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The Historical Development of Higher Education in Ellis County

Description: Ellis County has been the home to one or more institutions of higher education almost since its existence as a county. The attraction for these schools to Ellis County included one or more of the following: a small town atmosphere and setting, a proximity to large centers of population, a strong economy based largely on agriculture, a dry county (free from alcoholic sales) except in Ennis, a strong religious influence, and a desire for educating the citizens of the county. The early schools included: Waxahachie Academy, Marvin College, South West Normal College, Waxahachie Institute, Ferris Institute, and Polytechnic Academy. They were all entrepreneurial in nature. Located in every part of the county, they provided college level work, while some provided all levels of education. The next three schools, Texas Presbyterian College for Girls, Trinity University, and Southwestern Assemblies of God College, were religious in nature. Trinity and Southwestern were both located in Waxahachie and Texas Presbyterian located in Milford was a college for girls only. Navarro College is the only public institution and is a two-year community college. The benefits to Ellis County as a result of the establishment of these institutions of higher education can be seen by their continuing existence and influence. The foresight of the many individuals involved in higher education in Ellis County has contributed greatly to the development of the citizens of its communities. The efforts of these institutions have lead the way for today's challenges in higher education in Ellis County. The citizens of the county will be better prepared for the next century because of the prior and continuing existence of higher education in Ellis County. With the locating of the Superconducting Super Collider in Ellis County, the future for higher education seems very bright. The history of higher education in Ellis County ...
Date: May 1993
Creator: Lewis, James David, 1950-
Partner: UNT Libraries

[News Script: Johnny is grown up]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about little Johnny Camera, who was adopted by Curly Thompson, and his life in Waxahachie years after the adoption.
Date: September 2, 1951
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: News brief -- Car in house]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about two car accidents in Dallas. The first accident involves two cars colliding, with the impact sending one through the kitchen of a house. The second accident involves a train striking two cars at a railroad crossing. Injuries were minor in both accidents.
Date: November 11, 1953
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Airplane Crash]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about an airplane crashing and burning during a test flight. The test pilot, Harry Brackett, was the only occupant of the plane at the time of the crash and survived with minor injuries.
Date: August 4, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Education in Ellis County, Texas

Description: This primary purpose of this thesis is to explore the progression of education within Ellis County. The first two chapters focus on how the county was founded, the first settlements, the formation of towns and economic developments. The rest of the paper gives the history and development of education, specifically the early schools of the county, the beginning of public schools, and the more recent trends of education.
Date: August 1947
Creator: Parker, Wilna
Partner: UNT Libraries

[News Script: Fund started for girl]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a charity drive in Dallas for an abandoned infant born without arms in Waxahachie.
Date: July 26, 1953
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Officers probe murder of airman]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about Dallas police investigating the murder of Air Force enlisted man I.W. Pruitt, who was found shot to death on a highway near Ennis.
Date: July 14, 1953
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: News briefs one]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering two news stories. The first story is about a 12-year-old boy from Wichita Falls hitchhiking 225 miles to Ennis to be reunited with his former dog. The second story is about a girl celebrating her 13th birthday on Friday the 13th, who doesn't consider herself superstitious.
Date: July 13, 1951
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Veteran Ennis doctor honored]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about 78-year-old Ennis doctor Dr. A.L. Thomas being named General Practitioner of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. Thomas had been practicing medicine for 51 years.
Date: May 6, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Guard unit gets new equipment]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a new M-75 personnel carrier being delivered to the Waxahachie Company B 145th Armored Infantry Battalion of the National Guard.
Date: April 6, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Prize winner]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about an Ennis third grade teacher, Mrs. Fred Wilson, winning a $5,000 prize from the Westinghouse Company.
Date: February 23, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Cotton picking system]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about Ellis County farmer Marvin Borders discovering a way to more successfully utilize machines to pick cotton.
Date: September 19, 1951
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Lyndon Johnson]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about the arrival of U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson in Fort Worth to give a series of speeches about national defense.
Date: December 10, 1957
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

A Study of the Ways in Which the Boys and Girls of Waxahachie Spend Their Leisure Time

Description: "The study will attempt to show how the boys and girls of Waxahachie spend their leisure time. It will also indicate the need for more direction in the proper use of leisure time. Furthermore, it will show that much should be done by the adults of Waxahachie to help these boys and girls live a fuller, happier life, and prepare healthy minds and bodies to carry on life in a democratic society."-- leaf 3.
Date: August 1949
Creator: McClure, Louise
Partner: UNT Libraries

[News Script: Richards returns to Waxahachie]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a visit to his hometown of Waxahachie by baseball team manager Paul Richards, previously of the Chicago White Sox and now accepting a position with the Baltimore Orioles.
Date: September 16, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Beauty contest]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about the annual Optimist Club Carnival in Waxahachie, along with a beauty contest to pick the carnival's female representative.
Date: September 5, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Flares fizzle]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a test of aerial photographic flash flares by the Chance Vought Aircraft company in the skies over Cleburne and Midlothian.
Date: September 22, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Roll of Captain Webb's company, undated]

Description: Roll of Captain Webb's company from the Charles B. Moore Collection. The roll details that the listed men are from the 30th Tennessee Regiment of Confederate infantry. The original roll was copied from Josephus C. Moore's diary which Moore kept from his stations at Camp Trousdale and Fort Donelson to Camp Butler Prison in Illinois. The fourth page has handwritten notes of temperatures in Waxahachie, Texas. These notes appear to have been written after the roll.
Date: unknown
Creator: Moore, Josephus C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections