Sam Houston Normal Institute and WWI

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“Throughout the history of Sam Houston Normal she has been an institution of service-never has she failed to take part in any worthy movement or fallen down in any great undertaking.” From the The Alcalde, 1918. World War I was no different from 1917-1919 Sam Houston sent 200 of the finest young men “over there”; to Europe to fight for the great struggle of Democracy.

At home, the Sam Houston Normal Institute established a unit of the SATC, Students Army Training Course, where students could enlist as privates and continue their education. These soldiers/students bunked in the Austin Hall Building; sleep on mattresses bought from the Texas Penitentiary, and did drills and exercises as if they were in boot camp.

The above photographs shows the SATC on campus. Note the bottom right photograph of the campus. In front on the left is the Manual Training/Agriculture Building. In the middle with three floors is Austin Hall. In the back photograph, there are the spires of the Old Main Building. The top middle photograph shows the back of Austin Hall before the new columns and extra door, were added later as the college grew to the south.

To see more WWI materials in the archives come visit us in the Newton Gresham Library, room 400.

GROW THE GROWL! BEARKAT FOOTBALL IS BACK!

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It’s time for the 101st season of BearKat Football!

Come this Saturday the BearKats will be back on Bowers Field to meet the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies. This game will be the annual BearKat, “Orange Out,” so the stadium will be covered in a sea of orange, white, and blue.

The image above is from a recent donation to the University Archives. This football program is from the October 28, 1950 game featuring Sam Houston State Teachers College BearKats vs. East Texas State Teachers College Lions.

The Sam Houston State University Archives collection of BearKats Football programs dates from the 1930s to the present. It you would like to look at these programs come visit the SHSU University Archives in Room 400 of the Newton Gresham Library.

“The Most Important Product of Spindletop was Men.”

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spindle top 1902

On January 10, 1901, the Spindletop well in Beaumont, Texas blew into history and started the modern oil industry in Texas. Spewing out into the East Texas sky at a rate of 200 feet high and 70,000 barrels per day, this huge gusher keep going till the 19th of January when it was finally brought under control.

This 1902 photograph of the Spindletop field is part of the Sam Houston State University Archives, J. L. Clark Collection. Dr. Joseph L. Clark was a History Professor at Sam Houston State Teachers College. Dr. Clark acquired a copy of this photograph from the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce to possibly use in his 1955, 4 volume book set, “The History of the Texas Gulf Coast; its History and Development.” This photograph never made it into his book.

In his book, Dr. Clark says that the most important product of Spindletop was men.  The Spindletop Oil Field was the training ground for the oil industry at the time. From drillers to geologists to financers, most learned their trade from their experiences at Spindletop.

You can read more about Spindletop (in chapter 30 of volume II) and Texas related history in Clark’s multi-volume title. The main collection of the Newton Gresham Library has a set you can check out at call number F392.G9, vol.1-4.

Football Fun Friday! The lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football.

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football 1989 Media Guide 

This week in the lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football we have a BearKat who really enjoyed the game. The cover of the SHSU Media Guide of 1989 shows All-American Bearkat, “Sackmaster,” Andre Finley, looking ready for another great season of BearKat football.

The defensive end from Houston, played 1986-1989, was a senior majoring in criminal justice and the 1989 BearKat team captain. He was also a member of the 1986 Gulf Star Conference championship team.

In the 1988 season he earned first team All-American and All-Southland Conference. He had 59 total tackles, dropped enemy quarterbacks 15 times which was a new SHSU season record and the list goes on……

In 2003 he was inducted into the Sam Houston State University Athletic Hall of Honor.

To learn more or see other BearKat football media guides or game programs come visit the University Archives in Room 400 of the Newton Gresham Library.

Smile for the Camera! BearKat Football Press Guide 1978

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l-r- Robby Robinson, Coach Melvin Brown, Stan Blinka

Today is Media Day for football here at Sam Houston State. So for Way Back Wednesday the University Archives presents the BearKat Football 1978 Press Guide (in 1979 they started calling the publication Media Guide). The cover of the 1978 Press Guide features newly hired Head Football Coach Melvin Brown and co-captains Robby Robinson (l) and Stanley Blinka (r).

Stanly Blinka would go on to be drafted in the 5th round, no. 125th, of the 1979 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He played for the Jets until 1983. He was inducted into the BearKat Hall of Honor in 1985.

