The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946

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JOHN A. LOMAX
I N 1896 -at the beginning of the second term of the University
of Texas, I for the first time became a denizen of B Hall,
where L. G. Bugbee was also in residence under the supervision
and careful scrutiny of H. B. Beck, the first manager of that
famous hostelry. I am not sure whether I first met Bugbee in
B Hall or in the United States history class which he was then
teaching in lieu of Professor George P. Garrison, absent in
the University of Chicago to finish his work for the degree of
doctor of philosophy. But I do recall that from the first we
met on common ground: he had grown to manhood among the
post oaks and black jacks of the Cross Timbers of Johnson
County, and Johnson County is fringed on the southwest by
the Brazos River, just across which lies Bosque County, where
I grew to manhood. I think he was the first student from his
county to discover the University of Texas. I know I was the
second to enroll from Bosque County.
Bugbee, young and inexperienced as a teacher, had a difficult
role to play in following in this history course Professor
Garrison, a masterly teacher. The class was made up of juniors
and seniors. I remember how Bugbee's unassuming modesty,
his quiet competence, his friendly attitude quickly won the
confidence and esteem of twenty or more hypercritical upper-
classmen. Secretly perhaps, but with absolute sincerity, I
became his admiring friend. Perhaps in him I saw the possi-
bility of a country boy's achieving distinction even amid the rigid
standards of competence that characterized any respectable
so-called institution of higher learning. At any rate, growing
out of this contact and of my becoming registrar of the
University in 1897, Bugbee often talked to me of his plans for
seeing the University a depository of all forms of historical
material - letters, diaries, old and neglected annals like the
Bexar Archives (which I believe he secured)---any written
records that threw light on how Texas came to be or showed
how Texas had grown. Our acquaintance gradually ripened into
friendship.
One day he came to me with a proposition that brought us

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146056/. Accessed August 28, 2014.