Brazos County Historical Timeline
1920-1939

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1920
Brazos Co 1920 Census reports Brazos Co population is 21,975.
Bryan 1920 Census reports Bryan's population is 6,307.
A&M College President William Bizzell established a zoo on campus.  It was located west of the tracks on the westgate of the campus.
A&M College Physics Building completed at a cost of $100,000. It was expanded in 1951 at a cost of $216,000 and again in 1961 at a cost of $481,000. Renovated in 1987 at a cost of $2,450,000 and the name changed to the Psychology Building.
A&M College Military Science Building completed at a cost of $17,500.
Bryan Mr. and Mrs. Lee J. Rountree purchase the Bryan Eagle.  Lee J. Rountree soon was elected state representative from Brazos and Grimes counties, leaving his wife, Frances, to run The Eagle while he was in Austin.
March Brazos Co Corner stone laid for second Allen Chapel building.
July Bryan Colored Woodmen of the World meet in Bryan.
Nov 2 National Election Day
Warren Harding elected 29th President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Cox.
Dec 5 A&M College Mechanical Engineering Shops destroyed by fire.
1921
Bryan Construction begun to install street lights in residential areas (West 26th Street, to East 26th and Fannin School area, and the Bryan Hospital area.
A&M College Amateur radio station built by students of the Department of Electrical Engineering. This led to establishment of radio station WTAW. (Watch The Aggies Win)
A&M College Mrs. J. C. George of Brownsville is appointed to the Board of Directors, the result of a lobbying campaign by Texas women to place women on the boards of all Texas colleges. She serves until 1927.
A&M College A Women's Club opens on the third floor of the Y.M.C.A., providing women who work on campus a place to eat lunch.
Nov 24 A&M College The nation's first play by play football broadcast sent from Bolton Hall in code.
1922
Bryan Bryan's High School wins the first UIL State Championship football game ever played.
A&M College Seven women are attending A&M as "special unofficial students."
A&M College Mechanical Engineering Shops completed at a cost of $150,000. Renovated and named for J.R. Thompson in 1980.
A&M College Agriculture Building completed at a cost of $225,000.
A&M College YMCA Annex completed at a cost of $30,000. It would later become the Old Consolidated School Building. In 1947 it became a music hall.
Jan 2 Dallas E. King Gill stepped forward and A&M's 12th Man tradition was born as A&M's football team defeats Centre College, 22 14, in the Dixie Classic at Dallas.
Feb Dallas The first A&M Mothers' Club is organized by Mrs. H. L. Peoples. Clubs in Fort Worth and Brown County are also organized later in the year. These Clubs will take an active role in improving campus conditions. Early on they lobby and raise funds for more and better dormitories, a fireproof armory, and a modern library building.
March Bryan Parade in Bryan features 400 students from rural schools.
Apr 21 A&M College April 21 became the official day of gathering and rememberance and roll call for all Aggies, thus, the annual tradition of Muster was born.
June Bryan Grandview Colored Cemetery opens.
1923
A&M College   Fourteen women are attending A&M as "special unofficial students."
A&M College Twenty rows of steel bleachers were erected on the west side of the football field between the twenty yard lines. This increased seating to 8,500.
A&M College Grandstand completed at Kyle Baseball Field at a cost of $7,500.
A&M College Assembly Hall completed at a cost of $40,000.
May 3 Austin Rep. Lee J. Rountree, part owner of the Bryan Eagle, dies of a heart attack on the floor of the House of Representatives. Mrs. Rountree took over full editorship of The Eagle and was appointed to fill out her husband's legislative term. She was elected to one term of her own before being defeated.
Aug 2 San Francisco Already suffering from a heart condition, president Harding collapses and dies suddenly of a thrombosis. Calvin Coolidge is sworn in by his father in his rural Vermont home by oil light as the 30th President of the United States.
Nov Brazos Co A "Good Cheer" organization is formed to help needy Blacks.
1924
Bryan Interurban rails removed.
A&M College Establishment of the Department of Arts & Sciences.
A&M College Establishment of the Graduate School.
A&M College Memorial Field House (DeWare) completed at a cost of $140,000.
A&M College Extension Service Building completed at a cost of $100,000. Designated the Military Science Building (Trigon) in 1933.
Aug Bryan Dr. I.A. Carter, a Black dentist, moves to Bryan.
Nov 4 National Election Day
Calvin Coolidge re-elected President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Davis.
1925
Bryan Tyler Haswell gave 91/2 acres for Sue Haswell Memorial Park.
A&M College Graduate Hall completed at a cost of $29,000.
A&M College Aggieland Inn completed at a cost of $62,000.
A&M College Exchange Store Building completed at a cost of $26,000. Renovated for use by Admissions and Records Office in 1977 and named for H. Lloyd Heaton (Class of '36) in 1978.
Jun 1 A&M College President Bizzell resigned effective September 1, 1925. In his final meeting with the board in 1925, he advocates opening the school to women other than those related to faculty or staff.
Jun 2 A&M College Charles Puryear appointed acting president during leave of absence granted to Bizzell.
