Wiley College
Historically Black College






King Industrial Home for Colored Girls, Marshall, Texas.

(Scholarship, $40.)

Immediately after the Chattanooga meeting, I went to Marshall to visit King Home. I found it in a flourishing condition. Sixty-seven girls were in the Home. I at once made arrangements for the building of the sewing annex, for which I had an appropriation. In January it was dedicated with appropriate services, and was a much-needed addition. The millinery department, established last year, was self-supporting from its inception, and gave over forty dollars to the building fund. This school is far-reaching in its influence and is a blessing to many of the homes. At the close of the school year, Miss Elliott, the faithful Superintendent for the past ten years, resigned. Miss King, the First Assistant, also resigned, and Miss Rose T. Robertson and Miss Sarah B. Simmons have been appointed to take their places. The missionaries are now in the field at work. King Home needs some repairs, such as papering, painting, and other minor things. There must also be some grading done about the new building, to give it a sightly appearance and to protect the foundation. I visited Austin, Texas, and arranged to purchase a building containing seven rooms at the cost of $3,500. There are three lots in connection with this place. There was a flaw in the title, so it did not come into our hands until May, when everything was quieted and perfectly satisfactory to our attorney. The location is all that could be desired, being just across the street from Samuel Huston College, with which our school affiliates. The President of the college gives us a room for the sewing classes for the present. Last year over eighty girls were in these classes. We can not accommodate more than ten or twelve girls in the Home, and an addition will have to be planned in the very near future. Miss Clara I. King, formerly of King Home, has been appointed Superintendent, with Miss Ellen Newton as Assistant.

This location is a large field for usefulness, as there are two hundred thousand colored people within the bounds of the West Texas Conference. They have long desired this Home. Mrs. Spriggs has been very active in presenting the needs of the school, and has raised over $700 towards its purchase. This will be called the Eliza Dee Home, in honor of Mrs. Dee, who gave $3,000 towards its purchase.

I also visited the Harrisburgh property. I was not impressed with its importance as a location for a Home. The stipulation in the deed, that $4,000 in permanent improvement was to be put upon the ground before the deed was valid, was a great hindrance. The donor died about a year ago, and the whole matter is now in the hands of our lawyer for adjustment. I greatly desire that the money contributed for this Home be now appropriated to the improvement of the Eliza Dee Home, as Harrisburgh is in the bounds of the same Conference as King Home at Marshall, and we will do a great work if we have one Home in each Conference.

I was never more impressed with the positive necessity for the work that the Woman's Home Missionary Society is doing for these colored women and girls than during this trip through the South. The greatest problem before us as a nation to-day is the uplift of these nine millions of helpless people. We often become impatient at results, forgetting that the education of a race is a slow and tedious process, and that it will not be accomplished in one, or two, nor three generations. The Anglo- Saxon is the product of all the best blood, education, and heredity of the centuries. And while the mass of the Negroes may be less apt to learn, yet there are enough who show that the Negro can learn, when properly environed, to make it worth while to labor and to wait.

It only remains for us to be persistent, patient, and loving, and in the spirit of the blessed Christ to do and dare and sacrifice. Then the coveted harvest of intelligence and Christian character will result.

Mrs. Lavanda Gassner Murphy, Secretary.




The success of an organization can not always be estimated in dollars and cents. A devoted band of young women in the hands of the Master may wield an influence which can be felt to the islands of the sea.

The Queen Esther Circle of Trinity Church, San Antonio, Texas, has in the last year organized the "Home Guards" and "Mothers' Jewels."

As far as I can learn these are the only Home Missionary Societies in the Austin Conference. There are nine Home Guards, thirteen Mothers' Jewels, and twenty-three members of the Queen Esther Circle.

San Antonio is a health resort. Many members of the Methodist as well as other Churches in the North spend the winter in our beautiful city. Among them are young girls who are speedily welcomed into the Circle, and homesick and often alone they find a welcome in the homes where our meetings are held.

The hospitality extended, the social hour which follows, the devotional meetings, only those can appreciate who have been homesick in a large city. Our reward has been the promise of the formation of other Circles in the distant cities the girls call "home."

Another result of our year's work was winning to the Church and to the service of the Master a talented young wife, who said if it had not been for the meeting of the Queen Esther Circle she would never have been in the Church. It is not possible for me to give an exact report of the money raised during the year. The dues have been sent to Mrs. Thompson. A barrel was packed in January and sent to King Industrial Home, Marshall, Texas, for which we received a voucher for ten dollars.

A Colonial Tea was given on February 22d, which was a great success socially, but the proceeds were divided with the Epworth League, leaving about $7.50 for the Treasury of the Circle.

In April the pastor, who had had a long and severe illness, was removed to Arizona, and five dollars of this fund was voted toward his deficit salary.

Who shall say that the seeds sown in love shall not produce an abundant harvest? "Paul may plant and Apollos water, but God giveth the increase." 

Elizabeth W. Clark, Corresponding Secretary




My heart is filled with gratitude and happiness as I rise to thank you for the Training and Industrial Home so recently purchased. At the Annual Meeting held at Columbus, Ohio, in 1895 I asked the grant for such a Home for my people. The 21st of the following November the General Executive Board authorized and empowered me to collect funds for the same. I assure you I have worked earnestly, not allowing a single opportunity to escape where a dime could be obtained.

Our Anniversary was held in Waco, December 20th, with twenty delegates present. We were blessed to have Mrs. Walden and Mrs. Pye with us. I attended my five district meetings. Joy and gladness filled the hearts of all to learn that the Home was ours. All were willing to help furnish. Thus I secured more than Mrs. Murphy asked for. I have organized two new Auxiliaries reorganized and stimulated the others. I voice the sentiment of my whole Conference when I again thank you for the Home. 

Mrs. E. S. Spriggs, Corresponding Secretary.


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

by Woman's Home Missionary Society (Cincinnati, Ohio) - 1904