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Maineville Academy

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Transcription contributed by Martie Callihan 2 March 2005

Sources:

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part IV Township Histories
Hamilton Township by Horace Clinton
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


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A history of this academy would doubtless be of interest to many, but the writer is not in possession of the early records, and cannot enter into details. The enterprise was undertaken by a joint-stock company, and was incorporated in the spring of 1847. The building, a two-story brick, was completed and ready for use in 1849. Owing to financial embarrassments, there was a reorganization in 1857. The organization continued with varied success until the year 1874, when the property was transferred to the Maineville Special School District, since which time the building has been used for a public graded school. The names of the teachers in the academy, as remembered, are as follows : Prof. John W. F. Foster, Prof. C. W. Kimball, N. F. Cotton, Robert Milliken, Frank Tufts, Rev. I. J. Cushman, Charles Drake, Rev. J. H. Wilson and Dean Babbitt

This academy, like most other similar institutions, was crowded out of existence by an advanced system of public school instruction, but it did much to inculcate an educational spirit in the township.

We give below Hamilton Township's contribution (so far as we can learn) to the leading professions, most of whom are, in part, indebted to the old Maineville Academy for the basis of a solid education: Hon. Benjamin But-

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terworth, Cincinnati, lawyer, and Member of Congress from First Ohio District; Horace Clinton, lawyer, Loveland, Ohio; Smith Ford, editor, Kansas City, Mo.; William F. Eltzroth, lawyer, Lebanon, Ohio.; Rev. L. F. Walker, Presbyterian minister, College Hill, Ohio; Dr. Lucius W. Bishop, physician, Loveland, Ohio; Erwin D. Walker, Presbyterian minister, Peabody, Kan.; Jerome Hill, lawyer, Austin, Texas; J. Quincy Spence (deceased), lawyer; Frank Dyer, Principal Loveland Schools; Isaac N. Walker, lawyer, Lebanon, Ohio; Frank Leaver, Methodist minister, New Paris, Ohio; Collins Leever, physician, Defiance, Ohio; T. P. Breeding, lawyer, Batavia, Ohio.

To this list may be added the following names of those who were pupils in the school, but non-residents of the township: Josiah Morrow, lawyer, Lebanon; George E. Morrow, professor in Illinois Industrial University; Lucien Clark, Methodist minister.

There are many others, doubtless, whose names deserve mention in this connection, but the writer only has his memory to draw from, and cannot recall others.


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