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HISTORY OF THE COLLEGE. N the following pages may be found a concise history of the college, from the time the institution was established, down to the present time. The Editors have gathered the most important facts which they believed would be of interest, and trust it will meet the appro- val of their fellow-students, 1862. July 2. — An Act " donating public lands to the several states and territories, which may provide colleges for the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, together with Militai ' y Science, " passed Con- gress and was signed by President Lincoln. 1863. The Legislature of Massachusetts accepted the grant, with its conditions. An act incorporating the trustees of the M. A. C. was also passed, and four- teen persons selected. The Governor, Secretary of the Board of Agriculture, the Secretary of the Board of Education, and the President of the Faculty were appointed memioers, " ex-offlcis. " 1864. The towns of Springfield, Chicopee, Northampton, Amherst and Lexington conapeted for the location of the college, each raising the required $75,000. Amherst received the unanimous vote of the Trustees, for the following reasons ; 1st superiority of the farm ; 2d situated in an agricultural region ; 3d, near a thriving accessible village ; 4th, near Amherst College ; 5th, the " Bussy Fund " provides for an agricultural school near Boston. 310 1-2 acres of land were bought as a college farm, cost $35,000. The Legislature appropriated $10,000 to defray the necessary expenses of establishing and maintaining the college. Hon. H. F. French, of Cambridge, elected president. 1865. ,000 granted to aid in establishment. 1866. President French resigned. Prof. P. H. Chadbourne of Williams College, elected president. $10,000 given by Dr. Nathan Durfee, of Fall River, and $10,000 by L. M. H. F. Hills of Amherst. 83
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Scene in Chapel. TimeS. 10 A. M., the choir gathered round and Perkins smoking, enter Prof. Goodell. Prof. G. — This is no place for smoking. Verdant P-r c-H.s.— Wonder if he means me. 1st Fresh, to 2d Fresh. — Who is that fellow in the choir, who seems to be trying to ci-eate a delnge. 2d Fresh. — Uh ! That ' s P-i ' k-ns, but what do you mean. 1st Fresh. — Why !. He tries to drown everybody else out. Prof. Harry. — Mr. May, do you know anything about my paper basket that was stolen ? May. — Yes sir, and I wish you would get it down, for it is on top of the liberty pole and I cannot run the flag up. Prof. Harry. — Thinks he will have to shin up. Native illustrating to iSenior on what principles the M. A. C. is running. Waal ye see its jest like this. I take out my pocket-book and gin it to my boy, and tell him to git a suit ordothes, but not to spend any money. D ' ye see ? Senior sees. Scene, a Freshman ' s room well filled with tobacco-smoke. Jones. — I say Dwight ! The " Sophs. " got a little the best of us the other n-n-night, if we did have three to their one, they made our canes look sick, d-d-didn ' t they ? Dwight. — Well we did ' nt do enough after all, so but what we had better keep still about it. Jones. — I wish we could g-ge-get a cane from them, it would be hnmense, wouldn ' t it ? Divight. — I wish so too. Jones. — Let ' s try. Divight. — ril tell you what I ' ll do Jones, if I see a Sophomore out with a cane 1 will go for him if you will back me up. Jones. — Will you ? D-d-dun-n-no, I g-guess we had better l et the Sopho- mores alone. Divight. — Well I guess so after all, unless Jones (softly). — Keep still Dwight, somebody ' s coming up stairs. Scene ends. Myi ' ick, trying to sell a book to Freshman Nichols. Myrick. — Now Nichols, this is just what you want. Nichols. — No ! It don ' t contain archaeological researches deep enough for me. Myrick. — Although pretty " hefty " on big words, starts for his unabridged. 81
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1867. Hon. Levi Stockbridge becomes farm superintendent. President Chadbourne resigned. Col. W. S. Clark elected president. E. S. Snell, elected professor of mathematics. H. H. Goodell, elected professor of modern languages. South Dormitory completed. Laboratory completed. South Boarding house completed. Oct. 2d, First class entered ; numbered 47. Washingion Irving Literary Society founded. Seventy-three acres of land added to the farm. Quarry in Pelham purchased. 1868. Botanic Museum completed. Green House completed. C. A. Goessmann elected professor of chemistry. E. S. Snell resigns professorship of mathematics. North Dormitory built. North Boarding house built. Class of ' 72 entered 41. College Christian Union founded. J, . S« founded. 1869. Farm house and barn built. $2,000 for the purchase of the Knowlton Herbarium, given by Wm. Know l- ton, Esq. Vineyard started. Capt. H. E. Alvord, U. S. A., B. S., professor of military science and tac- tics, appointed. . College colors green and white. Class of ' 73 entered 24. A. S. Packard, Jr., elected as lecturer on entymology. Q. T. V. founded. 1870. A section of artillery arrived. Prof. S. F. Miller died. M. H. Fish elected professor of mathematics. H. W. Parker elected professor of mental science. M. F. Dickinson elected lecturer on rural law. Edward Everett Literary Society founded. 83
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