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HISTORTI OF DALLAS COUNTY.
Literary department: M. Thomas Edgerton,
mental and moral sciences; Miss Annie
Nichols, natural science and history; Miss
Elizabeth Mason (of Toronto University).
modern languages; A. Sumpter Laird, A. B.,
mathematics and ancient languages; J. H.
Gillespie (principal Hill's business college),
professor of penmanship and superintendent
of business course; and Mrs. Dickey Landrum,
Conservatory of music: A. G. Reichert,
director piano and violin, and W. E.
S. H. Landrum (German school) principal.
Elocution and physical culture (Delsarte
system), Mrs. Z. H. Lasseter, principal.
Boarding home: Mrs. V. Belle Edgerton,
proprietor and manager; Mrs. C. C. Collins,
assistant manager, and R. S. Gilbert, family
Board of trustees: B. Blankenship, Jno. F.
Elliott, P. Sanger, J. B. Adoue, J. T. Dargan,
T. L. Marsalis, E. G. Patton, A. H.
Fields, F. N. Oliver, J. W. Crowdus and
A. T. Watts.
We copy from the Oak Cliff Weekly Journal
an account of the reception given by the
president, Professor M. Thomas Edgerton,
including the speech of welcome made by
In response to invitations sent out by Prof.
M. Thomas Edgerton and the management
of the Oak Cliff College and Conservatory of
Music, which open on September 7, some
three hundred of the citizens of Oak Cliff
and Dallas were present and most magnificently
entertained at the Oak Cliff on Tuesday
night. The genial manager, Mr. Lasseter,
Mrs. T. L. Marsalis and other guests
of the hotel extended a most cordial welcome
to the visitors and made all feel at ease. Not
a little enthusiasm was manifest on the part
of the visitors at the great proportions of the
building, its comfortable appointments, and
thorough adaptability to the purpose for
which it will soon be dedicated and used.
The spacious and elegant dining hall was
thrown open and twice filled by the visitors
and iced confections and dainties were served
by a trained corps of waiters. After refrcshments
had been enjoyed, an adjournment to
the chapel in the basement was had. Here
long rows of school desks were filled with the
audience who listened to addresses by Colonel
John F. Elliott and Mayor Oliver, in which
Oak Cliff's future was pictured in roseate
hue, and the citizens of the two cities congratulated
on the good future of securing
such a school with such a faculty as is promised
in the Oak Cliff College and Conservatory of
Professor Edgerton was introduced by
Colonel Elliott, and responded in a short address,
in which he spoke of the faculty as being
selected for their experience, their refinement
and their proficiency. He promised a
home more than a boarding school to the
young ladies entrusted to their care and said
that the school would be strictly non-sectarian.
Sweet music was rendered on the violin
and piano by members of the music faculty,
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/330/: accessed September 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.