I've a child that will attend William Jewell this fall (Business Finance Major). The school is alive and very well with an excellent library and archive staff. They have one of the most complete primary source collections on the Pony Express and orignal documentation on Kit Carson given by Kit's grandson to the school. The history is interesting to say the least, as William Jewell was a southern gentleman of the Baptist faith. The school is the oldest 4 year college (for men) west of the Mississippi. Another small tidbit is that Jesse and Frank James father, a preacher, was one of the initial trustees and made a monetary pledge to the early school. Frank and Jesse actually paid off the pledge after their father reneged on it leaving for California. The school sits on one of if not the highest hill in Liberty and Clay County MO and even today when standing on the observatory deck at about the same hieght as the orignal Jewell Hall cupola you can see out over the plains 15 to 20 miles with an unobstructed view. Militarily it was an ideal location for an outpost, lookout, and headquarters that was able to be defended well. No wonder the Union authorities played "king of the hill".
Chapel Hill Womens College burned in early 20th (1918?) century and Willianm Jewell began to admit women in 1920.
The major colleigate competition in the area became Central Methodist/Missouri College at Fayette MO. It was a Methodist school that was again associated with a number of southern gentleman of distinction. I've a great aunt that graduated from there in 1912 at the age of 21, quite an accomplishment in that time.