The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 272
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ments the school offered. Held in Mrs. Kidd-Key's parlors, the
receptions called for music performed by the girls, beautiful
decorations of palms and flowers, and lovely young ladies. Twenty
students were selected to dress in colonial costumes and were
allowed to ask their favorite beaus to do likewise. It was consid-
ered quite an honor to be selected for this group. Each girl in the
school could submit the names of boys she felt worthy of an invi-
tation to Mrs. Kidd-Key for the presidential nod of approval.
The annual spelling contest was held between the girls at North
Texas Female College and the Austin College boys from across
town. Spellers were picked from the junior class of each institu-
tion. The public was invited to attend and received programs that
contained the names of the spellers and related comments, backed
by various Sherman merchants' advertisements. Each school had
cheers similar to those presently used at football games. One of
the girls' favorites was:
Eney, meney, miney, mol
Poor old boys don't have a show.
Once they spell, but twice more, oh, nol
Eney, meney, miney, mol0o
After many losses the boys finally decided to win. The team prac-
ticed religiously. Every time one of the boys missed a word, each
of the other teammates gave the culprit a hard swat. On the day
of the meet the Austin College team went so far as to wear dark
glasses to keep from being distracted by the girls lined up across
the stage. Needless to say, the girls were extremely surprised when
beaten at last by the Austin College boys.81
Musical programs sponsored by the conservatory included pub-
lic recitals which were given jointly by students and professors,
vocal programs presented by the college oratorical society, and
guest concerts by soloists and such groups as the Chicago Sym-
phony and Victor Herbert's orchestra. The music conservatory
of the college was held in high regard by the rest of the music
Students graduated from the conservatory were required to
soUndated pamphlet in possession of Susiebell Carr Taliaferro, Sherman, Texas.
81Beulah Belle Bennet Dickson to R. O. D., signed statement, January 8, 1956
(MS., Archives, University of Texas Library).
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