggle, Mr. Stewart succeeded in giving to the world a cook stove
of his own invention, which brought him a moderate fortune and no small renown. He
rejoiced in the fact that this stove was most economical in its consumption of fuel. As
long as wood was the fuel used, it had no competitor in this part of the country.
As yet the College had no president and the church no pastor. Bearing upon his
heart these needs of the colony, Mr. Shipherd found his way to Cincinnati and into the
home of Rev. Asa Mahan, a brother clergyman, pastor of a Presbyterian church in the
city. It was just after the great body of Lake Seminary students had withdrawn from that
institution because forbidden to discuss the subject of slavery. The two men conceived
the idea of inviting these studentsiuroyal good fellows," as Dr. Beecher had called
them-to Oberlin, adding a theological school to the infant college and providing suitable
instructors. Mr. Shipherd found in Mr. Mahan the man he had been seeking for the
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