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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


Lenox College

Pioneer Christian College





      LENOX COLLEGE. The college is located at Hopkinton, Delaware county, Iowa, on the Davenport and Calmar division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. Hopkinton is a healthful location, free from vices and temptations of larger places, and contains an intelligent, Christian community.


      The college is under the control of the Presbyterian Synod of Iowa, and is Christian in its instruction. A committee to visit and inspect the institution is annually appointed by the synod.


      The institution was opened for students in the autumn of 1859, and was designed to furnish the higher education whose need was then felt in this part of Iowa. In 1864 the property was transferred to the Synod of Iowa North, and the name of Lenox Collegiate Institution was adopted. The curriculum of study was. extended at different times, providing for classical, scientific and normal courses. In 1884 the articles of incorporation were so amended as to change the name to Lenox College.


      Up to that period more than two thous­and students had been in attendance for longer or shorter periods. This school was the pioneer Christian school of this region. It has educated more than fifty men who entered the Christian ministry of the various denominations, and now has five representatives among missionaries in foreign lands; and six of its recent graduates in “The McCormick Theological Seminary.” It has trained for usefulness many who are serving their generation in the teachers’ work and in professional life.


      One hundred and thirty-seven students have been enrolled in the past year, of which eighty were in the collegiate department.


      The alumni and former students of the college have undertaken to provide a home for the young ladies. This building, so long needed, is in process of erection, and it is expected to be ready for occupancy at the opening of the fall term. It has been planned by a competent architect, is especially adapted for this use, and is provided with all modern conveniences. When completed it will present a handsome appearance, and afford convenient and attractive surroundings, which will supply the lack of home comforts. The building will consist of two stories of brick, with a basement of trimmed stone. The basement contains a well lighted and comfortable dining-room, and well appointed kitchen. A pleasant parlor and reception room, with light and well ventilated apartments, comprise the upper floors all being under the care of a competent matron and supervised by the lady principal. Parents will thus be assured that daughters will receive careful attention and oversight, and be scrupulously guarded by those familiar.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 578-579; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson