Campbell College, located at Holton, Kan., is a result of the merger of two institutions, Campbell University of Holton and Lane University (q. v.). In 1879 the people of Jackson county determined to establish an institution of higher education at Holton, and a public meeting was called to devise ways and means. The result of this meeting was the appointment of a committee to correspond with A. C. Campbell, a wealthy mine owner of Utah, who had been a resident of Jackson county, to see what he would contribute toward the school. Mr. Campbell offered a sum of money to the enterprise equal to a paid-up subscription of not more than $20,000 by the citizens of Jackson county. A canvass was at once begun and in a short time, subscriptions to the amount of $10,000 by the people of Jackson county were reported. Mr. Campbell gave a like amount and $1,100 additional for the purchase of 11 acres of land for the campus. In 1880 a fine stone building was erected and leased by Prof. J. H. Miller, and in September the school was opened. In 1883 a dormitory was built and by 1887 the school had grown to such an extent that an addition was built.
In the summer of 1896 a corporation was organized under the name of the University company, which became the owner of the institution and B. F. Kizer was elected president. Campbell College was organized under the auspices of the United Brethren church, which had been offered the property of Campbell University, provided the church would operate the school. A charter was granted to the college on Nov. 26, 1902, and on Jan. 6, 1903, Campbell University deeded to the new institution all her belongings at Holton, and the A. G. Campbell bequest of $100,000. The people of Holton agreed to raise $10,000, as an endowment, provided the church would raise $40,000, within five years.
A relocation committee was appointed by the board of trustees of Lane University in June, 1902, and later in the summer the two institutions were consolidated. The new college was opened to students in Sept., 1903.
Campbell College has a four-year college course, a two-year normal course, a three-year academic course and a one-year preparatory course. The commercial department has grown up with the college and offers courses for training in all branches of business. In 1910, Thomas D. Crites was president of the college; W. S. Reese, dean; they were ably assisted by a faculty of fourteen able instructors, and an enrollment of over 500. The United Brethren churches of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have assured the college their support, which places it upon a firm financial foundation.Pages 275-276 from volume I of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed May 2002 by Carolyn Ward.
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