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of the
Officers and Students
Seneca Collegiate Institute
Ovid, N.Y.
For the Year Ending August, 1858

Source: "Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Seneca Collegiate Institute, Ovid, N.Y., For the Year Ending August, 1858." Pittsfield, Mass.: Chickering & Davis. 1858.


Edward A. Bachman, Geneva
Weed Barnum, Ovid
Hiram B. Blauvelt, Farmerville
John S. Blomer, Ovid
Charles H. Bodine, Romulus
Darwin C. Bodine, Ovid
William A. Bolter, Ovid
George Bonner, Ovid
Samuel Bonner, Ovid
Waterman T. Bouton, Ovid
William W. Brewer, Ovid
George G. Brooks, Portland, Me.
John S. Budd, Hector
David G. Caywood, Ovid
Peter Chapman, Romulus
William H. Church, Waterloo
Allan Cleaveland, Lodi
Edwin Close, Covert
Monmouth H. Close, Covert
Cyrus Cole, Lodi
Abraham E. Covert, Ovid
Darwin Covert, Ovid
Isaac N. Covert, West Bloomfield, Mich.
Nelson B. Covert, Farmerville
Bynear Covert, Farmerville
George N. Crisfield, Lodi
Philip Crisfield,Lodi
Charles Dey, Romulus
B.B. Dumont, Farmer
Andrew Dunlap, jr., Ovid
Kinne Dunlap, Ovid
Orin Dunlap, Ovid
Montgomery Dunnett, Ovid
Robert C. Durland, Hector
Benjamin N. Eastman, Ovid
Clinton J. Eastman, Ovid
William L. Eastman, Ovid
John P. Ellis, Ovid
Calvin Everett, Romulus
Asa G. Folwell, Romulus
James D. Folwell, Romulus
Charles M. Gibbs, Ovid
Frank Gibbs, New York City
George C. Gibbs, New York City
James H. Gilmore, North Hector
Theodore B. Gray, Ovid
George M. Guerin, Ovid
Silas Halsey, Lodi
James Harris, Ovid
George Hayt, Ovid
Hugh C. Hayt, Northville
James B. Hayt, Northville
Stephen H. Hayt, Ovid
James R. Hazlitt, Hector
Herman Henry, Ovid
ohn Herrin, Ovid
Wadsworth Hopkins, Fayette
William C. Howell, Ovid
Henry M. Humphrey, Binghampton (sic)
William H. Humphrey, Binghampton (sic)
Charles Jacobus, Romulus
Lyman E. Jacobus, Romulus
Denton Johnson, Romulus
James T. Johnson, Romulus
John Johnson, Romulus
Joseph Johnson, Romulus
Samuel C. Jones, Ovid
George C. King, Covert
Cyrus E. Kinne, Romulus
Darwin C. Kinne, Romulus
Ephraim Kinne, Romulus
William H. Kinne, Romulus
Jesse Lerch, Varick
Elijah H. Lott, Lodi
John Mathew, Covert
Francis A. McCarty, Catherines
Ezra Mead, Ovid
William H. Mead, Ovid
Alfred E. Miller, Seneca
Bassler Minor, Lodi
John L. MInor, Lodi
Peter W. Minor, Lodi
John A. Morrison, Rochester
John Osgood, Ovid
Henry Peterson, Lodi
William B. Purdy, Ovid
Montgomery S. Sandford, Ovid
John V.N. Schenck, Lodi
Alfred B. Schooley, Ovid
William H. Schooley, Ovid
Elbert N. Sebring, Ovid
John C. Sebring, Ovid
Issac N. Seeley, Ovid
James H. Seeley, Ovid
John B. Seeley, Ovid
John F. Seeley, Ovid
William H. Seeley, Ovid
William Shannon, Lodi
George Shiles, Romulus
George B. Smith, Ovid
Irving C. Smith, Romulus
George B. Stewart, Farmerville
Charles Stone, Ovid
Anderson Stout, Romulus
Emmett R. Sutton, Romulus
Scott Sutton, Romulus
John C. Swarthout, Hector
Benjamin Swarthout, Lodi
Edward T.F. Sweet, Fayette
Orin Terrill, Lodi
Henry Thompson, Ovid
Edward Trowbridge, Ulysses
George B. Tunison, Covert
S.W. Tuttle, Watkins
Gustavus B. Van Doren, Ovid
George B. Van Horn, Ovid
Edgar B. Van Houten, Hector
Augustus D. Van Vleet, Ovid
Charles Van Vleet, Romulus
Darwin C. Warne, Ovid
Charles F. Wickes, Reading
Abraham Wilson, Ovid
Charles W. Wilson, Ovid
David Wilson, Ovid
Lorenzo S. Wilson, Ovid
Benjamin W. Woodward, Hector
William Woodworth, Lodi
Monmouth B. Wright, Ovid


