Camp Palomar

Palacios, Texas

 

Conducted by
San Marcos Academy


History of Camp Palomar

The first session of Camp Palomar opened in the summer of 1919, with an attendance of seventy-two. Mr. J. C. McElhannon was director of the camp, and Mr. J. G. Smith, dean of boys. Mr. McElhannon was dean of San Marcos Academy from the fall term of 1918 to the last of the fall term of 1921. He is now attending Chicago University where he is completing his Phd. degree course. Mr. Smith was also from San Marcos Academy where he taught History.

The summer session of 1920 opened with an attendance of one hundred and fifty. The increase in attendance was due to the success of the first session and also of the students’ realization of the opportunity which the camp school offered them as a means of saving them a whole year, by completing two courses in ten weeks. Mr. McElhannon was again director of the camp and Mr. Smith was dean of boys.

The session of 1921 started with a great change. Another camp school at Lampasas, Texas was organized, with an attendance of one hundred and ten, while the attendance of Camp Palomar increased to one hundred and eighty. Mr. McElhannon remained director of Camp Palomar, while Mr. J. E. Franklin came and took the place of J. G. Smith who became director of Camp Marlamont.

The session of 1922 has now opened with an attendance of eighty. The decrease in attendance is mainly due to the financial depression of the times as parents are now, in many cases keeping their boys and girls at home and giving them work, in the place of sending them off to school.

Camp Marlamont opened with an attendance of one hundred. Captain Petty of the Tenn. Military Inst., is director of that camp in the place of Mr. J. G. Smith, who is taking special work in Chicago University.

Mr. J. E. Abney is now director of Camp Palomar in the place of Mr. McElhannon. Mr. Abney is a very efficient teacher of wide experience. He was dean of San Marcos Academy during the spring term of 1922. With the assistance of Mr. Franklin, who is dean of boys, we all believe that Mr. Abney will have a very successful summer.

The idea of a summer camp school originated with President Brown and is one of the several educational innovations, which have distinguished his term of office in the Academy.

Palacios Beacon, June 30, 1921
 


Camp Palomar Was Texas' First Summer High School

In the spring of 1919 Dr. J. V. Brown, then President of San Marcos Baptist Academy, saw the need of a summer term of school in order for students to remove some of the deficiencies in their high school courses. The problem was discussed from many angles with members of the Academy faculty, and the conclusion was reached that such opportunity for study in the summer must be offered. It appeared feasible that a program of study and recreation should be set up in order that the enterprise would be interesting and attractive to pupils. In considering the place to carry out such a combination of effort, it was found that the Baptist Encampment grounds at Palacios offered most excellent facilities. Arrangements were made with the manager of the Encampment ground to that end.
Dr. J. C. McElhannon, now the head of the English Department at Baylor University, then Dean of the Academy, was appointed to supervise the first term of the summer school at Palacios. The motto "Why Waste A Summer" was adopted and an advertising campaign was set-up. The course of study covered practically all of the literary courses in high school with piano, and expression as the fine arts. The first session was attended by more than one hundred pupils and proved to be so successful that the summer session was operated again in 1920, under the same supervision. In 1921-22 Dean J. E. Abney was the supervisor. He was followed by Dean J. G. Smith in 1923. Among the teachers who served on the faculty at different times were Misses Sara, Ada and Lou Williford, Mrs. Willie Laughter, J. E. Franklin, John Reed, Marion McGee, Mrs. M. S. Kerby, Miss Annie Blount, and others who names cannot be recalled by the writer, but whose work was in every way commendable.

This enterprise marked the beginning of recreational camps and summer schools for high school students in Texas. Others have taken up the idea and expanded it until now, twenty years later, the idea has found popular approval and numerous such enterprises are carried out. The management of the San Marcos Academy always appreciated the cordial response from the people of Palacios and near-by communities.

Palacios Beacon Progress and Historical Edition, October 19, 1939, Section D, Page 1
 


Camp Palomar Opened Tuesday
Good Attendance Greets Opening and Enthusiastic Interest Shown.
Now Planned to Make Camp Yearly Feature of San Marcos Academy.

The Camp Palomar school opened Thursday and will continue to August 15th.

