Ferslew, W. C. L. E. (ed.) / Rock County gazetteer, directory and business advertiser, for 1857-8: containing a full directory of the cities of Janesville and Beloit, and a list of the property holders in the rural districts
City of Beloit, pp. 23-26
UKEWrl1 OF DELOrr. the shire town of Rock oounty, and Rockford, Ill. The laud is undulating and the soil rich, varying in depth from one to three feet. The country about Beoit is admirably adapted to farming purposes, for which it is well used, by as an industrious and thriving population as can be found in the country. Rock county alone, produced more wheat last year than was raised in either of the New England States, and there are yet thous- ands of acres of the very best of land not yet under cultiva- tion. The rapid accumulation of wealth among our farmer, with the vast increase of population, which the constantly in- creasing resources of the country are developing, will make Rock county, in ten years, the richest and most populous, as it now is, the most intelligent county in the State. Neither good soil or good location alone make a good town or attractive home. Added to these they have the best of edu- cational facilities. Beloit College is ten'years old. It is an in- stitution of great value as well as great future promise. Its grounds are spacious and elegant, lying upon the bluff and overlooking the river for a long distance as well as the entire town. The College Faculty will om rein ability, energy and efficiency with that of any eastern colege, while the system of instruction is as perfect and thorough as it is elsewhere. With an additional building or two, which the liberality of the peo- ple will soon furnish, with proper additions to the library and apparatus, this college willbe equal to any other in the land. About one thousand students have been connected with the different departments of Beloit College since its commencement. Thirty-two have already graduated, and another clans will reach this point at the approaching commencement. The cole ge i j pstly the pide ofthe city. It has hada orous youth and will rapidly ripen into the vigor and strength of manhood, no less an honor to the whole country, than it will be a great and valuable element of moral and social power in the community. People therefore having sons to educate and seeking for western homes, should look at our model city as just the place they need. The Female Seminary is yet in its infancy, having been in operation only about two years. Its teachers are among the best, and the system of instruction in use, is admirably adapted to secure the best results upon the upil. The erection of new and commodious buildings now in con- templation, will greatly increase the faclities of this Institution for permanent sucess. To those, however, who have dangh- ten to educate, this school presents valuable attractions which willbe tly ineoreand when all the plans relating to It are more fully developed.
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