Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

Pearl Wylie Cage, of the Stephenville banking and railroad Cage family, was instrumental in raising the money needed for John Tarleton College to join the A & M System. She discovered that the funds raised did not meet the goal and while in New York she persuasively presented the dilemma to her friend Edgar L. Marston and his family. He was the owner of the Texas Pacific Coal and Mining Company in Thurber. The Marston family provided the rest of the money, and on February 20, 1917, the bill passed in the Texas Legislature to make John Tarleton College a branch of A & M. and was to be called John Tarleton Agricultural College. (Guthrie, John Tarleton and His Legacy, p.39)

Find out more about Pearl Wylie Cage, and other “spirits” in the history of Stephenville and Erath County this Sunday, November 2, 2008 across the street at the West End Cemetery. The 2nd Spirits of Erath Cemetery Walk begins at 2 P.M., so be on time! In addition to Pearl, the walk will feature more Stephenville and Erath County notables portrayed by local actors and actresses dressed in period attire. The spirit walk is a joint fundraiser for the Friends of the Tarleton Dick Smith Library and the Friends of the Stephenville Public Library. Admission is $5.00 per person!

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