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ir Famous Jackson Institute.
A BRIEF RECITAL OF ITS PROGRESS-
Hj there is one tiling more than anot her
Hwhicli the citizens of Jackson and
pM I s county f ;el a pardonable pride, it
Hi our pet college, Jackson Institrte.
Hn within its walls graduates have
Me to Mercer, Oxford, Mary Sharpe,
■sleyan, and other colleges of note, and
Knd highest among all of their respec-
I. classes. They have received from
teachers composing the faculty of
Hrkson Institute a collegiate learning
tV.ut has amply fitted them for the bat- |
ties of life along with graduates of older
institutions, and never yet have we j
learned of one who has proven untaith- |
ful to a trust nor been turned down for ,
inefficiency in learning for the positions
required of them. Moral as well as in
tellectual training receive attention a
■ \Ve herewith give a brief outline of
college, along with remarks from (
Ifnn of our most prominent citizens.
(T \ bo ut seven years ago the good people
f brckson saw the necessity of a com
i building, and erected this beau
\ modious buiKiiu-t nno
lifu l structure at the cost of *>,<**•
Situated amid a grove of oaks, as sen
' . TUl , r ding their treasure, it Stands
tul cls „u< tll eir unwonted zeal
'"“"S people are aroused to
1-HicK- 11, jP , ha ve put font,
aS Te.tor to make Jaeksou Institute a
every eftd. n ,ight feel proud.
s " hl> ' .' ' h av. labored faithfully and
The truste neither pains nor
[ earnest!}; -V ioonis are equipped with
I money. improvements necessary
K all the mode L on> The chapel is a
I for a higher edu stage fixtures
1 thing h eiUl ! ’ , > enterprising
<1 j merchants of
Such has been the growth of this in
stitution that more teachers haye been
employed from time to time until the
faculty now numbers eight. Great care
has been exercised in preparing the cur
riculum, which consists of ten grades.
The Primary, Intermediate and \cad
emic departments each require two
years for their completion. Four years
are requisite for the Collegiate depart
ment The work in these departments
[SHl],**- -hi Jekg©R in-
is thorough. To pass from a lower to a
higher grade, pupils must pass satisfac
tory examinations at the close of the
There are four literary societies which
meet three Friday afternoons in each
month ill their respective rooms, and
each of which is presided over by some
member of the faculty. Ou the fourth
Friday afternoon of each month the so
cieties conveue in the chapel. The pro
gram consists of dialogues, speeches,
recitations, essays, instrumental aud
I vocal music by members from the differ
ent societies. The attendance of the
public to these entertainments lias been
The inteiest in music has been aroused
to such au extent that it has been nec
essary t employ two teachers. Cornet,
organ, piano, voice, guitar and violin aie
thoroughly taught. The Art department
has grown in favor. The studio is fitted
up with everything pertaining to that
department. There are more art stu
dents this year thau ever. More books
have been added from time to time to
the library until pupils now have access
to the works of -the most celebrated com
posers. Iu fact the school is progressing
aud will eoutiuue to grow as long as it
JACKSON. GA., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1894.
receives the support and encouragement
it now enjoys, until it will be known not
only in Georgia, hut throughout the
south, as the best in the land.
Jackson Institute now enjoys a reputa
tion second to no first-class school in the
state, numbering among its pupils rep
resentatives from at least seventy-five
counties in Georgia. Under the able
guidance of such an efficient instructor
and strict disciplinarian as Prof. J. C.
Blasingame, we have reason to be proud
of our pet institution and feel unstinted
pride in its success. Prof. Blasingame
is assisted in his duties hv such learned
and gifted instructors as Profs. Kelly
and Lewis, Misses Eva Sasnett, Rosa
Thornton, Mary Goodall, Virginia L.
McKie, and an assistant instructor in
violiu and cornet music, who will be
ready for duty in January, With such a
corps of teachers is it any wonder that
Jackson Instituce stands head and
shoulders above the colleges of sister
in importance ?
' Simply to show how our people stand
toward Jackson Institute, we append a
few remarks from numbers of our best
citizens on their views of the college.
Upon being asked what they thought of
Jackson Institute, the Argus editors
received the following replies from the
Col. M. V. McKibben—lt is as good
an institution as there is in the State.
D. J. Sj encer—We are all proud of
T. J, Lane—l have lived in cities
fortv years and Jackson Institute and
iu faculty is worthy of patronage as
much as any s-linol in Georgia.
I). J. McMichael—l think it is all
J. M. Holifield— It is one of the best
things in the State of Georgia.
11. C. Gunn—lt is the grandest
school i ll tne world.
R. L. Daughtry—lt is a fine school.
I. J. Slaughter—lt’s the best school
in the country.
J. B. Moore—lt’s a good school and
they collect their bills once a mouth.
Col. Cuitv —lt is one of the best
sc ools in Georgij.
Obe Hendrick—lt A doing more for
the youth of the c-uintry than any
other school in the date. It should
have tlie patronage of all lovers of
J. F. McKihben—lt is the best thing
we have except the c inches.
