The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 54
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at Groce's Plantation and at Houston Academy.2 The academy
was established in 1856 on the present site of Sam Houston High
School, and in 186o it had 15o pupils of both sexes.3
At the age of fourteen he entered Washington College at
Lexington, Virginia, giving Galveston as his home address.4 There
he was one of a group of young men from the war-torn, impov-
erished South struggling for an education under the inspiring
leadership of Robert E. Lee. This stimulating experience was
interrupted during the 1867-1868 academic year when the de-
struction by fire of his father's cotton mills forced Dumble to
withdraw from college.
Two years' employment as a bookkeeper for a lumber firm pro-
vided sufficient money for the eager young man to return to his
studies at what had since become, upon the death of Lee, Wash-
ington and Lee University. Ill fortune was again his lot. The
lumber firm, in whose keeping he had intrusted his funds, failed,
and he was again forced to withdraw-sometime during the 1873-
1874 session. He had, however, completed sufficient courses in the
sciences under professors John L. Campbell and N. P. Pratt
to receive diplomas in the schools of mathematics, astronomy, and
chemistry. Many years later, when Washington and Lee Univer-
sity wished to honor Dumble with an honorary doctor's degree,
he requested that he be granted the Bachelor of Science degree
in Mining Engineering. But in 1924, the university conferred
upon him the degree of Doctor of Sciences.5
Upon his return to Houston, Dumble was employed by the
Houston and Texas Central Railroad as car accountant. While
serving in this capacity, he devised a system of car records that
became widely used and also investigated the possibility of using
the lignite of Texas for locomotive fuel.6
In an effort to relieve the strain on his eyes caused by his close
2F. W. Simonds, "Memorial of Edwin Theodore Dumble," Geological Society of
America Bulletin, XXXIX, 18.
SHouston Chronicle, April 19, 1936.
4Registrar, Washington and Lee University, to J. R. U., signed statement, 196o
(MS. in possession of the writer).
eSimonds, "Memorial of Edwin Theodore Dumble," Geological Society of
America Bulletin, XXXIX, 19g; S. W. Geiser, "Men of Science in Texas, 182o-188o,"
Field and Laboratory, XXVI, 125.
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