Monday, April 25, 2011

A SELF-HELP COLLEGE ON A FARM; part 4; Harriet S. Flagg; June 1919

Five years ago Dr. William M. Hudson answered the call to reorganize Blackburn. He called the trustees together and proposed that Blackburn turn over a new leaf. As there are so many other colleges better equipped than Blackburn to educate those who can afford to pay, Dr. Hudson suggested that Blackburn be turned into a college for young people who without means to pay for a college education are yet eager for training. "Let the students," said Dr. Hudson, "earn money running the farm belonging to the college for young people with pluck enough to work for an education.

 "When we were ready to open the doors of the college, I wondered if we would have any students. The first year we had eighty young men and seven girls. The second year, we had over a thousand applications from students all over the world. Unfortunately we have only accommodations and equipment for about one hundred."

Dormitory room was sorely needed. There was no money for a building. Dr. Hudson asked the Pullman company for a discarded sleeping car. They gave him two. These retired Pullmans have been put on foundations, heated and equipped with electric lights. The lower berths were removed to make room for furniture and the girls sleep in the upper berths. While Pullman dormitories are picturesque, Dr. Hudson hopes soon to replace them with a modern fireproof building which will accommodate at least one hundred girls.

Recently Blackburn college received a gift of all the equipment used at the Woman's Land Army camp at Libertyville--where the war-emergency farmerettes were trained. This $10,000 equipment included horses, harness, wagons, farm implements, cows, dairy equipment and complete household furnishing for fifty people.