Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919. Page: 15 of 32
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two months in length.
The new contract for Camp Mabry,
covering the period between October
15, 1918, and June 30, 1919, called
for the graduation of an additional
12,000 soldiers. With all of: these
schools operating at full capacity approximately
30,000 soldiers would
have been trained each year.
Agricultural and Mechanical College.
The biennial report of the Agricultural
and Mechanical College of
Texas shows that this institution is
experiencing the greatest prosperity
and usefulness in its history. The
organization of the institution at
present consists of the main college
located at College Station in Brazos
County and three branch institutions
as follows (a) The John Tarleton
Agricultural College l o c a ted at
Stephenville, Texas, (b) the Grubbs
Vocational College located at Arlington,
and (c) the Prairie View State
Normal and Industrial College for
the education of the negro race located
at Prairie View, Texas. All of
these institiition" are under the corntrol
and general direction of the
Board of Directors of the Agricultural
and Mechanical College and the
work of each is administered by the
President of the College and the respective
deans. who work in close
co-oDeration with the nresident of the
entire group of institutions. The John
Tarlet.on Aricniltural College and the
Gruhhs Vocational Collefle were
established by the Thirty-fifth Legislature
and have been in operation as
State institutions but one year.
The enrollment of the Agricultural
and Mechanical College continues to
increase year after year. This continrous
growth indicates that the institution
is in popular favor with the
people of the state. The attendance
at the main institution for the past
two years as follows:
Regular Session .. 1242 1152
Summer Session .. 525 1132
Total ......... 1767 2284
The total enrollment for the current
scholastic year is 1560 students.
The authorities of the college found
it necessary to limit the attendance in
September to this number 'due to the
limitel housing and boarding facilitiee
of the college.
The college has completed within
the last few months a new auditorium
with a seating capacity of approximately
twenty-five hundred, a
new experiment station building, a
new building to accommodate the new
school of Veterinary Medicine and a
new dormitory. Funds for all of
this construction were provided by
the Thirty-fifth Legislature with the
exception of the experiment station
building, which was paid for out of
the feed control surplus which is
allotted to the college by a State law.
The Agricultural and Mechanical
College, according to the report of the
authorities, was the first institution
in the country to offer its facilities to
the Government for military pur.poses.
The faculty, on March 21, 1917, when
it became clearly evident that war
would be declared with Germany,
recommended to the governing board
that they tender to the Federal Government
all research instructional
facilities of the college for military
purposes, and if necessary the Legislature
be requested to concur in this
action. The board approved the resolution
of the faculty on March 23, an
the Government called upon the college
almost immediately to release
certain members of its faculty and
officers for various war activities.
About forty per cent of the men connected
with the college as officers or
teachers have engaged in more or less
direct war activities since the declaration
of hostilities. More than two
thousand former students of the college
enlisted in the military service
of the country and according to a report
made by a staff correspondent of
the New York Times, a larger percentage
of-the alumni of this college
entered the military service.than that
of any other college in the United
States. More than thirty of the
alumni of the'college have fallen
during the war. and many others have
been more or less seriously injured.
The United States Government designated
this college as one of the
institutions for the training of technical
men for various war activities
and since that time several thousand
men have received training as radio
engineers, auto mechanics, blacksmiths,
horseshoers, machinists, general
mechanics, pipe fitters, carpenters,
farriers, meteorologists and typographical
draftsmen. The State can
well take pride in the contribution
this institution has made to the winning
of the war.
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Hobby, W. P. Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919., book, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5863/m1/15/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .