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The following information was extracted from the book, History of Perry County Pennsylvania; H. H. Hain; Hain-Moore Co.; Harrisburg, Pa.; 1922.  Chapter XVIII.

Rev. T. P. Bucher founded the Mount Dempsey Academy, which he then called the Landisburg Classical School, at Landisburg, on April 8, 1856, its location being in the basement of the Reformed Church. It closed about 1864, largely because the War Between the States called the young men to arms. Rev. Bucher was elected county superintendent in 1857 and filled that position in connection with his work at the academy. Later principals of the academy were F. A. Gast, David Evans (later superintendent of the Lancaster County schools), Rev. R. X. Salem, William H. Sheibley, S. H. Galbreath, Rev. G. C. Hall, S. C. Cooper, J. C. Sheibley, and Lewis B. Kerr (later superintendent of the Perry County schools). Rev. Samuel Wagner, still a resident of the county and long a noted minister, was one of the students. Many lawyers, physicians and ministers secured the rudiments of their education at this pioneer institution. The late George Patterson, of Landisburg, interviewed by the author in 1919, while engaged in the compilation of this book, was a student at this institution in 1861.


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