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News from August 27, 1911 – University of Alabama enrolls 400, Alabama fair, Y. M. C. A. and party in Pensacola

New from Tuscaloosa News August 27, 1911


J. C. Persons, bursar-registrar of the University of Alabama returned this morning from an extensive trip through North Alabama in the interest of the University. From the prospects there will be over four hundred students on the campus this fall.

University of Alabama Glee Club, Season 1913-1914 Q8643

No decision has yet been announced by the trustees as to the successor of Dr. Abercrombie, who retires from the presidency on September 1, and it is generally believed that this fact will in a measure affect the enrollments.


Preparations for the West Alabama Fair which is to be held here, the third week in October, are going forward rapidly.

A large force of men, teams and a steam roller are at present busy improving the track and upon completion it will be one of the best half mile speed rings in the south.

Considerable interest is being manifested in the races open to lady riders. They include all running events, but it is likely that the ladies will take a more conspicuous part in the Shetland pony race Wednesday and the half-mile race Thursday.


Tuscaloosa’s big slogan, “Try Tuscaloosa,” made in an electric sign four feet high has arrived and will be installed immediately by the City Electric Company

The big slogan was bought by the Board of Trade and will be placed on the tower of the Alston building, where it can be seen for miles in every direction.


The Y. M. C. A. gymnasium will be formally opened Monday night, August 28. At 8 o’clock the building will be thrown open to the public and the ladies are especially invited.

Tuscaloosa YMCA opened 1930Y.M.C.A. building today

A committee from the Ladies’ Auxilllary will be on hand to help receive and help serve refreshments, Mr. T. B. Ward is chairman of the reception committee, and will be assisted by Jas. Fitts, Jr., Farley Moody, Joe Searcy and Sterling Harris. The city commissioners will be on hand to act as judges in the contests.


The following invitation has been received from Daytona Beach, where Mrs. W. A. Collier and children are spending several weeks.

“William and James Collier, at home on the coast, Invite you to a ‘Shell Hunt and Marshmallow Roast!’ Come at four, in the auto with ‘Good Daddy Doc’. And we’ll take you home at six o’clock.

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  1. Bama Breeze

    Wouldn’t be surprised if their heirs ain’t still paying their student loans.

    1. Things have changed. My sister (now 92) graduated from the U of AL in 1948, debt free, after working her way in the dining room, with some help from Mom, in 3 1/2 years. I spent 11 years in the Navy and got a PhD with a wife and three children on the GI bill and lots of work by all. At one time I did borrow $300. What has happened? Hint: The Federal Government had little to do with education back then. Notice what has happened to medical care recently?

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