Western Ohio Normal School
"It will be remembered that after graduation at our
excellent Union School, pupils are promoted to the Normal where
they receive instructions free of charge until twenty-one years
of age. Such inducements as these should be noted by parents who
have children to educate as they are unexcelled by any
institution in the land." [Van Wert Bulletin, 6 Aug
The Western Ohio Normal School was a private venture
founded in 1885 by the citizens of Middle Point with Professor W.
F. Hufford, of Ada, as the first principal. The one-room schools
were great, but they were not always college preparatory. The
Normal School provided a wonderful opportunity for those students
who wanted to go on to universities to get the credentials needed
to enter higher education.
The building, located on Mason & Normal Streets, was a
handsome three story brick structure, 48' x 52', constructed at a
cost of $17,000. The two lower stories were divided into
convenient classrooms while the upper story was a large
auditorium. It was equipped throughout with every modern facility
for giving the student comprehensive and practical knowledge in
every branch and department.
Courses offered included English grammar, physics, higher
mathematics, Latin, Greek, practical arithmetic, algebra,
geography, orthography, music, vocal culture, and practical
The terms commenced as follows: Winter term, first week in
January; Spring term, second week in March; and the Summer term,
third week in May. Cost of room, board, and tuition for the term
often weeks varied over the time period from "free" in the
beginning to $15, then $22.50, and finally $25 during 1902.
It was said that the educational circles of Van Wert compared
favorably with those of any county in the state, due in part to
the Normal School at Middlepoint. It was one of the most
efficient and progressive schools in the country and repidly
gained friends and patrons all over this section.
(Source: Program booklet, Van Wert Annual Banquet, November
This page prepared by Donald L.
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