For six or eight weeks in the summer of 1906 the facilities of the Palacios College were made available for a summer normal school which was conducted by Professor W. T. Pollard, then County Superintendent of Schools in Bay City, Texas. It is probable that the facilities were furnished without cost to the normal for the advertising value of the summer session. Those attending, however, paid rent for the use of the dormitory rooms and board was paid directly to the dormitory matron who operated the kitchen and dining room.
The faculty of the summer normal included the following: Mr. W. T. Pollard, conductor, who taught school management an psychology; Rev. W. H. Travis, who taught mathematics; Mrs. Claire F. Pollard, who taught history and history of education; Miss Mary J. White, who taught the elementary subjects; Miss Linnie Wolf, who taught English; and Miss Helen Ford, who taught primary methods of teaching.
A Mrs. People was engaged to manage the dormitory, but resigned after a few days and Mrs. M. E. Ayres of Bay City was secured as matron for the remainder of the session.
This summer normal is significant because is shows that the college had gained the respect and support of the school people in the vicinity. Furthermore, this should be regarded as one of the educational contributions of the institution to this locality.
A History of Palacios College, by Rupert
Ayres Elliott, August, 1938, pp 34-35
The summer Normal School for teachers opened at the old school building Monday morning with an attendance fully up to expectations and settled down to the real work of the session with an interest and enthusiasm which promise to make it one of the most successful and profitable Normals held in the state this year. The school will continue for seven weeks, and is in charge of Prof. R. E. Scott, superintendent of the Bay City schools, as conductor. His assistants are Prof. W. A. Holland, principal of the Columbus high school; and Prof. R. S. Kingham, principal of the Rockport high school. Miss Leona Dodd, of Lockhart, instructor in primary methods, will be here during the last three weeks of the session. Forty-five students were enrolled Monday and Tuesday. More will arrive next week, and it is expected that the attendance will reach seventy-five or more. Following is a list of those now in attendance:
Palacios Beacon, June 13, 1913
The second summer normal at Palacios opened at the new high school building Monday morning, at which fifty-five teachers are enrolled, and more coming in every day. The instructors are: Prof. W. A. Holland, superintendent of Columbus schools, conductor; Prof. Gill, of Palestine; Prof. Scott, Bay City; Prof. Skinner and Mrs. Huffman, of Palacios. The normal meets each morning at 7:30 and remains in session until one o’clock in the afternoon, giving the teachers the last half of the day for rest and recreation. Splendid work is being done, and the visiting teachers are delighted with Palacios, declaring it the ideal place for a summer normal. Following is a list of the teachers enrolled:
Maurice Walker, Altair
Jas. Harbison, Palacios
A. C. Rogers, Palacios
M. C. Joyner, Bakersfield, Mo.
Miss Florence Moore, Palacios
Miss Inez Patterson, Cedar Lake
Palacios Summer Normal
The Palacios Summer
Normal opened Monday with an enrollment of over sixty, a much larger
attendance than was had last year, and which it is expected will
reach over eighty by next week, and with as enthusiastic a corps of
teachers and pupils as will be found anywhere in the south.
The Normal is in
charge of Prof. H. L. B. Skinner, supt. of the Palacios schools, as
W. C. Gray, County Superintendent, teacher of methods and management;
Prof. Laslie, supt. of Collegeport schools, teacher of mathematics;
Miss Josephine Smith, of Bay City schools, teacher of English and History;
Miss Alma D. Huffman,
principal Palacios primary department, reading and Primary methods.
The Normal reporter says "Our teachers are not to be excelled in this country we think, and we think if we will only give them our attention and do their bidding that we will pass through that trying ordeal at the end of the Normal unharmed."
Following is a list of
those attending the Normal:
Palacios Beacon, June 18, 1915
The Normal student body is gradually increasing and we have good reasons to believe that our enrollment will reach 85 by the last of this week. The most noteworthy fact is the increase in interest due of course to the skillful management of the faculty.
County Superintendent Gray says he has one district in this county that he would not recommend other than an athlete to teach the school. We learn later that Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Rogers have contracted for the school. Lucky for the district board we think.
Mr. Chas. Yeamans visited the dear people at Collegeport over Sunday.
Supt. Gray took a trip out to Buckeye Wednesday afternoon. He also spent Saturday and Sunday at the county seat.
Who knows what town in Rhode Island explains why "ma" couldn't find it?
Miss Ivah Smith will teach at Bonus near Wharton, the ensuing term.
Miss Jessie Merck, of Collegeport, who secured a 6 year certificate in the recent county examination has contracted for the DeMoss school.
