Bishop College
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Bishop College Notes  1905  - 1906 , The Baptist home mission monthly, Volumes 27-28




The following teachers were appointed 
Bishop College Marshall Tex Carrie Laird 

The religious life of Kalamazoo College this year is active and centres around the missionary interests of the kingdom Special emphasis is laid on Bible study and eight classes meet during the week for this purpose In this work the students have the hearty support of the faculty Dr HL Stetson conducts one of the classes and has half of the 90 young women students under his instruction Kalamazoo College through students and alumni is linked with every large missionary field Two of her former students Miss Clara Bessee and Mr J Aiwa Phillips are now teachers in Bishop College in Texas 


Bishop College Marshall Tex President AB Chaffee DD Hattie I Finney OA Fuller Lulu Fowler Josephine L Cressey H Grace Adams Portia Johnson Mrs AB Chaffee JG Osborne SEJ Watson Mariet Barker Mrs Margaret Irvin Clara Bessee Anna Irvin Carrie Laird CD Pres ton 




Bishop College Marshall Tex Fannie Adkins Agnes Bessee H Walden 




A Useful Servant

Rev. S. W. Culver, D.D., died at his home in Buffalo, N. Y., June 14, 1906, aged 80 years. He was a native of Connecticut, but removed to western New York in his early life and had pastorates in several churches in the Genesee Valley, being held in high esteem by all who knew him. When the Home Mission Society established the school at Marshall, Texas, known as Bishop College, Dr. Culver was appointed President, continuing in this position with success until 1891, laying the foundations of what has become one of the best schools of its class. Dr. Culver was a man of high ideals concerning character and duty, and addressed himself diligently to the tasks which Providence assigned him. He was an able instructor and administrator and is remembered with affection by his former students at Bishop College. That his mental faculties were comparatively unimpaired to the last is evidenced by the well-reasoned articles from his pen that appeared from time to time in our denominational journals. He was the author of a book entitled "Crowned and Discrowned; or, The Rebel King of Israel."



Bishop College, Marshall,


We began work Tuesday, October 1st, with examination of delinquent and new students. Wednesday we held our first chapel exercise with interesting remarks from friends and former students. With one exception the faculty was complete as we expect to have it for the year. A comparison made this morning between the attendance enrolled the first week of school, covering six years, shows that only one year, 1904-5, had more students than are enrolled now. At this time last year we had 90, and to-day we have about 140. Last year's entire enrolment was nearly 400. If all come who have expressed their purpose to attend we shall have a very fine year. The grade of students is improving each year, and the new pupils are superior to those of former years. The outlook is therefore quite promising both as to attendance and for good results in class-room work. The teachers seem to begin with great enthusiasm. This speaks well for their success. I am pleased to report a promising opening. A good spirit prevails, even a strong spiritual tone.

A. B. Chaffee, President





The twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of Bishop College, Marshall, Texas, was celebrated November 1st and 2d. Mrs. C. C. Bishop, whose initial gift made the school possible, was remembered, as also Mr. J. D. Rockefeller, who has given liberally for new buildings. The prospects of the institution, under President Chaffee's administration, were never brighter than now.


A Silver Anniversary

That was a noble Christian utterance of that "prince in Israel," Nathan Bishop, Esq., in which, as' he thought of the condition and needs of the freedmen, and the duty of American Baptists in relation thereto, he said: "I have been blamed for giving so many thousand dollars for the benefit of colored men. But I expect to stand side by side with these men in the day of Judgment. Their Lord js my Lord. They and I are brethren; and I am determined to be prepared for that meeting."

Bishop College, Marshall, Texas—one of the most flourishing of the schools for negroes' sustained by our Home Mission Society—is the outcome of the spirit of that utterance. It was the expressed purpose of Mr. Bishop to give $10,000 for the founding of a school for negro Baptists in Texas. He did not live to carry out his intention; but his beneficent purpose was carried out by his good wife.

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the institution was observed November 1-2. Rev. J. B. Thomas, D.D., of Chicago. Dr. George Sale, our Educational Superintendent, and the Field Secretary, represented the Home Mission Society. Letters of greeting from Dr. Morehouse, Mrs. Bishop, and other friends of the school, white and colored, were read. Rev. A. R. Griggs, D.D., of Texas, gave some interesting facts concerning the early history of the school, and on behalf of his race, expressed appreciation ot its worth and its work. Fitting tribute was paid to the memory of Nathan Bishop, and appreciative resolutions were drafted and sent to "the elect lady," Mrs. Bishop, who still lives .to rejoice in the fruitage of her beneficences. The Mayor of the city gave a brave, true message on the benefits of education to the negro. The school rejoices in the services of an efficient, devoted faculty, white and colored, under the leadership of President Chaffee, whose name was received with cheers by the students. All the visitors were welcomed with hearty college yells. Testimony was borne to the beneficent work of the school in the development of character, the training of leaders, and the improvement of home and social life. The present student body, bright and alert, promised fully to sustain the reputation and influence of the College.





The Following Teachers Were Appointed:



The Baptist home mission monthly

by American Baptist Home Mission Society - 1905