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We recently bought on Ebay two
¼ plate daguerreotypes of the 1854
graduating class of Ingham Colle-
giate Institute. This is the oldest im-
age that we have in the Ingham col-
lection. Eighteen women are listed
in the senior class in the 1854 cata-
logue, but there are only seventeen
women in the daguerreotypes, so it
is not clear which woman is not in-
cluded. Also, since the women in the
daguerreotypes are not identified,
we do not know who is who. Never
the less, we have tried to learn as
much as we can about each of the 18
graduates, with the hope that a clue
will bring more answers.
The senior class included:
Mary Ball
from Newsted, NY. She attended In-
gham for several semesters in 1848,
1849, 1852, 1853 and graduated in
1854. She returned for additional
studies in 1855. As far as we know,
she never married and in 1890 lived
in nearby Akron. The Alumnae cata-
logue noted that she “was interested
in home duties and the care of an in-
valid friend for many years.”
Louisa Bishop
from nearby Lakeville,
attended Ingham Collegiate Institute
from 1852 through 1854. After gradu-
ation, she returned home and taught
for 15 years in Lakeville. She then
moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan
where she taught for several years
and according to the notes in the
Alumnae catalogue, she also taught
at the Normal School in Oswego.
Lucinda Z. Bradley
from Perry Cen-
tre, became a teacher and taught at
Ingham, Perry, and Lockport. On De-
cember 2, 1860 she married William
Smith Babbitt, M.D. who died six
years later. The 1890 Alumnae Cata-
logue lists her residence in Olean.
Delia E. Bulkley
from Kalamazoo,
Michigan married Liberty Emery
Holden, on August 14, 1860. He was
a lawyer and had business in mining
and real estate. In 1890 Delia was liv-
ing in Salt Lake, Utah.
Christine E. Cameron
from Caledo-
nia attended Ingham Collegiate In-
stitute from 1852 to 1854. She was
the founder of the Caledonia Library
and Library Association and served
as a volunteer librarian. She died on
Sept 15, 1889.
Sophia Cutler
was from Crown
Point, Indiana. She married the Rev.
James Brownlee in 1879 and they
had two children. She enjoyed art
and served as President of the Home
Missionary Society and continued
with parish work. She was living in
Carbondale, Illinois in 1890.
Laura A. Farman
of Ellington, NY,
continued her art studies at Ingham
and also inMichigan.She taught mu-
sic and languages in New Jersey and
is listed on the Ingham Faculty in the
years 1862 and 1863 as a teacher in
the Academic Department. She trav-
eled in Europe and in 1863 she mar-
ried Dr. Heidenreich, a druggist. He
died in 1879. She resided during the
summers at Ellington, Chautauqua.
Sarah S. Goodhue
from Michigan
City, Indiana, attended Ingham in
1853 and 1854. She taught and trav-
eled, spending several winters in
Washington DC engaged in literary
work. In 1890 was living in Michigan
City, Michigan.
Sophia L. Hastings
from Geneva, NY
attended Ingham for one year, gradu-
ating in 1854. She married A. Horton,
a grape grower in Hammondsport
in 1859 and she was his bookkeeper
for many years. She served as presi-
dent of the Missionary Society for 2
years. Her residence in 1890 is listed
as Hammondsport.
Josephine L. Hebard from Attica
attended Ingham from 1852 until
graduation in 1854. She taught in
Kentucky 1 year ;NewYork for 2 years;
Mississippi for 1 year and Illinois for 2
years. She married Francis D. Hillman
April 25, 1860 and they lived in St.
Louis for a year, moving to New York
for a year and then lived 28 years in
Tecumseh Michigan. They had 6 chil-
dren and in addition to her duties at
home, she was interested in local reli-
gious and beneficial societies.
Martha A. Hotchkiss
of Mar-
shall Michigan married a teacher,
L.A.Stone. She is listed as deceased
in the 1890 alumnae catalogue.
Mary C. Kendall
of New Lebanon,
NY graduated in 1854, but remained
at Ingham for additional studies in
1855 and 1856. In 1866 she married
Edward C. Clark and they had three
children.
Elizabeth H. King
of Chicago, Illinois
attended Ingham from 1852 to 1854.
She married Joseph P. Ross A.M., M.D.,
Professor at Rush Medical College in
Chicago. They had six children and
she was an officer in various Benevo-
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