HISTORIC PROPERTY IS SOLD. ~ Old Presbyterian College, Independence, Bought by Christian Ott.

December 15, 1908

Old Presbyterian College, Indepen-
dence, Bought by Christian Ott.

They Presbyterian college property on North Liberty street, Independence, was sold yesterday afternoon to Christian Ott of Independence. The sale was made by Special Commissioner Allen C. Southern, appointed by the court to sell the property. Mr. Ott purchased the ground and buildings for $10,075. The Commercial Club of Independence desired it to become city property, but the effort to vote the bonds was a failure. Mr. Ott stated yesterday that he represented himself in a deal and not a syndicate.

The college was a bright and shining light in the early '70s. The cornerstone of the college bears the inscription: "Laid A. L. 5871, July, 1871." The founders of the old college have all passed away since that time except George P. Gates of Independence. The building and grounds cost $40,000 and was largely patronized by surrounding counties, wealthy families sending their daughters there for schooling.

Mr. Ott, the purchaser, has not made up his mind what disposition he will make of the property, but will probably tear the buildings down and plat the ground for residence purposed.