1924 Hand Railing Plaque

1924 Hand Railing Presentation Plaque.

TITLE:
Mont Amoena Female Seminary Hand Railing Plaque

SUBJECT:
Cultural History

DESCRIPTION:
Mont Amoena Female Seminary Bronze Hand Railing Presentation Plaque.

SOURCE:
From the steps of Mont Amoena Seminary. Donated to the museum by Bobo and Mary Frances Allmon.

DATE:
19 Oct 1924

DATE AVAILABLE:
20th century

DATE CREATED:
1924. Commissioned by Lottie L. McDonald Rippy.

RIGHTS:
Rights reserved by the source institution.

FORMAT
Bronze Plaque

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States–North Carolina

SOURCE INSTITUTION
Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum
All rights reserved by the source institution.

TRANSCRIPTION:
LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW
THEREFORE THE RAILINGS ARE
LOVINGLY PRESENTED
BY
LOTTIE L MCDONALD RIPPY
OCTOBER 19, 1924


Charlotte Observer, October 23, 1924, p. 16.

MONT AMOENA SEMINARY GIVEN STEEL RAILINGS
Special to the Observer

MOUNT PLEASANT, Oct. 22 – A pleasant visitor at the Mont Amoena seminary was Mrs. Lottie McDonald Rippy of Birmingham, Ala. a former pupil whose object was to present to the institution a pair of steel hand rails for the new cement front steps. A lovely brass plate at the head of the railings will be thus engraved:

“Love is the fulfilling of the law. Therefore the railings are lovingly presented by Lottie L. McDonald Rippy – October 19, 1924.”

This highly appreciated gift by one who does not forget the benefits she has received from her Alma Mater, makes a beautiful entrance to the already imposing edifice.

Mrs. Rippy gave the girls an inspiring and uplifting address in the chapel, the subject of the talk being “Love.” She has also kindly offered a gold medal annually for the best essay on the same subject, competition being open to the whole school.

Mont Amoena Seminary, c. 1920

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Mont Amoena Seminary, c. 1920

 

TITLE:
Mont Amoena Female Seminary

SUBJECT:
Photograph

DESCRIPTION:
Mont Amoena Female Seminary photo from school catalog.

CREATOR:
Unknown

SOURCE:
Mont Amoena Female Seminary school catalog.

DATE:
1920s

DATE AVAILABLE:
20th century

DATE CREATED:
Unknown

RIGHTS:
©Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society

Collection
Publications.

FORMAT
jpeg

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States

SOURCE INSTITUTION
Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society and Museum

 

 

Haines Bros. Piano Advertisement, 1913

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TITLE:
Haines Bros. Piano Advertisement

SUBJECT:
Advertisement

DESCRIPTION:
Mont Amoena Female Seminary listed as customer in Haines Bros. Piano Advertisement.

CREATOR:
The Music Trade Review, Vol. LVII., No. 7

DATE AVAILABLE:
20th century

DATE CREATED:
16 Aug 1913

RIGHTS:
© 1995-2016 by The International Arcade Museum®. All rights reserved. Portions © 2009-2016 by The International Arcade Museum Library, Inc.

Collection
Publications. The International Arcade Museum

FORMAT
jpeg

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States

SOURCE INSTITUTION
International Arcade Museum Library

Mont Amoena Female Seminary Charter, April 2, 1859

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Mont Amoena Charter, April 2, 1859. 

TITLE:
Mont Amoena Female Seminary Charter

SUBJECT:
Charter

DESCRIPTION:
Charter for Mont Amoena Female Seminary in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. Also known as Mount Pleasant Female Seminary.

CREATOR:
North Carolina. Office of the Governor

DATE:
2 Apr 1859

DATE AVAILABLE:
19th century

DATE CREATED:
2 Apr 1859

RIGHTS:
The SA of NC considers this item in the public domain by U.S. law but responsibility for permissions rests with researchers.

