Burrage Library stands on the campus of Olivet Colege which is in the town of Olivet. The Library was constructed in 1889 with a gift of $35,000 from Leonard Burrage. In front of the library is a Michigan Historical Marker that reads:
On Feb 14, 1844, the Rev. John J. “Father” Shipherd and 39 followers arrived by ox-cart on this wilderness hilltop, driving their herds before them. They felt that God had directed them to this oak grove for the purpose of founding a coeducational Christian college open to students of all races. First chartered as Olivet Institute, the school received its charter as a college in 1859. For over a century it has given a broad liberal arts education, with strong support from the Congregational Church. Many alumni have gone forth “Pro Christo et Humanitate.”
The Story I read is that when Father Shipherd was driving his Ox Cart the oxen pulling the cart continued to disobey his orders and would stop on top of a hill. This was the revelation he needed to decide where to start his school. I am not sure how true the story is but if Father Shipherd wanted a quiet out of the way place he definitely found it.
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