Anniversay of Savoy Cyclone Is Recalled

SAVOY, Texas – A few of the elder citizens remember that Sunday, May 28, is the fifty-ninth anniversary of the Savoy cyclone. Being the first such disaster to visit this section of the country, it attracted attention all over the state.

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1967 College Reunion

Promotional brochure for the 1967 Savoy Male and Female College Reunion, featuring editorials, biographies, and stories.

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The Savoy School

For the first five years after Savoy College was burned, we have very little data concerning the school and its work. In 1895, it is revealed by an old catalog, that there were four teachers: L.C. Gee, Principal and teacher of Languages and Science; E.L. Trotter, Mathematics and History; W.W. McMahon, Preparatory Department; Miss Martha Buford, Primary.

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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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Savoy College

Savoy College was organized in 1876 by prof Robt. R. Halsell. For four years this institution was conducted by its founder and owner as a local school for the children of families in the small towns and settlements of the region.

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In 1880, Savoy Nearly Destroyed in Storm

The most western town in Fannin County is located 12 miles west of Bonham along the Grayson County line. The community was named for William Savoy who settled in the area in the late 1850s. Colonel Savoy, as he was often called, bought more land than anyone at that time in the Savoy vicinity.

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Fannin County Education in the Late 1800s

The Savoy Male and Female College influenced the lives or hundreds of young men and women during the years before 1890 when it flourished in the town of Savoy. Like all of the private schools, it had periods of financial uncertainty. The president of the college alleviated this situation by a cooperative program with the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

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First Coed School in Texas

Savoy Male and Female College was probably the first collegiate coeducational school in Texas to admit men and women to the same classes on the same academic standards.

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