Industrial Denison, 1909:
Harshaw Academy is another strong and long
established institution that adds the literary to the commercial course, when
desired, and provides for special instruction in elective studies. . . .
The founder, G. L. Harshaw, lived in a two-story frame house at
1003 West Nelson Street. L. R. Powell, the Academy'’s vice president, came from
Mississippi to head the academic department. His home at 1431 West Main Street
offered boarding accommodations for students.
Harshaw Academy may have
replaced the Denison Commercial College, which had been built in 1890 at 500
West Main and later became the first Denison Hotel. However, both were described
in a publication of 1909.
900-902 West Main Street
Harshaw’s Academy, an early business college, was
established about the turn of the century. It was housed in a two-story building
with a gabled roof at the southwest corner of Scullin Avenue and Main
Street. ~ ~ ~ Billy Holcomb, ca2000
L. Harshaw's 1908 obituary says he engaged in school work in Denison
for 23 years. He opened the Denison Literaray Academy before
1908; soon, thereafter its name changed to Gate City Literary
& Commercial Academy. Harshaw seems to have operated a kind
of finishing school for those seeking white-collar jobs. He
emphasized office skills. Most of the students were men, but a
few women attended. The school operated until 1907.
Initially it was housed in the Harshaw home at 1431 West Main
Street. Then it moved to 900 W. Main St., and staff member L.R.
Powell lived at 1431, where he "maintained boarding accomodations
for students". At that point, the Harshaws had a separate 2-story
home at 1003 West Nelson.
John Harrison Harshaw (1869 - 1935),
nephew of George L. Harshaw, taught grammar at the Academy before
becoming a railway postal clerk, running most of the time out of Deison
to San Antonio on the Katy Flyer.
to Denison High School sports records, the Denison Yellow Jacket
football team played Harshaw's Academy a time or two in football.
Denison won by a landslide; Denison High School probably had a
lot more boys to choose from for their team. Probably with the
lack or transportation and equipment needed, finding teams to
play against was rather difficult. This would have been a local
game with no transporation necessarty. ~ ~ ~ "I Love Denison, Texas and it's History!"
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