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Donna C

Member Since 17 Apr 2004
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In Topic: Private Homeowner Funding?

03 December 2004 - 04:04 PM

Donna, I'm not the best one to reply on this.  Hopefully this post may generate some help for you and your family.  Maybe some of us here on the forum can put our heads together and help with some suggestions.

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Thanks, John... I'm hoping maybe in networking we can find some help in some form or fashion... figured it couldn't hurt...

In Topic: Where was Fort Worth University on College?

22 November 2004 - 10:09 AM

That is kind of funny since TCU was moving from another city to Fort Worth.  According to Libby Proffer's A History of TCU, Addran Male and Female Academy, the forerunner of TCU, opened in 1873 in Thorpe Springs near Waco and then moved to Fort Worth in 1910 because of  a fire that destroyed the main building.  Also by 1910 the name was Texas Christian as that changed in 1902.


What's interesting is Addran began even earlier -- in Fort Worth! Here's more from the book on that segment of history:

Higher education made important strides, too. Fort Worth already had two colleges, Fort Worth University and the present Texas Wesleyan, when an opportunity developed whereby the town could become the home of a third college. Texas Christian University, burned out at Waco, was looking for a new home. When fire destroyed the university buildings at Waco on March 22, 1910, Texas cities began bidding competitively to induce the school to move. Fort Worth was interested especially, because TCU dated from a private school that had originated in Fort Worth.

In 1869 two Disciples ministers, Addison and Randolph Clark, and their sister Ida had founded a one-room school for half a dozen children. But they felt constrained to turn their backs upon Fort Worth in 1873 to get away from "the alluring vices of the city, free from the evils of railroad stations." The railroad had not arrived when they moved, but they wanted to get away just the same. At Thorp Spring in Hood County, they established Add-Ran Male and Female College, named for Addison's infant son, Adran, who had died shortly before. Sixteen years later the financial burden was too great for the two brothers. They appeared before a Christian church state convention in 1889 and turned the school over to the church. It was renamed Add-Ran Christian University, and was moved to Waco in 1895. In 1902 the name was changed to Texas Christian University. To bring the school "home" after the Waco fire, FTW offered fifty-six acres of land, $200,000 in cash, and an assurance that utilities and streetcar lines would be extended to the campus. The bid was better than anything offered by Dallas, McKinney, or Gainesville. The first Fort Worth classes were opened in September, 1910, in a rented building on Weatherford Street opposite the courthouse. A year later buildings on the present campus were occupied. Unable to weather the competition, FTW University closed it's doors, later becoming, by a series of mergers, the present OKC University. TCU continued as an important part of FTW. (Pages 180-181)


In Topic: Where was Fort Worth University on College?

18 November 2004 - 04:55 PM

The first Fort Worth classes [of the entity that would become TCU] were opened in September, 1910, in a rented building on Weatherford Street opposite the courthouse. A year later buildings on the present campus were occupied. Unable to weather the competition, Fort Worth University closed its doors, later becomeing by a series of mergers, the present OKC University. [page 182]

Funny how things happen like that.

In Topic: Where was Fort Worth University on College?

17 November 2004 - 05:32 PM

Thanks, I thought I had heard that somewhere -- how it sounded vaguely familiar.

In Topic: What is your favorite type of restaurant cuisine?

06 November 2004 - 12:48 PM

Interesting range of favorites...

I'm the (so far) seafood choice, but Japanese or Chinese follow a very close second...

So just curious (hence the poll) or did you have a cool ulterior motive?