|ments but lacking the fine executive
ability of his predecessor. He at once
took up the work begun by Superin-
tendent Page and under him the class
graduated. He was a man of kindly
spirit and the students all loved him.
He remained with the schools until
1879, when he left to continue his work
in other fields. Many years ago I re-
ceived from him a very friendly letter,
full of wisdom and touching sentiment,
and which was promptly answered.
Since then I have heard nothing from
him and have often wondered where
life's currents finally bore him --I hope
to good cheer, success and happiness.
From this little class of four the
number of graduates has grown to a
grand total of 749, not including the
class of '26. Many continued their
pursuit of knowledge in larger institu-
tions, but all, save those who have pass-
|ed to the Great Beyond, are now en-|
gaged in the great work of the world in
all departments of life.
In 1891 the board of trustees, Cyrus
Woodbury, Simeon H. Dunn and. L. C.
Huesmann, came to the conclusion, and
rightly so, that the old building had
served its purpose and must go. Many
former students, now engaged in active
business pursuits, experienced a twinge
of regret as they watched the workmen
demolish the old walls within whose
almost sacred precincts they had learn-
ed the great lesson that knowledge is
power. But the work of demolition
went on until the old building was but
a memory, and in its stead there arose
a beautiful and stately building with
ample rooms and spacious hallways,
but still lacking the features which we
of the present time consider so essen-
tial -- a gymnasium and an auditorium.
Large and commodious as this new