Brazos County Historical Timeline
1875-1899

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1875
Feb Stearne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is given land.
Feb 8 Austin $32,000 appropriated for the erection of a Mess Hall for the A&M College.
Mar 9 Austin Passage by the Texas Legislature of an act providing for the government of the A&M College.
Jun 1 Bryan First meeting of the original Board of Directors of the A&M College. Gov. Richard Coke, ex officio chairman.
Jun 21 Wellborn Wm.E. Fletcher appointed postmaster at Wellborn.
Oct 8 Macy T. Burr appointed postmaster at Macy.
A&M College The first building for the new Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas is completed. It would be known as "Old Main".
Bryan Bryan Academy founded, utilizing facilities of Odd Fellows University.
1876
Mar 16 Curds Prairie Henry D. Lawless appointed postmaster at Curds Prairie.
Jun A&M College A boarding hall is completed for the A&M College. In 1898 the building was named in honor of Texas A&M's first president, Thomas S. Gathright. The late architect and University Archivist Ernest Langford '13, a noted authority on the campus' early buildings, described the building as follows: "Gathright Hall was similar in many ways to Old Main. The same kind of bricks were used; exterior walls were load-bearing; interior walls, floors and roof framing were of timber construction. The dormitory portion had a simple gable roof over it while the four story annex, described first as 'the president's residence' had its fourth floor under a mansard roof."
Jun 13 A&M College Texas Senate committee inspecting the new college before the opening of classes states in their report: The committee are of the opinion that the college should be open to both sexes. The endowment was intended for all.
Jun 15 A&M College The first faculty appointed. Thomas Sanford Gathright elected president. Jefferson Davis was the first choice for president but declined and recommended Gathright.
Jul 17 Curds Prairie Curds Prairie Post office discontinued.
Oct 2 A&M College The Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas opens its doors to enroll students.
Oct 4 A&M College Governor Richard Coke, accompanied by A&M's first president, Thomas Gathright, addressed a meager gathering of local Bryan, Texas, residents, well-wishers, faculty, and only six male students during inaugural ceremonies held on campus. Though early catalogs do not specifically prohibit women, they only refer to "boys" in matters pertaining to the rules and regulations of the college.
Nov 7 National Election Day
Rutherford Hayes elected 19th President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Tilden.
1877
A&M College Five residences for professors constructed for $3,000 each.
Bryan Citizens voted to establish a public school system and to levy property tax for its support.
Bryan Post office moved to 24th and Main, A. D. McConnico, Postmaster.
Jan Bryan Richard M. Smith, a practicing attorney, founded the Brazos Pilot Newspaper. His father, R.J. Smith, and uncle, George I. Goodrich, were journalists who had worked in Bryan earlier.
Jan 29 College Station Post office site location report: About 6 miles east of Brazos River & 3 miles west of Carters Creek; post office would serve about 700 inhabitants; signed H.D. Parsons.
Feb 7 College Station Henry D. Parsons appointed postmaster at College Station.
April Mount Enterprise Primitive Baptist Church is given land.
May 1 Bryan Alex McConnico appointed postmaster at Bryan.
May 15 Galveston The Galveston Daily News reports: Mr. H.A. Moore, who has been postmaster at Bryan for 6 years past, has been removed by Postmaster- General Key, & Mr. A.D. McConnico has been appointed in his stead. Moore is a Radical, & McConnico is a Democrat. We learn that the ground of complaint against the former was that he had left his office without leave of absence, & Mr. Moore himself says that after Tilden's election he concluded that his time was up, & he accordingly went to Galveston in quest of other employment.
Jun 25 A&M College A total of 106 "Aggies" or "Farmers" as they were soon called, were in attendance at closing exercises of the first school term.
Aug 16 Benchley Post office discontinued.
Fall A&M College Enrollment for the 1877-78 term is 331 students.
Dec Bryan Conference of African Methodist Episcopal Church meets
1878
A&M College The first paper at A&M, The Texas Collegian is started by the Austin and Calliopean literary societies. They later would publish the College Journal from 1889 to 1893.
A&M College The first mention of "stag" dances appears, published in the Texas Collegian, the campus newspaper. The custom of holding these all-male dances, where selected cadets are designated as "girls," continues into the 1920s.
Jan 17 Steele's Store Post office site location report: Located 2 miles east of Brazos River & 2 miles west Little Brazos River; village population 200, about 75% African American; signed H.B. Steele.
