J C Pitts









The Jimplecute Article February 04, 1905

Program of the County Institute for Colored Teachers.

 City High School Building. Friday and Saturday Jan 20th and 21st 1905.

"President J C Pitts called the meeting to order promptly Friday morning and after a few remarks reviewing the work and how best to conduct our meetings etc., the roll was called."



The Jimplecute Article October 20, 1906,

Proceedings Colored Teachers Institute 

The Colored Teachers Institute met at the Colored High School Building Sept 24th to 29th, the meeting was presided over by Mr J C Pitts president. As heretofore the Institute was conducted on the Normal plan as a school of methods and the methods of some of the prominent educators for teaching all subjects were read and carefully and enthusiastically discussed by the Institute. Many original plans for teachings were discussed by the experienced teachers which with proper application will prove helpful to the inexperienced teacher especially. The different subjects were presented by the instructors and it is hoped that much useful and needed information was imparted. The teachers were entertained by some encouraging remarks along the line of education by Profs R W Vinson and G W Smith for which we are grateful. Last but by no means least among our public speakers came our worthy county superintendent Hon, R A Loomis, who made us one of his most excellent speeches as usual along the line of education and his official relation with the teachers and schools of the county. It seemed that a perfect lull prevailed as we looked upon him with so much interest as he uttered the solemn words and charged the teachers with much emphasis that as they go to their various posts of duty go not as school keepers but as school teachers in the truest sense of the word fully conscious of their duty.

As their should be a unification in the grading system of the rural schools the high schools and colleges a system of graduation for all the schools of the rural district was offered by Mr J C Pitts principal of the city high school which was accepted by all of the teachers so far as it can be practically and advantageously applied. Since this was the last meeting for this school year and held immediately proceeding the opening of the schools it is hoped that the various methods discussed in the Institute and the many good papers read in the Scarborough Literary Society will be helpful to all of us during this school year.

Respectfully submitted A G S ATKINS


The Jimplecute Article June 16, 1911


Jefferson Colored High School by Prof E L Blackshear, Principal Prairie Views State Normal Industrial College 

Prof Blackshear in his address to the graduating class Colored High School on the evening of May 26, urged the importance of industrial training for the colored youths of Texas. He declared that it was his opinion that industrial training in some form should commence the very first day of the child's school life and continue in some form in graded steps throughout the entire course until the last day of school. He urged the colored boys to learn some useful occupation and stick to it, to save their earnings keep out of bad company and bad habits and to invest in property and acquire a home, He said he was glad to see so many people present, a large part of whom he understood were from the farm and a number were successful farmers and landowners, He expressed the opinion that the farm was the best place for the most of the colored race, because there was less of the stress of economic competition in farm life and less prejudice against negro farmers than against the negro as a mechanic, Then too, he said that the farm life was the natural, normal life a life of exercise, healthfulness, fresh air and of wholesome food. He contrasted the unwholesome conditions of the city slums and the tenements where most of the neroes dwelt ,in which consumption and other diseases were contracted which were making the death rate of the negro race greater than that of any other class of people statistics proving that the death rate of the negro was three times that of the white people. He spoke favorably and gratefully of the pleasant relations existing between the white and colored people of Jefferson and Marion county and referred to the interest shown in the development of the colored school at Jefferson by the good white people of the city, a number of whom were present at the exercises. He referred to Judge Rowell, former director of the A M and Prairie View colleges, as a true friend to the negro race and of the wise education of the negro youth. He also paid a tribute to Senator Culberson who he declared had appointed him to the position which he is now holding. Principal Blackshear commended the character and work of Professor Pitts, Principal of the Colored High School, who is also a graduate of the Prairie Views Normal and urged that industrial training should be introduced in to the colored schools, especially cooking and sewing for girls and carpentry and blacksmithing for boys.



The Jimplecute Article July 21, 1911

Teachers Elected

 The Board of Trustees have elected teachers for the Jefferson city school white for the season of 1911-12 as follows Prof C G Truitt of Salisbury Mo. Superintendent Prof Ernest Bobo, Mrs S G Vinson, Miss Cinnie Preston, Miss Lena Moseley, Mrs Jennie Barns, of Longview. All teachers of the Jefferson colored school were reelected, Prof J C Pitts is Superintendent.