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Recent Gifts

Posted 12.22.09 at 12:30 PM

Recent Gifts

The Ties That Bind: A Georgetown, Texas Memoir by Louise Walsh of Montgomery, Texas. She acknowledges our assistance in researching Morris Fleming in the lat 1940s. The book is essentially about Morris’ “arduous love affair” with Early Price of Georgetown. According to Louise, the Flemings lived in Paris from 1910-1969 when Morris died.  He was Vice President and Trust Officer of First National Bank, and she was active in DAR and First Methodist Church. They sent all three of their daughters to Paris Junior College before they went on to universities in Texas. One of them, Louise Snow, was an English teacher at Paris High School.

Another wonderful gift received after homecoming 2009, through Derald Bulls, is the 1957-58 Paris Junior College scrapbook of Betty June Shew, now Mrs. Troy Owens, of Lamar County. This album is filled with the type of PJC memorabilia which students typically toss away in time or is destroyed over the years, but which is extremely valuable to college historians.
Of interest to me, in particular, is the student directory listing every student by name, address, and phone number. She kept a student “petition,” signed by 82
Students (I counted) although Ralph Webb had slipped his signature into it: “We, the undersigned, do hereby request that JEROME DE ORE shave off the unsightly hair that covers the larger part of an otherwise attractive face,” dated Feb. 7, 1958.
Also, pictures and stories about “Western Day,” Feb. 27, 1958, and a story in the Bat highlighting Fulton Stevens and Betty Shew for their election as “Dude Darlins’” According to the Bat, festivities were held in the auditorium with the “XERF radio station in Del Rio, Texas.” The station “took the audience by remote control to the PJC campus, the only college in the south with used henhouses for dormitories.” How far the entertainment preferences of our students have come in this day of texting and vampires!

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