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army.? The grandfather evidently expected the boy to be named
William, after himself --he speaks of him as Willie in several
letters --but the parents named him impersonally L G and
humanized the initials by calling him Dutch. He himself later
expanded the puzzling letters into Lester Gladstone. A younger
sister, similarly named 0 C, developed phonetically into Ocie.
A. Bugbee - the family was addicted to the use of initials - is
remembered by his daughter, now Mrs. E. F. Metze, of Cleburne,
to have been the first teacher of the public school at Pleasant
Point, a community near the northern boundary of Johnson
County. He acquired several hundred acres of land in the
neighborhood, and L G spent his boyhood there, working at
farm tasks appropriate to his progressive age and attending
the rural school.2
His father appreciated the importance of education, and his
mother's family had a real veneration for it. It is certain, there-
fore, that farm work was not allowed to interfere with L G's
schooling, and when he had exhausted the resources of Pleasant
Point he was sent to Mansfield College, some ten miles north
of the Bugbee home. This was a famous school in its time,
chartered by the legislature in 1871 and managed, and perhaps
partly owned, by Dr. John Collier, an inactive Presbyterian
preacher. Bugbee remained there three years and distinguished
himself as an earnest student. The curriculum was less extensive
than that of a modern high school, but the training was
thorough, and Bugbee was well prepared in English, history,
mathematics, and passably well in Latin when he entered the
University by entrance examinations in January, 1887. He was
a leader in debating and declamation contests; and during his
last year at Mansfield he undertook to publish a college paper,
probably a monthly, to be called the College Monitor. He pre-
pared copy for an initial issue, investigated the cost of type
'Information concerning military service is furnished by Mrs. E. F.
Metze, A. Bugbee's daughter. I have not verified it from the records, but
it is confirmed by a sketch of Bugbee in Memorial and Biographical History
of Johnson and Hill Counties, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1892.
2When he went to New York, in 1893, Bugbee made an effort to trace
his ancestry. A questionaire which he addressed to his father and to an
uncle, Orange Bugbee, then living in Wichita, Kansas, brought the informa-
tion that: "his grandfather's name was Loren Bugbee; he married Emily
Cooley; great-grandfather was Aaron Bughee; he married a Putnam,
thought to have been a sister of Israel Putnam." The uncle wrote in April,
1901: "Our grandparents on both sides [Bugbee and Cooley] came from
Conn. From there to New York, thence to Ohio, then my father moved
to Michigan." The Michigan home of the Bugbees was Homer.
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