Hereford Reporter (Hereford, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 22, Ed. 1 Friday, July 19, 1901 Page: 1 of 8
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, Hereford Reporter
Hereford Will Soon Be the Educational Center of the Plains
vol. I. no. w.'yV
HEREFORD, DEAF SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS, JULY 19, 1901
$1.50 PER YEAR
WE WILL HAVE
Mass Meetings Held Monday and
WORKING COMMITTEES APPOINTED.
A College Corporation Will Be Organized and a Board of Trustees
Elected at a Meeting to be Held at the Church Next
Tuesday Evening—Everybody Requested to
Be Present and Take an Interest.
The suggestion in last week's is-
sue of the Reporter that our citi-
zens make an effort to have a col-
lege located at this place caused a
heap of talk which resulted in a
meeting of' the workers for public
enterprise held at the church last
Judge Gough called the meeting
to order and stated the causa of as-
semblage. It was the unanimous
choice of those present that Judge
Ferguson preside and that F. L.
Vanderburgh act as secretary.
Rev. Randolph Clark was called
upon to present his views of the
matter and make a statement show-
ing Hereford's advantages as a lo-
cation for a institution of learning
from an experienced school worker's
Mr. Clark stated that twenty-
eight years ago he with his brother
started a private school at Thorp
Springs, called Adrian College,
which they operated successfully for
seventeen years and built up a
property worth $46,000. In 1890
they gave it to the board of trust-
ees of the Christian church, who
moved it to Waco for a considera-
tion, where it now is, his brother,
-Adriftft, being in charge. Mr.
Clark then leased the buildings at
Thorp Springs and continued his
school work for some time when the
church ^authorities, finding that the
school £t Thorp Springs was ser-
iously ¿rawing from the school at
Waco, /refused to lease the build-
ings to I him again. He was then
made a 'proposition from Lancaster
to buKld and manage a college at
that point which he accepted. He
was president of Randolph College
at that point for three years, but
climatic conditions did not agree
with himself or wife at that point
and he resigned as president and
made up his min i to rest for a year.
Not having ever paid this section
of the country a visit—believing it
to be but a waste desert ani wholly
unfit for anything save cattle rais-
ing—at the earnest request oí G. R.
Jowell, with whom he had been ac-
quainted for many years, having
had the education of that gentle-
man's children in his care, he de-
cided to come here merely to pay
Mr. Jowell a visit and to give a few
of his eloquent lectures at the church.
Mr. Clark also made the Fourth of
July oration, which was listened to
with such intense interest by the
large audience present. Mr. Clark
said that the idea of a college at
this point or in this section of the
country had never entered his
mind until he arrived here and saw
the conditions as they existed.
When he realized the health-giving
properties of this dry atmosphere,
the excellence of our water and the
ease and little cost of obtaining it,
the vigorous growth of trees, shrub-
bery, flowers and all kinds of garden
produce and grain, the thriftyness
and high moral standard of our citi-
zens, the excellent drainage of Here-
ford and the easy access to it from
all parts of the country, caused him
to note the superior advantages of
Hereford as a college town. The
beautiful lake just west of town also
came in for its share of praise. In
Stringfeüow-Hrme Hardware Co.
WHOLESALE AND RETA", DE M.ERS IN
Bain and Mitchell Wagons, Barbed
Wire, Hardware, Water Supplies,
Implements and Windmills.
Amarillo, Canyon City and Hereford, Texas.
fine wines, whiskeys
fact Mr. Clark said that Fort
Worth and Hillsboro had spen1
thousands of dollars for an arti-
ficial lake which was not nearly so
fine as this was without a c?nt of
expenditure. This lake, being so
large and deep, would afford ex-
cellent boating—one of the most
healthful exercises extant-—and
could be kept full the year round by
the service of three or four wind-
Mr. Clark also spoke of the ad-
visability and advantages of an ex-
periment station being connected
with the college, saying that it
would do more to advertise this
country than anything else as i*
would show what could be profit
ably raised here under scientific cul-
Mr. Clark was asked concerning
the nature of the school—whether it
should be a denominational affair or
not. He answered in the negative
most emphatically and said that it
should be strictly a town and county
affair and entirely free from denom-
inational creeds or politics.
R. F. Holloway, who has been
connected with Mr. Clark and iden-
tified with the state's leading educa-
tional movements for many years
past, corroborated Mr. Clark's
statements and said that he had been
in many different parts of the coun-
try, but never saw a more ideal
spot than Hereford for the location
of a college.
Mr. Holloway was followed in
succession by G. R. Jowell, Juige
Gough, Judge Witherpoon. Dr.
Johnson, the chairman and :.V-r.s,
who expressed themsoivüs ;n no un-
certain terms that such an institution
was essentially needed here.
The following committee was, on
a carried motion to that effect, ap-
pointed to confer with Messrs. Clark
and Holloway and formulate a teas-
able plan for the establishment oí
the college and to look over the var-
ious sites for the location of the
1 .same : G. R. Jowell, Judge Gough,
W. H. Patton, Troy Womble and
I Judge Ferguson. Said commit ee to
report at a meeting to be held the
following evening. The meeting was
The following day this committee,
with Messrs. Clark and Holloway,
took carriages and looked over the
desirable locations for a building
site. While many were looked at
the site that found the most favor
was that bordering on the lake. The
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Board and Room Wanted.
Wanted—By a young gentleman,
board and room in a private family.
Address lock box 101, stating par-
ticulars. terms, etc. 20tf
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