Trenton is a city in Grundy County, Missouri, United States. The population was 6,001 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Grundy County. The city used to be the world’s largest producer of vienna sausages (at its biggest employer, the ConAgra Grocery Foods plant, now owned by Nestlé).The Crowder State Park Vehicle Bridge, Jewett Norris Library, Plaza Hotel, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Trenton High School, and WPA Stock Barn and Pavilion are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.In 1869, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad arrived in Trenton. In 1890 Avalon College, which had been founded in Avalon, Missouri by the United Brethren in 1869, moved to Trenton because of proximity to the railroad.
Due to financial difficulties, the college nearly closed again.Walter Vrooman who had just returned from Oxford, England where he established Ruskin Hall, a university called the “College for the People” based on the Utopian Socialist writings of John Ruskin. Avalon College was renamed Ruskin College after Vrooman donated 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) to it. The college directly loaned money to the students and they could work at the school’s canning, farming and novelty wood working businesses. The college admitted women (unlike the Oxford school).
In 1900 George McAnelly Miller started to turn the school around. He was soon joined by
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