Oysterville's 150th Birthday: Oysterville's 'Institution of Higher Learning'


For more than 100 years, we residents of Oysterville have taken great pride in the fact that there was once a college here. Never mind that it only ran for two years. Never mind that it only had forty students. And, never mind that the subjects taught were the usual grammar school and high school subjects, not those that could lead to an advanced degree. That there was a college of any variety in Oysterville in the 1800s is definitely a circumstance to be proud of.

In answer to possible skeptics, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines college as "a building used for an educational or religious purpose" and as "a preparatory or high school." By either of these definitions, Oysterville did, indeed, have a college.

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