330 History of Wake Forest College
with a new teacher, Mr. A. H. Dowell, of the Chowan section, who
was said to be "an experienced instructor and in every respect
qualified for the office." Mr. Dowell continued with the school until
1861, when he refused to take it longer. In the meantime a debt of
$602.10 had accrued. In 1860 the Association had refused to sell the
property to pay the debt but later passed a vote to sell it with the
restriction that it was to continue to be a "Baptist school." At the same
time Mr. Dowell took the school for what he could make out of it. In
1861, the Association withdrew all restrictions on the sale and
appointed a committee of three to dispose of the
property.35
According to the reports on the school to the Association the cause
of its failure was the lack of interest in it and its lack of patronage. At
first, there is no doubt that the lack of patronage was due to the
inefficiency of the teacher, Mr. Chappell, though the nature of this
inefficiency does not appear. Mr. Dowell, however, seems to have
been a fair instructor, as to have been generally acceptable. But
neither Mr. Chappell nor Mr. Dowell had a college degree. Nor had
either of them been a student of Wake Forest College. Their
employment is only one instance of the lack of vision and
understanding on the part of the Trustees of the school, which was in
keeping with an expenditure of less than seven hundred dollars for a
school building, and the supposition that the needs of the Baptists of
the great Raleigh Association could be supplied with such equipment.
Unfortunately the proposition for the school came at a time when the
Association was in great turmoil and bitterness over the charges made
against the moderator, Rev. P. W. Dowd. It was also unfortunate for
the school that Mr. Dowd was on the Board of. Trustees and exercised
a controlling influence over it. This fact doubtless had much to do
with the lack of interest, manifested by the refusal of those who were
appointed Trustees to accept the position, and much to do too with the
lack of patronage from which the school suffered. On the other hand
―――――――
35
Minutes of the Raleigh Association,
1854-61.
Previous Page Next Page