Daniel Baker College Yearbooks

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Daniel Baker College Yearbooks

The Trail, 1913 - 1952, was the yearbook for Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, Texas. The yearbooks feature school songs, yells, student writings and artwork, as well as photos of faculty, students, student groups, and athletic events. Some early photographs of Brownwood, Texas buildings and homes are also notable.

  • Title: The Trail

  • Date Range: 1913-1952

  • Number of volumes and linear feet: Approximately 30 known volumes in the most complete collection, with one or two duplicates of most issues. Approximately three linear feet of shelf space for the collection.

  • Language: English

Collection description.

  • Name: The Trail
  • Variant titles:
  • Hill Billy (Three known issues)
  • Summer Trail
  • Little Trail
  • Daniel Baker College Annuals [CD-ROM] version

Access and Provenance. Daniel Baker College began as a small Presbyterian school, established in 1889 in Brownwood, Texas. In the late 1940's, the school became affiliated with Southwestern University. Early fifties yearbooks associate it with the Episcopal College of the Southwest. In 1953 Daniel Baker College became a part of Howard Payne College, a small Baptist School, and long-time rival, also located in Brownwood, Texas. Howard Payne College thus acquired the tangible assets of Daniel Baker, including several buildings, as well as books from the McClelland Memorial Library, and the printed materials published by Daniel Baker College. Several familiar Daniel Baker College buildings will be seen in the Howard Payne College yearbook publication "The Lasso" under different names and functions, such as the Daniel Baker Administration Building that later became The Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom. It is the goal of the Walker Memorial Library of Howard Payne University to preserve the unique written and photographic heritage of both schools.

The first yearbook was published in 1913, and was called "The Trail." Yearbooks were published by the student body on a somewhat erratic annual basis, 1913-1917, 1920-22, 1924-26. In 1929, a paperbound volume was issued with the title "The Hill Billie." It was to be a substitute for the Trail, which had ceased publication for a period of five years in order that more funding might "go toward the erection of a gymnasium for the college" (title page of 1929 issue of "The Hill Billie"). The "Hill Billie" was published from 1929-1931. The Trail began publication again in 1933, and was again published on a somewhat sporadic basis until 1952. Early volumes of the Trail were dedicated to founders, presidents, and educators, among them: Dr. and Mrs. B. T. McClelland, Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Coggin, Mr. Brooke Smith and others. The yearbooks feature school songs, yells, student writings and artwork, as well as photos of faculty, students, student groups, and athletic events. Some early photographs of Brownwood, Texas buildings and homes are also notable.

Owner of literary rights. Howard Payne University assumes the sole ownership of literary rights to the Daniel Baker College yearbooks. Any questions concerning literary rights should be addressed to the library director of Walker Memorial Library, Howard Payne University. Address is 1000 Fisk Ave., Brownwood, Texas 76801. Telephone number is: (325) 649-8602.

Access statement. The Walker Memorial Library of Howard Payne University has the most complete known collection of The Trail yearbook, housed in the Treasure Room. This collection is inaccessible to library patrons and not available for interlibrary loan. The university historian also has a collection of The Trail, and it is currently being scanned onto CD-ROM disks. This collection is not available for general use. Certain duplicate issues are also kept by the library, and these may be loaned by special permission. Questions about the availability of CD-ROM copies of The Trail may be addressed to the Howard Payne University Historian. All questions may be addressed to the library director of Walker Memorial Library, Howard Payne University. Address is 1000 Fisk Ave., Brownwood, Texas 76801. Telephone number is: (325) 649-8602.

Collection sketch. The Trail yearbook was published sporadically by the student body of Daniel Baker College from 1913 (first issue) to 1952 (last issue). In typical yearbook fashion, the issues provide a pictorial and literary chronicle of yearly events in the life of the college and surrounding community. The purpose as stated by the editorial staff of the 1938 issue was "to portray the pageant of school life as it has passed before our eyes during the school year" and to pass "living memories of the school down through the years to come!" The 1929-1931 yearbook issues were published under the title "The Hill Billie." The Trail had ceased publication for a period of five years in order that more funds might go toward the erection of a gymnasium for the college. The Trail began publication again in 1933. The earliest known issue of 1913 began its numbering with volume 1. Volume numbers are consistent up through 1926, volume 11, showing that there were some years in which the title was apparently not published at all. Volume number was apparently discontinued after 1926, so it is difficult to ascertain if there may have been other issues published that are not in the library collection.

Scope and Content Note.

  • The Trail: 1913-1917; 1920-22; 1924-27; 1933-34; 1936-1942; 1947-1952
  • The "Hill Billie": 1929, 1930, 1931

A pictorial and historical chronicle of the yearly events in college life, the Trail began issue in 1913 (vol. 1). Featured are photographs of individual students, professors, campus buildings, campus organizations, and highlights of sporting events. The set is generally uniform in size, although bindings and organization of events vary from year to year. During a five year period, the Trail ceased publication in order to devote more of the college funding toward the erection of a gymnasium. During that time, three paper bound issues called "The Hill Billie" were published as a less extensive and less expensive chronicle of campus events. There are no issues of The Trail in general circulation at Walker Memorial Library, which assumed the holdings of the Daniel Baker yearbooks. However, duplicates exist for some of the years, and these duplicate issues may be loaned out for brief periods with special permission.

Following is a list of special features of some of the Trail editions. There are also subject tracings, which are a selective alphabetical index to some of the people, campus buildings, and Brownwood, Texas area photographs.

  • 1913 (Vol. 1): Dedicated to Brainard Taylor McClelland
  • 1914 (Vol. 2): Dedicated to Mrs. B. T. McClelland. This issue features some of the unique college "yells" and songs of Daniel Baker College.
  • 1915 (Vol. 3): Dedicated to Mr. S. R. Coggin.
  • 1916 (Vol. 4): Dedicated to Mrs. S. R. Coggin.
  • 1922 (Vol. 8): McWhenny Collection: photo and description. Photos of the Kerrville Presbyterian Encampment.
  • 1937: "Progress Edition". Contains a map of Lake Brownwood from that time period.
  • 1939: "Golden Anniversary Edition"

Subject Tracings.

The following lists are a selective alphabetical index to people and subjects in the Trail. These subject tracings are intended to lead the researcher to a few of the significant materials in the collection:

Artists of Daniel Baker College Yearbook: The Trail

  • Ainsworth, Ford: Art ed. - 1951
  • Barnett, M. - 1914
  • Borders, Bill: Art - 1941
  • Burnham, Thelma - 1942
  • Cade, James O.: Art ed. - 1920, 1921
  • Cearnal, Ed: Art - 1941
  • Dahl, A. M. - 1914
  • Dickermon, Mildred - 1914
  • Eoff, Willis: Art ed. - 1916, 1917
  • Holmes, Cora - 1913, 1915
  • Hufford, Mary: Artist - 1924
  • Jobe - 1914
  • McClelland, Sue: Art editor - 1937
  • McQueen, J. C.: Cartoonist - 1925
  • Rawls, Charlotte: Art. Ed. - 1916
  • Stark, Elizabeth - 1929, 1931
  • Stark, Elizabeth: Cartoonist - 1924
  • Stewart, William: Cartoonist - 1924
  • Thomas, Hazel: Cartoonist - 1926
  • Wilder, Jimmy - 1950
  • Woodward, Weldon "Pluto" - 1933

Brownwood area photographs found in the Daniel Baker yearbook: The Trail

  • Adams Cleaners (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Anderson-Ford Men's Store (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1948
  • Arrow Coach Lines (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Austin Avenue looking toward the college (Daniel Baker College) - (Brownwood, Texas) - 1922
  • Austin Avenue Presbyterian Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Austin-Morris Funeral Home (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Banner Creamery (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Biltons Tire Store (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Bluebonnet Buick Inc. (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1950
  • Bowie Sweet Shop (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior - – 1947
  • Brownie Shop (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Brownwood Chamber of Commerce (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Brownwood Floral (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1948
  • Brownwood Floral Company - Aerial view - (Brownwood, Texas) - 1951
  • Brownwood High School (Brownwood, Texas) - 1924
  • Brownwood Schools (Brownwood, Texas) - 1914
  • Brownwood (Texas) Street Scene from a D. B. C. parade - 1921
  • Burleson and Norman Gulf Service (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Carey Lumber Co. (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1948
  • Central Methodist Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Chandler Home (Brownwood, Texas) - 1922
  • Citizens Pharmacy (Brownwood, Texas) - 1951
  • City High School Building (Brownwood, Texas) - 1922
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Plant (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Coggin Ave. Drug and Variety Store (Brownwood, Texas) - 1950
  • Coggin Drug and Citizens Pharmacy (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Davis Floral (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Deluxe Cleaners & Dyers (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Dickinson's Hardware (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Dublin's (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Emison's Grocery (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1948
  • First Baptist Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • First Methodist Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • First Presbyterian Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1915, 1921
  • First Presbyterian Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • First Presbyterian Church, erected by Dr. McClelland in 1886 (Brownwood, Texas) - 1936
  • Garrett Barber and Beauty Supplies (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Gibbons Smith Studio (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Gilmore's - Interior view (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Granda Furniture (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Gus J. Rosenberg's (Brownwood, Texas) - 1950
  • Harry Ford Men's Wear (Brownwood, Texas) - 1951
  • Higginbotham Bros. & Co. (Brownwood, Texas) - 1950
  • High School Drug (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Holley-Langford Chevrolet (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • J. R. B. Food Stores (Brownwood, Texas) - 1951
  • Joe Hair Grocery (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Joe Stalcup Pontiac (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • King Music Co. (Brownwood, Texas) - 1951
  • Kirby Grocery (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Knobler's (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Levine's (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • McHorse Plumbing - Heating (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • McMinn-Winn Pharmacy (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Mid-West Fruit Co. (Brownwood, Texas) - 1951
  • Mode-O-Day - Interior view (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Moore Printing (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Nathan's Jewelers (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Palace Drug (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1948
  • Peerless Drug - Interior view (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Pouncey Fixture Exchange Commercial Refrigeration (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Renfro Drug Co., Inc. (Brownwood, Texas) - 1951
  • Renfro's Drug Store (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Rosenberg's (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Ross Cleaners (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1948
  • Southside Laundry - Cleaning (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Southwestern Poultry Association (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • St. John's Episcopal Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Steve's Drive-in at 1800 Coggin Ave. (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Texas Furniture (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Texas Furniture Company (Brownwood, Texas) - 1951
  • Timmins Insurance - Interior view (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Timmins Insurance (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Tom Matson Motors (Brownwood, Texas) - 1951
  • Waisman's Dept. Store (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Wall Brothers Leather Shop (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1948
  • Walton's Studio - Interior view (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Weakley Watson (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1948
  • Weatherby Motor Co. (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • White Cab (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • White Flying Service (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Wilson Cleaners (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Yellow Cab (Brownwood, Texas) - 1948
  • Young's Cafe (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947
  • Your Exchange (Brownwood, Texas) - 1947, 1948

