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438 GENERAL LAWS.
PURCHASE OF EAST TEXAS NORMAL COLLEGE.
S. B. No. 231.] CHAPTER 195.
An Act authorizing the State Normal School. Board of Regents to purchase
the properties of the East Texas Normal College located at Commerce
in Hunt County, Texas, insofar as the appropriation made provides for
the purpose, and to receive the balance of the value thereof as a donation
in the event the Board should find the facts stated in the preamble
to this bill substantially true, and providing that if the Board
should not find the properties equal to the value stated in the preamble
that may decline to purchase the property until further directed by the
Legislature; providing for an examination of the title of the property
by the Attorney General, the execution of deeds and bills of sale to the
Governor of the State for the use and benefit of the State; creating a
normal school to be one of the normal schools of the State, to consist of
the original equipment, properties andbuildings of the present existing
East Texas Normal College located at Commerce, as aforesaid; providing
that said normal college shall be conducted as other State normals,
and under the management and control of said Board; declaring
that all laws of the State applicable to State normals shall be applicable
to said East Texas Normal College; providing that the appropriation
shall not be paid over in the consummation of the purchase to
the properties here referred to prior to the 31st of August, A. D. 1918;
authorizing the said Board after the purchase of the property to permit
the school to continue under its present management as a private institution
until the 36th legislature makes an appropriation for its support
and maintenance; appropriating the sum of $80,000.00 for the purchase
of said property, and declaring an emergency.
Whereas, there is in existence and being maintained and operated
at Commerce within this state an independent and privately owned
normal college known as the "East Texas Normal College" which has
been in existence some 23 years and has educated many thousand
young men and young women of the State and particularly during
said period of time has had in attendance upon it many thousand
young men and young women who have taken the examinations provided
for teachers of the State in obtaining certificates, and among
others, 7,463 who, during the last ten years have attended the summer
sessions of this school alone, and taken the examinations for
teachers' certificates, which said record in the education of teachers
compares favorably with the various normal schools of the State for
the same period of time jointly and severally, and,
WHEREAS, said school is one already equipped for educational
purposes,having, among other properties, the following to-wit: 30
acres of land for campus and school purposes of the reasnable value
of $15,000.00; a 3 story brick administration buildin
foundations and basement of the reasonable value of $50,000.00; a 3
story girl's dormitory of similar construction of the reasonable value
of $50,000.00, containing 130 outside rooms, together with a dining
hall capacity, and which has furnished a dining capacity of 600 students
at one time; a 3 story brick boy's dormitory of similar eonritrietion
with 116 outside rooms, of the reasonable value of $30,000 00;
a 3 story frame dormitory furnishin_ sufficient room occupancy
for 60 students valued at $5000.00; said three dormitories having a
capacity to care for 560 students; a 3 story brick science hall c i t
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1915-1917 [Volume 17], book, 1917; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth12596/m1/1299/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .