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by them as a lodge hall. In 1889 the present grade building was erected in its place. In
1924 the present commodious and model two story brick with auditorium was added
for advanced pupils and the older building was remodeled and given over to the grades.
Among the well loved teachers of former years are remembered Mrs. Kate Oakes, Capt.
P. J. Oakes, Mrs. Fannie Mahon, Capt. J. E. Binkley, Judge Whit Boyd, Miss Blanche
Delaney, Mayor C. K. Quin, Miss Sallie Whitfield, Superintendent J. H. Wooten and Mr.
and Mrs. W. A. Holland. Mr. W. G. Clayton became superintendent in 1926 and is still
in charge. Other schools in the history of Columbus beside private schools have been
the Colorado Academy, the Lutheran school, Catholic parochial schools and the colored
On October 12, 1840, William B. Dewees conveyed the block desig-
nated as Seminary Square on the original plat of Columbus to the chief
justice of Colorado County and his successors in office (see Deed Book
C, page 1, Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas).
Apparently, however, no school of any sort was constructed there for
some years. No "old register" regarding Colorado College in 1857 has
been discovered; however, the Colorado College daily attendance
register for the fall term in 1859 has survived. It names James J. Loomis
as principal, but provides no information regarding the location of the
school (see Mss. 25, Shropshire-Upton Chapter, United Daughters of
the Confederacy Collection, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library,
Columbus, Texas). It is difficult to imagine that a register from 1857 ever
existed, for the school itself did not exist, except as a notion, until
December 26, 1857, when the act to incorporate it passed the
legislature (see The Laws of Texas 1822-1897, volume 4, page 19 and
The Colorado Citizen, February 6, 1858). The board of trustees met to
adopt bylaws and elect officers on February 27, 1858 (see The Colorado
Citizen, February 20, 1858). The contract for the construction of the
school building finally was signed on April 1, 1859 (see Colorado College
v. John Toliver, Cause File 830, Office of the District Clerk, Lavaca
County, Texas). The cornerstone, into which books, papers, and coins
were sealed, was laid on December 27, 1859 (see The Colorado Citizen,
December 22, 1859 and March 26, 1891).
On August 10, 1861, the college acknowledged a debt to the
estate of Gideon Scherer and promised to pay it, with interest, one year
later. But they failed to pay, and eight years later, on September 28,
1870, Scherer's executor filed suit. On October 7, 1870, the district
court in Columbus found for the plaintiff and ordered the school sold to
pay the debt (see John J. Scherer, executor v. Colorado College, Cause
File 2572, Office of the District Clerk, Colorado County, Texas). On
March 7, 1871, the school was sold at public auction to the English
Lutheran Church in Columbus (see Deed Book O, Office of the County
Clerk, Colorado County, Texas). Within weeks, the property had been
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