Classical Education


A prep school for Carthage College

Excerpt from a brochure for the Carthage Classical Institute, a coed preparatory school for Carthage College, Illinois. Dated 4 Sept 1871.

 From a banquest, 4 May, 1882, the humorous opening:

“The Carthage Classical School — It has its birth in a dingy little upper room all hollow, hollow, hollow.  That room was located at a point bisecting the base of an isoceles triangle at whose vertex stood the great and massive capitol of Hancock County, and at one the extremity of whose base stood her magnificent prison house, whilst at the other was located the famous and popular visitation catalouged at Pete Foster’s saloon.

Following the periphery of this triangle the route previously led without interruption from the saloon to the court-house thence to the jail, thence, if desired, back to the saloon.  We planted ourselves squarely upon this route, and broke the current.  The usual starting and supply point had been the saloon, but George Anderson started from the jail.  He was heading toward Pete Foster’s when he ran headlong up that well remembered steep stairway which led directly to wisdom and greatness – By special permission of the sheriff Browning, George was permitted for months to oscillate between the jail and our headquarters like a grand old confuscating pendulum. ”

The joking reference to George Anderson may be in reference to Rev. C. Anderson, listed in 1871 as one of the commissioners. 

Founded in 1870, the school had educated over 100o students by 1882, according to the text of the banquet notes just cited.  In 1871, tuition was $11 per semester.


Celebrating February with Valentines and Lincoln Memorabilia


The Kibbe Museum is closed in February, but we’ve updated our public exhibit on the west side of the square with a selection of antique valentines and a small tribute to President Lincoln, including a torch that was carried at a campaign rally in LaHarpe.  Stop by and enjoy the sentiments!

Veteran’s Day


9 April 1945

Mr. Dale Myers
Hamilton, Il

Dear Mr. Myers:

….In regard to the death of your brother Lawrence W. Myers, 36303536, S/Sgt. who died of gun shot wounds on 16th March: the men said of him “he always played the game” and was a good organizer to get teamwork in whatever he did. They think of him as “one who did more than his share” at all times. He is buried in USAF Cemetery Zamboanga, which is carefully tended by the Phillippinoes for the United States government…..

Very sincerely,
Vincent B. Appleton
Chaplain, AUS

1931 Bill Dispute Page 1

Billing disputes are as old as mankind, and women have been trying to help out their menfolk for just as long.  The disputed amount, $8.50, is equivalent to about $111 in 2009 dollars.


Nauvoo, Illinois —  April 22, 1931

Dear Mr. Seigfried:-

  Leonard Pagers and you are having trouble over $8.50 which at first you claimed he still owed on the Ford Roadster.  Now it is on a garage bill or labor.  Leonard says he has paid it and you say not.  I don’t know any thing about it, but I try to be fair and I want to see that this bill is paid, so there will be no trouble at all.  I am Leonard Pager’s girl, so I am hoping this leaves me a good name.  It is not my place to pay this bill, but if Leonard really owes it or not I am paying his bill anyway.  Mr. Weeks was out to see Leonard Pagers the other day, he also gave him a slip of paper which told him to appear at Burnside the twenthy-fifth day of this month.  I hope this trouble will all be over with.  I am Tom Mapes’ daughter.  Please let me hear if you get the money.

Sincerely yours,

Rosalie Mapes

Nauvoo, IL