Education: The First Hundred Years

The first class met in a borrowed room of the Madison Female Academy: 17 young men, and a mathematics professor recruited all the way from Princeton.

The students had arrived by stagecoach, farm wagon and shanks' mare. Board, reported the chancellor, "need not exceed 80¢ per week." They ate mostly bread and milk, an occasional fish from Lake Mendota, and, as a "rare treat," roast potatoes. A room in North Hall, the dormitory "on the hill," cost $5 a term; furniture "new from the store," another $8. Students had to draw and fetch their...

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