The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 25
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Lesser Gladstone Bugbee
ing members, and I remember his spending days on end during
summer vacations addressing printed circulars and writing
lettcizs with his own hand. Occasionally he discovered a student
badly in need of money and employed him (or her) to assist
in this drudgery, usually advancing payment from his own
The rest of this story is more intimate and personal. Bugbee
had returned to the University in 1895 burdened with debt.
Absolutely, the amount was not large. I suspect that $800 would
have cleaned his slate; but that was a heavy burden to a man
receiving a salary of $600 a year and requiring money for
expenses in carrying on his investigations. Most of his in-
debtedness was carried by his father or was underwritten by
him. An unpaid note fretted Mr. Bugbee. He felt that "Dutch"
was too casual, too ready to "borrow from Peter to pay Paul,"
and Mrs. Bugbee transmitted his feeling of annoyance with
diffident warnings against borrowing more. To what extent
her letters disturbed her son's serenity, we cannot know. He
was more concerned to use the little savings that he could
retain from his salary to provide greater comforts for
her. He was never much disturbed about money because he
never doubted ultimate success and ability to meet all his
obligations. For three years after the first year, his salary was
$900 a year, and he added a little to that by teaching in a
summer normal. Perhaps by the end of the fourth year he
had cleared up the old debts; but, in the meantime, his mother
had died. With the beginning of easier conditions, when his
salary was increased to $1,500 in 1899, he turned to plans for
lightening the labor and lessening the monotony of farm life
for his sister. This young woman, revealed by a long series of
her letters, was an extraordinarily lovable character. After the
death of her mother, she remained on the farm with her father
while her husband worked in the county clerk's office in Cleburne,
printed minutes of this meeting say, "some twenty or thirty persons
present." The manuscript listed: 0. M. Roberts, J. S. Ford of San
Antonio, Z. T. Fulmore, George P. Garrison, C. W. Raines, James Arthur,
Dora Fowler Arthur, H. G. Askew, R. L. Batts, J. Alleine Brown(?),
Charles Corner, Eugene Digges, Miss Anna Ellis, H. P. N. Gammel, John
G. James, M. M. Kenney, Robert E. McCleary, A. J. Rose, Morris Shep-
pard, Mrs. Bride Neill Taylor, Lester G. Bugbee. The meeting adopted a
Constitution and elected officers and fellows. The session was evidently
prolonged beyond the closing hours of the Capitol light plant. Bugbee
recorded: "In the meantime, the lights in the room had gone out and the
remaining business was hurriedly transacted by the light of two lanterns
that had been procured from the janitor."
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