Ann Arnold, Ovid
Sarah C. Bainbridge, Romulus
Julia A. Baldwin, Windham, Ct.
Lucy C. Barnum, Ovid
Ellen Bennett, Ovid
Emma J. Bennett, Ovid
Mary L. Bennett, Ovid
Lavella Blackwell, Ovid
Sarah F. Blackwell, Ovid
Hannah R. Blain, Romulus
Lacetia A. Blain, Romulus
Cynthia Bloomer, Romulus
Mary Bloomer, Ovid
Ada C. Bodine, Ovid
Frances Bodine, Ovid
Mary L. Bodine, Ovid
Sarah M. Bolter, Ovid
Emma L. Bonner, Ovid
Emma F. Bouton, Ovid
Jane A. Brewer, Ovid
Mariet Brown, Romulus
Sarah E. Bryant, Romulus
Emeline Casterline, Hayt's Corners
Rachel Chapman, Lodi
Sarah Chapman, Romulus
Susan Chapman, Romulus
Sara Coan, Ovid
Helen Cole, Lodi
Artie Coles, Lodi
Flora Comfort, Lodi
Cornelia A. Conklin, Ovid
Frances E. Conklin, Aurora
Ella Cornell, Ovid
Augusta Covert, Ovid
Elizabeth B. Covert, Romulus
Jane A. Covert, Ovid
Josephine Covert, Lodi
Mary E. Covert, Ovid
Anna L. Crisfield, Lodi
Harriet Culver, Townsend, Canada
Amelia Dakin, Ovid
Martha A. Dakin, Ovid
Janet M.C. Doig, Ovid
Anna Donaldson, Ovid
Jenie Donaldson, Ovid
Harriet A. Douglass, Simcoe, Canada
Margaret Dowdle, Ovid
Delia S. Dunnett, Ovid
Mary C. Dunnett, Ovid
Amanda E. Durland, Hector
Augusta Eastman, Granby, Mass.
Mary E. Eastman, Ovid
Frances E. Fairchild, Ovid
Frederica L. Fairchild, Ovid
Kate L. Folwell, Romulus
Emma Freleigh, Romulus
Eliza V. Furman, Romulus
Helen L. Furman, Romulus
Sarah R. Furman, Romulus
Mary E. Gibbs, Ovid
Mary C. Graves, Ovid
Anna Gray, Ovid
Elizabeth Gray, Ovid
Martha A. Gray, Ovid
Salome D. Gray, Ovid
Christiana D. Harris, Ovid
Margaret Harris, Ovid
Martha E. Hayt, Ovid
Sarah A. Hayt, Ovid
Catherine Henry, Ovid
Caroline S. Hoskins, Smithville, Pa.
Harriet O. Howell, Hector
Mary C. Howell, Ovid
Emma Ingersoll, Ovid
Mary A. Ingersoll, Lodi
Mary E. Ingersoll, Ovid
Nancy Ingersoll, Ovid
Ida Jefferson, Ovid
Cordelia V. Johnson, Romulus
Helen Johnson, Romulus
Helen M. Johnson, Hector
Mary J. Johnson, Ovid
Sarah T. Johnson, Romulus
Lucinda F. Jones, Ovid
Kate S. Kennedy, Ovid
Emi Kinne, Romulus
Lucy Kinne, Romulus
Mattie C. Kinne, Romulus
Minerva Kinne, Romulus
Sarah Kinne, Romulus
Sarah F. Kinne, Romulus
Lois S. Knight, Lodi
Loretta Lamoreux, Lodi
Abby E. Mead, Ovid
Fanny J. Mead, Ovid
P{hilinda Mead, Ovid
Mary A. McCaw, Ovid
Ada McGrath, Painted Post
Mary McQuigg, Spencer
Hannah D. Meddick, Lodi
Anna E. Merrick, Clinton, MIss.
Matilda Meserole, Torrey
Nancy B. Miller, Ovid
Helen W. Mizener, Covert
Bridget Murnaghan, Ovid
Mary Ogden, Covert
Jane A. Phillips, Ovid
Sarah C. Phillips, Ovid
Mary E. Pomeroy, Ovid
Sarah B. Post, Lodi
Augusta A. Pratt, Trumansburg
Ada A. Reynolds, Ovid
Mary H. Reynolds, Ovid
Anna M. Rowlette, Ovid
Celia H. Rowlette, Ovid
Hannah M. Rowlette, Ovid
Mary E. Rowlette, Ovid
Mary Ryan, Ovid
Caroline Sackett, Lodi
Mary P. Schooley, Ovid
Mary A. Seeley, Ovid
Nancy B. Seeley, Ovid
Caroline Sherwood, Romulus
Jane C. Smeltzer, Lodi
Philinda Smith, Romulus
Celia Sniffin, Covert
Caroline, Spencer, Hector
Jane C. Squires, Ovid
Anna E. Steele, Romulusville
Ella Stewart, Ovid
Emma Struble, Ovid
Mary S. Struble, Ovid
Rebecca A. Sutton, Romulus
Jane Townsend, Ovid
Mary F. Tuttle, Ovid
Effie E. Van Horn, Brooklyn
Jane Van Huten, Varick
Emma Van Vleet, Romulus
Marietta V. Wheeler, Covert
Louisa M. Wilson, Ovid
Maria Wilson, Ovid
Minerva Wilson, Ovid
Eunice Wolverton, Millport
Carrie Woodworth, Covert