Collection
Charters. Governors’ Office Records. State Archives of North Carolina

FORMAT
Laws (documents), jpeg

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States–North Carolina

SOURCE INSTITUTION
State Archives of North Carolina, North Carolina Digital Collections

TRANSCRIPTION:
THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA

TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING:
Whereas, D H Bittle, J. C. McEachern, Paul Miller, John S. Henderson, M. Widenhouse, Moses Barrier, John A. Troutman, and M. H. Carter

have associated themselves together under ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT now on file in the Office of the Secretary of the State, acknowledged before the Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Cabarrus County, on the 29th day of March, 1859, and have applied to be incorporated for the purpose of forming a Literary Institution for the promotion of education under the corporate style of “The Montamoena Female Seminary” to pursue the business of a high school to encourage education at Mount Pleasant in the County of Cabarrus, for the term of Thirty years.

Now Therefore, In pursuance of the provisions of an Act of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, ratified on the eighth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two, entitled ” An Act to incorporate Literary Institutions and Benevolent and Charitable Societies,” We do by these presents declare the before-mentioned persons and their successors a Corporation, according to the terms prescribed in said ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT, under the name and corporate style of “The Montamoena Female Seminary” to carry on the business of a high school to promote & encourage education, at Mount Pleasant, in the County of Cabarrus, for the term of Thirty years from the date hereof: to have all the rights, privileges, powers and immunities conferred by the before recited Act of the General Assembly, and to be subject to all the limitations, liabilities and restrictions imposed by said Act.

In Witness Whereof, His Excellency John W. Ellis, our Governor, Captain-General, and Commander in Chief, hath signed with his hand these presents, and caused our Great Seal of the State of North Carolina to be affixed thereto.

Done at our City of Raleigh, on the 2nd day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine, and in the eighty third year of our Independence.

BY THE GOVERNOR: John W. Ellis
Graham Daves Private Secretary.

Miss Constance Cline Dead At Home Here

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Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, NC), 25 Jan 1926. Click on image to enlarge.

SUBJECT:
Students

DESCRIPTION:
Newspaper article reporting death involving former Mont Amoena student Constance Cline (Class of 1896)

CREATOR:
Staff writer

SOURCE:
Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, Cabarrus County, NC). 25 Jan 1926

DATE:
1900s

DATE AVAILABLE:
20th century

DATE CREATED:
25 Jan 1926

RIGHTS:
Rights reserved by the source institution.

FORMAT
Newspaper Article

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States–North Carolina

SOURCE INSTITUTION
Cabarrus County Library, Lore Local History Room (North Carolina)

CITATION:
Staff Writer, “Miss Constance Cline Dead At Home Here,” Mont Amoena: Educating the Young Women of Mount Pleasant, NC 1859-1927, https://montamoena.org/2015/04/25/miss-constance-cline-dead-at-home-here/

TRANSCRIPTION:
Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, North Carolina)
25 Jan 1926

MISS CONSTANCE CLINE DEAD AT HOME HERE
Took Her Own Life at Early Hour This Morning Following an Illness of Several Months.

Miss Constance Cline, member of one of the most prominent families in Concord and for a number of years a teacher and supervisor in the Concord public schools, took her own life this morning shortly before 7 o’clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cline, on East Corbin street. Ill health is assigned as the cause of her act.

Miss Cline was missed about 7 o’clock this morning when members of her family went to her room to call her. Neighbors were notified and a search was instituted, the hanging body being found in an old wood shed near the home. Neighbors went to the wood shed when they detected tracks in the snow leading from the house to the shed.

