Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919. Page: 16 of 32
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16 GOVERNOR'S MESSAGES.
Experiment Station and Extension
The main experiment station, located
at College Station, and the
eleven substations located in various
parts of the State are contributing
very substantially to the material development
of the State. The experiment
station system is closely correlated
with the extension service of the
college, which is affiliated with the
United States Department of Agriculture.
The Federal Government,
through the extension service of the
college, is supplying large funds for
carrying on the agricultural activities
of the extension service. The report
of the extension director of the college
indicates that the State is receiving
saisfactory returns from the
money expended in the work of this
important agricultural activity.
(a) John Tarleton Agricultural College.
As previously indicated, this institution
was established by an Act
of the Thirty-fifth Legislature, and
opened its doors for the reception of
students in September, 1917. A capable
faculty was secured and 225 students
were enrolled during the first
year, The institution is located in a
very important agircultural section
of the State and the college gives
promise of becoming one of the important
institutions maintained by
(b) Grubbs Vocational College.
The Grubbs Vocational College was
also established by an Act of the
Thirty-fifth Legislature and located
at Arlington, Texas. The establishment
of this institution represents a
departure in educational policy, but
the fact that the attendance has increased
from sixy-six students during
1917-18 to one hundred and ninetytwo
up to date for the current
scholastic year, gives evidence that
the college fulfils a place of need in
the educational system of Texas.
(c) Prairie View Normal and Industrial
The Prairie View State Normal and
Industrial College is the only educational
institution maintained (by
the State for the training of the
negro race. This school has a very
good physical plant and the faculty
is regarded as one of the best in the
country. Large emphasis is placed
upon trades courses, agriculture and
home economics. A normal department
is also maintained for the training
of teachers for the negro public
schools of the State. The institution
enrolls about one thousand students
in the regular session and almost an
equal number in its summer. school
each year. The State is getting good
returns on the money invested in this
institution. It deserves the financial
support and the sympathetic cooperation
of the people of Texas.
The report of the State Treasurer
is available for your consideration
and reference is made to the report
for those items of interest which it
has for the law-making body. Suffice
to say that for the fiscal year ending
August 31, 1918, the treasurer had
on hand at the beginning of this fiscal
year a balance of $6,510j156.01
in the treasury; he received from all
sources including transfers, $43,396,814.25,
and during that period the
disbursements amounted to $36,549,740.12,
leaving an unetxpended
balance, August 31, 1918, of $6,847,074.13.
The balance in the treasury
January 1, 1919, was $4,307,168.46.
Bonded Debt of the State.
The bonded debt of the State of
Texas, as reported to me by the State
Treasurer is as follows:
Refunding 3 per cent
bonds issued by an
Act of the Thirty-first
Legislature to refund
frontier defense bond
due September 1, 1910,
and outstanding bonds
for deficiency in revenue
issued April 21, 1879,
due July 1, 1909; new
bonds dated September
1, 1910, due forty
years, option to redeem
after 20 years ........$1,148,700
Folt retiring past due
bonds, Act May 2, 1893,
due May 2, 1933, interest
4 per cent.....'... 334,500
For retiring all 7 per cent
frontier defense bonds
of August 5, 1870, held
by individuals; Act April
5, 1889, sold to special
funds, due April 5,
1919, 5 per cent interest
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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/m1/16/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .