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Historical Facts of Glasgow Normal School
Citation: "Historical Facts of First Normal School of Glasgow and Bowling Green," Bowling Green, Kentucky Scrapbook No. 1, p. 52, Kentucky Library.
A writer in a recent issue of the Glasgow Times gives some interesting history of a normal school that was conducted in that city back in the Seventies.
It might be news to many citizens of Bowling Green to know that our two large educational institutions of which we are so justly proud, had a most vital connection with the Normal School founded first in Glasgow in 1874.
Among other historical facts leading up to the founding of that school the writer says:
"In 1874, Prof. A.W. Mell, fresh from the National Normal School of Lebanon, Ohio, came to Glasgow and took over the Urania College building and established the Glasgow Normal School. The Normal School at Lebanon was an innovation. Prof. Alfred Holbrook had originated this system of teaching and he and his methods of teaching were both under fire continually. Prof. Mell met with this same opposition in Glasgow. This system of education, as its name suggests, was something new and novel in Glasgow and old manners and established customs die hard, but the years have proved that this system is vastly superior to the old time one. In the Normal School, boys and girls were taught together, a course of study was arranged which greatly shortened the time required for graduation, the cost of tuition, board, books, etc., was greatly lowered and everything excepet [sic] the instruction was much reduced.
In telling more of the offers made by the school, the writer says:
"Text books can be rented at a small cost. A full corps of teachers will be employed throughout the term. New Classes will be formed in the ordinary branches, with special classes in surveying, bookkeeping, rhetoric and algebra. Special attention will be given to the training of teachers, in view of their work in the public and graded schools. Prof. J.C. Ridge, Cincinnati, will deliver a course of lectures during the coming term; thus affording to ladies and gentlemen the privilege of attending upon superior and skilled instruction in the art of elocution.
"Prof. A.W. Mell remained with the Glasgow Normal School for several years and did an excellent and lasting work. After he was joined by Prof. Tom Williams they decided to move to Bowling Green and establish a Normal School there, and the Glasgow Normal School passed into other hands. Out of the school established in Bowling Green came two very flourishing schools in that city today – the Western Kentucky State Teachers' College and the Bowling Green Business University.
Glasgow Normal School Alumni
Citation: Typed list of alumni of unidentified origin, 1876-1906 found in UA95, combined with article by "Old Urania College," by E.B. Terry from unidentified publication and other sources in University Archives. The typescript list probably includes graduates of the Southern Normal School. The list below is for the years 1876-1890 which reflects the Glasgow Normal School years.
|Adams, Lizzie 1884||Dickinson, T.P. 1881||Neighbors, Basley 1879|
|Alexander, James 1885||Dinning, James 1886||Newman, C.C. 1879|
|Alexander, Mollie 1887||Downs, J.M.N. 1886||Norris, Ed 1885|
|Angel, Louise 1883||Downs, May 1882; 1886||Owsley, Eugene 1884|
|Austin, John 1876||Eagleton, William 1884||Owsley, Lula 1884|
|Avis, R.K. 1884||Easton, C.D. 1881||Pare, Ada 1882|
|Bagby, Anna 1876||Ellis, B.G. 1876||Peterman, A.L. 1882|
|Bailey, Lizzie 1882||Ellison, Eugene 1880||Pettingill, Bettie 1879|
|Baird, Virgil 1886||Eubank, G.H. 1881||Phillips, B.S. 1878|
|Baker, Sallie 1882||Eubanks, John 1878||Porter, E.H. 1882|
|Baker, W.M. 1887||Evans, W.M. 1885||Rachford, James 1883|
|Barlow, Kate 1882||Fawkles, Mark 1886||Ragleton, W.L. 1884|
|Beals, Callie 1889||Ford, Preston 1877||Renfro, G.Y. 1880|
|Bell, J.F. 1880||Fry, W.H. 1886||Roaten, W.C. 1884|
