The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 432
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I really wanted to stay in B Hall, and think that if the opportunity
were afforded again, I would still wish to do so. The men in B Hall
had a tremendous attachment to it; more than they had to the
The red flag became the flag of the Hall in 1917. When it was
carried by George Peddy in the "anti-Ferguson" (Farmer Jim)
demonstration in 1917, the Governor said, "The Laws of Texas
stop at the doors of B Hall."94
On October 24, 1916, the Regents discussed the need of mili-
tary preparation for war dangers. At the suggestion of President
R. E. Vinson, $1,500 was appropriated for special war courses.
He said, "I have offered the services of the University of Texas
to the War Department for the establishment of a school of
The aviation school (S.M.A.) opened on May 23, 1917, in the
Presbyterian Seminary, then was moved to B Hall, and later to
the old Blind School. The walls of B Hall helped house two war
activities in 1917 and 1918-the Student Army Training Corps
and the School of Military Aeronautics, while off the campus the
University. operated the School of Automobile Mechanics and
the Radio School at Penn Field.5
In January, 1919, that large number of prospective Univer-
sity students whose education had been delayed by the First
World War began to swell attendance at the University, and in
the fall of 1919 the enrollment topped 4,000.96 But only 3 per
cent of the University men were rooming at B Hall. Better room-
ing and boarding facilities were offered at other points in Austin.9'
This increased enrollment also increased the teaching force
and needs for more office space. B Hall, constructed of brick and
fairly well divided into rooms, was the most likely target for
93Rex G. Baker to Walter E. Long, June 20o, 1958 (MS., in possession of Walter
E. Long, Austin, Texas) .
94Brown, B Hall, Texas, 211.
95lbid., 7; Minutes of the University of Texas Board of Regents, October 24,
1916 (MSS., Office of the Board of Regents, University of Texas), E, 5; ibid., April
24, 1917, p. 39; ibid., June 11, 1917, p. 55; ibid., October 23, 1917, p. x16; ibid.,
June o10, 1918, pp. 192-193-.
96Splawn, The University of Texas: Its Origin and Growth to 1928 (typescript,
University of Texas Library), 1o8.
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