144 History of Wake Forest College
Simmons proceeded with characteristic vigor. In a few months he had
transformed the bare upper hall and made it ready for the reception of
the books by construction of a gallery to divide the height of the walls
and of a staircase at the east end leading to this gallery, and had
furnished the walls with adjustable wooden shelves of the best of
pine. So well did Professor Simmons do this work that the faculty
gave him a vote of thanks for "his efficient services."
2
The faculty
with Professor Simmons directing, also saw that the windows were
protected by inside blinds for both stories. They provided lights by the
purchase for thirty dollars of the chandelier formerly used in the Hall
of the Philomathesian Society, and procured carpets for the floors at a
cost of $329.36. To heat both Library and Reading Room they set a
large stove in the latter, which communicated its heat through the
spacious opening, called a "well," to the upper story. Handsome tables
and chairs and other furniture for the Reading Room, of excellent
quality and costing, it was said, about $400, were furnished by
Charles M. Cooke in consideration of the faculty's assuming the
payment of his subscription of $200 to the Wingate Memorial Hall.
The total cost was $1,658.76. Such was the report of the faculty to the
Board in June, 1880.3
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2
Minutes of the Faculty, December 5, 1879.
3 The cost of putting these rooms in order is as follows:
Shelving, gallery, stairway, chandelier &c....................$ 887.50
Carpeting floor, gallery and stairway...............................329.36
Blinds, stove &c...............................................................226.40
C. M. Cooke, subscription................................................200.00
Mats &c ............... 15.50
$1,658.76
These expenses have been met as follows:
Sale of town lots............................................................$ 887.50
Proceeds of dime party.......................................................70.87
Students' fees for use of Library.......................................561.10
Fees paid by others...........................................................110.00
Contributions by individuals ............... 28.50
$1,657.97
Report of faculty committee on Library to Board of Trustees. Minutes of Board
for June 9, 1880. In his report to the Trustees at this meeting, President Pritchard
spoke of the "excellent taste of Prof. Simmons in fitting up the Library Hall."
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