Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1909

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BOARD OF EDUCATION Hon. E. C. Bishop..............Superintendent of Public Instruction, Lincoln Hon. L. (I. Brian..................................State Treasurer, Lincoln Hon. LuYh hr P. Luddkn..........................Term expires 1911, Lincoln Hon. IT. M. Childs, President.......................Term expires 1910, York Hon. D. W. Hayes........................................'Perm expires 1909, Alliance IIon. N. P. McDonald.....................................Term expires 1913. Kearney Hon. B. L. Shkllhorn................................Term expires 1912, Peru jfc .j COMMITTEES Auditing....................................................Brian, McDonald, Shcllhorn Executive................................................Sliellhorn, Ludden, McDonald Printing...........................................Childs, Brian. Shcllhorn Teachers and Employees.............................Bishop, Hayes, McDonald Text, Library Books. Course of Study and .Rules.......Hayes, Ludden, Bishop ■.'I 1. CALENDAR, 1909-1910 Cantata (Chorus) ..................................................May 27 Everett Open Session...............................................May 28 Philo Open Session and Field Day...................................May 29 Baccalaureate Sermon ..............................................May 30 Class Play, Alumni Association.....................................May 31 Commencement ......................................................June 1 Summer school opens................................................June 7 Continues eight weeks. Fall term. i xx)-io. opens September 20. Mint

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I'.. C. BISHOP D. W. HAYES I. AW SON G. BRIAN II. M. CHILDS



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NORMAL HISTORY The Peru State Normal School is as old as the state of Nebraska, having been established by the first state legislature. Before the meeting of the legislature in 1867 the institution was known as the Methodist Seminary at Peru. This seminary was first located at Pawnee City and called the Nemaha Valley Seminary, organized in 1863. It was moved to Peru in the winter of 1866. I'he first principal was J. M. McKenzie. Doctor J. F. Neal, Major William Daily and Rev. Hiram Burch deserve the honor of locating the Methodist Seminary at Peru. The present campus was donated to the school by Dr. Neal, Rev. Burch, and Mrs. McKenzie. The first term of the seminary was taught in a building formerly used as a saloon on Main street. It was an instance where the saloon gave way to education. Peru has never since that time had a saloon. The new building on the hill was in process of construction, the people of the community donating cottonwood lumber, stone and labor. There was great need of a bell, as many of the students boarded at farm houses a mile or more from the building. The girls of the school, equal to any emergency, arranged a chicken supper from which enough money was raised for purchasing the bell, which is still in possession of the school. It has from that date in 1866 continued to give warning to retire at 9:30 on every school day. The Methodist conference, meeting about this time, refused to take any financial responsibility for the new seminary, so it was decided to offer the institution to the state for a university or state normal school, 'flic principal and Major Daily wanted it to be used as a state normal school, while Colonel Majors preferred to use it as a state university. Major Daily and Colonel Majors were elected to the legislature. It looked for a while as if the university might be located at Peru, but there were those who preferred Lincoln as the proper location. Hon. A. B. Fuller was responsible for the compromise arrangement with Colonel Majors by which the university was located at Lincoln and the State Normal at Peru. The first term began with an enrollment of 65 and Mr. J. M. McKenzie as principal, who not only cut the most of the wood used for fuel but was his own janitor. The first graduating class, that of 1870, was composed of Prof. George E. Howard, now at the State University, and Mrs. Anna Morehcad Jov, who lives in Peru. These two graduates have certainly honored their Alma Mater. Dr. Ten

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