Jan 30 Steele's Store Henry B. Steele appointed postmaster at Steele's Store.
Feb St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church is given land.
Feb 26 Millican Post office site location report: located 6 miles east of Brazos River & 7 miles west of Navasota "creek"; signed W.H. McMichael.
Feb 26 Weddington Post office site location report: located 11 or 12 miles west of Navasota River & 4 miles east of Carters Creek; post office would serve population of 100 to 300; signed Robert L. Weddington.
Mar 5 Weddington Robert L. Weddington appointed postmaster at Weddington.
May Bowman Creek Methodist Episcopal Church is given land.
May 6 College Station Ed B. Pugh appointed postmaster at College Station.
May 21 Weddington Weddington post office discontinued.
Sept Brazos Co An African American temperance organization is founded
Nov Brazos Co Elias Mayes, an African American, is elected to the Texas Legislature.
Fall A&M College Enrollment for the 1878-79 term is 248 students.
1879
Feb Nathan and Elmira Adams give land for an African American school.
Feb The cornerstone for Allen Chapel is laid.
Jun 26 Houston At Batchelor's Hall in Houston, former cadets living in Houston hosted a reception for A&M cadets. At the meeting students agrred to hold a meeting of former cadets at the 1880 commencement.
Aug Bryan Rev. S.W. Marston, of St. Louis, superintendant of missions for Freedmen, holds an institute for "colored ministers.
Fall A&M College Enrollment for the 1879-80 term is 144 students.
Oct John and Isabella Love give land for a Methodist Church
Nov 22 A&M College After an on campus scandal regarding cadet promotions an investigation was held by the governor and the board of directors. The Directors decided to fire the entire faculty except for one professor, and including President Gathright effective December 1, 1879.
A&M College Appointment of John Garland James as president; curricula reduced to three years.
1880
Brazos Co 1880 Census reports Brazos Co population is 13,576.
Bryan U. S. Post Office at 24th and Main burned.
Bryan First tax supported school opened under name of Bryan Grade School.
Jan 5 Macy Nathan B. McKinney appointed postmaster at Macy.
Mar 15 Macy William Newman appointed postmaster at Macy.
Jun 6 A&M College Eleven Former cadets were present at the first on campus meeting of former students. They resolved that at every commencement of the college as many former cadets as possible would gather. The Board of Directors agreed to set aside a day at each commencement for this meeting.
Jun 23 A&M College William Harrison Brown and Louis John Kopke, the first graduates from the A&M College of Texas, both received civil engineering degrees. Brown was from Navasota and Kopke from San Felipe. The Commencement speech was given by Judge W.W. Lang of Marlin.
Oct Bryan Bryan public school for "colored students" has twenty students.
Oct New Galilee Methodist Church is given land.
Nov Brazos Co Dennis Ballard, an African American, is elected county commissioner.
Nov 2 National Election Day
James Garfield elected 20th President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Hancock.
1881
Jan Bryan Rev. R.H. Cain, Bishop of the A.M.E. Church visits Bryan.
Mar Bethel Methodist Church purchases land.
Jun 14 Millican John D. McLeod appointed postmaster at Millican.
July 2 Washington D.C. President James Garfield is shot in a Washington railroad station by an embittered attorney who had sought a consular post.
Sept 19 New Jersey President James Garfield dies from an infection as a result of the gun shot he recieved. Vice-President Cester Arthur is sworn in as the 21st President of the United States.
Oct Roan's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church purchases land.
Dec Bowman Creek Methodist Episcopal Church is given land.
1882
A&M College May W. Cole, the 13 year-old daughter of one of the early A&M professors, James Reid Cole, begins a diary of her life on the campus. The diary will ultimately cover the years 1882 to 1885. In October of 1882, May records the formation of a choir with several local girls and six cadets. Cole's entry for October 10th, 1884, reads: "There is sorrow in the College Campus tonight. Death has again entered there and little Willie Bringhurst is an Angel. He was taken sick a week ago yesterday with the Flux and this morning at 10 minutes of 4 o'clock he died . . . . There was no school at the College to day, nor at our little school in the evening. Mama sat up at Mrs. Bringhurst's this evening. The "Mrs. Bringhurst" that May mentions is Nettie Bringhurst, daughter of General Sam Houston and later Poet Laureate of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Her husband is a faculty member and later teaches in the Bryan schools. Very little is known about the extent of her activities on the campus, but given her family associations and the local interest in military history and her own role in promoting interest in Texas history and mythology, it is hard to imagine that she is also not a prominent personality. Many if not all of the cadets would have been keen to learn about her father and his exploits. The San Jacinto Day celebration is an important event on the campus by the early 1890s and may influence the evolution of the Muster tradition.
