What became of McGee College’s Building

There is nothing left of McGee College at College Mound.


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The building was, however, purchased and used many years thereafter by other institutions. It was apparently still in service in 1903 according to this article in “Reading Eagle” out of Reading, Pennsylvania, on Sunday July 19, 1903.

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“SHOUTING SAINTS” TO MEET

A Missouri Sect About to Test Its Faith in Prayer — The Holiness People Expect to Settle a Dispute Thereby

Macon, Mo. The Independent Holiness People of the Church of God will hold a notable yearly meeting in this county next month. The sect is found chiefly in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. Its members will begin their annual Feast of the Tabernacle at College Mound on Aug. 6 and conclude it in a park near this city on Aug. 23.

There will be several thousand people at the two camps if the weather is good. No ordinary preacher will meet the requirements of the worshippers. Last year one service began shortly after sun-up one morning, ran all through the day and night following, and concluded at 10 on the morning of the second day, when the audience and preachers quit from sheer weariness. it was pronounced the most glorious meeting that had been held during the 14 years of the organization’s existence.

The village of College Mound is worth a line or two. It gets its name from an immense brick school building on the brow of a hill.

Before the war this college was conducted by the Presbyterian Church in Missouri, and ranked with the best of the State’s higher schools. Two stage lines ran to the town. When the war began nearly all older students lay down their books and picked up muskets.

The war found College Mound and McGee College prosperous and progressive. It left the one a forgotten, isolated hamlet and the other a mammoth square of time-defying masonry.

The spot was ideal for people who shunned the world. The Holiness people purchased the old building cheap, and installed a faculty to teach all the necessary branches of the ordinary school, and to qualify students for business. It has been run with fair success, but has never regained anything like its old time prestige as a hall of learning.

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