|Bell, L.W. 1882||Garner, Annie 1884||Robinson, Wallace|
|Biggers, J.U. 1878||Gibson, S.F. 1882||Rousseau, I.L. 1885|
|Black, Powell 1885||Gillenwater, J.D. 1885||Sanderson, Laura 1880|
|Bloomer, Margaret 1886||Guthrie, Emma 1879||Shepherd, Lula 1880|
|Bohannon, Elizabeth||Hagan, J.M. 1882||Shepherd, W.W. 1879|
|Bohannon, Frances 1884||Hamlett, Mrs. Charles '76||Shipley, E.A. 1882|
|Booth, Eliza 1886||Hammer, Billy 1885||Shipworth, J.L. 1880|
|Booth, P.C. 1886||Hammer, John 1882||Sill, Charles 1886|
|Brents, J. Morgan 1880||Huddleston, A.A. 1887||Smith, Annie 1877|
|Brooks, James 1881||Imes, A.W. 1886||Smith, Burton 1886|
|Brown, Augustus 1886||Jones, Lillie 1879||Smith, Cleo 1885|
|Brownlee, Velona 1883||Jones, S.T. 1876||Smith, W.B. 1878|
|Bryan, A. Russell 1885||Kean, Cyrus 1885||Smith, W.S. 1885|
|Burchette, James 1886||Kelly, Dr. ? 1886||Snoddy, A.T. 1885|
|Burdette, Edna 1890||Leibing, Ella 1880||Snoddy, B.A. 1881|
|Burks, W.S. 1880||Loggins, T.B. 1886||Snoddy, Bettie 1881|
|Bybee, Bettie 1876||Martin, Minnie 1882||Snoddy Hayden 1878|
|Bybee, Rose 1885||Mayfield, Lizzie 1881||Spangler, Jennie 1886|
|Caldwell, Sallie 1885||McBeath, J. Mark 1884||Spear, Milton 1876|
|Carey, Dora 1885||McBeath, Theophilus 1884||Taylor, A.C. 1876|
|Chandler, J.L. 1884||McBeath, Tom J. 1882||Terry, Dora 1879|
|Childers, G.C. 1879||McCrackin, Pearl 1885||Tharp, Mary 1884|
|Craddock, G. Porter '84||McCreary, J.R. 1885||Thompson, Elizabeth 1884|
|Craddock, William 1884||McCuiston, E.H. 1876||Thompson, Stella 1884|
|Craven, James 1886||McIntyre, Tandy||Tucker, Lizzie 1880|
|Crawford, J.C. 1886||McKenney, Ella 1886||Turner, L.W. 1885|
|Cummins, J.B. 1887||McMillan, Benton 1886||Unstatter, J.W. 1886|
|Davies, W.J. 1881||Meek, Fannie 1886||Venable, Lizzie 1886|
|Depew, George 1886||Mell, A.W. 1877||Watson, Sallie 1880|
|Devasher, D.M. 1886||Mell, M.P. 1877||White, John 1881|
|Devasher, George 1886||Mills, Estelle 1876||Wilborne, M.E. 1880|
|Devasher, Lela 1877||Mitchell, Florrie 1880||Williams, J. Tom 1877|
|Dickey, Joseph 1881||Murray, Captola 1882||Woodson, G.C. 1876|
|Dickey, Leslie 1882||Needles, Stanton 1886||Young, Florence 1886|
"First of Trades Days Papers Pays Western Tribute," Park City Daily News, April 27, 1936.
"The Glasgow Normal School and the Southern Normal School & Business College," Teachers College Heights, November 1931.
Glasgow Weekly Times
Advertisement, July 11, 1883, p. 3
Advertisement for Southern Normal School & Business College, August 20, 1884, p. 3.
Announcement re: commencement, June 28, 1882, p. 3
Announcement re: Mell setting up a school, August 17, 1874, p. 3
Biographical sketch of F.M. Malone, August 7, 1889, p. 2.
GNS 15th Annual Commencement, August 8, 1888, p. 3
"GNS Will Open Its 14th Session, September 3," August 29, 1878, p. 2
Kinslow, Gina. "101 Things to Love About Barren County - Glasgow's Urania Common School was WKU's Predecessor," January 12, 2004.
"Mr. J.T. Williams," September 13, 1882.
Documents & Primary Sources
KL Photo Collection #B2345
Gardner & Gaines Business Directory for Bowling Green, 1876-77, Bowling Green, Ky., 1876. KL 459.B7G3X
MSS 73 McElroy Collection, Series I, Box 1, Folder 7, 6th Annual Commencement Program
MSS 103 Malcolm Jones & Frances Young Jones Collection, Box 6, Folder 4, W.B. Smith grades and letter of reference; Box 8, Folder 5 Smith, Mrs. Basil, "Glasgow Normal School."
MSS 172 Bernice Young Collection, 1 Folder, Correspondence between Bernice Young and Jennie McKenney, 1889-1893.
UA94.1.1 Elizabeth Curd Tucker Scrapbook - digitized
UA94.1.1 Commencement Program 1877 - digitized
UA94.1.1 Commencement Program 1881 - digitized
UA95 Glasgow Normal School Records - collection inventory
UA95.1 Catalog - digitized
UA95.1 Special Announcement - digitized
UA95.3 Commencement Program 1876 - digitized
UA95.3 Commencement Program 1880 - digitized
UA95.3 Commencement Program 1884 - digitized
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