The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 24
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has been going to the dogs during the past term--in fact it
has been a big failure ever since the beginning. Prof. Houston
wants me to go down there and take charge and I have agreed
to do so if Lomax will go and assist. . . . Houston agrees to
relieve me of all Committee work and suggests that I turn
over the Freshman history to Barker. I think Barker will be
willing to take it, and in that event, the Hall will require no
more time than I save. I shall have a very nice room - a study,
bedroom, and private bath, much better than my present
quarters and a lower price." He was resident manager, there-
fore, from January until June, 1901, with a month on leave of
absence for his health. He and Lomax ran the Hall under
contract during the following summer and made a small profit,
but suffered the misfortune of having their money tied up
temporarily in a bank that suspended operation pending re-
Probably the most important of Bugbee's extra-curricular
work was that which he did as secretary and treasurer of the
Texas State Historical Association. It was the policy of the
Association for many years to conceal its machinery of operation
behind a screen of great names - mostly state political names -
while the motive power was supplied by the staff of the history
department of the University. Garrison was editor of the
Quarterly, and more than once from his none too abundant
means advanced money to pay for its printing. Bugbee, from
even slenderer means, advanced money for labor and postage
to solicit members by mail. What part he played in bringing
about the movement for organization does not appear in the
records. He wrote the minutes of both the preliminary meeting
of February 13, 1897, and the meeting of March 2, which com-
pleted the definitive organization. The minutes of the final
meeting were published in the first number of the Quarterly,S
and a portion of Bugbee's original draft is reproduced below.
Thereafter the affairs of the Association were rarely absent
from his thoughts. He wrote all the advertising matter solicit-
SAn earlier manuscript draft contains information not carried in the
printed minutes. It shows that those who attended the preliminary meet-
ing on February 13 were: Z. T. Fulmore, George P. Garrison, R. L. Batts,
Charles Corner, Eugene Digges, Thomas Fitzhugh, Col. John G. James,
Major M. M. Kenney, Robert E. McCleary, and Lester G. Bugbee. After
discussing whether to make the organization local or general in character,
they decided to issue a call for a meeting to organize a "State Historical
Association." This second meeting was held in the Capitol, in the office of
the Commissioner of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics, and History. The
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