Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1976

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bilene Christian Univer- sity as we know it today, was conceived by A. B. Barret. He wanted to begin a Christian college in West Texas. Before such a school could be established, Barret believed there needed to be a number of Christian people who would want it and were ready for it. In selecting prospective sites for the location of the new Christian college, Barret finally narrowed the field to three locations: San Angelo, Ballinger and Abilene. The one congregation of the Church of Christ in Abilene, meet- ing then in its own building on Chestnut Street, was growing in number. Barret said that "among their number there were some wide awake men," and he mentioned A. F. McDonald, Henry Free and "Colonel" W. H. Childers. These three men were enthusias- tic over the prospect of establishing a Christian school, and were instru- mental in making it a reality in the fall of 1906. The original board of trustees agreed to help secure facilities for the school and to back Barret in his 32 HISTORY OF ACU management and promotion of the school. He was to be responsible for all the details connected with running such a project. Childers, who was at the time an elder in the congregation, owned five acres at the west edge of town. This location seemed to be an ideal site for the new school. In addition, on this land there was an old-style mansion that was roomy and would be an asset to the school. Barret persuaded Childers to reduce the price he had set on his property, offering to name the school for him if he would. So the deal was made, and the school was called Childers Classical Institute. Childers' mansion would serve as a combination president's home and dormitory, but another building was needed for classes. Mrs. Barret was at her husband's side, helping in every way. There was advertising to see to, and as a part of this job, a school catalog to be written. She cooked for those who lived in the coed dormitory. The boys made light of the lack of water, they formed a bucket brigade every morning and passed water along from the nearest source, two blo away, mkaing a game of their wo On September 1 1, 1906, the op ing assembly was held with ab 25 students present. The sch was designed to give instructio basic curriculum with an emph on Bible. No college work was offered first. It was enough to spread offering over 1 1 grades. Financial conditions had not b the best in 1906-07. During the years Barret was president, he sister Barret sold their farm a used the proceeds to help school. In January 1907 George A. Kli man, one of the prominent prea ers of the brotherhood, came to campus of Christian College a delivered a series of lectures. Bri ing in speakers from outside campus for some extra instruct and inspiration eventually resul in the annual lectures of ACC. During the term of 1907-08 ex curricular activities were not la ing on the campus. Literary so ties were organized on the camp with every student becomin member.

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