George Gordon Brooks
Monmouth H. Close
Philip Crisfield
John Palmer Ellis
Mahlon Bainbridge Folwell
Lyman Eastman Jacobus
Elbert Nevius Sebring
John Van Nest Schenck
Samuel Watkins Tuttle
Charles Woodward Wilson
Benjamin Weston Woodward
William Woodworth

Cynthia Bloomer
Susan Chapman
Martha Euphame Hayt


Peter Doig, Esq., President
Gen. Halsey Sandford, Secretary
James Ferguson, Esq., Treasurer

Arad Joy, Esq.
Hon. John E. Seeley
Hugh Chapman, Esq.
Rev. F.G. Hibbard
N.P. Ellis, Esq.
Andrew Dunlap, Esq.
Silas M. Kinne, Esq.
Hon. Alfred Bolter, M.D.
Rev. Amos Brown, LL.D.
Rev. Benjamin Hale, D.D.
Elijah Denton, Esq.
Hon. David D. Scott
Amasa J. Furman, Esq.
Hon. James B. Thomas
Rev. George J. Van Neste
William Dunlap, Esq.
Elijah C. Howell, Esq.
Corydon Fairchild, Esq.
Wilson Gray, Esq.
Isaac N. Johnson (written in pencil)


J.W. Chickering, A.M., W.H. Brewer, Ph.B., Principals

John W. Chickering, Jr., A.M.
Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy

W.H. Brewer, Ph.B.
Professor of Chemistry and Natural Science

W. W. Folwell, A.B.
Professor of Latin, Greek and German Languages

J. A. Gillette, A.M.
Professor of Mathematics

Mrs. Lucy V. Humphrey
Lady Principal

Mrs. L. J. Chickering
Teacher of French and Drawing

Miss Angelina Jameson
Teacher of Music

Miss Phebe M. Kinne
Teacher of Primary Department


This Institution was incorporated, under the name of OVID ACADEMY, in the year 1826, and was opened to pupils, for the first time, in 1827.

It is now provided with two commodious edifices of brick, substantially built, and tastefully arranged. One of them was built in 1826, is fifty-six feet long, thirty-two feet wide, and three stories high. It has two recitation rooms on the first floor, one large recitation room, dressing room and laboratory on the second, and on the third a recitation room, and seven rooms of a size convenient to accommodate two persons each for study and lodging.

The other building was completed in the fall of 1855, and is constructed for a Young Ladies' Boarding-House, and for a Chapel. It is one hundred and two feet long, forty feet wide, and four stories high, with a wing forty-four feet long, twenty feet wide, and two stories high. The Chapel will seat about three hundred and fifty persons. On the first floor of the House is the dining-hall, kitchen, rooms for family, domestics, &c.; the remainder of the building, with the exception of the Chapel, and parlors, is divided into rooms for young ladies.

The house is arranged to accommodate ninety pupils with board, containing forty-eight rooms designed for scholars.

1st. System and thoroughness of instruction by suitable division of labor among teachers. It is believed that in the general and professional education of its Board of Teachers, the completeness of their number, comparing in this respect very favorably with most of our Colleges - their experience, faithfulness and ability, this institution may safely challenge comparison with any school of similar grade in the country.

2d. Increased attention to the subject of Agricultural Education, Agricultural and General Chemistry, with kindred branches, receive the entire attention of one of the teachers, and no pains will be spared to keep this department fully up to the progress of the science and the wants of the farmer.

3d. Increased facilities for the training of teachers of District Schools. A Teachers' Class is formed during the Summer Term, the members of which are instructed in the common branches, at the expense of the State.

4th. A more enlarged, yet appropriate course of instruction for females. The facilities for the thorough education of females will be found in no degree inferior to those of any institution in the State.

The Classical Department also sustains a high reputation for thoroughness and accuracy. Young gentlemen fitting for College receive here the most fundamental training.

[Following this are listings of text books required for each course of study. Different courses were taken each term. Each Academic Term was 14 weeks long, commencing in September, December and April. Students aged 14 years of age or older were required to furnish testimonials as to their good moral character before admission. Tuition was paid fully in advance of each term, and one-half the young ladies' bills for board. Although students were required to attend church regularly, "As the guardians of a public school, we do not feel ourselves called upon to explain the technicalities of Theology, nor to enforce the doctrines and creed of any one of the different sects of professing Christians."]


Tuition in the Preparatory Department, is $4.00 a term, $12.00 a year; in the Junior, $6.00 a term, $18.00 a year; in the Senior and Classical, $7.00 a term, $21.00 a year.

Charges for instruction on the Piano-Forte, is $10.00 a quarter, $13.34 a term, $40.00 a year; for instruction in French, German, Italian, &c. it is $4.00 a term; in Drawing & Painting, from $3.50 to $7.00 a term. Pupils pursuing the study of Chemistry will be charged $1.00 each, extra, and those pursuing Natural Philosophy or Botany, 50 cents each.

Board can be had in private families from $2.25 to $2.50 a week; and young gentlemen wishing to board themselves in clubs or otherwise, may find rooms at reasonable prices.

A boarding-house has been erected for the accommodation of young ladies. Each apartment of the dwelling designed for young ladies, will accommodate two persons. The apartments are fifteen feet deep, and on the average ten feet broad. Those on the west side of the dwelling afford a delightful prospect of the Seneca Lake and the extensive scenery adjacent, and those on the east, of the Cayuga Lake and its exquisite surrounding scenery.

These apartments are furnished each with a bed and articles necessary for occupancy, with the exception of bedding and napkins.

The BEDDING and NAPKINS the occupants of rooms will provide for themselves. If a carpet is thought needful, this, too, must be provided by the occupants.

Young Ladies will be charged for board in the Institution, $2.25 per week, wood and lights extra. They will also be charged one dollar a Term for incidentals.


1. Pupils will be required to pursue studies in the classes assigned them, and will not be allowed to discontinue a study without permission from the Principal.

2. A punctual attendance at every exercise is required of each student.

3. Pupils may not absent themselves from school, for even a day or any portion of it, without permission, and for every delinquency they must render an excuse at the first convenient opportunity.

4. Members of this school will not be permitted to conduct themselves under the instruction of any person not connected with it, nor to hold public meetings, or to participate in them, nor to attend at places of public amusement, without leave of the Principal.

5. Pupils tardy at morning or evening prayers in the chapel must remain in their seats until they have rendered in their excuses.

6. All members of this Academy are required to attend Church regularly on the Sabbath, and on Tuesday evening of each week, during Term time, they will, unless excused, be require to attend, at a stated hour, a religious meeting in the chapel, to be conducted by the Principal.

7. The hours of study and recitation will be from nine to twelve o'clock in the morning, from half-past one to half-past four in the afternoon, and from seven to nine in the evening; during which time pupillls will not be allowed to make nor to receive calls.

8. Gentlemen may not visit young Ladies at the Institution without the consent of the Principal.

9. Young Ladies attending this school from abroad are expected to board in the Institution - particular cases only excepted.

10. Persons addicted to card-playing or other games of chance, to the drinking of intoxicating liquors, the smoking of tobacco in the streets, to gross or habitually irregular conduct, will be summarily dismissed from the school.

11. Walking on the Sabbath, for recreation or exercise, will not be allowed to pupils; and when absent at their homes or elsewhere, pupils are not expected to return to the school on the Sabbath.

Students who complete at this Institution the course of study prescribed in the Senior Department, may receive a certificate to this effect, carefully written on parchment, signed by the Principal and Board of Trustees, and having the seal of the Academy affixed.

Classes will be formed, with reference to a full course of study, at the commencement of the next academic year.


Belonging to this school is a Library of about five hundred volumes, and a Chemical and Philosophical Apparatus, worth about $700, besides which, the Principals have a large amount of Apparatus, and valuable Herbariums, of both native and foreign plants, all of which are used for the benefit of pupils in Natural Science.


The village of Ovid, containing a population of nearly eight hundred, adorned by the Court House and other public edifices, is situated on the highlands, between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, three miles from the Seneca and six from the Cayuga, and six hundred feet above them. The steamboats which pass on each of them are distinctly seen from it; and its appearance as seen from the Lakes is uncommonly picturesque and pleasing.

The waters of Seneca Lake never freeze, and steamboats passing between Geneva and Jefferson stop at Ovid Landing twice each day, the Sabbath excepted, throughout the year.

Steamboats run also daily from Ithaca to Cayuga Bridge, on Cayuga Lake, and stop both on their down and return trips at the Landing in this town. Carriages with good teams are in waiting always at these Landings, to take persons to their place of destination.

[Note: all spellings are exactly as given in the original catalog.]

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