Wiley College
Historically Black College

 

 

Miss I. Florence Alspaugh

 

 

1908

 

TEXAS.

The work in the Bureau for Texas has gone on in an uneventful though prosperous way during the year.

King Home, Marshall, Texas.

(Scholarship, $50.)

The attendance at King Home was normal, and all departments did most excellent work. There were about thirty who completed the different courses of instruction. The moral tone was very high and gratifying.

The domestic science department had a class 1n the colored public, school of Marshall, taught by the senior girls, who gave practical demonstrations, which gave great satisfaction and profit. So much so that the Board of Education sent a note of praise and appreciation to Miss Robertson.

Our premises are kept in good condition. A number of minor repairs have been made, and some furnishing done. While our needs are not many, those we have are imperative. A short time ago I received orders from the city authorities to have bathrooms placed in the house, and all water connections made with the new city sewerage just inaugurated. The cost was estimated at $841. After some correspondence, the amount was reduced, and, with what I have on hand, T still need $500 to meet the expenditure we were compelled to incur. We secured time in which to make our payments. This notice came to me after I had asked for my appropriations, and was something which I could not anticipate. I am, therefore, compelled to ask the ladies to pledge $500 extra on this plumbing. This is not a matter of choice, but of compulsion, and I know you will all be glad to come to my relief. This will be a much needed sanitary improvement when completed.

We also need two rooms for our domestic science classes.

Miss Clyde, our domestic science teacher, resigned at the close of the year, and Miss Grace E. McDonald, a graduate of a Boston domestic science school, with both culture and experience, was secured to take her place. She is now on the field.

The school opened with forty-three boarding pupils and 177 in all the classes, which is a fine beginning. Miss Robertson will doubtless have time to tell you many things of interest to us all.

The Eliza Dee Home, Austin,Tex.

(Scholarship, $50.)

We are greatly embarrassed by our success in this Home. We were crowded beyond our capacity; so much so that three slept in one bed. The same conditions exist this year, except that we will have only two in one bed. We turned away last year (and have the same experience this year) two for every one we received.

Eight girls completed the dressmaking and plain sewing course. Our Queen Esther Circle has contributed about $30 to the "Silver Offering." The moral and religious instruction in both our Homes has been carefully observed, and results have been apparent. Sisters, when shall we have a new building? It is an imperative necessity.

Do you all understand that the Samuel Huston College gives us a small room (wholly inadequate) for our sewing classes, and that we do not have a room in the Home large enough to accommodate our classes?

We ought to have a millinery department, but we have no room. Many students come for music and millinery, an alliterative combination, if not a natural one. Miss I. Florence Alspaugh takes the dressmaking department, in place of Miss Wheeler. She is a graduate of the Kansas State School, and has entered into the work with enthusiasm and is well received. Miss King is a careful financier, but she writes me that the prices for all commodities are much higher, and that it will be harder to make ends meet. Miss Robertson, too, has spoken of the rise in prices of foods. It is always a marvel to me how these devoted women do as much as they do toward self-support with the amount they receive. It is a great joy to know that our pupils are proving beyond question that the negro has capacity for learning, in both industrial and intellectual pursuits. Our students, too, are developing worthy characters, and will go out from our schools to make good and intelligent wives, mothers, and workers in their chosen fields. Only those blinded by prejudice can ignore these facts. It is cheering to read in the September number of "The World of To-day" the following, from an ex-Governor of Georgia: "The white people of Georgia would be grossly recreant to this acknowledged confidence and this trust if they did not give the assurance that every individual black man, with his family, shall be absolutely sure that he will receive justice in his civil rights, his industrial relations, his educational opportunities, and moral and spiritual interests. This the people in Georgia have publicly proclaimed." "In Georgia we are free to announce that all men, irrespective of color, race, or condition, shall be equally exempt from punishment until guilt has been duly ascertained and declared." "In Georgia we insist that the white man and the negro are to be always equal before the law. With us there can be no aristocracy of crime." Christian sentiments these, but alas! in this same State of Georgia it is painful to read that Prof. Dubois, the distinguished scholar and author, could not go into the public library of Atlanta, where he resides, to draw out one of his own books, because he is a negro. The eternal years of truth and righteousness are God's; and in his own good time Christian truth and love will prevail and our

work will be crowned with success and this race be lifted.

Out of darkness into the light,
Out of the wrong into the right,
Out of the scorn and bitter fight,
Out from the law that right is might.

