Prof. Lewis Holland

In any celebration of the founding and successful operation of Savoy College, Professor Lewis Holland deserves a large share. In collaboration with Professor R.R. Halsell, they organized the college in 1876, and remained equal partners in the conduct and affairs of the school for twelve or fifteen years when Mr. Holland resigned to enter other activities.

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Blown into the Pig Pen

Mr. McMurry and I had retired for the night, our bedroom being in the front part of the house. We were awakened from a sound sleep by deafening peals of thunder, the terrible roar of the wind, and a mighty down pour of rain that fell in blinding sheets. our first thoughts were of Minnie, who was sleeping alone in a back room that opened onto a porch. When we opened the door that led to her room we found that the room had been blown away!

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Cyclone Blew the Clothes Off Boys

SAVOY– Fifty-seven years ago May 28, a cyclone struck Savoy, and moved the town. The freakish wind demolished every house on Main Street and the town was rebuilt on Hayes Street which is now Highway 82.

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The Adair Cyclone Story

After a residence of five years in Denison, I moved to Savoy, a station on the Transcontinental line, 11 miles from Bonham, and I was in the mercantile business there when the cyclone struck in 1800. I retired early on the night of the cyclone which came at about 10 o’clock. Before I dropped of to sleep I cautioned my wife, who was in the room with a glass oil lamp in her hand. I told her she was liable to set the house on fire.

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Throwing Stones

The Denison News says people shook their heads when we publishsd the account of a stone weighing a ton falling on the Rick farm, blown there by the Savoy cyclone but elder Kone goes us one better. In his sermon on Sunday morning he spoke of sheep and cattle being carried through the air a distance of eighteen hundred miles by a cyclone. Elder, take our hat.1 Brenham Weekly Banner, Brenham Texas, Vol15, No23, Ed1, June 4, 1880 ↩

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Chronicle of the Savoy Methodist Church

Sitting comfortably on a well-worn pew in the Savoy Methodist Church, you can almost hear the sounds made by generations of congregational members. Surely the men’s low voices, the children’s laughter, and the women’s lyrical soprano tones intermingled through the years in countless hymns, liturgies, studies, and prayers.

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Colonel William Savoy – Founder

The Founder of Savoy. — The town of Savoy, which was founded in 1872, derived its classic name from its founder, William Louis Marshall Savoy, better known as Colonel William Savoy. He was born in Mississippi in 1818, and received a liberal education including training in modern languages which he later developed in practical use.

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