Girls graduate from private school in Albion in 1858

Posted 10 March 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

ALBION – This image is an ambrotype, which is a positive picture made of a photographic negative on glass backed by a black surface.

It shows the graduating class of girls in 1858 from Phipps Union Female Seminary in Albion. Caroline Phipps Achilles operated this private school for girls from 1833 to 1874. It was located on the Courthouse Square and removed in 1882 when the county purchased it and built the County Clerks Office on the site.

Adelaide Murdock Pells from Ridgeway is in the top row, fourth from left. Thanks to Nelda Callard for the donation of this picture to the Orleans County Department of History.