(MRS.) Lavanda Gassner Murphy, Secretary.

 


AUSTIN.

Trinity Church, of San Antonio, Texas, though composed of less than one hundred members, has a small Auxiliary, a Queen Esther Circle, and fifteen Mothers' Jewels almost big enough to be Home Guards. They are all live societies and each has done its best during the year. During the winter months the ladies of the Church made a number of quilts and sent two to Bethany Hospital, Kansas City, with sufficient clothing and other things to fill a barrel.

The meetings of the Auxiliary have been held once a month, and under the efficient leadership of our new President, Mrs. Eyman. have grown in interest and numbers. The Queen Esther Circle is composed of busy high school girls, and the meetings have not been held regularly. An enthusiastic meeting was held at the parsonage during the winter, and another on June ist, at the home of the Corresponding Secretary, when a fine program was carried out, dues for the year collected, and four new names added to the roll.

The work among Mothers' Jewels, fifteen in number, is carried on in the Junior League. They are especially interested in Mothers' Jewels Home, and the needs in San Francisco, and cheerfully add their little mite to the great work of the Society, believing that God will bless even the pennies given to His cause. ,

Besides the barrel sent to the hospital, the Society has sent during the year $28.20 to our General Treasurer.

We close the year with thankfulness; we enter upon another year with fresh determination to do more for the Master.

Mrs. C. R. Clark, Corresponding Secretary.

 


TEXAS.

The work of the Woman's Home Missionary Society of this Conference has prospered during the past year. At our Annual Meeting, last December, the women of the Texas Conference Woman's Home Missionary Society pledged themselves to raise $200, outside of dues, to aid in building an annex to King Home for Domestic Science. I was elected Corresponding Secretary, in addition to being Treasurer, and started out on my year's work full of hope and enthusiasm, for the sisters had promised to stand by me.

The city Churches were visited, their Auxiliaries encouraged, and much interest manifested by the pastors. We were at Harrisburg in March; organized an Auxiliary, and were 1o have gone back the next Sunday to organize the young women and children, but I was taken ill and remained so all spring and summer—thus the work has been neglected. Nevertheless, by writing a few personal letters at intervals, and sending out circular letters over the Conference, more than one hundred dollars of the money pledged has been raised, and we hope to raise the balance by our Annual Meeting in December.

More interest has been manifested in Home Missions this year than in many years. The financial report will be the best in the history of our Society. Though we have not been able to report quarterly, there has been some increase in Auxiliaries and Circles.

We are thankful to Almighty God for the victories achieved, and pray that another year may witness greater triumphs for the cause of Home Missions.

Mrs. J. M. Johnson, Corresponding Secretary.

 


 

WEST TEXAS.

The work of my Conference has gone on steadily. I have striven hard to make it our greatest year, but the drought cut short our aim. I attended the five District Associations. Each President is trying to rival the other. Two new Auxiliaries organized and three reorganized. Eliza Dee Home holds her own. We^must have an annex with a bath-room. I have been successful in selling the fancy work, at a high price, done by our Home girls. We have purchased for the Home a serviceable book-case. Our Anniversary was held in Columbus, December 13, 1906. Forty delegates reported. Miss Clara I. King, our Superintendent, addressed us, to the delight of all.

Mrs. E. S. Spriggs, Corresponding Secretary.

 


 

In the past twelve years we have raised $606.43, "Twentieth Century Offering," and received a legacy of $3,000 for Southern work from Mrs. Eliza Dee, of Burlington First Church, which made possible the Eliza Dee Industrial Home, located at Austin, Texas, which is now in successful operation and is a veritable lighthouse to the benighted colored people, numbering many thousands.

 


 

Houston, Texas.

1016 Hill Street.
Miss Rosa Simpson, Deaconess.

Miss Rosa Simpson is still engaged in evangelistic services in the Texas Conference, with headquarters at Houston. She writes of stirring meetings and of many persons having professed faith in Christ. In March of this year she lost all her effects by fire. We regret that we have no Advisory Members of our Bureau in this section to report on Miss Simpson's work.

 


 

El Paso, Texas.

We are sorry to have no advance to report at this point. Our land increases in value. The Mission is needed, but we are waiting for the money to build. Who will help the cause at this point?

 

 

 

 

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

by Woman's Home Missionary Society (Cincinnati, Ohio) - 1908

 

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