Bryan Richard M. Smith sold the Brazos Pilot to Luther W. Clark and was replaced as editor. Smith would return to the Pilot from 1886 to 1889 and again in the early 1890s. Like Smith, Clark was an attorney, serving, in fact, as Brazos County attorney at the time of his purchase of the Pilot. Smith described him as "a gentleman of clever capacity as a writer, combining the essential elements of sound discretion, spice and individuality, eminently conservative, and very proper withal."
Sep 23 Bryan J. Allen Myers appointed postmaster at Bryan.
Dec Bryan Conference of African Methodist Episcopal Church meets.
Dec 6 Millican Franklin M Jowers appointed postmaster at Millican.
Dec 24 College Station The storehouse, with stock of merchandise, owned by Mr. E.B. Pugh, at College Station, was entirely destroyed by fire last night. The fire is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. Mr. PUGH was at the college attending the cadets' ball when the fire was discovered, & before he was able to reach the store it was almost entirely consumed. He was insured in the Liverpool Company for $2700, which will cover about half his loss. Galveston Daily News
1883
Bryan First telephone connection between campus and Bryan.
A&M College Railroad builds first depot at the A&M College and begins to make regular stops.
A&M College With the opening of The University of Texas in Austin, legislative funding for A&M withered. Epidemics of measles and dysentery and numerous cases of pneumonia struck the faculty and students. Seven deaths occurred during the winter. Student enrollment dropped to 108 and The Galveston Daily News wrote that the A&M College should be closed and its buildings converted into a lunatic asylum. Much of the faculty and President James left the College without resigning.
Brazos Co The Official Record of the U.S. shows J.A. Myers, postmaster at Bryan, received compensation of $2,000. J.D. White, born in Missouri, served as a clerk at the Bryan Post Office, with a salary of $25 per month. J.E. Smith, postmaster at College Station, received $394.36 in compensation. F. Newman, postmaster at Macy, received $60.77 in compensation. A.G. Steele, postmaster at Millican, received $322.82 in compensation. H.B. Steele, postmaster at Steele's Store, received $25.60 in compesation. J.N. Farquhar, postmaster at Wellborn, received $31.50 for 6 months.
Jan 29 Wellborn John N. Farquhar appointed postmaster at Wellborn.
Mar 15 College Station John E. Smith appointed postmaster at College Station.
Mar 15 Millican Aug. G. Steele appointed postmaster at Millican.
Mar 21 Macy Felix Newman appointed postmaster at Macy.
Apr 1 A&M College James Reid Cole appointed acting president of the A&M College.
Jun 26 A&M College Former cadets gathered together at commencement to live over again their college days, the victories and defeats won and lost upon the drill field and in the classroom. For the first time a "roll call" was included. These annual gatherings were the beginning of what would become Aggie Muster. The Ex-Cadets association would become inactive after this meeting.
July Millican A "colored Baptist convention" is held.
Jul 19 A&M College Office of the president abolished. Office of Chairman of the Faculty established.
Jul 23 A&M College Hardaway Hunt Dinwiddie appointed Chairman of the Faculty.
August Brazos Co Jefferson Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church is given land.
Sept Bryan Bryan Blacks sue for the right to ride in first class railroad coaches.
1884
Apr 8 Macy George A. Hunt appointed postmaster at Macy.
Mar 9 Galveston The Galveston Daily News reports Mr.John Allen Myers, postmaster, will move the post office into the PARKER & FLIPPEN building on the 1st.
May 9 College Station Samuel C. Hoffman appointed postmaster of College Station.
Bryan First public school graduates completed the 10th Grade.
Nov 4 National Election Day
Grover Cleveland elected 22nd President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Cleveland.
Dec 20 Allen Farm Post Office Site Location Report: About 50 people lived in village; post office would serve about 300 people total; located 2 miles north of Brazos River & mile south of Big Creek; post office located about 20 feet from railroad track; signed Augustus May Henslee.
1885
Jan 19 Allen Farm Augustus May Henslee appointed postmaster at AllenFarm.
March Bryan The city of Bryan buys land for an African American school.
