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Fire destroys Euphemia Hall, a female Episcopal school founded and run by a Dickinson College graduate

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03/10/1862
A fire completely destroyed Euphemia Hall, an Episcopal school for girls, at Marengo in McHenry County, Illinois.  No injuries were reported.  Its founder and principal, Reverend Isaac P. Labagh, a Dickinson College graduate in the class of 1823, had invested heavily in the school from his own funds but it was not rebuilt and Labagh moved on to a church in Cairo, Illinois.  He died on December 29, 1823 in Fairfield, Iowa. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Fire in Marengo, Ill," New York Times, March 20, 1862.

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