In 1867 the New Providence Cumberland Presbyterian Church built a College at the corner of Lone Tree road later Mariposa and Township Line rd later Jack Tone. The area at the time was know as Chalmers Place. Dr Chalmers had a beautiful home north of the corner on the eastern side of the road. The local people invested over $5000 to build the College which would also serve as a Church, meeting hall, elementary school and later a high school. It was called San Joaquin College. Somehow Mr Morris the math teacher convinced others later that it was named after him. POPPY COCK! Just before the College opened in Oct they listed the current list of teachers, the classes available, the cost and a list of classes they needed teachers for. If one looks at the history of Collegeville one notices that Alexander McIntosh was usually the treasurer. Like the Grange for example. He was likely the treasurer for the College as his father in law was the president. I am certain that James Garwood also had a place on the board of directors as the College was built on land he sold to the Church. He ev en purchased the corner lot and donated it to the school so they could not build a saloon there.
What we need is a PICTURE of the College. I know that many people had their picture taken in front of the College upon graduation. I know who the architect was and a hotel he built a couple years after the College. They may look similar. So look in your albums for a 2 1/2 story building. It was raised about 3 foot above the ground as there used to be a creek right there. It had a wood shingle roof and wood siding. So please take a look, ask relatives who once lived there and moved away.