208 History of Wake Forest College
biological sciences, and the School of Medicine occupied the top
story and part of the second and continued there until 1933, when it
found a home of its own in the William Amos Johnson Medical
Building. The School of Medicine also found use for the basement.
Two of the rooms on the ground floor, those to the east, were long
used for classes in mathematics and astronomy. Until 1942, the lower
floor was used for the department of physics; until 1941 the second
floor for the biological sciences; the third for the department of
English. At present, 1943, the entire building is used by the Army
Finance School.
Closely following on the construction of the Alumni Building was
that of the College Hospital, or College Infirmary as it was first
called. This, too, was no new conception. The need of an infirmary
had been emphasized in the report of President T. H. Pritchard to the
Board of Trustees in June, 1880, and the construction recommended.
In 1881 in conversation with Professor L. R. Mills, Rev. J. S. Purefoy
resolved to leave $1,000 in his will for the purpose, which he did.34
Although the need for an infirmary was frequently brought before
the Trustees in their annual reports by President Charles E. Taylor, in
the years 1885 and following, nothing was done after Mr. Purefoy's
death in 1889, for fifteen years, when, as a result of representations
made to him by Professor L. R. Mills, Dr. John Mitchell donated
$1,116.60 for the purpose. 35
Professor L. R. Mills, "The College Infirmary," Wake Forest Bulletin, New
Series, I, 37f.: "During the first part of August, 1881, Mr. James S. Purefoy carried
me in his buggy on a two-weeks' trip to the Beulah and Flat River Associations. . . .
While riding leisurely from one point to another, we spent some time discussing the
College in almost every aspect-its need of endowment, the need of better facilities
for teaching Chemistry, and the need of an Infirmary to enable us to take better care
of our students when sick. The last matter was first suggested by him. He had cared
for students in his own home so long that he was impressed with the importance of
the College providing adequately for its students when overtaken by sickness. Just
before he reached home he said to me, I am going to will the College $1,000 to
begin a fund for the building of an Infirmary for our students.' Mr. Purefoy died in
"To Dr. John Mitchell is due the credit of renewing practical interest in the
infirmary. While living in Wake Forest and acting as Secretary and Treasurer of the
Board of Education, he bought some of the arrears of the
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