Aug 3 Allen Farm Richard E Williams appointed postmaster at AllenFarm.
Nov 2 Bryan John Q. Tabor appointed postmaster at Bryan.
1886
Bryan First National Bank of Bryan chartered.
Jan 6 AllenFarm David C Jarrell appointed postmaster at AllenFarm.
Jun 1 A&M College The Alumni Association of the A&M College established. Membership was limited to former students that had recieved degrees even though no degrees were issued between 1883 and 1887.
Jul 24 Wellborn John H. Royder appointed postmaster at Wellborn.
Jul 31 Harvey James W. Barron appointed postmaster at Harvey.
Aug Millican Millican Charge Methodist Episcopal Church purchases land.
1887
Bryan Bryan Compress Company began operating.
A&M College Pfeuffer Hall, the first building constructed on the campus solely to house students is completed for a cost of $11,500. It was named in honor of George Pfeuffer, president of the A&M Board of Directors who was instrumental in gaining its construction. Unfortunately for A&M, Pfeuffer died suddenly of a stroke on September 15, 1886, before he could see the project completed. It was only fitting that A&M named the new dormitory for the man responsible for its construction.
A&M College Curricula extended to four years.
Apr 13 College Station William C. Boyett appointed postmaster of College Station.
June Brazos Co The Brazos Light Guards, an African American group, are organized.
Nov 23 Millican The Fort Worth Daily Gazette reports that burglars entered the post office & drug store of Steele Bros. last night & blew open the safe and took $160 belonging to the firm, $30 deposited by other parties, & about $50 in stamps & stamped envelopes. A fuse about a foot long was found on the floor. They procured tools at a blacksmith shop near by to get into the house.
Nov 30 Millican The Fort Worth Daily Gazette reports that Captain Dawson, deputy U.S. marshal, brought down Carson, the alleged safe cracker, supposed to be the man who blew open the postoffice safe on the 22nd inst., for examining trial. Carson's witnesses failing to appear, he was committed to jail until the 16th of Dec., when he will be tried. Inspector Randal is confident that we have the right man.
Dec 11 A&M College Faculty Chairman Dinwiddie died.
1888
Jan 24 A&M College Louis Lowry McInnis appointed Chairman of the Faculty.
Jan 25 A&M College Establishment of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station as a division of the college, under provisions of the Hatch Act.
Mar 27 Tabor Post office site location report: Original name requested was "Jackson"; "Tabor" was approved instead; 12 miles east of Brazos River & 2 miles north of Wixon Creek; signed Millard Filmore Jackson.
May 24 Tabor Millard F. Jackson appointed postmaster at Tabor.
Aug 10 Allen Farm name changed to Alligator.
Oct 4 Macy Matt McDonald appointed postmaster at Macy.
Oct 29 Alligator name changed back to AllenFarm.
Nov Brazos Co Several African Americans hold office; Elias Mayes is again elected to the Texas Legislature; H.M. Maddox and D.B. Ballard are elected county commissioners; and Powell Harvey is elected constable.
Nov 6 National Election Day
Benjamin Harrison elected 23rd President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Cleveland.
A&M College Austin Hall completed for a cost of $11,000.
1889
Bryan Bryan Water,Inc. & Electric Light Co.,Inc. contracted to furnish water for the City.
A&M College A&M's first college newspaper, the "College Journal", was published. It was sponsored by the Austin and Calliopean literary societies.
Jan 17 Macy William A. Reed appointed postmaster at Macy.
Apr 22 A&M College Assembly Hall dedicated. The Austin and Calliopean literary societies reported that "as the stone was placed in position, a salute of thirteen guns was fired by the artillery detachments from the second class...the building is to be used for any general assembly of the corps of cadets, for religious services and commencement exercises. The building faces the station and presents an imposing sight to the passengers on the daily trains."
May Bryan The Brazos Pilot is sold to William D. Cox, former owner of the Temple Times.
May Brazos Co Charlotte Ballard leaves land to the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Jul 19 A&M College First class ring designed by the Class of '89. Featured intertwined AMC design.
Oct 24 Bryan Richard M. Smith, late of the Brazos Pilot, began publication of a new weekly, The Bryan Eagle, located on Main Street in downtown Bryan on the site of the future F.W. Woolworth store, now closed. "Mr. J.L. Hearne, one of Bryan's oldest and most substantial business men had sufficient confidence in the success of The Eagle to have erected a handsome building for its use," Smith wrote in The Eagle.
