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Woodstock College 1857-1926

Woodstock College 1857-1926

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Woodstock College 1857-1926

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2010

Woodstock College 1857-1926

Photo courtesy of Dave Ferguson - Posted March, 2012

Woodstock College 1857-1926

Photo courtesy of Schreiber Rail Museum - Posted November, 2017

Plaque Location

The County of Oxford
The City of Woodstock
In front of a school
on College Avenue across from Wilson Street

Coordinates: N 43 07.468 W 80 44.696


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Plaque Text

Here stood the Canadian Literary Institute which was incorporated in 1857, opened in 1860 and renamed Woodstock College in 1883. Sponsored by the Baptist Church, its establishment was largely the result of the efforts of its first principal (1860-78) the Rev. R. A. Fyfe. It was a co-educational institution providing training in theology and arts and at one time was expected to attain full university status. In 1881 its faculty of theology was transferred to Toronto Baptist College, and in 1888 its ladies' department was moved to Moulton College in Toronto. Woodstock College served as a boys' preparatory school from 1890 until it was closed in 1926.

Another plaque at this location
Reverend Newton Wolverton 1846-1932

Related Toronto plaque
Moulton College


Woodstock Plaques

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> Posted September 7, 2016
I am trying to locate any information anyone might have on a teacher Eva Rose Fitch York. It is reported that she taught music/piano there in 1887 or 1888 when it was Woodstock College. Any information anyone might have would be greatly appreciated. Even if you don't have any info.
Thank you, Dee Morrison deepaintinglady@comcast.net

> Posted November 20, 2014
Hello. I was at an estate sale in Ottawa, Ontario today and came across a play book of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Inside the front cover are written;
Fourth Year 1919
Douglas Hoover
Douglas MacKay
Frank Carson
Wayne Stibbs
Lea B. Moore
Fraser Coate
Clifford Wall
Jack Gordon
Archie McGahy
Willis Hildred
Hamyln Welch
Stuart Knox
Walter Fleisher
Marshall MacFarlane
Ralph Soneid
Harold Pugsley
Cleod Bell
George Ankerman
Opposite reads: Harold Pugsley Woodstock College, Woodstock Ont
Hope this helps someone. Suzanne suzrasmussen@Hotmail.com

> Posted June 21, 2013
My great uncle attended this college, probably around 1918. I have pictures of him and the football team and the debating team if you are interested. Please send me a message lindainpc@gmail.com and I would be pleased to send them to you.

> Posted September 21, 2012
My husband's grandfather (Anderson, James, John or Albert) was a teacher at Woodstock College before he moved west. He was a Baptist Minister. The college moved to Toronto and became McMaster University 125 years ago (1887)and it then moved to Hamilton in 1931. Is this final sentence of history correct? Thank you,
Mary J. Anderson, PhD, andersmj@mcmaster.ca

> Posted July 21, 2012
My grandfather, Burnett Orizabor Fritch graduated from this college just after 1900. He continued his education at the Michigan College of Medicine and Surgery, graduating in 1904, in Detroit. - Denise

> Posted January 19, 2012
My Grandfather, Edward Diebel attended this college in 1909. I have a series of postcards that were sent to him while he attended. One is a foldout showing three main buildings. Are any of them left? Thank you, Roger.

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