Editors of Daniel Baker Yearbook: The Trail Blaydes, Laurin - 1933 Broad, Jack - 1929 Burnham, Stanley - 1948 Cade, James O. - 1922 Conger, Baker - 1949 Gibson, Bill - 1934 Gleaton, Nat - 1947 Greet, James B. - 1920 Hickman, Harvey - 1936 Hutton, Quillin - 1940, 1941 Land, J. N. - 1915 Lowe, Jane Ray - 1942 McCulley, George W. - 1921 Mitchell, Glynn - 1925 Moore, B. H. - 1914 Mullins, Nina - 1951 Patterson, Robert - 1926 Perry, Cullen - 1937 Skinner, Malvina - 1924 Smith, J. Claude – 1917 Steel, T. B. - 1913 Sullivan, George M. - 1931 Taylor, David - 1916 Thomason, J. A. - 1938, 1939 Wagner, S. G. - 1950 White, Ted - 1927 * Wiginton, Sybil - 1940

Buildings on the Daniel Baker Campus as portrayed by The Trail. (Note: Some of the same buildings may appear with different names).

  • Academy Building - 1922
  • Boys' Dormitory - 1914, 1951
  • Coggin Academy, first built in 1870 - 1939
  • Coggin Memorial Chapel – Interior view - 1948
  • Daniel Baker College and Campus - 1917
  • Daniel Baker, 1889 - 1939
  • Fine Arts Building - 1914
  • Girls' Dormitory - 1921
  • Girls' Dormitory - 1951
  • Gymnasium - 1937
  • Hill Billy Gymnasium - 1929, 1948
  • Home of Coach Taylor and Hill Billies - 1937
  • Library in early day - 1939
  • McClelland Hall for girls, 1889; also addition built 1904-1908 - 1939
  • McClelland Memorial Library - Interior view - 1915, 1948
  • McWhenny Collection - Interior view - 1922
  • Memorial and Fine Arts Building (Architect's drawing) - 1921
  • Memorial and Fine Arts Building (Architect's drawing) - 1921
  • Men's dormitory - 1948
  • Nest ("The Nest") - 1922
  • President's home - 1914
  • S. R. Coggin Memorial Chapel - 1922
  • Sante Fe Dormitory - 1950
  • Science Building - 1924, 1948
  • Science Hall - 1937
  • Science Laboratory in Coggin Hall, 1895 - 1939
  • Student Union Building - Interior view - 1948
  • Uncle Zeke's Home - 1924

Presidents of Daniel Baker College in The Trail (Note: This list may be incomplete)

  • Bondurant, William Walton (1915-1918?) - 1917
  • Chandler, Dr. S. E. - 1927-
  • Chandler, Samuel Ezekiel - (1904-1908; 1921-1933)
  • Cross, Wilford O. - 1952
  • Davis, R. G. - 1936-
  • Davis, R. Guy - (1933-1939) – 1937
  • Hart, Thomas Hervey, Acting President (1918/1919, 1940-
  • Junkin, T. P. (1909- ) - 1914
  • Junkin, T. P., L. L. D. (Trail, 1913)
  • Porter, A. E., Acting President (1915) - 1915
  • Score, J. N. R.
  • Thompson, Dr. F. W. (1919?-
  • Thompson, French W. (1919-1921)

Other notable photos in the Daniel Baker Yearbook: The Trail

  • Billy Baker (Campus mascot) - 1947. 1949
  • Chambers , Weldon (1947 Trail dedication) - 1947
  • Chandler , Dr. S. E. "Uncle Zeke" - 1941
  • McClelland , Dr. B. T. - 1939
  • McClelland , Mrs. B. T.- 1939
  • McClelland , Rev. Brainard Taylor - 1913
  • Photos of Ranch Week - 1948
  • Presentation of portrait of Mrs. Susan Mary Smith McClelland to the McClelland Library - 1948
  • Smith , Brooke - 1939
  • Trapp , Irene Adams (1950 Trail dedication) - 1950
  • Wilkinson , Judge T. C. - 1939