Aug A&M College Mary Evelyn Crawford, sister of Charles W. Crawford, head of the mechanical engineering department, is awarded an official degree in Liberal Arts (English). She had attended the Texas College of Industrial Arts (later Texas Women's University) and the University of Texas in addition to A&M. Her studies at A&M began in 1921. The degree is not awarded at the regular commencement. Crawford later recalled that she got an unexpected "call from the registrar's secretary. She told me to come over to her apartment to get my diploma. I was so glad to hear that I did get a diploma I would have crawled over to that apartment."
Aug 31 A&M College The campus had 69 permanent buildings valued at $3,552,778.86
Sep 3 A&M College Thomas Otto Walton appointed president of the college.
Sep 3 A&M College College Board of Directors resolves that "no girls should ever be admitted to the College." This resolution applies to the relatives of faculty and staff. It also applies to summer sessions.
1926
A&M College The college zoo was closed. The zoo had housed several lions, tigers, snakes, an elephant, ostrich, and native american animals. By 1925 the zoo had become time consuming, expensive, and noisy.
Feb A&M College At the February Board of Directors meeting, Mrs. J. C. George, a member of the Board since 1921, offers a motion to allow women to attend summer school. This amends the Board's decision in September "that no girls should ever be admitted to the College." This also brings the school back in line with the state legislature, which in 1909 approved summer sessions at A&M on the condition that women be allowed to attend the sessions. The Board approves the motion.
April Brazos Co Mt. Tiver Club is organized.
May Millican Colored Health Conference is held in Millican.
August Bryan A Boys and Girls Camp is held in Bryan.
1927
A&M College Concrete grandstand completed on the west (alumni) side of the football field at a cost of $76,000.
A&M College Law and Puryear Hall dormitories are completed at a cost of $155,000 each.
Aug Brazos Co Brazos County Agricultural Fair for Negroes is held.
1928
A&M College The earliest available Bonfire photo is from 1928 and shows a Bonfire constructed of wooden pallets, tree limbs, and the like. During the following years, citizens of College Station reportedly put their combustible trash out for student pickup in support of Bonfire.
April A&M College Federation of Texas A&M Mothers Clubs formed when clubs from Bell County, Brazos County, Brown County, Dallas, Ft.Worth, Houston, San Angelo, and San Antonio banded together. Mrs. F. L. Thomas, wife of an A&M professor, is elected president. The purpose of the Federation is "to contribute in every way to the comfort and welfare of the students, and to cooperate with the faculty of the University in maintaining a high standard of moral conduct and intellectual attainment."
Nov 6 National Election Day
Herbert Hoover elected 31th President of the United States.
Texas votes for (R) Hoover.
1929
Bryan Villa Maria Ursuline Academy discontinued.
Bryan Football field bought for Stephen F. Austin High School.
A&M College Chemistry and Veterinary Building, built in 1902, razed.
A&M College Assembly Hall, built in 1889, demolished. As with all the early buildings, the expansive clay soils of Brazos County literally pushed and pulled the foundations apart. By the late 1920's the Old Assembly Hall had to be condemned. In 1929 it was torn down to make way for Hart Hall.  As a tribute, the corner stone was preserved at the east end of Hart Hall's south wing as mute testament to a bygone era in Aggieland.
A&M College After an investigation into hazing on campus the Board of Directors prohibit having freshmen clean the rooms of upperclassmen and "fish calls". "Fish Calls" involve rousing the entire freshmen class at odd hours for unusual and uninviting tasks. The traditions continued and hazing was continually investigated for many years.
April Bryan Hammond Memorial Hospital opens.
June Dr. Wm. A. Hammond is elected president of Texas medical association.
June Prof. E.A. Kemp died.
July Bryan The True People of America meet in Bryan.
Oct 18 A&M College East stands and north stands (horseshoe)of the football stadium are completed at a cost of $350,000. Capacity now 33,000.
1930
Brazos Co 1930 Census reports Brazos Co population is 21,835.
Bryan 1930 Census reports Bryan's population is 7,814.
A&M College Cushing Memorial Library built on the site of the original Chemistry Building. Named for Col. Edward B. Cushing (Class of 1880). It is the first separately constructed library building on the campus. Its opening culminates more than a decade's worth of work to improve the library system.
A&M College Establishment of Training School for Texas Firemen, under direction of Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
A&M College Hart Hall completed on the site of original Assembly Hall at a cost of $215,000.
College Station Minnie Fisher Cunningham, woman suffrage leader and Democratic activist, comes to work in College Station as an editor for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. She remains on campus until 1939, when she leaves to work for the Agricultural Adjustment Agency in Washington, D.C.
1931
A&M College Walton Hall completed at a cost of $250,000.
Austin The Texas Legislature provided for the division of income from land endowement: two thirds to the University of Texas and on third to A&M College.
Jan A&M College A group of cadets hit a small black and white dog on their way back from Navasota. They picked up the dog and brought her back to school so they could care for her. The next morning, when "Reveille" was blown by a bugler, she started barking. She was named after this morning wakeup call. The following football season she was named the official mascot when she led the band onto the field during their half time performance.
