Francis John Cheney took over as the second principle when James Hoose was dismissed. Cheney was born in Warren, Pennsylvania in 1848. He was a graduate of Genesee College and studied law. Cheney was well known for his community work and cooperation as he served on the Chamber of Commerce, City Board of Health, and was very active within the Methodist Church. Passing away in 1912, Cheney's successor was Harry DeWitt DeGroat.