C. \V. Buchanan—i think it o fine
school— well worthy of patrmagc.
E. P. Newton —1 think it i mighty
B. F. Watkins—lt is the lust thing
J. W. Johnson, an Atlanta man—l
think it’s an excellent school.
T. J. Dempsey, ou> Representative —
It ranks among the liist institutions of
learning in the state, and has done more
for the development oi out town and
county than any other one thing.
T. L. Williams, County Treasurer —It
is a great help to Jackson; it lias been in
the past and will be greater in the future.
Judge Pounds, our School Commis
sioner—Jackson should be proud of its
school, and J. C. Blasingame has made
it what it is.
H. W. Byars, one of our oldest citi
zens—l think it is a mighty good school.
W. M. Mallet, President Board of Ed
ucation —We have the best curriculum
at the lustitute of any interior school in
the state, and non-residents are afforded
better accommodation than at any other
J.J. Jolly, Clerk of the Court —It is
the best school in the state.
J. O. Beauchamp, Sheriff—lt is a very
W. J. Collins, a blacksmith—l must
stay iu reach of the Jackson lustitute;
my children learn fast there.
J. M, Ball—l consider Jackson Insti
| tute the best school I ever saw.
P. R. Watkins—lt is one of the grand
est institutions Jackson ever had. My
children learu more and take greater in
-1 terest in their work than can be imag
ined. Too much praise cannot be given
Judge Ilarkness —Jackson Institute is
a good institution worthy of every man’s
Rev. G. W. Gardner —I have had con
siderable experience with schools, and
in ray opinion Warren Institute of Ox
ford. Mississippi, and Jackson Institute,
are two of the best schools I know. The
features in these schools which 1 admire
so much is the excellent discipline and
the thoroughness of the instruction.
Prof. Blasingame is a born teacher and
Jackson is fortunate in haying such a
president of her school.
AHI.i: KOSS THOMPSON.
The classic city of Athens, the home
of the University, lias given to Georgia
many of her noblest sons. Here ou the
3rd day of June, 1868, of noble parent
, age, was born Carle Ross Thompson, the
subject of this sketcn.
He attended school at Athens till 12
years of age. Ilis father then moved to
Jefferson, the site of Martin Institute.
He completed the curriculum of that in
stitution when he was sixteen and began
teaching. By close economy and strict
business habits he earned sufficient
money to enable hire to enter tlie Uni
versity in the fall of ’B9. In April of
1890 lie was expelled from the university
for espousing tlie cause of a friend and
violating tlie regulations of the college,
by leaving the memory of a broken nose
with the nephew of the professor of
/ Leaving Athens he entered the junior
class at Emory college. Here he won
the highest honors of his class, besides j
being elected anniversarian of the Phi
Gamma society, champion debater and
dux of liis class. Dr. Chandler says: :
“He is the brightest man who has en
tered Emory College during my admin
istration.'’ Graduating with high hon
ors in 1892, he immediately began teach
ing at Jenkinsburg, where he built a
school which ran far beyond the hopes
of that little burg in point of excellence.
He taught theie two years, and his fame
had spread all over this southland. He
| received calls for his services from every
direction, but Flovilla was the highest
and most satisfactory bidder. Jenkins
burg tried to retain his services, and
many of her best men were willing to
donate liberally, hut the man was larger
than the town and they lost him. At
Jenkinsburg he is loved and honored.
He is now teaching at Flovilla, a de
scription of which is on another page.
That school has run far above its former
standing, and the people there love him
as they do everywhere he is known.
C. R. Thompson is a man in the true
sense of that word, and the future will
find him standing side by side with the
leading statesmen anil patriots of the
nineteenth century. May heaven give
us many such men as Carle Ross Thomp
The Baptist church entertainment at
the college on Monday night was a grand
success, and especially deserving of
praise was the recitation of Miss Bessie
Daughtry, who recited “The Night Be
fore Christmas" in a most charming
TI BKFA DI\>EK.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J, Thornton ten
dered a few of their many friends an
elaborate turkey dinner at their com
modious residence, on Wednesday of
this week, at which every conceivable
delicacy ot the season was served in
abundance. The table was laden with
edibles served to appease the appetites
of tlie most fastidious, aud the follow
ing invited guests did justice to the
bill of fare:
Messrs. Joe Wright, W. G. Gan*, R.
I). Thornton, C. W. Buchanan, J. G.
McDonald, Chas. Beauchamp, Clifford
Beauchamp, Mrs. C. W. Buchanan.
Misses Mattie Thornton and Irene
The genial host and hostess made
their guests feel perfectly at home,aud
\ each were prolme in their admiration
of tlie charming manner in which
they were entertained.
We learn that Uncle “Billy” Weaver
and Miss Anna Snell will be manied at
the residence of the latter’s pareats, this
evening at 2 o'clock. The Argus ex
' tends in advance its congratulations.