Miss Leafa Green, who finished a successful term of school at Midfield a short time ago, has contracted her services at that place for another term.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Pepper and Willie Rednond spent a very enjoyable Sunday at Mrs. Rogers father's, Mr. R. J. Redmond.
Mrs. Laslie was a passenger to Bay City Monday morning.
Mr. Wheeler took professional training in the peanut patch Saturday.
Mr. Drury has manufactured a new word, "yankess," the feminine of yankee.
Miss Hazel Johnson visited the Normal Tuesday in company with Mrs. Kellogg.
Prof. Midgett, Supt. of the Blessing high school paid our Normal a visit last Friday.
Below are the names of those who have enlisted since our last writing:
H. P. Smith, Blessing
Palacios Beacon, June 18, 1915
In visiting the summer normal the first of the week we were impressed with the unusually bright, energetic, attractive, membership, all of whom seemed very enthusiastic and determined to make this a most successful session. As we can assure all. Palacios is the ideal place for a summer normal, and the large airy rooms in the high school building are peculiarly fitted for just such gatherings. There is an exceptionally strong corps of teachers, including:
W. C. Gray, county superintendent
Palacios Beacon, June 0, 1916
The first session of
the Palacios Summer Normal opened Monday morning at the High School
building with an enrollment of 30 despite the very inclement
weather, and five more have since enrolled. This was very gratifying
to the faculty as well as to all others here who are interested in
school work and the better preparation of teachers for our schools,
both city and rural.
The faculty for the Palacios Summer Normal is composed of some of the best instructors of the state, ones who rank with those of the Rice Institute and other like institutions.
Prof. Miller, as the conductor,
H. A. Echols,
W. C. Gray,
Miss Linnie Wolf, A. D.;
Marianna Elder, A. B.; and
Mrs. Elma D. Huffman
compose the faculty.
Palacios Beacon, June 27, 1919
The Faculty for the Normal this summer is given as follows with the scholastic connection each held during the last session of school:
M. H. Morris,
conductor, A. B. Peabody College; Principal Oak Cliff Grammar
The student body during the summer has been especially a serious one, in that practically every member came here for a definite purpose. It is generally believed that the students will come up to the high standard set by preceding Normals regarding the large per cent of those successful in gaining their certificates.
The enrollment in the Normal by counties is as follows:
Matagorda – R. W. Margerum, Grace Terry, Hattie Lee Patterson, Iva Lee Reynolds, Minnie Gray, Pearle E. Margerum, Erie Starr, Eldridge Ramige, L. G. Margerum, Ruby Wilkerson, Mable Pasal, Margaret Danielson, Paul Stanford, Mary Hiberg [Highberg?], Madge Clements, Rachel Brown, Ruby Starr, Clara Schley, Beulah Price, Inez Horne, Oliver Elliott, Minnie Viets, Myrtle Morris, Laura Barnell, Fern Tabler, Eva Murdoch, Wilma Grover, Lila Thornhill, Lena Maxwell, Daisy Hale, Fay Teat, Helen Ward, Mrs. O. L. Williams, Mrs. Sallie McCarty, Effie Lee Crawford, Emily M. Margerum, Bernice Crawford, Mrs. Bula E. Bowden, Louise Billings, Mrs. J. D. Lague.
Wharton – Naomi Clark, M. P. Meek, Eulalia Jansen, Leona Elwood, Alma Whitley, Mrs. C. E. Neely, Grace Bloom, Dessie Sullivan, Matilda Poulsen, Anna Poulson.
Colorado – Mrs. M. L. Heiman, Mrs. M. R. Persons, Lois Ricks, Clarence Kollman, Aurell McLellan, Bess McLellan, Hazel Uhlig.
Harris – Opal Cummings, Novella Vaughn, Esther Cotton, Frances Chilton.
Grimes – Stella Mae Dickson.
Gonzales – Nettye Gray.
Ellis – Mrs. R. B. Blair.
Brazoria – Carrie Mae Follett.
Jackson – Marie Schmidt, Vesta Lee, Nellie Slaikeu, Eunice Traylor.
Palacios Beacon, August 4, 1922
The Palacios Summer Normal, which is now drawing to a close, has an enrollment of 87, many of whom came from far up-state and some even from other states. To those who wish to devote at least a part of the summer months to study, the prospect of enjoying the cooling gulf breeze tipped the scale in favor of Palacios as compared to the enervating and exhausting heat of the inland schools. Added to the physical comfort is the knowledge that the instructors are thoroughly competent, capable and obliging, willing at all times to give that personal help that means much toward the success or failure of the students work.
This year’s normal has truly been a splendid success and those of its students who go forth to work in the schools of the state have gained much in all that pertains to successful teaching.
The following is the present
August 3, 1923
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