All preliminary and high school subjects except Science are being taught by members of the San Marcos Academy faculty. Mr. J. C. MeElhannon, dean of the Academy, is conductor of the Camp school and teaches English; Mr. J. E. Ahney teaches mathematics; Mr. M. P. Deviney teaches history and directs sports and recreation; Miss Lara Willeford teaches Latin and Spanish and supervises the activities of the girls. Miss McFarland Ward is the teacher of expression. Mrs. J. C. McElhannon is teaching children in the intermediate grades, giving opportunity for those behind or uneven in classification to make up conditions and deficiencies. Piano is taught by Prof. Rudolph Richter, for five years director of music in the Oklahoma Woman’s College. Violin and wind instruments are taught by Prof. Albertus S. Heister, dean of Fine Arts for ten years in the Academy at San Marcos. Mrs. Cora McMullen has charge of the dining hall, where every one of the campers responds with promptness and enthusiasm at the sound of the bugle.

President J. V Brown of the Academy has been in Palacios since last Saturday getting things in readiness for the coming of the student-campers. He expresses gratification at the splendid enrollment of campers and local pupils as well.

The forenoon will be employed with an intensive program of study and instruction, while the afternoon will be devoted to study, recreation and sports.

The boys will organize a strong base ball team and will soon be ready for games with local and neighboring teams.

Arrangements have been made with Mr. Moore securing his boat, the “Opal B.” for the season. Excursion parties will enjoy sailing to various points of interest about the bay.

It is the purpose of the San Marcos Academy to make the Camp School a permanent feature of its work.

Palacios is indeed fortunate in having this body of earnest students and faculty of experienced and talented men and women for the summer season, and there is no doubt but that our people will show their appreciation with the proper greetings and support.

Palacios Beacon, June 13, 1919
 


Camp Palomar Enrollment

Following is a list of those who have enrolled for work at Camp Palomar since this school opened up, Tuesday, June 10.

Gordon Baten, Beaumont, Texas
H. T. Blankenship, Vera Cruz, Mexico
Delores Bond, Beeville, Texas
Josephine Bond, Beeville, Texas
Kirtley Brown, San Marcos, Texas
Edwin Cartwright, San Antonio, Texas
J. D. Cole, Waco, Texas
Clifford Daris, Smiley, Texas
Ralph Dayvault, Lane City, Texas
Freda Delsol, Tampico, Mexico
George Eddo, Hebronville, Texas
Alton Fairchild, Vinton, Louisiana
Martha Gilliland, Quanah, Texas
Sanford Gilliland, Quanah, Texas
Orlena Gose, Decatur, Texas
Clyde Grissom, San Antonio, Texas
Edria Louise Harris, Houston, Texas
Raymond Harris, Houston, Texas
William Heatherington, Dallas, Texas
John L. Jones, San Antonio, Texas
Marion Jones, Beeville, Texas

Ruby Jones, Beeville, Texas
Mary Jordon, Bay City, Texas
Lucile Knight, Beeville, Texas
Louise Leckie, Bay City, Texas
Margaret Leckie, Bay City, Texas
William Lee, San Antonio, Texas
Kennie Lux, Floresville, Texas
Theo Lyons, Vinton, Louisiana
Raymond McHenry, Medina, Texas
Clara Mae Martin, Hillsboro, Texas
Mildred Martin, Hillsboro, Texas
Bob Nail, Crawford, Texas
Clayton Nelson, Vinton, Louisiana
Virginia Nisbet, Henderson, Kentucky
James Pledger, San Marcos, Texas
Tom Ralph, Kirbyville, Texas
Faye Ramsey, Goliad, Texas
Jim Reagan, Beaumont, Texas
Pauline Ruse, Bay City, Texas
Harold Sanders, Hillsboro, Texas
 

Herbert Sexton, Dallas, Texas
Lillian Sykes, Nixon, Texas
Floyd Walker, San Antonio, Texas
Eula Ward, San Marcos, Texas
William Williams, San Marcos, Texas
Grace Evelyn Barnett, Palacios, Texas
Sylva Baar, Palacios, Texas
Bruce Berger, Palacios, Texas
Howard Campbell, Palacios, Texas
Madge Clement, Palacios, Texas
Jane Elder, Palacios, Texas
Ted Elder, Palacios, Texas
Victoria Elder, Palacios, Texas
Emily Margerum, Palacios, Texas
Lucy Massenburg, Palacios, Texas

