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The beginning tide of the twentieth century bore with it the first small seeds of an idea from which I was born After severol defeats in the State Legislature, my bill was finally signed on April 19, 1911 by Gov- ernor Hiram Johnson; and Fresno State Normol School, riy earliest name, came into being. As an infant I shared a crib with my slightly older brother, F.J.C., Of Stanislaus and O St., with Charles Lowrie McLane as chief diaper changer and 153 pins in my side. I immediately outgrew my first playpen, and in 1912 fiteen acres of vineyard north of the city limits were acq ired for my new home. Temporary buildings were used from 1913 until 1916 when the Administration Building was completed. Within fifteen years I had grown into a four year Teachers ' College, granting the A.B. degree. My teens brought the Science Building, McLane Hall, a new Teacher Training School, and Frank Waters Thomas as President. By 1930 I had graduated 2,260 men and women, and before I was 25 I had acquired a new Library, the Trinity Methodist Church as a Ployhouse and had become the first State College to be accredited by the University of California. My 25th birthday was my last big fling before I realized I was an adult with the responsibility of training young men for the ormed forces. More than 270 represented me in the wars, 136 of whom did not return. Recently my growth has been phenomenal. From a first graduating class of 33 persons to one of nearly 600, and from a beginning faculty of 13 to the present one of 280 is quite a record, so they tell me. So now to the last forty-five years of my life I say hello once again, and then good bye For my lift- hos served its purpose in preparing tho way for a new ero, and a now history. 45 YEimS This is my first home, which I shared with F.J.C. 1911 to 1913.
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OF msTonic fho GUESS N I was proud of my new home in 1916. I never realized I would be sharing this home with F.J.C. and moving on to a new home. After 1956 my buildings will be cold For I will have graduated my last class from this campus. L
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