Dearest Little Friends: a 1919 letter from a faculty member comes back to Abilene

I never know what the mail will bring.  Last week we received a kind donation from an eagle-eyed antiquer who spotted this letter from 1919.  Written by S. Vernon McCasland, faculty member in the Science Department, it reveals a charming friendship with two of his former pupils.

We do not have a file for McCasland.  From a quick internet search I see his stint at ACC was brief.  He taught science and served as the school’s first football coach.  After leaving ACC to pursue graduate study, McCasland went on to a distinguished career in biblical and theological studies, teaching many years at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.

Letter, S. Vernon McCasland to Claude and Laude Tyson, May 25, 1919, p. 1

Letter, S. Vernon McCasland to Claude and Maude Tyson, May 25, 1919, p. 1

May 25, 1919

Mr. Claude + Miss Maude Tyson;
Goldsboro, Texas.
Dearest Little Friends;-
You don’t know how much pleasure it was to receive a letter from two of the finest little people that ever have come to school to me.  Your letters were so nicely written, too.  I remember so well how small and young you were when you first came to school to me.  And also how good you were and how much you learned.

I can never forget the people of Midway and the Winter [page 2] that I stayed there.  I would like very much to have your pictures.  You are doubtless much larger now than you were then, and will soon be really grown up.

I still remember putting Claude up on the table before the school.  It wasn’t very funny, was it Claude?  But that was just a sign that you were a real boy.  I am teaching in college now, where I have lots of big boys to manage.  Sometimes I go to town at night and bring one home when he has slipped off.  Wouldn’t you like to be one my boys here?  I would be very glad to have “my little twins,” in college here sometime.

Would be glad to hear from you again whenever you want to write.

Give my best regards to your parents and Mamie and [illegible] also to all of my friends there.

With love,

S. Vernon McCasland

Letter, S. Vernon McCasland to Claude and Laude Tyson, May 25, 1919, p. 2

Letter, S. Vernon McCasland to Claude and Maude Tyson, May 25, 1919, p. 2

 

Letter, S. Vernon McCasland to Claude and Laude Tyson, May 25, 1919, envelope

Letter, S. Vernon McCasland to Claude and Maude Tyson, May 25, 1919, envelope

PS: The letter was sent to us from New Mexico. How a letter from a beloved teacher was preserved all these years, and how it trekked from Abilene, to Goldsboro Texas to New Mexico and back again, must surely be a fascinating story.

Track and Field with ACU’s Bobby Morrow

Track and Field with ACU’s Bobby Morrow (1957-58). This reel of news stories about college track and field meets focuses primarily on Abilene Christian College’s Bobby Morrow competing at meets in 1957 and 58. The stories capture scenes from the West Coast Relays in Fresno in 1957, the Texas Relays in Austin in 1957, and the American Business Club Relays in Big Spring in 1958. Throughout, Morrow and the ACC relay team that also included Bill Woodhouse, James Segrest, and Waymond Griggs consistently break records. Among other footage of big names in track and field are scenes of Morrow racing Duke’s Dave Sime in 1958; Morrow and Sime were constant rivals for the title of “Fastest Man in the World.” Although they had both beat each other previously, in this race, Sime wins by a foot and a half.

http://www.texasarchive.org/library/index.php/2013_01476

Track and Field with ACU's Bobby Morrow 1957-58

Looking Ahead to Greater Horizons

Looking Ahead to Greater Horizons (1946-47) is a promotional film for Abilene Christian College (now named Abilene Christian University) that profiles the school’s Christian values, departments, extracurricular activities, and campus buildings, focusing primarily on the school’s benefactors and the World War II veterans that attend ACC. The narrator gives a history of campus development made possible through donors and examines temporary veteran housing that future donations could help improve.

http://www.texasarchive.org/library/index.php/2013_01474

Looking Ahead to Greater Horizons 1946-47