Nov 11 AllenFarm James P Norman appointed postmaster at AllenFarm.
Nov 30 Kurten Post office site location report: Original requested was "Raymond"; "Kurten" was approved instead; post office would serve population of 1200 to 1500; signed Horace Harvey Raymond.
Dec 12 Tabor Zach R. Guess appointed postmaster at Tabor.
1890
Brazos Co 1890 Census reports Brazos Co population is 16,650.
Bryan 1890 Census reports Bryan's population is 2,979.
A&M College Installation of first electric lighting system on campus.
Jan 29 Kurten Horace H. Raymond appointed postmaster at Kurten.
Feb Brazos Co Macedonia Baptist Church purchases land.
Feb 4 Bryan J. Allen Myers appointed postmaster at Bryan.
Mar 3 AllenFarm name changed to Ella. Hilliard L Cone appointed postmaster at Ella.
Apr 1 Ella Post Office Site Location Report: Post office name "Ella"; 2 miles north of Brazos River & mile south of Big Creek; signed H.L. CONE
Apr 18 Harvey Amos W. Buchanan appointed postmaster at Harvey.
June Brazos Co A.H. Colwell, principal of the African American public school in Bryan, is replaced as a census taker by a white man
Jun 7 A&M College Office of Chairman of the Faculty abolished.
Jul 1 A&M College William Lorraine Bringhurst, vice chairman and professor of English, named acting president.
Jul 1 A&M College Gov. Lawrence Sullivan Ross appointed president effective Jan 20,1891, when his term as governor ended. Elizabeth Ross, wife of President Sul Ross, finds conditions so desolate and decrepit that she returns with her family to Austin shortly after her husband takes office.
Sept Brazos Co Mt. Olive Baptist Church purchases land.
Sep 5 Kurten Henry F. Prinzel appointed postmaster at Kurten.
Sep 25 Bryan Richard M. Smith sold the Bryan Eagle to William D. Cox.
1891
A&M College A new dormitory that would be known as Ross Hall constructed. It was a three-story red brick building measuring approximately 111 by 54 feet. It contained only 41 rooms, all heated by wood burning stoves instead of the central heating plant requested by the Board of Directors. The interior was stark, a central hallway with rooms on either side on each of the three floors. There were no baths or toilettes. Not until 1912 would these modern conveniences make their appearance in Ross. It was, however, the elaborate exterior that made the building more than just a dormitory. Here the architect, E.M. Heiner of Houston, employed all the skills of his craft. The complexity of design created numerous problems. Chimneys had to be warped as much as forty-five degrees to keep from cutting into the rafters. The design was so unorthodox that President Lawrence Sullivan Ross had serious doubts which he communicated to the architect. Not until the building was finished was the faculty satisfied that the structure would stand.
A&M College A new home for the president of the college is constructed. The home was described as an "elegant mansion." It was to be the new home of governor Lawrence S. Ross, who had accepted the A&M presidency. At a cost of $44,500, it was as elegant as architect E.T. Heiner could make it. It was two stories in height with a steep hipped roof. The large rooms had twelve-foot ceilings. Highly decorative two-story porches extended around the sides. To the late architect Ernest Langford '13, the old home was everything one could expect of an elegant mansion of the period.
Jan Brazos New Liberty Baptist Church purchases land.
Jan 22 Harvey Waller T. Wood appointed postmaster at Harvey.
1892
Bryan Sixth Courthouse for Brazos County completed.
A&M College The President's home completed.
A&M College Ross Hall completed at a cost of $20,000.
A&M College Mechanical Engineering Shops completed at a cost of $11,500.
Jan 8 Ella David C Jarrell appointed postmaster.
Jun Bryan The Eagle, still a weekly, published a "Daily Commencement Edition" in conjunction with week-long graduation activities at A&M, which sat on a prairie far to the south of Bryan proper.
Jul 29 Stone City Post office site location report: Located 1/8 mile east of Brazos River & 1 miles from Little Brazos River; post office would serve population of 300 or 400; signed Clifford A. Harris.
Aug 29 Stone City Cliff Harris appointed postmaster at Stone City.
Oct Brazos Co Salem Baptist Church purchases land.
Oct 3 Macy William C. Newman appointed postmaster at Macy.
Sep 30 Tabor Chas. H. Holmes appointed postmaster at Tabor.
Nov 8 National Election Day
Grover Cleveland elected 24th President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Cleveland.