Miss Cline was 47 years of age, and had spent the last 44 years in Concord, her family having moved to this city from the old Cline home on the Mt. Pleasant road when she was three years of age. She attended the public schools in the city, graduated from Mont Amoena Seminary and took post-graduate work at the Massachusetts Normal and at Columbia University. After leaving the normal she was for six years principal of the preparatory department of Queens College, in Charlotte, leaving that work to accept a position with the public schools of this city. She continued her work here so successfully that she was made the first supervisor of the grammar schools and was in charge of that work when her first serious illness developed several [sic] ago. During the past nine months she had undergone treatment in several hospitals both in the East and South and while her physical condition had shown improvement she had not been able to throw off the spirit of melancholia that developed from her intense suffering.

In church work Miss Cline was always active, giving much of her time and talent to the work of the women’s organizations of St. James Lutheran Church, with which she was affiliated in girlhood. She was at one time an officer in the State Lutheran women’s organization.

The deceased is survived by her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Roy T. Troutman, of Charlotte, and Miss Olivet Cline, of Concord, and four brothers, Ralph E. Cline, of Gaffney, S. C.; Karl B. and Frank s. Cline, of Salisbury, and A. Campbell Cline, of Concord.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

The news of Miss Cline’s death spread rapidly throughout the city casting a pall of gloom and sorrow on her wide circle of friends and relatives. She had been intimately associated with the young life of the city through her school work and her death came as a distinct shock, especially to those persons who were so successfully guided by her while in the public schools of the city.

A Sad Death

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Concord Daily Standard (Concord, North Carolina) 5 Oct 1898. Click image to enlarge.

TITLE:
A Sad Death

SUBJECT:
Students

DESCRIPTION:
Newspaper article reporting death involving former Mont Amoena student Julia Ludwig (Class of 1895)

CREATOR:
Staff writer

SOURCE:
Daily Concord Standard (Concord, Cabarrus County, NC). 5 Oct 1898

DATE:
1800s

DATE AVAILABLE:
19th century

DATE CREATED:
5 Oct 1898

RIGHTS:
Rights reserved by the source institution.

FORMAT
Newspaper Article

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States–North Carolina

SOURCE INSTITUTION
http://www.Newspapers.com

CITATION:
Staff Writer, “A Sad Death,” Mont Amoena: Educating the Young Ladies of Cabarrus Couunty 1859-1927, accessed April 4, 2015, https://montamoena.org/2015/01/03/one-instantly-killed/

TRANSCRIPTION:
Concord Daily Standard (Concord, North Carolina)
5 Oct 1898, p. 1

A SAD DEATH

Of One of Rowan County’s most Esteemed Young Ladies — Blessed With an Exceptional Mind and a True Worker for Her Master.

The following account of the death of Miss Julia Ludwig, who is known in this county and who has a number of relatives also in our county, has been handed us by the pastor of the young lady, Rev. V R Stickley.

“In Rowan county on October 2nd, 1898, Miss Julia Ludwig, in the 22nd year of her age, died. In infancy she was dedicated to God in the Holy Baptism, and on the 29th of March, 1891, with a large class of catechumens she was received into the full communion of St. Enoch’s Lutheran church by the holy rite of confirmation and adorned her profession with a consistent life until the summons came ‘come up higher.”

She was blessed with a bright mind and her father gave her an opportunity to improve it. She was a graduate of Enochville High School and Mot. Amoena Seminary at Mt. Pleasant and was valedictorian of her class. She taught two years very satisfactorily in the public school and was loved by all her pupils. She had arranged to attend Elizabeth college this session.

The first of July she was taken with typhoid fever, and for thirteen weeks she was confined to her bed. With the very best of nursing and skill of physicians her body yielded to the disease and on the above date she entered into the “rest prepared for the children of God.”

During this long suffering she was never heard to utter a word of complaint or murmur — bore it all patiently — and when her friends would visit her she would greet them with a smile. She enjoyed the visits and service of her pastor.

On the day after her death the funeral services were conducted in the presence of a large concourse of people. The sermon was preached by her pastor from the words “She is not dead but sleepeth,” after which her body was laid to rest in the graveyard of Prospect church by the side of her mother and sister to wait the resurrection.

