392 History of Wake Forest College
his work at Wake Forest Professor Owen and two of his sisters
opened a Female Boarding School and conducted it for several years.
He brought with him to Wake Forest his mother, Mrs. Rebecca C.
Owen (Mrs. John Owen), and his sisters. They took up their residence
in the South Brick House, which is still standing across the street from
the Church. On the third Monday in January, 1844, they opened a
Female Boarding School at Wake Forest. The mother was matron, the
sisters, Misses Mary and Sallie Owen, were the teachers, while
Professor Owen was supervisor.11 In the advertisements of the school
the advantages of the situation are dwelt upon, "in a neighborhood
well known in the State for its healthiness, beauty, intelligence and
morality"; it is easily accessible by railroad. Emphasis was also given
to "the opportunity afforded by its vicinity to the College, for the
young ladies to be educated in a circle where the scholastic spirit has
been generated, as also for attending gratuitously such Exercises of
the College as may be of public nature." The charges were moderate,
board ten dollars a month and tuition ranging from ten to seventeen
dollars for the session, music on piano ten dollars and on the guitar
five dollars. Vacations were the same as those of the College.
The school seems to have been successful, though little appears
about it except the advertisements. There is no intimation of just how
it was regarded by those in charge of the College, or what social
relations, if any, existed between the young ladies and the College
students. There were some, however, who were ready to declare that
the young ladies were in a position to see too much society. In
replying to this criticism, Rev. Archibald McDowell, who married
Miss Mary Owen on June 15, 1847, five days after his graduation
from the College, Dr. William Hooper officiating, and who for the
next year ran the school in his name, said that he was now convinced
that among the candid the impression exists that even in this favorable
situation the young ladies had no more social life than was desirable,
and not more
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11 There were also two other sisters, Lucy and Rebecca, and one brother, Hugh.
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