"In 1891 Lincoln was just passing from rawest frontier into civic order. There were high expectations for the city, as the habitants had unlimited energy and ambition. If trees were scarce, the newcomers planted more; if the mud was deep, they planned pavement. Bliss was it to be alive, and to be young was heaven"(Knoll 27). During the 1890s, Lincoln was a thriving community being built on excitement, hope and hard work. The University of Lincoln was expanding under Canfield's leadership and the public had high expectations from the faculty and administrators to produce educated students.