Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?
Our benefactor, John Tarleton, died September 10, 1895, 113 years ago this month! Not only did he leave his estate in Texas for the establishment of a school in Stephenville, he also left his estate in Tennessee for the establishment of the John Tarleton Institute in Knoxville, where he lived prior to coming to Texas. The Knoxville Journal, September 25, 1895, stated that the John Tarleton Institute's purpose would be "to teach children, educate them in the common branches and teach them some sort of trade and prepare them to earn an honorable living in the future." The John Tarleton Home still exists today in Knoxville! Be sure to see the display of Tarleton history in the library foyer!