Bishop College
Historically Black College




Report Of The General Agent And Summary Of The Work Of 1905-1906. To The Trustees of the John F. Slater Fund

BISHOP COLLEGE, Marshall, Harrison Co. Arthur B. Chaffee, President.

Founded. 1881 ; incorporated, 1885. Property: land, $50,000 buildings, $108,500; equipment, $18,000; total property, 6,500. Endowment, $12.000. Annual income: John F.Slater Fund. $1,500; other associations or societies, $8,265; tuition. $5.402.49; other sources, $2,467.32; total annual income. $17,634.81. Annual expenses: salaries, $9,765 ; other expenses, $7,869.81; total annual expenses, $17.634.81. Instructors: one white man. 12 white women; 10 colored men, 3 colored women: total instructors, 26. Students: male, 301 ; female 296; total students, 597. Students classified: elementary 14; secondary, 111; college, 38; normal, 60; basketry, 2; woodworking, 15; carpentry, 110; blacksmithing, 8; millinery 18; sewing, 196; music, 445; drawing, 30; printing, formal course of 4 years and special teacher-training in college. Practice school of 3 grades and 175 pupils.

Extracts from the report of the President :

The appropriation of $1,500 granted Bishop College for this salaries has been apportioned to

Miss Hattie I. Finney $500
Miss Portia Johnson 500
Rev. H. Walden 500

Miss Finney has been with us eleven years, mostly as superintendent of the Normal Department. The well known position taken by our graduātes is largely due to her ability and faithfulness For five years Miss Johnson has been at the head of our industrial work for girls. Mr. Walden has directed the shop work for boys during the carrent year.

" Owing to the yellow fever our attendance is smaller this year and, of course, our classes have been somewhat smaller. Instead of 600, our number last year, we shall probably have over 400. By the action of the Home Mission Society our four lowest grades, covering the primary and the first grammar grades, were eliminated from our course. This necessarily reduces our attendance- This entire region was demoralized about the time school opened by yellow fever, and a strict quarantine. Then, too, the crops of this section were almost an entire failure, many farmers disposing of animals and utensils to meet obligations. We are rather surprised that so many as we have enrolled were able to come.

" The grammar school, still the practice school for our Normal department, has about 200. our Academy 153. of which number 61 are in the Normal department. The work of the shops has been routine work, no building enterprise being on hand. We have made our own repairs on buildings and furniture. The blacksmiths and machine men have worked well under good instructors. The woodturners have made bats, dumb-bells, chair-rounds, table legs, and many other articles in their class work.

" The new school of journalism has conducted our school publications, printed the college catalogue, printed a large amount of pamphlet and job work.

" I am pleased to report the usual classes for girls in sewing. dressmaking, millinery, basketry and fancy work- A semester was given to cooking. The course covered plain cooking with incidental reference to use of materials, buying of supplies and economical keeping.

" The following shows the classification of students:


" Wood turners, 10; machinists, 10; blacksmiths, 14; carpentry, 70; printers, 33. Total 137.


" Dressmaking, 60; plain sewing. 57; millinery, 6; cooking, 20; nurse training. 4. Total, 147. Grand total. 284