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Geneva College - Beaver Falls PA

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James S. Johnston is generally credited with the idea to create a Christian college in Northwood OH. (c1870)


The Reverend John B. Johnston, the brother of James Johnston, founded what was called Geneva Hall in April 1848 with forty students. (c1870)


The Reverend Johnston, preacher of the Miami Conventer Church in Northwood. (c1870)


Geneva Hall, which became Geneva College in 1873, was founded in the small town of Northwood OH. (c1890)


A two-story building, soon expanded with an additional floor, was opened on the edge of town in 1848. (c1870)


The expanded Geneva Hall building in Northwood. (c1875)


A boarding house used by students of Geneva Hall in Northwood. (c1875)


When Geneva College relocated to Beaver Falls in 1880 the initial classes were held in the Reformed Presbyterian Church on Seventh Avenue. (May 2012)


A plaque on the church commemorating part of the history of the college. (May 2012)




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This and the following fourteen photos were taken by Geneva student J. Lawrence Coon during the 1939-40 school year. Full Size


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


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(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


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(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)


(J. Lawrence Coon photo 1939-40)

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Comment

  1. Graduated in 1997. Great campus; despite being next to Route 18, the layout made Route 18 non-existent. My older sister swears Old Main’s basement was haunted.

    Chris Pavkovich · 06/29/2012 11:48 AM · #

  2. I loved my years at Geneva. So many people striving to be Christ-like made it a little slice of heaven, the way you’d hope people acted in the wider world. I remember pick-up games of football on the lawn in front of Memorial Hall. It’s also a beautiful campus – tree lined walks and broad grassy lawns. I’d relive those years again in a minute.

    Matt Mawhinney · 07/07/2013 07:18 AM · #