Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nashville College for Young Ladies 1892

This letter comes from Alice Foxworthy, the "lady principal", at the Nashville College for Young Ladies and is dated December 13 1892.  She was writing to Fannie Moran explaining when the next term would begin and how much it would cost.  Fannie was interested in becoming a teacher and apparently she was asking about the coursework required to teach Kindergarten.  It's interesting to see that Miss Foxworthy was willing to take into account Fannie's previous library coursework and apply it toward her curriculum reducing the time she would have to attend the college.

Rev. Geo. W.F. Price, President
Alice S. Foxworthy, Lady Principal
Florence M. Pooser, Accountant
Patronage 1892           425 Pupils

Nashville College for Young Ladies (in small print under "Ladies" it says C.H. Green Nash, Tenn)
108 Vauxhall Street
Nashville Tenn

December 13. 1892

Dear Miss Moran,

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At the request of Dr. Price, I take pleasure in replying to your favor of the 12th inst.

There will be a new class in the kindergarten organized in Jan. at the opening of the new term, two terms of 10 months each are necessary to secure a diploma ten months awards a certificate but I should think five months of work by a young lady who had graduated in the library course would give you quite a good start for teaching.  You teach 3 hrs per day in the free kindergarten for the benefit of the experience so you see you put into practice what you learn every day, which is of utmost importance.  The tuition is $5 per month, from this is deducted $? for street care fare in going to and from the branch schools in the city.

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We do all we can to assist our people in securing positions.

Eng. Literature per month.        $1.40
Music Prof Groban " "                8.00
Kindergarten " "                         5.00
Board & Laundry " "                20.00
Expense per month                 $34.40

I am sure it would be to your interest to begin your work at once.  I am sure you could complete the course in fifteen months as you would have your whole time to devote to it and as I said before, your previous mental training so well prepared you for taking up the subjects and also fits you to accomplish more in less time, than the average kindergarten student could do.

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I hope you will pardon the length of my letter, also, the apparent presumption of a voluntary opinion.

Hoping you will consider the full benefits of the advantages our school offers, and that we may have the pleasure of having you with us at an early day.

I am yours very respectfully
(Miss) Alice S. Foxworthy

The following comes from Contributions to American Educational History, Volume 16, 1893
"Nashville College for Young Ladies"

On Broad and Vauxhall streets in Nashville stand three large brick buildings covering a half acre of ground.  The one immediately on the corner of Broad and Vauxhall is tall and massive.  It is five stories high above the basement and extends 108 feet along Broad and 68 feet along Vauxhall.  Further back on Vauxhall stands another brick, four stories high, with a frontage of 100 and a depth of 140 feet.  Between the two larger buildings is another four story brick 110 by 50 feet.  The first of these buildings is not yet completed; the second was erected in 1882, and the third in 1888.  These commodious structures are the home of the Nashville College for Young Ladies, and represent better than anything else can the growth of the school from 104 pupils in 1881 to 413 in 1891.  The institution took rise in the desire of the Methodists girls' school of their own denomination.  It was in response to this desire that Rev. George W.F. Price, D.D., of Alabama, opened on South Spruce street, in September, 1880 the Nashville College for Young Ladies, at his own expense, with the assurance that if it proved successful the means would be forthcoming for its enlargement.  It did succeed, the funds were raised, and a charter was obtained in November, 1881.  In November, 1882, the school was removed to its new quarters on Vauxhall street.

Although it is a Methodist institution, "Price's School" is not under control or care of any conference or number of conferences.  There is, however, a charter restraint laid upon the election to vacancies in the board of trustees; such elections are subject to the confirmation of the board of trustees of Vanderbilt University.  But that board appears never to have exercised its right.

In the Sprint of 1889 D.r Price was enabled by the addition of a new building to fit up the old chapel as a gymnasium for his own pupils and for the girls and ladies of the city who wished to attend.  The work of the college is organized in a number of departments, viz: Kindergarten, primary, intermediate, academic, collegiate, modern languages, art, music, and post-graduate.  A special comparative study is made of the literature of different languages.  The library is small, but is is composed of valuable books of reference and is so classified as to facilitate their use.  Dr. D.C. Kelley was instrumental in raising the funds for the inauguration of the Nashville College for Young Ladies on a larger scale, and he has always been the president of its board of trustees.

Freedman's Bank Record
George Washington Fergus Price was born in Alabama about 1831 and died in Nashville on April 7 1899 from a cerebral embolism..  His wife was Elizabeth Margaret Pooser.  She was born  June 22 1827 and died August 4 1872 in Huntsville Alabama.  

While searching on I came across this record from the Freedman's Bank.  It's wonderful because of the variety of information it tells us about George Washington Furgus Price.  We know he was born in Butler County Alabama and that he was 40 years old, white, and living in Tuskegee Macon County, Alabama.  His occupation was Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and he worked as a teacher and was the President of the Tuskegee Female College in 1871.  His wife was Elizabeth Margaret and his children were Wliza, Angie, George, Edwin and Betty. His parents were James Nicholls Price and Cornelia Price.  It even lists his siblings: William H.C in Brookly, Flora J wife of William Edward in Tuskegee Ala, and Sarah.

The 1880 census reveals that in addition to his own wife and children his household included a stepson, Julian D. Whitehurst who was a miner, and a step-daughter, Clara E. Whitehurst who was a teacher.  His nephew Francis Adams also lived in the residence and was a druggist.  Florence M Pooser (listed on the letterhead of the letter) is his sister-in-law.  His daughter Eliza is living there with her husband Lawrence W. Cooper who is a lawyer along with their child George Price Cooper.

The following information about Miss Alice S. Foxworthy comes From A Woman of the Century, Fourteen Hundred-Seventy Biographical Sketches Accompanied by Portraits of Leading American Women In All Walks of Life, 1893.

Miss Alice S., Foxworthy, educator, born in Mount Carmel, Fleming County, Ky., 22nd, December, 1852. (this differs from the date listed on the death certificate)  Through her paternal grandmother, Mary Calvert Foxworthy, she is a lineal descendant of Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore, of Maryland.  Her early education was received in the Stanford Academy, Stanford, Ky., and there she began her career of teaching immediately after her graduation.  In her native State she taught successfully in the Stanford Academy, The Catlettsburg high School and the East Kentucky Normal School.  From the last mentioned position she was called to the responsible post of presiding teacher in the Tennessee Female College of Franklin, Tenn. She next received a call to the position of lady principal in the Nashville College for Young Ladies.  Since 1884 Miss Foxworthy has occupied that position.  Dr. G.W.F. Price, the president of that college, early invested her with full authority, leaving her to work out her ideas in the practical organization and management of the school.  Miss Foxworthy's attainments are by no means insignificant.  Her school training has been continued and extended by reading and study during the whole of her professional life.  In 1890 the University of Nashville, Nashville Tenn, conferred upon her the degree of M.A.  Though the duties of principal have gradually withdrawn Miss Foxworthy from class-room work, her intimate acquaintance with each pupil under her care is not lessened.  The Sabbath-school class of over one-hundred pupils and the flourishing missionary society which she has built up give her an opportunity for a strong influence in forming the characters under her charge.  She is an original and impressive teacher of the Bible.  Her religion is a religion of justice and unselfishness, her energy is inexhaustible, her perseverance indomitable.  Her close observation, her keen and accurate judgment of men and things, and her long experience as a practical educator place her easily in the first rank of her profession.

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