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Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument

 
 
Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument -<br>Northeast Side image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 17, 2009
1. Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument -
Northeast Side
Inscription.
Southwest Side:
Founder
of the
Due West Female College
and for near twenty two years
its
President
1859-1881

Northeast Side:
Erected
By the Alumnae and
affectionately inscribed
to the Memory of
Rev. J.I. Bonner D.D.

 
Erected by Due West Female College Alumnae.
 
Location. 34° 19.983′ N, 82° 23.167′ W. Marker is in Due West, South Carolina, in Abbeville County. Marker is on North Main Street (South Carolina Route 184). Click for map. The monument is located in front of Bonner Hall on the campus of Erskine College, southeast of Due West ARP Church. Marker is in this post office area: Due West SC 29639, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Angela Marlow Newton (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Due West (about 700 feet away); Erskine College (approx. mile away); Abbeville County (approx. mile away); Bryson College Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Moffatt Grier
Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument Marker -<br>Southwest Side image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 17, 2009
2. Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument Marker -
Southwest Side



(approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp-Walker Plaza (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Donalds Grange No. 497 (approx. 3.1 miles away); Templeton-Drake Cabin ca. 1764 (approx. 3.1 miles away); Boonesborough Township (1763) (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Due West.
 
Also see . . .
1. Erskine College. A Christian liberal arts college which is a part of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian tradition. (Submitted on February 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Erskine College. Erskine College is a four year, Christian liberal arts college located in Due West, South Carolina. (Submitted on February 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Erskine College-Due West Historic District. The Erskine College-Due West Historic District, located in the small town of Due West in Abbeville County, South Carolina, consists of eighty-eight properties, which as a unit illustrate the development of the village and Erskine College from ca. 1840 to 1930. (Submitted on February 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Due West Female College. Due West Female College
Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument Marker -<br>Northeast Side image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 17, 2009
3. Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument Marker -
Northeast Side
was a private Presbyterian women's college that operated in Due West, South Carolina from 1859 until 1928, when it merged with Erskine College. (Submitted on February 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Due West Womens College Catalogue (1891-1892). Scanned photos of an early school catalogue. (Submitted on February 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Oliver Young Bonner
Son of Rev. J.I. Bonner D.D. Was born In Due West, South Carolina, on November 15, 1863. His father was the founder of Due West Female College, and its president for twenty years. He was also editor of the "Associated Reform Presbyterian." The subject of this sketch graduated at Erskine College, in 1883. Spent two years in Erskine Theological Seminary, and graduated at Union Theological Seminary, New York. He was pastor of churches for four years in Lineshe County, Tennessee, and since 1891 has supplied the Associate Reform Presbyterian Church of Due West, South Carolina. He is also one of the editors of the "Associate Reform Presbyterian." He married Miss Belle H. Neel, on November 15, 1892. (Source: "Men of the Time - Sketches of Living Notables", A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporaneous South Carolina Leaders,
Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument -<br>Southwest Side<br>Carnegie Hall Dormitory in the Rear image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 17, 2009
4. Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument -
Southwest Side
Carnegie Hall Dormitory in the Rear
by J.C. Garlington (1902), pg 30-40.)
    — Submitted February 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

2. First 50 Years of Due West Female College
Two ministers of the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church, Rev. John I. Bonner and Rev. Jonathan Galloway, conceived the idea of a school in which young women should have equal education advantages with young men. In a conference between these two ministers and Rev. J.C. Grier in 1859 the first plans were proposed. This board took over a girl's academy, previously directed by Miss Elizabeth McQuerns, and the college was opened in the academy building January 8, 1860, with Rev. J.I. Bonner as the first president of the school. The cornerstone of the first college building was laid August 7, 1860, and the first class, five in number, graduated in 1861. Doctor Bonner was president of the Due West Female College, which it was originally called, until his death April 29, 1881...Succeeding Doctor Bonner in the presidency came John P. Kennedy, who had been a professor in the college since 1866 and who remained as president until April 1887, and faithfully carried on the ideals and plans of his predecessor. For eight years Mrs. L.M. Bonner was principal, and in June 1895, Rev. C.E. Todd was elected president, to be succeeded
Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument -<br>Northwest Side<br>Bonner Hall Dormitory in the Rear image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 17, 2009
5. Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument -
Northwest Side
Bonner Hall Dormitory in the Rear
by Rev. James Boyce in 1899. Doctor Boyce was president for ten years, and during his administration the ownership and control of the college was transferred from a joint stock company to the associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Doctor Boyce died January 27, 1910, and was then succeeded by Dr. Richard Lee Robinson. (Source: History of South Carolina by Yates Snowden, page 127.)
    — Submitted February 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
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