Carroll County
Mt. Carroll Seminary
Shimer College


Photos contributed by Alice Horner

Shimer College, in Mt. Carroll, has been in use since 1853. The school was founded by Francis Wood Shimer. In 1906 a fire destroyed all the old buildings. It was rebuilt in 1907. For a period between the Civil and the 1940's the College was for Women only. The education received here would be a "cut above" the norm. An unusual school that would only appeal to the "intelligent" and serious student. Financial troubles forced the college to move to Waukegan IL. At an Auction in 1970 the Mount Carroll campus was purchased by the Campbell Center. It was placed on the National Register in 1980.

Photos contributed by Alice Horner

Before the school became the Shimer College for girls it was called the Mt. Carroll Seminary.
Below are the residents of 1880
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

Henry SHIMER        Self  M Male   W 51 PA   Physician MC Sem. PA   PA
F. A. W. SHIMER     Wife  M Female W 53 NY   Principal         CT   CT
Ada C. JOY          Other S Female W 36 ME   Assoc. Principal  VT   ME
Henry HAZZEN        Other M Male   W 38 NH   Lawyer            NH   VT
Isabel F. HAZZEN    Other M Female W 34 NH   Prin. Vocal Music NH   NH
Georgia L. LEONARD  Other S Female W 35 CT   Teacher           MA   MA
Caroline WHITE      Other S Female W 45 NY   Teacher           NY   NY
L. M. KENDALL       Other S Female W 35 VT   Prin. Inst. Music MA   MA
Ruth C. MILLS       Other S Female W 27 NY   Teacher           PA   NY
Harriet O. KNOWLTON Other S Female W 30 MA   Teacher           MA   MA
Isabel F. JONES     Other S Female W 27 NJ   Teacher Of Music  NY   NY
Alma CHAPMAN        Other S Female W 21 MO   Teacher           KY   MO
Rhoda M. CLARK      Other W Female W 78 NH                     MA   MA
Sarah B. CLARK      Other S Female W 46 NY   Art Teacher       NH   NH
Sarah M. HOWARD     Other W Female W 46 NY   House Keeper      NY   NY
Carrie HOWARD       Other S Female W 21 WI   Attend  School    NY   NY
Lucy BEERS          Other S Female W 42 NY   Housekeeper       NY   NY
Albert NYMAN        Other M Male   W 35 MD   Farmer            MD   MD
Anne NYMAN          Other M Female W 35 IL   Music Teacher     PA   IL
John H. BARLOTT     Other S Male   W 29 PA   Carpenter         PA   PA
May DEACON          Other S Female W 12 MA   Attend School     MA   MA
Etta WOOD           Niece S Female W 20 IL   Attend School     NY   NY
Murdo CAMPBELL      Other S Male   W 35 SCOT Gardener          SCOT SCOT
America F. GAINES   Other M Female W 36 MO   Laundress         KY   KY
Ella GREEN          Other S Female W 23 ME   Attend School     NY   NY
Howard GREEN        Other S Male   W 21 ME   Attend School     NY   NY
Jennie HAZLETON     Other S Female W 18 IA   Attend School     OH   VT
Sarah WILEY         Other S Female W 25 IL   Attend School     KY   IL
Hattie WILEY        Other S Female W 22 KY   Attend School     KY   IL
Clara HUMMER        Other S Female W 18 IL   Attend School     IN   IN
Mary A. PRENTICE    Other S Female W 24 MI   Attend School     VT   NY
Susan WATSON        Other S Female W 19 IL   Attend School     CAN  ENG
Hattie BARTHOLOMEW  Other S Female W 19 IL   Attend School     PA   OH
Jessie ROWE         Other S Female W 18 IL   Attend School     NY   NY
Sarah HAMLIN        Other S Female W 22 ME   Attend School     ME   ME
Josie MC KINLEY     Other S Female W 23 IL   Dress Maker       OH   NY
Helen WOLFE         Other S Female W 19 WI   Attend School     GER  GER
Eva MORIE           Other S Female W 26 VT   Attend School     VT   VT
Nellie BROWN        Other S Female W 31 IN   Attend School     IN   IN
Selina PIERCE       Other S Female W 20 WV   Attend School     PA   WV
Nina COX            Other S Female W 17 WV   Attend School     WV   WV
Ira STEADMAN        Other S Male   W 21 IL   Laborer & Student NY   NY
Edwin HUNGERFORD    Other S Male   W 21 IL   Laborer & Student NY   NY
Will GRIFFING       Other S Male   W 20 IL   Laborer & Student OH   IN
Charles FREELEY     Other S Male   W 27 KY   Laborer & Student NY   OH
Jessie STUART       Other S Female W 24 SCOT Attend School     SCOT SCOT
Nancy HUTTON        Other S Female W 27 IL   Attend School     IA   --
Annie DECKERT       Other S Female W 24      Attend School    SAXON SAXON
Rose MENDENHALL     Other S Female W 21 IL   Attend School     IL    IL
J. F. DOLAN         Other S Male   W 22 PA   Laborer           IRE   SCOT

Source Information:
Census Place - Mount Carroll, Carroll, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254178
NA Film Number T9-0178
Page Number 525D


Photos contributed by Alice Horner


Frances Shimer College in Mt Carroll 1922-1924. Some sort of celebratory 1-day event was going on where people came in costume.

Florence Luella Downing is second from the right and it looks like they're wearing Robinhood costumes.

Florence is the mother of Alice Horner, the contributor of this photo.




Photos contributed by Alice Horner

Shimer School Page 2
Documents

Shimer School Page 3- Yesteryear
Written by By Frances Wood Shimer as recorded by Libby Cutler

Shimer School Page 4
VIEWS 1 - Frances Shimmer Record 1925

Shimer School Page 5
VIEWS 2 - Frances Shimmer Record 1925

Shimer School Page 6
VIEWS 3 - Frances Shimmer Record 1925

Shimer School Page 7
Hotstetter Women - 3 Generations

Shimer School Page 8
VIEWS - 1922 (Part 1)

Shimer School Page 9
VIEWS - 1922 (Part 2)

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