Wiley College
Historically Black College




King Industrial Home for Colored Girls, Marshall, Texas.

(Scholarship, $40.)

We are facing conditions for a crisis, if we have not reached the crisis already, in the race problem. The existing order of things is no fault of either the Negro or the Anglo-Saxon of the present, but grows out of the seed-sowing of the past, the harvest of which we are now reaping. Yet there are stern facts which confront us, which must be dealt with and adjusted, largely by our own generation. They are here, and we can not treat the conditions with evasion or indifference. The statesmen and philanthropists are now studying the situation, and there seems to be great unanimity in the thought, that Christian education will correct and prevent the strained conditions which are disturbing the whole nation.

Surely no one will deny the necessity and added power of training. How could we expect the Negro, with his illiteracy and heredity to do more than he has done! History attests the truth that a race slowly emerges from a previous low condition to the higher. And yet these people have shown marvelous progress in letters and finance. The disregard of law in the treatment of this race calls for the enforcement of the supremacy of law. The public conscience is becoming weakened and social order demoralized. There is a pressing demand for higher ideals and more righteous living. Industrial education has been a great benefit to these people, and the Woman's Home Missionary society has been establishing such schools as fast as the means at her command would permit. The work in the Bureau for Texas has been very successful the past year.

The attendance at King Home has been about the same as last year. There is no hope for an increase, for we are now taxed to our utmost capacity. Seventy-six girls were in the Home, and over two hundred in the industrial classes. We opened the School with more pupils than ever before, so that all had longer instruction than usual. I am anxious to try the experiment of opening a dressmaking establishment in connection with this School, thus giving the women who take the scientific dressmaking course more practice and experience. I believe it would also bring a revenue to the School. This, however, can not be done until we have an addition of two rooms, at the cost of about five hundred dollars, which has been allowed.

This year, exclusive of the money paid teachers and student aid, from the general treasury, self-help to the amount of $2,838.98 has been raised, which is an increase over last year. Notwithstanding the high price of food, all current expenses have been met and a small balance remains.

The situation at Harrisburg remains the same as last year. A caretaker has gathered a few children about her and distributed some literature. Nothing more can be done until we have a building, which, I hope, can be built in the near future. You all know that the deed which we hold for the sixty-two acres of land is not valid until four thousand dollars' worth of permanent improvement is upon the ground.

The West Texas Conference is clamorous for an Industrial Home, and they surely deserve it. President Lovinggpod has written me of the great need and the fine possibilities. Austin is the capital of the State, and the Samuel Huston College is well established; and we could at once fill our Home. I trust the Board will make a grant for the purchase of property, and also build at once. While I believe in sustaining and strengthening what we already have, yet special demands ofttimes call for faith and action. I believe this is true of the West Texas Conference. Mrs. Spriggs, its faithful Secretary, has given her time and energies to this work. Let us come to her help.

This report would not be complete. if I did not speak of Miss Elliott and her assistants, whose devotion and executive ability have made King Home what it is. The future gives promise of success, and our faith sees the harvest of intelligence, industry, and righteousness, which will be gathered. 

Mrs. Lavanda G. Murphy, Secretary.




With thankful heart we are glad to report that the Woman's Home Missionary Society of the Texas Conference has made progress during the past year. The number of our Auxiliaries has increased. At pur last meeting we had encouraging reports from twenty-seven Auxiliaries, and our Treasurer's report showed decided improvement along the financial line. Besides looking after our general funds, we have done effective work within the bounds of our own Conference. But for the Woman's Home Missionary Society some of our pastors could scarcely tide over the hard season. Wiley has been remembered with generous supplies of bedding. We have also aided in keeping one or more girls in King Home. Our Young People's Work is being faithfully looked after by Mrs. J. M. Johnson. District meetings were held in the six districts. While we have made progress, yet we see much room for improvement, and we are determined to go on to greater success.

At our last Annual Meeting at Paris, Texas, we were greatly inspired by the presence of our General Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Delia Lathrop Williams. Her presence was uplifting. and when she rose to speak to us our hearts leaped for joy. Our own Miss Elliott, of King Home, was also with us at Paris, and cheered us with her smiles and kind words. The presence of our General Officers is helpful to us, and we invite them to come whenever practicable. We are working and praying to accomplish greater things for the Master.

Mrs. B. M. Taylor, Corresponding Secretary.




I am indeed glad to say my Conference has not suffered this year with so many disasters as in the past two years. Our Anniversary was held at  Luling. December 20th, with a full delegation. I visited the five District Associations during the summer. Each was largely attended. All are more in earnest than ever about the Training-school and Industrial Home. I am specially interested in some of our girls who are ready to enter now, and I long to see them educated in our own Industrial School.

I asked our Annual Conference to grant us a special day for our work. They gave us the fifth Sunday in May. We rallied our forces at many points, and succeeded in raising $159.20. Of this we kept $40 in our own Conference, and sent $119.20 to the General Treasury for our School. The annual dues are less this year from some cause, which I regret very much.

Our subscriptions to Woman's Home Missions and Children's Home Missions are not what they used to be. The cause is, so few ever receive the paper.

We were pleased at receiving a letter of encouragement from Mrs. L. G. Murphy. It gave us a ray of hope. We asked her to visit us during our annual session in San Antonio, December 17, 1903.

For eight years I have given the best energy of my life to the work of the Woman's Home Missionary Society in the West Texas Conference. I have organized Auxiliaries, raised money for our Training-school, collected dues, and secured subscriptions to both papers. Now again I earnestly ask you to come and build this home school for our girls, which they need. 

Mrs. E. S. Spriggs, Corresponding Secretary.



Miss Elizabeth O. Elliott, Sup't, " King " Industrial Home, Marshall, Texas.

Miss Clara I. King, Ass't, " King " Industrial Home Marshall. Texas.

Mrs. M. L. Donelson, "King" Industrial Home Marshall, Texas.

Mrs. Isabella Howells, Girl's Home Harrisburg, Texas.


Annual report of the Board of Managers of the Woman's Home Missionary

by Woman's Home Missionary Society (Cincinnati, Ohio) - 1903