This Week in Brazos County History

City of College Station's 75th AnniversaryNOTE: 2013 marks the City of College Station’s 75th year as an incorporated city. In recognition, we’ve highlighted some interesting moments from our past.

The following message was authored by Henry Mayo, a surveyor and long-time resident of the Bryan-College Station area. As a surveyor and historian, Henry retrieves information from local, state and national resources to assemble history-themed messages for email subscribers in a series titled “This Week in Brazos County History.” To subscribe to Henry’s email series, click here.
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PETITION FOR INCORPORATION PRESENTED TO COUNTY
(June 2, 1938)

Petition for CS incorporation

In continuation of College Station’s 75th anniversary timeline, we have come to the anniversary of when the petition for incorporation was presented to Brazos County Judge John M. Ferguson. After the 165 signatures were received from residents of the A&M campus and surrounding area, it would be up to the judge to set a date for citizens to vote on the issue of incorporation.

This historic 14-page document can be viewed and downloaded from the city’s online library database at http://docarc.cstx.gov/DocView.aspx?id=298540&dbid=1.

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This Week in Brazos County History

City of College Station's 75th AnniversaryNOTE: 2013 marks the City of College Station’s 75th year as an incorporated city. In recognition, we’ve highlighted some interesting moments from our past.

The following message was authored by Henry Mayo, a surveyor and long-time resident of the Bryan-College Station area. As a surveyor and historian, Henry retrieves information from local, state and national resources to assemble history-themed messages for email subscribers in a series titled “This Week in Brazos County History.” To subscribe to Henry’s email series, click here.
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PADDLE STRIKE AT AGGIELAND
(April 8, 1937)

Paddle Strike at Aggieland (image)I found the following news story (shown right) from the April 9, 1937 Mexia Weekly Herald.  I do not know the rest of the story, but three years later in 1940, Frank G. Anderson became the second mayor of College Station.

TERRACING JUMPS INTO SPOTLIGHT
(April 9, 1942)

Also in the Mexia Weekly Herald on April 9, 1942 was an article on terracing. The top photo shown with the news clipping is a sign from Taylor, Texas.

First, I want to mention that AAA stands for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, which was an organization set up to administer the Federal Agricultural Adjustment Acts.  These New Deal programs included soil and water conservation programs which are still active state and federal efforts.  The Dulie Bell Building at the corner of University Drive and Wellborn Road is still known by many as the AAA building.  Built in 1942, it was the second AAA building on the A&M campus.

 
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This Week in Brazos County History

City of College Station's 75th AnniversaryNOTE: 2013 marks the City of College Station’s 75th year as an incorporated city. In recognition, we’ve highlighted some interesting moments from our past.

The following message was authored by Henry Mayo, a surveyor and long-time resident of the Bryan-College Station area. As a surveyor and historian, Henry retrieves information from local, state and national resources to assemble history-themed messages for email subscribers in a series titled “This Week in Brazos County History.” To subscribe to Henry’s email series, click here.
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PETITION FOR INCORPORATING COLLEGE STATION BEGINS CIRCULATION FOR SIGNATURES (March 23, 1938)

News clippings (March 1938)The long, two-column article shown in the pictured news clippings is from The Bryan Eagle newspaper published Wednesday, March 23, 1938.

This petition was the second official step toward the incorporation of the City of College Station. A few weeks ago, I presented the history of the March 4, 1938 letter, which was authored and delivered by several citizens to the Texas A&M Board of Directors, asking if they would object to incorporation procedures. I will give more information on the results of this petition in a few months on the anniversary of its presentation to the Brazos County Judge and Commissioners.

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