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Thanksgiving / Ladies' Seminary

22, November,  2007


Thanksgiving is once again here. Let everyone give thanks for the many blessings the people of this country have received.


“Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

“Count your gains instead of your losses.

“Count your joys instead of your woes;

“Count your friends instead of your foes.

“Count your smiles instead of your tears.

“Count your courage instead of your fears.

“Count your full years instead of your lean;

“Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;

Count on God instead of yourself.” Author Unknown.

The following article originally appeared in the January 1, 1868 issue of The Schuyler Citizen. The Young Ladies’ Seminary was an early semi-private school that operated in Rushville before the Rushville Union School district was organized.

Young Ladies’ Seminary – “This is one of the institutions of Rushville. It is a credit to any town. The school was established about two years ago. The maximum number of scholars for one teacher was fixed at twenty-five. This is sensible, if thoroughness is sought. The expenses are divided pro rata between the patrons, who constitute a company, annually electing officers, etc. The officers now acting are:

John C. Bagby, Esq., President

Mr. J. G. McCreery, V. Pres.

Dr. Thos. Monroe, Secy.

Mr. W. W. Wells, Treas.

Hon. L. D. Erwin, Mr. J. Parrott Sr., Ex. Com.

“These gentlemen constitute a board of directors.

“The year is intended to be forty weeks in length. This year it will be but thirty-six weeks. The terms are not arbitrarily fixed. The school occupies the old Cumberland Presbyterian Church, opposite the residence of Mr. John Beatty. The directors are discriminating in admitting scholars.

“The school is now having a vacation continuing over New Years. An examination was had just before the present vacation. We had the pleasure of being present a part of the time, and were satisfied that very thorough work had been sought and obtained by the teacher. The young ladies are evidently required to think a matter sadly overlooked in most schools of whatever grade.

“It is to be hoped that this school may expand into an imposing institution, employing a large corps of teachers; in a building ample in dimensions, and filled up with all needful appliances for imparting the sciences in their higher development----“

“---The directors have been fortunate in securing the services of Miss ….ay(unreadable), a well educated and every way competent teacher. We believe she has from the first given complete satisfaction. The present number of scholars is twenty-two, making the expenses about forty dollars.”


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Genealogically Speaking  22, November, 2007 - copyright 2007 The Rushville Times - Written by Edie Fishel
Used by permission Schuyler County Historical Jail Museum
and Genealogical Center.

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