1893
A&M Colleg Ethel Hutson, daughter of a history and English professor, attends as a "lecture student." She is considered an honorary member of the class of 1895. She serves on the editorial staff of the Olio (1895), the first A&M yearbook.
A&M College First power plant completed at a cost of $10,000.
Apr 17 Ella Aug.C.Steele appointed postmaster.
Apr 25 Millican Mrs. Fannie L. Dunlap appointed postmaster at Millican but was not commissioned.
Apr 25 Stone City Thomas D. Sanders appointed postmaster at Stone City.
Jun 22 Millican Wash.B. Scrimshire appointed postmaster at Millican.
Oct 1 A&M College The first issue of the student newspaper "The Battalion" was started as a monthly publication. The editor was Ernest L. Bruce and the leading story was an essay on Shakespeare's interpretation of King Lear.
Oct 13 Stone City Claudius A. Glenn appointed postmaster at Stone City.
Oct 14 Ella name changed back to AllenFarm.
Nov Brazos Co Macedonia Baptist Church purchases land for a church and grave yard.
Dec 21 Steele's Store Robert Adams appointed postmaster at Steele's Store.
1894
Feb 14 Bryan Amos W. Buchanan appointed postmaster at Bryan.
Feb 14 Steele's Store Post office site location report: located 2 miles east of Brazos River & 3 miles west of Little Brazos River; signed H.B. Steele.
A&M College First Natatorium completed.
March Brazos Co Ellen Cramer gives land to the Queen Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church
Mar 30 Kurten Aug. Prinzel appointed postmaster at Kurten.
Aug Bryan Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, colored, meets in Bryan.
Aug Bryan Bryan principal A.H. Colwell is nominated for Texas Superintendent of Education by the Republican Party.
Aug 9 Tabor Peter Thomas appointed postmaster at Tabor.
Oct 20 A&M College The first recorded football game by A&M occurred in Austin against The University of Texas. According to the San Antonio Express News: "About 800 people gathered at Hyde Park this evening to witness the game of football between the University and Agricultural and Mechanical College teams. The game was called by mutual request after only 22 minutes of play in the last half. The score stood 38 to 0 in favor of Varsity".
Oct 20 Tabor James C. Shaw appointed postmaster at Tabor.
Bryan The Eagle is sold and is now owned by W.P. Connelly, Jess Palmer and editor Malcolm Carnes.
Aug 11 Edge Post office site location report: 8 miles west of Navasota River & 1 mile south of Cedar Creek; signed Wm. H. Edge.
Sep 14 Edge William H. Edge appointed postmaster at Edge.
Nov 29 A&M College The first football game on campus against Galveston Ball High School was held on Thanksgiving day at what is now Simpson Drill Field in front of the Memorial Student Center. A&M won the game 14-6.
A&M College The First Aggie Band was formed, coinciding with the first football game, consisting of 13 members. Joseph Holick of Bryan was the first director. Members were J.K. Woods of Del Rio, T.B. Duggan of San Saba, A.W. Amthor of Pleasant Hill, P.B. Little of College Station, Arthur Jenkins of Bryan, W. Bretchneider of Cat Springs, W.C. Carothers of Sulphur Springs, S. Cohn (Kohn) of Waco, W.M. Mathis of Rockport, H.L. Williams of Austin, O. Gersteman of Houston, H. D'Echaux of Gibson,LA. The first drum major was H.A. "California" Morse.
Dec Brazos Co Washington Baptist Chapel is organized.
Dec 4 Calla John H. Edge appointed postmaster at Calla.
1895
A&M College Infirmary completed at a cost of $4,000.
Bryan Mutual Improvement Society (later called The Woman's Club) was organized.
Bryan The Bryan Appeal begins daily publication.
Jan 28 Edge Charles H. Holmes appointed postmaster at Edge.
Feb 22 Edge Post office site location report: located 5 miles south of Navasota River & 1 mile south of Cedar Creek; signed Charles H. Holmes.
Mar 25 Tabor James L. Broach appointed postmaster at Tabor.
May 3 Calla Calla post office discontinued.
Sep Bryan The Brazos Pilot and The Bryan Eagle joined together to publish a special Bryan booster issue, an unusual occurrence for rival papers.
Dec 3 Bryan The Eagle begins full daily publication. For 42 years, The Eagle continues as both a daily and a weekly paper.
1896
Jan Bryan Rev. R.M. Holmes began publishing The Republican in Bryan.