Other campers are:
Mrs. Gilliland
Mrs. Chitwood
Ben Chitwood

Palacios Beacon, June 20, 1919
 


Camp Palomar Enrolls 187 Students for Third Session
.
From B. Y. P. U Assembly News

The Baby Camp of 65 students which opened under the protecting care of the B. Y. P. U. of Texas in 1919 has succeeded beyond the fondest dreams of the founders. Accepting the invitation of the Baptist Young People to establish a summer camp school, San Marcos Academy entered upon the work with heart and soul, prosecuting it with all of its characteristic thoroughness. In 1920 160 students came, and this third year the enrollment will likely pass the 200 mark. Marvels never cease.

The Encampment and the people of Palacios are squarely behind the school. New pavilions have been erected, a boys' dormitory has been donated, and excellent equipment of every kind has been set up.

The rarest opportunity possible is offered to the Baptist boys and girls of Texas to have a pleasant vacation and to be in school at the same time. Other states are following and soon every Encampment ground in the South will be the site of a Baptist Camp school where our boys and girls can spend their vacations under the supervision of strong Christian men and women. Our hats are off to the Browns and McElhannons, the pioneers in this kind of work. May their tribe increase.

Palacios Beacon, July 15, 1921
 



 

Camp Palomar’s Faculty for 1922

As in the past summers, our faculty is composed partly of the faculty of San Marcos Academy of San Marcos, Texas, under which institution’s auspices the camp is conducted. Others of the faculty, however, are from different institutions, all of which are of the first rank. We feel that our faculty is unusual for a secondary school and especially for a summer school. The following individuals compose the faculty, together with the places from which they came:

J. E. Abney, director, San Marcos Academy; J. E. Franklin, counselor for boys, San Marcos Academy; Miss Ada Willeford, counselor for girls, San Marcos Academy; Otis Knight , Spanish, San Marcos Academy; Ivan Hensley, Orchestra, Simmons College; Vaughn Maley, History, San Marcos Academy; Miss Ruth Kirkman, Latin, Masonic Home, Fort Worth; Miss Ruth Hill, Commercial, C. I. A., Denton; Miss Bernice Compere, Violin and Piano, Simmons College; Miss Sara Hensley, Art, San Marcos Academy; Miss Lucy Sue Abney, Grades, Southwest Texas Normal College; Ernest Brown, Registrar, San Marcos Academy.

Palomar Kamper, Palacios Beacon, June 21, 1922

 


Palomar Takes Last Ball Game From Collegeport

 

After getting off to a whirlwind start Palomar continued to pile up the score and defeated the Collegeport nine 14 to 6, making two out of three in the series with Collegeport.

 

The scoring started in the first inning, when Teague singled, stole second and came home on Maley's hit to center; Maley followed with a stolen base and scored on Johnson's hit. Johnson scored on Mims' hit, after which Mims went out stealing second.

 

In the second Knight singled to left and moved to second on Dearman's out and to third on Brown's hit. Knight and Brown scored on Orem 's hit to right. Teague then followed with a hit and both runners scored on Maley's hit. In the fourth Orem singled and moved to third on Teague's hit to center. Orem scored and Teague went to second on Maley's out; Teague later scored on Johnson's hit. Johnson stole second and advanced on Mims' out and came home on a passed ball. Orem hit to center in the eighth an went to second on Teague's easy grounder and scored on Maley's hit to center.

 

In the last inning Mims started with a double to left, Wade then fanned and Wood hit to second, who fumbled; Mims went to third and Wood was safe on first. Both men then scored on Dearman's triple to right, and Dearman scored also on a bad peg into home.

 

Collegport scored one in the third on two hits and a stolen base, and one in the fourth the same way. They scored three in the seventh on a walk, a hit and two errors, and one in the eighth on an error and an overthrow to second.

