The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 49
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
In his office he's as pleasant as you please,
At his home he treats you mighty fine;
He loafs about the building at his ease,
And his funny stories tickle every time.
He slouches just a little when he walks,
And he politics a little when he can;
And he leaves a strong impression when he talks,
That you're speaking to a real gentleman.
So here's to you, Mister Milner, and your old-
Your heart's without alloy, sir, and for every beat
There's six hundred beats responsive, six hundred
hearts as true
That's throbbing full of love, sir, the love of us
That summer, President Milner reestablished Summer Ses-
sion, an institution that had been abandoned in 1900, when
for the first time a session at A. & M. had ever been held and
which had lasted from June 18 to July 28.
In 1911, two new dormitories, Milner Hall and Legett Hall,
were erected at a cost of $75,000 each. These dormitories
showed the response of the legislature to Milner's plea for more
physical equipment, but by the time they were completed, "in-
creased attendance of students and increased teaching forces
were again overtaxing the College facilities."182 By 1912, the
student body had grown to 1190, and in that same year another
dormitory, Mitchell Hall, was erected.
Not only was the enrollment taxing the facilities of the col-
lege but demands of the farmers for information gathered in
the research work of the Experiment Station greatly taxed its
ability to disseminate its knowledge. In late 1912, the Agri-
cultural Extension Service as a division of the college was
organized to carry its teaching to the farm and fam-
ily, thereby earning the title of "the legs of the College."I'
Other improvements in the facilities of the college during Presi-
dent Milner's administration included the erection of the Civil En-
gineering Building, the Agricultural Experiment Station Build-
ing and the Electrical Engineering Plant.
lThe Longhorn, 1909, p. 3.
182Clarence Ousley, History of the A. & M. College of Texas, 69.
1S3Ibid., p. 70.
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