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Volume 6 Relation of U.B/EUB Virginia Conferences to Shenandoah University Dec. 26, 2013

everywhere. Respectfully submitted. A. M. Evers for W. Beall, MD, J. R. Ridenour, and M. F.
Keiter.

The Committee on Education reported at the same Conference: “That we recognize in Shenandoah
Seminary an auxiliary to the cause of education, and that it have our sympathies and prayers” [1880
Minutes, p. 15]. Similar favorable reports were given in February 1881. For example, J. W. Funk
proposed a resolution in the 1881 Education report “That Shenandoah Seminary merits our fostering
care, and that we will give to it a share in our prayers and practical efforts” [1881 Minutes, p. 11].

It is significant that the first permanent plans for founding a school in the Virginia Conference
were made in the same town (Dayton) as where Shenandoah Seminary was located. The Report on
Education for the 1882 Conference in Dayton was read by its author, W. O. Grimm. “The report of the
Committee on Education after being discussed by [Rev.] W. J. Zuck [then principal of the Seminary]
and A. P. Funkhouser, an amendment was offered looking to the establishment of a conference
institution in Virginia. This subject brought out remarks from J. W. Howe, J. E. Hott, A. P. Funkhouser,
and J. W. Kiracofe. A substitute was offered by A. P. Funkhouser, which was adopted, and the whole
report was then adopted as amended.” [1882 Minutes, p. 13] The amended resolution on a future
School was the following [1882 Minutes, p. 12]:

Whereas: The Virginia Conference of the United Brethren in Christ is the oldest Conference in
the Church, and has sons in almost if not every Conference of the Church in the United States
and Canada; and Whereas: Up to this time she has had no church school or institute of
learning within her borders; and Whereas: That need is now more deeply felt than ever
before; therefore be it Resolved, (1) That we establish an institution of learning within our
bounds. (2) That the minimum for beginning the work must be $10,000, and that no debt be
made in establishing the school. (3) That an agent be appointed whose duty it shall be to
secure the amount contemplated.

The report was reconsidered on the last day of Conference, and Rev. J. W.
Hott (pictured at the right, taken after he had been elected a bishop) advanced four
amendments that were adopted. These amendments formed a Board of Trustees
of seven men who were to have the oversight and care of the proposed institution
[note that Shenandoah Seminary is not mentioned by name], and were to secure a
charter from the Legislature of Virginia for the same. They were authorized to
purchase buildings, grounds, and equipment for the institution if they were able to
secure the necessary funds, but they were warned not “to purchase so as to incur
debt.” The amendments further stated that the Conference favored the location of the proposed
institution at Dayton, Va., “if the citizens of the place shall give such encouragement financially and
otherwise and shall in the judgment of the Board make it proper to do so” [1882 Minutes, p. 23]. The
Board of Trustees was elected and comprised George P. Hott, President; A. M. Evers, Secretary;
Ephraim Ruebush, Treasurer; together with Solomon Burtner, Casper Funkhouser, J. W. Howe, and
Noah G. Thomas.

In February 1883 A. P. Funkhouser read the Report on Education in which he again stressed the
very pressing need for a Conference School. A resolution—to continue efforts in the Conference
educational work until a minimum sum of $10,000 was secured—was adopted. The Board of Trustees
was increased from 7 to 15 persons, and a resolution was accepted that authorized the Board of Trustees
“to take charge of Shenandoah Seminary, provided a majority of the shares of the stock of said

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