 

PALOMAR

 

Players

Pos

AB

H

R

E

Brown

ss

6

1

1

1

Orem

2b

6

4

3

0

Teague

3b

5

3

3

1

Maley

c

4

3

1

0

Johnson

rf

4

2

2

0

Garrison

rf

1

0

0

0

Mims

lf

5

3

1

0

Young

cf

3

0

0

0

Wade

cf

1

0

0

0

Knight

1b

1

0

1

0

Wood

1b

1

0

1

0

Dearman

p

5

3

1

0

Totals

 

45

20

14

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLLEGEPORT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Players

Pos

AB

H

R

E

Richmond

ss

5

0

1

1

Burdett

lf

5

1

2

0

Lee

c

5

2

1

0

Duckworth

ss

3

0

0

1

Daniels

3b

4

0

0

1

Knowles

rf

4

1

0

0

Powers

1b

2

0

0

0

Barber

1b

1

0

0

0

Spore [Spoor?]

cf

4

2

1

0

Brasfield

p-1b

2

0

1

0

Segg

p

3

1

0

0

Totals

 

38

7

6

3

 

 

Palacios Beacon?, July 21, 1922
 


Camp Palomar Student Body

Edward Arnold, Lissie, Tex.
Richard Barkley, Ranger, Tex.
Wilbur Beeler, San Antonio, Tex.
Ruby Brown, Waco, Tex.
Robert Barker, San Antonio, Tex.
Eugene Beville, Jacksonville, Tex.
Iona Brown, Orange, Tex.
William Barron, San Benito, Tex.
Jewell Bullock, Hearne, Tex.
Claude Bloss, Okeemah, Okla.
Maurice Berry, Palacios, Tex.
Opal Bonner, Palacios, Tex.
Alice Bussey, Timpson, Tex.
Jack Bussey, Timpson, Tex.
Edith Crownover, Grandview, Tex.
J. G. Cleveland, Union, Miss.
Raymond Carlton, Freeport, Tex.
Edmund Corlery, Palacios, Tex.
Francis Dawdy, Palacios, Tex.
Loree Duff, Breckenridge, Tex.
E. L. Duff, Breckenridge, Tex.
Frank Drury, Ranger Tex.
Lowry Dearman, San Marcos, Tex.
J. F. Dixon, Corpus Christi, Tex.
Roy Ellis, San Marcos, Tex.

Alice Fortney, Port Neches, Tex.
Mary Fortney, Port Neches, Tex.
Paul Fortney, Port Neches, Tex.
Ralph Fritz, Mercedes, Tex.
Lois Fritz, Mercedes, Tex.
Pointexter Grogan, Conroe, Tex.
Chesley Grogan, Conroe, Tex.
Ouida Grogan, Conroe, Tex.
William Garrett, Edna, Tex.
Eunice Garrett, Edna, Tex.
Lynn Gilstrap, Wheelock, Tex.
Laverne Gardner, Kingsville, Tex.
Tilton Garrison, San Benito, Tex.
Vivian Head, San Antonio, Tex.
Donnie Hood, San Antonio, Tex.
Ralph Hutchins, Grand View, Tex.
Fred Howard, Lissie, Tex.
Maud Hill, Austin, Tex.
Melvin Jones, Nixon, Tex.
Travis Kerby, San Marcos, Tex.
Lenore Lee, Glidden, Tex.
Travis Luther, Palacios, Tex.
Minnie Love, Beeville, Tex.
Edward Millican, San Marcos, Tex.
Gladys Monroe, Wallis, Tex.

Bert Mims, Freeport, Tex.
Marguerite Nester, Palacios, Tex.
William Orem, Houston, Tex.
Pearl Patterson, Palacios, Tex.
Claire Partain, Palacios, Tex.
Louise Partain, Palacios, Tex.
Lillian Phillips, Palacios, Tex.
Willie Belle Pack, Bay City, Tex.
Maxine Price, Palacios, Tex.
Beatrice Roberts, San Antonio, Tex.
Marvin Sanders, Palacios, Tex.
Luella Smith, Palacios, Tex.
Gertrude Stewart, Palacios, Tex.
W. L. Scarborough, Kingsville, Tex.
Clifford Teague, Sugarland, Tex.
Ruth Ward, Dallas, Tex.
Elizabeth Ward, Dallas, Tex.
T. J. Walne, Louisville, Ky.
Vernon Whellis, Easterly, Tex.
Lucille Wheeler, Palacios, Tex.
Kunkel Wade, Clarksville, Tex.
Dave Walker, St. Jo., Tex.
Elbert Walling, Houston, Tex.
Dale Woods, Elgin, Tex.
Donald Wallace, Breckenridge, Tex.
James Young, Port Arthur, Tex.

Palomar Kamper, Palacios Beacon, July 27, 1922