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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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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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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Businesses of Savoy

This article is dedicated to the commerce of Savoy’s past. Around the turn of the 20th century Savoy boasted almost 40 businesses in town. We’d like to track these down. Here are a list of known businesses which have existed here along with approximate dates. Obviously many of these did not coexist (lots of groceries). If anyone can confirm specific dates, it would be appreciated.:

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