Reminiscence of a Graduate from 1859

A Letter to the Editor from an early graduate about how Geneva used to be.

A Letter to the Editor from an early graduate about how Geneva used to be.

This poignant piece is written by Elizabeth Johnston who graduated in 1859. She is writing to compare Geneva as it was when she attended to Geneva as it was in the 1920’s. Mrs. Johnston compares her time to that of students now talking about the fact that she cut and hauled wood for her own fire, and drew and hauled water from a near by well. She also mentioned how unadorned the college was, but that no one could go away unsatisfied. She saw Geneva as becoming a beautiful incomparable place in the 20’s because heat and light were available at a push of a button, the countryside was beautiful, and no longer in Northwood, Ohio but Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. There is no doubt in her article that she is immensely proud the steps Geneva has taken in the past and sees them as unearthing the diamond that was Geneva and making it more available for every student. This is just another example of how much Geneva has changed from its beginnings. The point of this article seems to make light of the recent changes and illustrate them as only one part of a long list of changes, most of which has been for the better. She does make the point that something is lost in not having the physical struggle to coincide with the academic one but says that hard study gives the beautiful end goal no matter how the person achieved it. This article is just another in the magazine aimed at seeing the change of the 20’s as a good thing, not a corrupting thing.

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