Jan Bryan Decision is made to name a school in Bryan after E.A. Kemp.
April Boonville The African American orphanage at Boonville is closed.
Jul 4 A&M College The A&M College deeded the State Highway Department 7.9 acres of land along the eastern boundary of campus to be used for right of way for the new State Highway 6.
Sept Bryan Kemp School opens.
1932
A&M College The Administration Building constructed. It marked a radical departure from previous campus  buildings in that it turned away from the railroad tracks to face east toward the newly rerouted State Highway 6. In 1997, the building was named for Dr. Jack K. Williams, President of Texas A&M University from 1970 to 1977.
A&M College Chemistry Building completed at a cost of $400,000.  Addition added in 1958 at a cost of $1,193,000. Annex added in 1972 at a cost of $4,120,000. 2nd Annex added in 1987 at a cost of $17,901,000. Building renovated in 1988 for $4,893,000 and again in 1989 at a cost of $6,290,000.
A&M College The first annual Cotton Pageant held on campus.
Nov 8 National Election Day
Franklin Roosevelt elected 32nd President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Roosevelt.
1933
A&M College Military Science Building, built in 1920, razed.
A&M College Gathright Hall, built in 1876, unsafe and in very poor repair, fell victim to the wrecking crew.
A&M College Several staff and faculty members approach President T. O. Walton requesting that their daughters be permitted to attend A&M. The financial difficulties of the Depression, including a 25 percent pay cut for A&M employees, has rendered college elsewhere beyond their means. Walton proposes a temporary, emergency reprieve only for the 1933/34 school year. Walton assures the Board that this measure will result in the attendance of no more than twenty women, all of who will live at home under parental supervision. The Board approves the proposal. In light of this decision, twelve local, unrelated women petition the Board for admittance and are refused.
Sep 13 A&M College Seven of the original twelve women that petitioned the board for admittance formally apply and are rejected. All of them have studied elsewhere and some have attended A&M as summer students. The women, Mrs. O. A. Fox, Mrs. Louise B. Jones, Mrs. W. E. Neely, Maurine Neely, Alia Stanford, Francis Locke, Jane Singletary, and Lucille Vick, file suit for admission to Texas A&M. Ironically, they must file in the names of their husbands or male guardians as at the time Texas law prohibits women and minors from bringing suit in their own name. C. C. Todd, a graduate of the class of 1897 and a former Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, represents them. The "unanimous opinion" of the Board, meeting in emergency session, is "that this suit should be defended by the best legal talent that can be secured and if necessary . . . take the case through the Supreme Court of Texas." Among the evidence entered on behalf of the Board are petitions and letters of support from the A&M Mother's Clubs of Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Waco, and San Angelo.
1934
A&M College 1908 Natatorium razed.
A&M College Building program completed. New water mains and sewer system,  paving and landscaping. New buildings included the Animal industries, Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Engineering, P.L. Downs Natatorium, and the Petroleum Engineering & Geology Building. It was named for Michel T. Halbouty (Class of 1930) in 1977.
Bryan Judge W.C. Davis, 85th Dist Court in Bryan, finds in favor of the Board on several points, the most important of which are: (1) the Morrill Land Grant Act, the federal legislation that had enabled the creation of A&M, makes no statement as to the gender of the student body at a land grant institution, and (2) in establishing the A&M Board of Directors, the state legislature vested it with autonomous authority in all matters pertaining to the College, including admission. Davis further notes that the "unbroken policy and custom" of Texas A&M in admitting only men has "crystallized into the force and effect of law."
1935
A&M College A farmer's log barn was "acquired" for the purpose of building Bonfire. It was then that the A&M College decided to take charge of the Bonfire.
A&M College The campus has 109 permanent structures valued at $8,034,115.99 and 76,000 acres of land.
1936
A&M College This years Bonfire was the first made of non acquired material. Wood that year came from the present site of Easterwood Airport on the Texas A&M University campus.
Brazos Co Texas Highway 6 rerouted to the east side of the A&M College campus.
Oct Dallas 300 African Americans from Brazos Co. attend "Negro Day" at the Texas Centennial celebration in Dallas.
Nov 3 National Election Day
Franklin Roosevelt re-elected President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D) Roosevelt.
1937
  A&M College "My only surprise today came because President Walton had told me that this was not a coeducational college. Now I am wondering where all the ladies came from." From President Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech on the occasion of his visit to A&M.
Sep 15 Bryan The Bryan Weekly Eagle ceased publication and a Sunday paper was started as a Sunday edition on the Bryan Daily Eagle.
1938
A&M College U.S. Post Office constructed at North Gate.
College Station The City of College Station incorporated.
Jan Brazos Co A Negro Workers' Club is organized.
Feb Brazos Co African Americans interested in scouting meet.
1939
Bryan Municipal Golf Course (18 hole) established.
A&M College The Aggie Football team won 11 games and lost none and were the Southwest Conference Champions.
A&M College Fish Fountain built by the Class of '38. Later dedicated to 24 class members who died in World War II.
A&M College Completion of 13 dormitories and Duncan Dining Hall on the south side of the campus at a total cost of $2,000,000.

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