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Seneca Collegiate Institute
Ovid Academy
Ovid, N.Y., 1860

Source: "Catalogue of Seneca Collegiate Institute and Ovid Academy, Ovid, N.Y., 1860." Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company. 1860.


William Allen, Romulus
Smith Allen, Trumansburgh
Andrew A. Alleman, Fayette
Elijah Barnum, Ovid
Edward A. Bachman, Rose Hill
Francis Britan, Ovid
Darwin C. Bodine, Ovid
Charles H. Bodine, Romulus
* Claude Brokaw, Ovid
William A. Bolter, Ovid
Arthur Brooks, Ovid
Leroy Brooks, Ovid
Stephen H. Boyer, Covert
Hiram B. Blauvelt, Farmersville
Hugh Chapman, Romulus
Peter Chapman, Romulus
Darwin D. Covert, Ovid
Nelson B. Covert, Farmer
Miner Coryell, Seneca Falls
Adelbert Drake, Lodi
Henry C. Dennis, Romulus
Andrew Dunlap, Jr., Ovid
Clement Dunlap, Ovid
Elijah K. Dunlap, Ovid
Montgomery Dunnett, Ovid
Benjamin B. Du Mont, Farmersville
Clinton J. Eastman, Ovid
Benjamin N. Eastman, Ovid
William L. Eastman, Ovid
Theodore E. Gray, Ovid
Elias Galoupe, Ovid
Lewis S. Greaves, Milwaukee, Wis.
George G. Geurin, Ovid
James H. Gilmore, Hector
William L. Gorton, Corning
James F. Harris, Ovid
James R. Hazelitt, Hector
Hugh C. Hayt, Trumansburgh
George Hayt, Ovid
Stephen H. Hayt, Ovid
Herman Henry, Ovid
Wadsworth S. Hopkins, Fayette
Edward F. Hoster, Fayette
William F. Hoster, Fayette
William C. Howell, Ovid
Charles Jacobus, Romulus
George H. Jackson, Ovid
Samuel C. Jones, Ovid
E. Denton Johnson, Romuus
James T. Johnson, Romulus
Joseph Johnson, Romulus
Wilbur Johnson, Ovid
Cyrus E. Kinne, Romulus
Darwin C. Kinne, Romulus
W. Halsey Kinne, Romulus
Ephraim Kinne, Romulus
George C. King, Covert
Jesse Lerch, East Varick
Elijah J. Lott, Jr., Lodi
Myron C. Ludlum, Varick
Norman C. McMath, Dresden
Homer Read, Somerset
Edgar McQuigg, Ovid
Alfred E. Miller, Seneca
Benjamin B. Minor, Ldi
John A. Macdonald, Rose Hill
Henry Peterson, Lodi
John Pursel, Scott's Corners
Joshua B. Pursel, Scott's Corners
Willard Rising, Romulus
Charles A. Rorison, Fayette
John V. Stacy, Ovid
Barnum D. Seelye, Ovid
De Forest P. Seelye, Ovid
Isaac N. Seelye, Ovid
Talmadge G. Seelye, Ovid
John E. Seelye, Jr., Ovid
John B. Seelye, Ovid
Charles Seelye, Ovid
James H. Seelye, Ovid
John F. Seelye, Romulus
John C. Sebring, Ovid
Wilmer Stewart, Ovid
George Stewart, Ovid
Charles J. Sweezey, Otisville
Irving C. Smith, Romuuls
Monroe Smith, Romulus
George Smith, Ovid
George B. Swick, Wilson
Barnett D. Scott, Scott's Corners
Alfred B. Schooley, Ovid
William H. Schooley, Ovid
Emmet R. Sutton, Romulus
William Thomas, Ovid
Emery M. Tone, Bergen
Charles Van Vleet, Romulus
Alfred Van Horn, Ovid
Judson Van Deusen, Ovid
Edgar B. Van Houten, Ovid
* Darwin C. Warne, Ovid
David Wilson, Ovid
Oscar N. Wilson, Ovid
J. Osborne Wilcox, Romulus
Norman C. Whitney, Seneca

* = Deceased.


Lucetta A. Blain, Ovid
Rebecca H. Blain, Ovid
Caroline E. Blain, Varick
Lavella Blackwell, Ovid
Alice Bawker, Ovid
Emma Bennett, Ovid
Caroline E. Bennett, Ovid
Jessie Brittan, Ovid
Margaret A. Bodine, Ovid
Jane Bodine, Ovid
Mary L. Bodine, Ovid
Frances Bodine, Ovid
Ada C. Bodine, Ovid
Anah Bogartus, Ovid
Sarah A. Bolter, Ovid
Emma L. Bonner, Ovid
Emma Bouton, Ovid
Mary A. Brown, Romulus
Sarah E. Bryant, Ovid
Elizabeth Bryant, Varick
Sarah Chapman, Romulus
Salinda H. Case, Ovid
Mary E. Covert, Ovid
Jane A. Covert, Ovid
Caroline E. Covert, Farmersville
Rebecca Covert, Farmersville
Augusta Covert, Farmersville
Mary E. Colver, Lodi
Cornelia A. Conklin, Ovid
Ella Cornell, Ovid
Jane Coryell, Seneca Falls
Alice N. Dakin, Ovid
Anna Donaldson, Ovid
Jane Donaldson, Ovid
Mary M. Doremus, Romulus
Jane Doremus, Romulus
Janet M.C. Doig, Ovid
Cora B. Dunnet, Ovid
N. Caroline Cunnet, Ovid
Augusta N. Eastman, Ovid
Mary D. Eastman, Ovid
Frances E. Fairchild, Ovid
Fredrica Fairchild, Ovid
Caroline Freleigh, Romulus
Ida Folwell, Romulus
Ellen F. Foster, Ludlowville
Sarah R. Furman, Romulus
Anna Gray, Ovid
Salome D. Gray, Ovid
Julia Gray, Ovid
Martha Gray, Ovid
Elizabeth J. Graves, Ovid
Agnes J. Gilchrist, West Charlton
Rosina Goodma, Fayette
Christina D. Harris, Ovid
Margart Harris, Ovid
Sarah A. Hoyt, Ovid
Martha A. Hoskins, Ovid
Mary C. Howell, Ovid
Martha A. Hunt, Ovid
Adeline L. Hubbell, Ovid
Emma Ingersoll, Ovid
Nancy Ingersoll, Ovid
Ida Jefferson, Ovid
Lucinda Jones, Ovid
Horatia Johnson, Ovid
Isabella Johnson, Ovid
Frances Judd, Ovid
Catherine Kennnedy, Ovid
Sarah E. King, Romulus
Ada Kinne, Ovid
Lucy Kinne, Romulus
Emi Kinne, Romulus
Sarah E. Kinne, Romulus
Sarah F. Kinne, Romulus
Sarah Lane, Romulus
Julia Loveridge, Fayette
Louisa Meeker, Lodi
Mary E. McQuigg, Ovid
Minerva S. McQuigg, Ovid
Elizabeth Polhemus, Ovid
Rebecca Pursel, Scott's Corners
Adeline Reynolds, Ovid
Mary Reynolds, Ovid
Sarah A. Rowan, New York
Mary Slaght, Lodi
Anna Stacy, Ovid
Henrietta Sherwood, Ovid
Ellen A. Seelye, Ovid
Nancy Seelye, Ovid
Alice Stevens, Varick
Philinda Smith, Romulus
Gertrude Smith, Romulus
Lavina Singer, Varick
Mary A. Stillwell, Jackson, Pa.
Ella Stewart, Ovid
Mary Scott, Scott's Corners
Ida Schooley, Ovid
Mary F. Schooley, Ovid
Catherine L. Smalley, Ovid
Rebecca A. Sutton, Romulus
Mary A. Strouble,, Ovid
Anna L. Schuyler, Varick
Sarah E. Terry, Trumansburgh
Lucinda Thomas, Scott's Corners
Isabella Tuttle, Canton, Pa.
Mary F. Tuttle, Ovid
Emma Van Vleet, Romulus
Anna Van Dorn, Ovid
Effie Van Horn, Ovid
Jane Van Houten, Ovid
Caroline E. Van Duyn, Romulus
Theresa Van Tuyl, Romulus
Julia Wheeler, Farmersville
Anna E. Wilson, Ovid
Henrietta Wilson, Ovid
Minerva Wilson, Ovid
Sarah E. Wilson


Andrew Dunlap, Esq., President
Hon. Alfred Bolter, M.D.
James Ferguson, Esq., Treasurer

Arad Joy, Esq.
Hon. John E. Seeley
Hugh Chapman, Esq.
Gen. Halsey Sanford
Rev. Amos Brown, LL.D.
Rev. F.G. Hibbard
N.P. Ellis, Esq.
Silas Kinne, Esq.
Elijah Denton, Esq.
Hon. David D. Scott
Amasa J. Furman, Esq.
Hon. James B. Thomas
Wilson Gray, Esq.
Isaac N. Johnson, Esq.
Horace F. Bennett, Esq.
Thaddeus Bodine, Esq.


Henry R. Lovell, A.M., Mrs. Maria L. Lovell, Principals

Henry R. Lovell, A.M.
Mental and Moral Philosophy

Alexander Gilchrist, Jun., A.B.
Latin and Modern Languages

John A. Gillette, A.M.
Higher Mathematics and Natural Science

Mr. Thomas E. Benedict
Instrumental and Vocal Music

Miss Etha L. Smith, Preceptress
Higher English, Drawing and Painting

Miss Grace R. Ely
Preparatory Department



The village of Ovid, containing about eight hundred inhabitants, has a remarkably pleasant and healthy situation on the high lands between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, three miles from Seneca and six from the Cayuga. On each of these lakes steamboats pass up and down daily, stopping at the landings in this town, where carriages are always in waiting to convey passengers to their place of destination.


