The index to Dr. Garst's 'History of Otterbein University" was created by Dr. Harold Hancock (history professor, 1944-85). It is not comprehensive, but covers the major topics of the book.
Rev. Henry Garst
Otterbein University celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding in 1907. As part of the celebration alumnus, former president, and long-serving professor of languages and philosophy (1870-1904) Dr. Henry Garst published the first history of the school, simply titled History of Otterbein University. Drawing on both print resources and his own personal recollections, this book reviews the struggles in the United Brethren Church to establish the school, the hardship in the pioneer days including crushing debts and the destruction of the original main building, and the triumph of the students, alumni, and faculty and administration in bringing Otterbein out of debt, building a modern campus, and establishing itself as a fully credentialed university.
When the Board of Trustees of Otterbein University decided to observe the sixtieth anniversary of the institution by a suitable celebration at the commencement in 1907, it, at the same time, requested the writer to prepare a history of the university to be published in connection with the celebration. The volume herewith presented was prepared in response to this request in the hope that it might add interest to the occasion.
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