Coach Melvin Brown left Sam Houston State after the 1981 season.

Quick quiz for the day: Can you spot the cover error on this 1978 Press Guide?

USO Clubs, Paris, Texas 1944

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USOCLUB 1944 Mason

 

The USO (United Service Organizations) Clubs in WWII were a major component of keeping morale up for those in the military, along with their dependents. From java hour, to wives craft club, to a class called Ball and Chain for military couples, to basketball at Paris Jr. College there was something to keep everyone occupied.

This 1944 USO Club program bulletin is from Paris, Texas. The bulletin is part of the Melvin Mason Collection. Dr. Melvin Mason taught English here at Sam Houston State from 1962-1991. In he was drafted into the Army from Roxton, Texas and sent to Chicago for training. WWII ended before he was sent overseas.

William R. Powell Health Services and Counseling Center

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William Powell

The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved at the February 19 & 20, 2015, board meeting the naming of the Health Services and Counseling Center after the late William R. Powell. The new building will be named the William R. Powell Student Health Services and Counseling Center.

William Powell was the first African-American Administrator of Sam Houston State when he was hired in 1972. Dean Powell was instrumental in the development of the Student Judicial System and the original University Counseling Center. He also helped start the Theta Mu Chapter on the SHSU campus.

He retired from Sam Houston State in 1987. After his retirement from SHSU he went back to work at Jarvis Christian College as Vice President of Student Affairs until he retired yet again in 1993. William Powell died on March 12, 2013 and is buried in Brooke Cemetery, Walker County, Texas.

The Huntsville Item article above is from June of 1993 and it about Williams R. Powell and his wife, Doris, and how important education was to not only him but his entire family.

To learn more about William R. Powell come visit the SHSU University Archives.

The Huntsville Item article is courtesy of The Huntsville Item.

Miss Sam Houston 1965

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Miss Sam Houston 1965

The Miss Sam Houston pageant has been crowning lovely ladies for over 50 years. This photograph from The Alcalde shows the Miss Sam Houston court from 50 years ago in 1965. Janet Melaun of Dallas, who was a music education major, was chosen from 19 candidates. The theme for the pageant was “007” from the James Bond movies which were very popular at the time.

Come visit the University Archives to learn about Miss Sam Houston pageant history and other SHSU beauty contests over the years. The University Archives is in room 400 of the Newton Gresham Library.

Citation A L’Ordre De L’Armee

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This WWI poster comes from the collection of John Warren Smith. Smith’s uncle Boyce O. Smith was a solider in WWI and served in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany and took part in the St. Michael Offensive and Meuse-Argonne Offensive as part of the 5th regiment. He received this citation for his service. After being discharged, he returned to Huntsville and worked as a teacher until his death in 1933.

The poster reads : 

Citation in the Order of the Army

5th Regiment of the Marines, American (Under the orders of Colonel Logan Feland)

“This regiment took a glorious part in the operations engaged in by the 4th (French) Army in Champagne, in October 1918. On October 3, 1918, it participated in the attack on the strongly intrenched German positions between Blanc Mont and the Medeah Farm, and pushing forward as far as St. Etienne-a-Arnes, made an advance of 6 kilometers. It took several thousand prisoners, captured cannon, machine guns and important war material. This attack combined with that of the French Divisions resulted in the evacuation of both banks of the Suippe, and of the Massif(high ground) of Notre-Dame-des-champs.”

Order No. 14.712 “D”-March 21, 1919

At General Headquarters

The Marshall

Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the East

Petain

View more of the John Warren Smith Papers, 1836-2009 : here

View Finding Aid for the John Warren Smith Papers, 1836-2009  : here

Don Sanders Stadium 10th Year Celebration.

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Baseball stadium 10th year

The BearKat Baseball team’s first game on February 13th at 6:30 will open their 10th season of playing at the Don Sanders Stadium. Come out and help celebrate this complex’s 10th year of operation.

Head over to the SHSU Athletics Department, Don Sanders Stadium 10th Season webpage for information on the history of the stadium and it’s namesake.
http://www.gobearkats.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=93013&SPID=11355&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209860206&DB_OEM_ID=19900

To see this complete 2006 Baseball & Softball Commemorative Program or other materials about SHSU BearKat Baseball come visit the University Archives, room 400, in the Newton Gresham Library.