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The Founding of Whittier College
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Harry W. Nerhood  

Harry W. Nerhood is a member of the History Department of Whittier College.

Footnotes

1. Whittier Educational Association, MS Minutes, August 10, 1891 (hereafter cited as WEA). This is one of the principal source documents for the early history of Whittier College.

2. Whittier Regiuer, February 4, 1892.

3. WEA, September 1, 1892.

4. WEA, June 4, 1894.

5. WEA, June 3, 1895.

6. Whittier News, May 11, 1920.

7. W. W. Robinson, Whittier: A Calendar of Events in the Making of a City (Los Angeles, 1942), pp. 14-15.

8. Whittier Graphic, December 24, 1887.

9. Ibid., January 19, January 26, February 2, 1888.

10. Another source document for the history of Whittier College is the journal of minutes given to the College by Mrs. Lindley Baldwin. These minutes describe the work of the Board of Trustees of Friends' College in 1888. They will be cited hereafter as BJ.

11. Whittier Graphic, February 2, 1888.

12. Ibid., February 9, 1888.

13. Ibid., March 22, 1888.

14. Ibid., May 3, 1888, May 10, 1888. The officers elected were Hervey Lindley, President; Elias Jessup, First Vice-President; C. C. Reynolds, Second Vice-President; Willet Dorland, Secretary; T. E. Newlin, Treasurer, and Dr. C. R. Dixon, Assistant Secretary.

15. Whittier Graphic, May 17, 1888.

16. BJ, June 16, 1888.

17. BJ, August 2, 1888.

18. See note 10.

19. BJ, January 30, 1888.

20. BJ, February 14, 1888.

21. BJ, February 20, 1888.

22. BJ, April 13, 1888.

23. BJ, May 4, 1888.

24. BJ, May 16, 1888.

25. BJ, May 23. 1888.

26. BJ, August 2, 1888.

27. The Quaker and the West: The First Sixty Years of Whittier College (Whittier, California, 1948), p. 23. Dr. Harris, longtime resident of Whittier and associated with the College since 1901, has placed Whittier College and all future historians of the institution in his debt for this factual and interpretative account.

28. No history of Whittier, California will ever be written without much attention being given to the activities of the Pickering Land and Water Company. It founded the town in a sense, and in the years before World War I its numerous benefactions in the form of land gifts brought most Whittier institutions, educational and religious, into its debt.

29. History of Whittier, ed. Benjamin F. Arnold and Artilissa Dorland Clark (Whittier, California, 1933), p. 51 (hereafter cited as Arnold and Clark).

30. Ibid., p. 46.

31. WEA, May 23, 1891.

32. Dr. Harris says : "A minute examination of the records does not discover any declared dividends—nor even the return of the principal." The Quaker and the West, p. 27.

33. WEA, June 19, 1891.

34. The first Board of Trustees was made up of Dr. C. J. Cook, Dr. W. V. Coffin, U. D. Ellis, Lydia Jackson, Lydia Jenkins, Thomas Armstrong, T. E. Newlin, J. C. Hiatt, and A. J. Coryell. WEA, June 29,1891.

35. WEA, June 16, 1902.

36. Arnold and Clark, p. 53.

37. WEA, February 21, 1892.

38. WEA, June 2, 1892.

39. Arnold and Clark, p. 53.

40. Ibid.

41. WEA, March 16, 1893.

42. WEA, March 25, 1893.

43. Recently the writer of this paper paid a visit to John J. Jessup, who is still living in full strength and vigor in Los Angeles. In the course of the interview (which is tape-recorded), the question came up of how the instructors lived between payments on their salaries. Mr. Jessup settled the matter quickly by answering that they "just lived." Personally, this writer would like to know the secret—it might be useful in these times.

44. WEA, March 6, 1893.

45. WEA, March 25, April 24, 1893.

46. Harris, p. 32.

47. In 1894 the salaries, guaranteed and somehow paid, were : Dr. W. V. Coffin, $1000; Professor Davis, $850; and Professor Chawner, $600. WEA, August 22,1894.

48. WEA, June 15, August 1, 1893.

49. Arnold and Clark, p. 54.

50. WEA, June 3, 1895.

51. WEA, June 29, 1895.

52. WEA, September 9, 1895.

53. WEA, November 17, 1895.

54. WEA, February 21, 1896.

55. WEA, June 7, 1897.

56. WEA, June 6, 1898.

57. WEA, June 21, 1899.

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