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This is the image of the full or partial text of an article entitled "Mt Carroll Seminary", printed in the Inter-Ocean of 1881-08-13. This article is in the public domain, because it was published in the United States before 1923.



ML Carroll Seminary originated In a Belect Bchool, opened in 1S43 by Misses Wood and Gregory, graduates of the Normal at Albany, N. Y. After a year’s experiment the first building was erected, and the school organized under a special charter. On account of the thorough work done by the founders, with their boundless enthusiasm and energy, the institution soon won an enviable rcputa -titra and liberal patronage. The remarkable financial skill ot Mrz Shimer, nee Wood, the senior partner (now solo proprietor) saved the school from the bankruptcy which overtook many similar enterprises. Onaided by donations and unassisted by agents, it has become one of the most useful schools of the Northwest Its faculty embraces representatives from the leading higher institutions of the country, and Its chief aim seems to be to develop its pupils into-earnest, practical women.

The twenty-four acres connected with the seminary building are adorned with flowers, shrubs, and ornamental trees suited to tho climate, and supplied with fruit of all kinds grown In Northern Illinois,


The last of the three buildings erected is heated by furaaccs and ventilated by the Ruttan system; has bath-rooms, with bot and cold water, on the floors, with private rooms, and is provided with other modern conveniences.

Tho grape arbor, of 300 feet; the plazia, of li(IO feet, and the spacious grounds afford the best opportunity for ©ut-door exercise; which, with simple living1, regular habits, and excellent climate, insures the almost perfect health ol che family of a hundred and more. Although unaided by public funds, Mrs. Shimer assists a large number of young women with limited means in their efforts to obtain an education. The original system of manual labor is a distinguishing feature of this institution. It helps young women to help themselves.

Among the latest improvements of the school i3 tbe purchase of a large number of pianos for the conservatory. The old pianos that have been used for practice having been disposed of, tho school will be supplied by this purchase with twenty-five new instruments of first-class makers.

The school, once so isolated for want of a railroad, is now on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St Paul Railroad, which brings it in direct communication with Chicago, Milwaukee, and Rock Island.

Formerly one of the very few educational institutions of the State, separated by many miles from any competing school, this institution is now in the midst of educational Interests, sustained by church and state, yet the coming year promises to he one of the brightest and best of the many prosperous years of its history.

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