Feb 13 Harvey Henry T. Ross appointed postmaster at Harvey.
Feb 26 Edge Warren H. McMichael appointed postmaster at Edge.
Mar 26 Smetana Post office site location report: original name requested was "Sramek"; "Smetana" was approved instead; located 4 miles east of Brazos River & 1/4 mile west of Thompsons Creek; post office would serve population of 100 or 200; signed Jacob Sramek.
Apr 25 Smetana Jacob Sramek appointed postmaster at Smetana.
Nov 3 National Election Day
William McKinley elected 25th President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Bryan.
Dec Brazos Co African Methodist Episcopal Church Conference meets at Allen Chapel
1897
A&M College A new mess hall was completed at a cost of $25,000 to replace the badly cramped and outmoded dining facilities in Gathright Hall. The Houston Semi-Weekly Post of February 10, 1898 described it as "a beautiful building and the finest, from an architectural standpoint, of any of the college buildings." Designed by the noted architectural firm of Glover & Allen, the hall comfortably accommodated over 500 cadets. It quickly became a center of campus social life. Campus visitors and guests were frequently invited to dine with the Corps of Cadets. Here the students, faculty and former students held dances, banquets and important meetings. They were indeed grand affairs.
Jan Boonville The Black school at Boonville burns.
Apr 2 Bryan The Eagle newspaper reports that A&M College President Lawrence Sullivan Ross favors coeducation, paraphrasing Ross as stating that the cadets would be improved by the elevating influence of the good girls, whose training would go on under their eye. Both sexes are benefited." At the time community and business leaders are lobbying the state legislature to establish a "Girls' Industrial School" at A&M. They argue that A&M already has the facilities in place for such a school, and thus building the institution from the ground up elsewhere would be much more costly than integrating women into the A&M student body.
Sep 28 Wellborn Henry L. Gentry appointed postmaster at Wellborn.
1898
Jan 3 A&M College President Lawrence Sullivan Ross died.
Jan 17 A&M College Roger Haddock Whitlock named acting president of the college.
May 5 Bryan Tyler Haswell appointed postmaster at Bryan.
Jul 1 A&M College Lafayette Lumpkin Foster appointed president of the college.
Jul 29 College Station Post office site location report: Post office 50 feet from railroad tracks; located 6 miles east of Brazos River & 2 miles east of White's Creek; signed W.C. Boyett.
Aug 1 Bryan Post office site location report: Post office 75 feet from railroad tracks; town located 10 miles east of Brazos River & 1 miles east of Still Creek; signed Tyler Haswell.
Aug 2 Macy Post office site location report: Located 2 miles west of Navasota River & 1 mile north of Cedar Creek; signed W.C. Newman.
Aug 2 Wellborn Post office site location report: Post office located 45 yards from the railroad tracks; 3 3/4 miles east of Brazos River & mile east of Peach Creek; signed Henry L. Gentry.
Nov Bryan Shiloh Baptist Church purchases land.
1899
A&M College Twin sisters Mary and Sophie Hutson, known as the Hutson twins, begin studies in Civil Engineering in 1899. They are the younger sisters of Ethel Hutson and daughters of a professor of English and history. They are given cadet jackets as gifts by the class of 1900 for which they later make matching skirts. They complete all the requirements for a degree in Civil Engineering in 1903 but are not a family. Mary later gains employment as a civil engineer in New Orleans. Mary also serves as a "sponsor" to various Corps outfits in coming years and is also active in campus social events.
Bryan Allen Academy moved here from Madisonville.
Smallpox epidemic; a "pest house" built for those who could not be quarantined at home.
A&M College A new dormitory constructed at a cost of $28,000. It is named for the popular Lafayette Lumpkin Foster, president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas from 1898 until his untimely death on December 2, 1901. Foster holds the distinctions of being the only president of the school buried on the campus.
A&M College A committee headed by R.J. Poulter'99 approved the first A&M ring to incorporate the spread eagle crest and Texas Star surrounded by wreath.
June Bryan Colored Masonic Grand Lodge meets in Bryan.
Sep 16 Reliance Post office site location report: located 7 miles west of Navasota River & 2 miles east of Wixon Creek; 500 people lived in village; post office would serve 700; signed John Horatio Edge.
Oct Bryan Conference of African Methodist Episcopal Church meets in Bryan.
Oct 13 Reliance John H. Edge appointed postmaster at Reliance.

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