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, and is fifty-six feet long, thirty-two feet wide, and three stories high. It contains two recitation rooms and study rooms for day pupils. The other building, completed in the fall of 1855, was designed for a boarding house and 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. On the first floor of thouse house are the dining hall, kitchen and rooms for family, domestics, &c.; the remainder of the building, with the exception of the chapel and parlors, is divided into rooms for students. These apartments are fifteen feet deep and on average ten feet in breadth, and are supplied with the articles of furniture usual in academies.

[Following this are listings of text books required for each course of study. Each Academic Term was 14 weeks long, commencing in August, December and April.

Enrollment dropped over 50% between 1858 and 1860 and specific goals and academic offerings meant to set this school apart from competitors have been dropped. By 1860 there were many more rural seminaries of this type across New York State competing for the same student pool whose parents could afford to pay well, all touting the health benefits of their location and excellence of their faculty.

There has been a total turnover in faculty and administration, fewer instructors, and they're now referred to as faculty. There is no longer any mention of agricultural studies - all agricultural courses have been dropped. Modern languages may be substituted for Latin. Science instruction can be had as an elective at 50c a term for Botany or $1.00 for Chemistry. Tuition for students in the Primary Department has doubled, while holding steady for 2nd and 3rd year students. Only "students from abroad" are required to show testimonials of good character - however, there are no students from abroad enrolled, unless "abroad" generically refers to students from outside the immediate geographic vicinity. The building specifically built as a young ladies dormitory has been refitted to accommodate 30 gentlemen and 40 ladies. No mention is made of boarding with local families. The value of the library and apparatus has gone down considerably, and the valuable herbarium appears to have accompanied a departing faculty member.]


Tuition per Term of Fourteen Weeks

In the Primary department..... $8.00
In the Junior department..... $6.00 to $6.00
In the Senior and classical department..... $7.00
instrumental music (28 lessons).....$12.00
Use of Piano.....$2.00
French or German.....$4.00
Drawing and Painting.....$3.50 to $7.00
Botany and Natural Philosophy.....50
Music by single lesson, each.....50


A boarding house having been erected for the accommodation of pupils from abroad, they are expected to board in the Institution. Pupils thus brought under the immediate supervision of the Faculty (all of whom board in the building) have their morals in general better cared for, and their progress in their studies averages fully one-third more per term. The rooms occupied by students command, those on the west side of the building, a delightful view of Seneca lake, and those on the east of Cayuga, and the extensive scenery adjacent. They will accommodate two in a room, thirty gentlemen and forty ladies, in distinct departments.

Pupils are expected to furnish their own bedding, napkins, broom and dust pan. If a carpet is desired this too must be furnished by the occupants of the room.

Pupils from a great distance can have their rooms fully furnished and be charged accordingly.

The charge for board, including room rent, fuel and incidentals, is $30 per term. In the winter term there is an extra charge of $1.50 for fuel. Washing $3 per term or fifty cents per dozen. Pupils furnish their own lights and are recommended to burn kerosene. Not allowed to use camphene or burning fluid.

TERMS OF PAYMENT.- Tuition bills strictly in advance. Board bills must be paid half in advance and half at the middle of the term. In cases of sickness advancements are returned.

Every scholarship pupil must, on entering, furnish the Principal with a certificate, signed by the holder of the scrip on which his or her instruction is claimed, stating that said holder is at the time the owner thereof.


Belonging to this School are a Library of about 500 volumes, and well assorted Chemical and Philosophical Apparatus, worth about $500.


* Things Required of Students.

1. To be regular in rising and retiring, and punctual at table, class, chapel, bible class and church, and to take three studies.

2. To treat each other with courtesy, and every member of the Faculty with becoming respect.

3. To ask no favors of the servants but prefer every request for any thing connected with the kitchen or dining room departments directly to the housekeeper.

4. To be responsible for any disturbance in one's room, and for all damage to it or its furniture, and to admit a teacher demanding admission without delay.

5. To put rooms in order early in the morning, and never to sweep dirt in the hall after 8 o'clock, A.M.

6. Every light must be extinguished at 10 o'clock, P.M.

* Things forbidden to Students.

7. To call at another's room during study hours without permission of the teacher in charge of the hall.

8. To hold conversation with any student in any hall or recitation room during study hours.

9. To be absent from the premises during study hours or at night without proper leave.

10. To throw any thing or converse from the windows.

11. To smoke upon the premises.

12. To keep any sort of firearms or gunpowder in room.

13. To play cards or indulge in gaming; use spiriuous liquors as a beverage; use profane or indecent language, or do any thing contrary to good morals and good order.

14. For ladies and gentlemen to visit each other's rooms.

15. For ladies and gentlemen to associate together in walking or riding, without the consent of the Principal; also for young ladies to receive calls from young gentlemen without the consent of the Principal.

Such other regulations as shall from time to time be made must be observed, equally with these, by students.

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

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