 

One Instantly Killed

TITLE:
One Instantly Killed

SUBJECT:
Students

DESCRIPTION:
Newspaper article reporting accident involving former Mont Amoena student Custis Wingard (Class of 1894)

CREATOR:
Staff writer

SOURCE:
Daily Concord Standard (Concord, Cabarrus County, NC). 1 Oct 1900

DATE:
1900s

DATE AVAILABLE:
20th century

DATE CREATED:
1 Oct 1900

RIGHTS:
Rights reserved by the source institution.

FORMAT
Newspaper Article

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States–North Carolina

SOURCE INSTITUTION
http://www.Newspapers.com

CITATION:
Staff Writer, “One Instantly Killed,” Mont Amoena: Educating the Young Ladies of Cabarrus Couunty 1859-1927, accessed January 3, 2015, https://montamoena.org/2015/01/03/one-instantly-killed/

TRANSCRIPTION:
Daily Concord Standard, 1 Oct 1900

One Instantly Killed

Information was received Saturday by Mr. Jno. Cook, of St. John’s, to the effect that Mrs. Wingard, and her daughter Miss Custis, were violently thrown from a buggy, last Saturday, by a runaway horse.

Mrs. Wingard was instantly killed, while her daughter was painfully bruised and remained unconscious for several days. Many parties in Eastern cabarrus know these people. Miss Curtis [sic] Wingard is a graduate of Mont Amoena Seminary and a sister of Mr. Cook’s son-in-law.

The Death of Mrs. Misenheimer

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Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, NC), 6 Oct 1905. Click image to enlarge.

TITLE:
The Death of Mrs. Misenheimer

SUBJECT:
Students

DESCRIPTION:
Obituary for former Mont Amoena student, Belle Moser Misenheimer

CREATOR:
Staff writer

SOURCE:
Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, Cabarrus County, NC). 6 Oct 1905

DATE:
1900s

DATE AVAILABLE:
20th century

DATE CREATED:
6 Oct 1905

RIGHTS:
Rights reserved by the source institution.

FORMAT
Newspaper Article

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States–North Carolina

SOURCE INSTITUTION
http://www.Newspapers.com

CITATION:
Staff Writer, “Certificates Of Graduation Are Presented To 22,” Mont Amoena: Educating the Young Ladies of Cabarrus Couunty 1859-1927, accessed January 3, 2015, https://montamoena.org/2015/01/03/the-death-of-mrs-misenheimer/

TRANSCRIPTION:
Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, NC), 6 Oct 1905

DEATH OF MRS. MISENHEIMER
Mrs. Belle Misenheimer, Wife of P. M. Misenheimer, Died Thursday Evening at Eight O’clock In Number 5 Township – Buried Here Today

The Rebuilding of Mont Amoena Seminary

The Rebuilding of Mont Amoena, 18 Dec1911TITLE:
The Rebuilding of Mont Amoena Seminary

SUBJECT:
Facilities

DESCRIPTION:
A Letter to the Editor by the citizens of Mount Pleasant, NC to rebuild Mont Amoena Seminary in their town.

CREATOR:
Citizens of Mount Pleasant, NC

SOURCE:
Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, Cabarrus County, NC). 15 Dec 1911

DATE:
1910s

DATE AVAILABLE:
20th century

DATE CREATED:
15 Dec 1911

RIGHTS:
Rights reserved by the source institution.

FORMAT
Newspaper Article

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States–North Carolina

SOURCE INSTITUTION
Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum
All rights reserved by the source institution.

