Bishop College
Historically Black College


Dr. Arthur B. Chaffee 1901-1907


Bishop College Notes  1903 - 1904, The Baptist home mission monthly, Volumes 25-26





This year, for the first time in its history. Bishop College is able to announce a complete course in Normal school training. This has reference to those taking the College course as well as to Academic students.

The normal course of the Academy offers four years of systematic study with special attention to the wants of teachers. In addition to the general studies taken in connection with the usual Academic work a full year is given to the study of school methods. The subject of school management also takes a term and a half, while the subject, science and education, a full term, and a special study of Texas school laws another half term, thus adding a second year to the course. The course requires also at least six terms in practice teaching, one of which is teaching in primary grades. A term is given also to the history of education. In this way four years are occupied with special normal work. While the student is acquiring a special knowledge of school matters he is also laying strong foundations in language, literature, mathematics, history, science, Bible, elementary philosophy, and economics. Students completing this course satisfactorily are entitled to a diploma admitting them to higher courses of study.




Here also we met President Chaffee, of Bishop College, Marshall, Tex., who, after a visit to the conference at Tuskegee, came to see us about the erection of a new building there. Bishop College is overcrowded with eager students.

The following teachers were appointed 

Bishop College, Marshall, Tex.—Mrs. T H Adams



The following teachers were appointed 

Bishop College, Marshall, Tex.—Pres. A. B. Chaffee, D.D.; T. H. Adams, Grace Adams, Belle Bolinger, Mrs. A. B. Chaffee, Josephine L. Cressy, Angus C. Davis, Lulu Fowler, O. A. Fuller, Grace Gallison, Mrs. Pearl Holbrook, Portia Johnson, Hannah Pierson, J. G. Osborne, Hattie I. Finnev, Reba Burke, Geo. Corry. Timothy Tabb, Perrline Bailey, R. B. H. Yates, Mrs E. M. Griggs, Calvin Davis.



Student Work on New Building at Bishop College.'—The Bishop College Student in a late issue tells of the way the new building there is being erected at Marshall, Texas:

"Visitors at bishop are greatly interested in the progress of our new building enterprise. The mounds of dirt surrounding the excavation are proof of the activity of about twenty students daily at work. At present the digging is practically done, and the making of concrete for the foundation is in progress. Part of the force break up the rock while the others mix the sand, cement and broken stone for the concrete.

"Three of our students are making window frames for basement, and they will be ready in time for brick masons. You can see that we are not 'slow,' as the boys say. Our machinery is working all right, and we are keeping up with the work in all respects.

"The dimensions of the building are 88 feet by 43 exclusive of the kitchens. These will extend in the rear of the main structure about 40 feet and will be one story hig.i. The main building will have a basement 9 feet in the clear. The second floor will be given to the dining-room, 8sx4ox 15, affording space for the best school in the southwest. The third and fourth floors are to be laid out in dormitories for girls. This addition will almost double the present capacity of accommodations for young women. Similar enlargement is needed for young men; we hope to obtain money for this purpose soon."



The following teachers were appointed 

Bishop College Marshall Tex Mrs F Fowler Assistant Preceptress 





Crowded at Bishop College

More room is the general demand from our schools. President Chaffee says of the work at Marshall, Texas:

We have 478 students enrolled. Our dormitories are very crowded. Fully 150 girls are in Bishop Hall. We have given up all our parlors, placed cots in available corners, doubled up single beds, any way to stow them away. The new dormitory room for boys in Wolverton has helped matters with the young men. If some did not go away now and again we should be obliged to turn away students. Our dining room was outgrown long ago, and one of our store rooms has been turned into a dining room. We are reaching a very hopeful class of students. Many of them come from the country, but from homes where want is unknown. Money seems to be quite plentiful among them. The hopeful features are a desire to improve, ability to improve, and the means for long courses of study for an education. Our upper classes are unusually full. We have now almost 40 in our college department.



Bishop College Marshall Tex JA Phillips Annie Irvin Mrs Margaret Irvin, Matron; Joseph T Hill Clara Bessee Eleanor Chaffee Rev SEJ Watson Mariet D Barker 


The Baptist home mission monthly

by American Baptist Home Mission Society - 1903