CITATION:
Staff Writer, “Certificates Of Graduation Are Presented To 22,” Mont Amoena: Educating the Young Ladies of Cabarrus Couunty 18, t59-1927, accessed December 30, 2014, https://montamoena.org/2014/12/30/the-rebuilding-of-mont-amoena-seminary/

TRANSCRIPTION:
Concord Daily Tribune, 15 Dec 1911

THE REBUILDING OF MONT AMOENA SEMINARY
Prompt Action of Mt. Pleasant People Endorsed by the Board. – Mt. Pleasant the Place to Rebuild the Seminary

Mr. Editor: – Inasmuch as several articles have appeared recently in your paper relative to the rebuild of the Mont Amoena Seminary, her relation to the North Carolina E. L. Synod, and the interest of other towns and cities in securing her relocation, and inasmuch as there seems to be a misapprehension of the true status of affairs, we deem it proper to set forth some facts for the information of the public.

1. The school was begun in 1859 by Mrs. Bittle, wife of Rev. G. H. Bittle, president of North Carolina College, and was continued under the able administration of Rev. Prof. G. F. Shaeffer, being fostered and maintained by the community until 1869, when, largely through the effort of Rev. G. D. Bernheim, it was taken over by the N. C. Synod. Since that time the school has been run by Synod through a Board of Trustees elected by Synod and the Board has always exercised the prerogative of a governing body. It has elected every president of the Institution; approved the instruction of instructors; and transacted such other business as belongs to such Boards.

As to improvements upon the property there has been some misunderstanding. To the original building have been made a number of additions all of which were made through the efforts of the presidents and the Board. Some years ago the growth of the Institution necessitated still more room and President C. L. T. Fisher purchased an adjoining loot and residence which was afterwards taken over by his brother, Prof. J. H. C. Fisher, and enlarged and connected with the Seminary building by a closed hallway. It was upon this last named property and the furnishings of the Seminary (which have through the different administrations been the personal property of the presidents) that the bulk of the insurance was personally carried, amounting to $3500.00. On the Seminary proper $2,000 insurance was carried, as was authorized and provided for by the board. A fair valuation of Synod’s loss over and above the insurance was $4,000.

The financing of the Institution has all along devolved upon its presidents, by Synod has always approved its work and recommended the Institution as the proper one for her daughters. The benefit accruing to Synod cannot be estimated. Hundreds of graduates and ex-students have gone out from the Institution. Not a congregation in the Synod but had been blessed by the work of Mont Amoena Seminary.

2. The action of Mt. Pleasant and community in and following the recent calamity was that which would naturally be expected of any people. All possible was done to save the building, all houses were thrown wide open to students, and immediate and adequate provision was made by the town for the continuance of the work of the present session. The school will resume work January 3d, and practically all the students heartily desire to return.

Through all the years the town and community have done a large part in the maintenance of the Institution and the one thought that has dominated the minds of all since the fire had been the rebuilding of Mont Amoena Seminary. The mass meeting of our citizens were held with this in view. There was no thought but that the Synod would heartily approve of such prompt and zealous action, and it was in no sense intended not to be in friendly co-operation with Synod and all friends of Christian education. Considering the damaging effect of delays on the student body and patronage of and Institution, wisdom and prudence dictated prompt action. Furthermore, it was deemed advisable to have something definite to lay before the board of trustees soon to be called together.

The board was the proper body to lay the body before Synod, which it did, recommending a called session of Synod at the earliest date possible. Moreover, the board heartily endorsed the action of the faculty of the Seminary and the citizens ot Mt. Pleasant in providing for the continuation of the school.

3. It is not a little surprising that, following the recent calamity, other towns and cities should make it the occasion for discussing and bidding for the re-location of the Seminary. For more than half a century Mont Amoena Seminary has been doing noble work for the daughters of the North Carolina Synod, and her location at Mt. Pleasant has brought these benefits within reach of hundreds who could not have availed themselves of them, if she had been located in a city. To re-locate now in a large town or city is but to duplicate a most excellent Institution which we already have within the bounds of our own Synod at Charlotte and remove the Seminary and its benefits beyond the reach of the grater part of the constituency of our Synod which Mont Amoena admirably serves.

It has been stated that any community would act as the citizens of Mt. Pleasant have, and it is pertinent to inquire whether it is in keeping with Christian ethics for other towns to endeavor to remove an Institution from the town in which it has so long prospered and served the church.

CITIZENS.

Mt. Pleasant, N. C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Pleasant Dedicates New Historical Markers

Mt. Pleasant Dedicates Historical Marker, 1962TITLE:
Mt. Pleasant Dedicates New Historical Markers

SUBJECT:
Cultural History

DESCRIPTION:
A newspaper article from the Concord Tribune, 1962 about the dedication of Mont Ameona Seminary historical marker.

CREATOR:
Ed Reading

SOURCE:Mount Pleasant
Concord Tribune (Concord, Cabarrus County, NC). 1962

DATE:
1960s

DATE AVAILABLE:
20th century

DATE CREATED:
c. 1960s

RIGHTS:
Rights reserved by the source institution.

FORMAT
Newspaper Article

SPATIAL COVERAGE
United States–North Carolina

SOURCE INSTITUTION
Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum
All rights reserved by the source institution.

CITATION:
Staff Writer, “Certificates Of Graduation Are Presented To 22,” Mont Amoena: Educating the Young Ladies of Cabarrus Couunty 18, t59-1927, accessed December 27, 2014, https://montamoena.org/2014/12/28/mt-pleasant-dedicates-new-historical-markers/

TRANSCRIPTION:
Concord Tribune, 1962

MT. PLEASANT – The service of dedication for two historical markers at Mt. Pleasant Sunday afternoon was a happy occasion for many people.

From widely separated places, old friends and fellow students of the two schools indicated by the markers, came to pay tribute to the past.

The happiness of their reunion overflowed in the tears of nostalgic joy as they greeted, from the twilight of life, those whom they had known years before.

The 3 p.m. program began with a band concert by the Mt. Pleasant High School band as alumni from Mont Amoena Seminary and  Mt. Pleasant Collegiate Institute gathered near the square.

Even the strains of the National Anthem momentarily failed to diminish the enthusiastic handshaking and joyous greetings.

And they remembered.

Mrs. J. H. C. Fisher, 92-year-old widow of the President of the seminary, recalled the time in 1911, when the old seminary burned and she was trapped on the second floor.

She jumped from a window to escape the flames.

Mrs. J. L. Morgan sat beside her in hThe crowd of several hundred, er wheelchair also, and reminisced about the days when she was teacher at Mont Amoena and her husband was president of the Lutheran Synod of North Carolina.

Sunday’s activities had a double meaning for her. It was also her 87th birthday.

Rev. R. A. Goodman, D. D. enjoyed the special distinction of being the only teacher to have served in both the Seminary and MPCI.

The crowd of several hundred, young and old, with cameras and tape recorders, gathered close around Master of Ceremonies R. Brown McAllister as he opened the program with recognition of other special guests.

Teachers and Alumni of the old schools included Dr. and Mrs. Edwards, Dr. and Mrs. D. S. Brown, Harry Isenhour, W. Guy Isenhour, Dr. and Mrs. Blackwelder, Capt. Johnny McDaniel, and Mrs. Paul Beatty.

Miss Susan Nance, MP High School graduate who wrote first to the Sate Board of Archives and History concerning the markers, was also given special recognition.

Principal address for the event was delivered by the Rev. Henry McCullough Jr. pastor of the Lutheran Church of The Redeemer, Newberry, S. C.

Dr. McCullough pointed out the fact that in spite of the limited size of the two Mt. Pleasant Institution, they had left a priceless heritage to the people of the community.

“The education given these outstanding citizens was like planting seed corn for the Kingdom of God,” he said. “In spite of the vast technological advances in our age, university graduates of today lack comprehension and appreciation of these basic Liberal Arts and Humanities.”

The afternoon program was concluded with a benediciton by the Rev. Walter yount, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church, Concord.