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Sealed Proposal Based on Resolution passed by the Board of County
Commissioners of Pitt County and the Board of Aldermen of the Town of
Respectfully submitted to State Board of Education By The Representatives
of said Town and County June 5th 1907
Raleigh, N.C. June 5th-1907
To the Honorable The State Board of Education
We beg leave to appear before you to-day for the purpose of requesting you
to locate the Eastern Training School in or near the Town of Greenville in
the County of Pitt. Our authority to appear before you and to make the
proposition herein contained will be found in the two attached resolutions
passed by the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Pitt and the
Board of Aldermen of the Town of Greenville respectively.
At an election held in the Town of Greenville on the 7th day of May 1907
the Board of Aldermen of said Town were authorized to issue and sell
interest bearing bonds and to use so much of the proceeds as the Board
might deem proper to aid in erecting and equipping the necessary buildings
for said school, in the event it should be located in or near said Town,
and at an election held in the County of Pitt on the 14th day of May 1907
the Board of County Commissioners of said County were authorized to issue
and sell $50,000 of interest bearing bonds for like purposes.
At a conference between the two Boards it determined that each Board should
appropriate from the sale of these bonds a like amount to wit, the sum of
$50,000 to be used in the purchase of a site and in the erection of the
buildings and in the payment of some small expenses incident thereto.
Now acting upon the authority conferred upon us we have the honor and the
pleasure to offer to Your Honorable Body $100,000 to be used for said
purposes and to be available as soon as the Bonds can be sold in the event
it shall please your Honorable Body to locate said school in or near said
In order to make sure of a number of available sites suitable for said
school we have procured options to be taken and properly executed which we
herewith hand you. From these and the Map accompanying them it will be
seen that the Higgs sites are on the West of the Town, the Arthur sites on
the South of the Town and the Harrington and Munford sites situate to the
East of the Town.
The Higgs sites are offered in different places and at different prices but
all in the same locality.
The Arthur sites embrace practically the same territory except that one
embraces a few more acres than the other.
The Harrington sites are offered in different shapes but at the same price
per acre except that one is offered as a donation.
The Munford site is in one body but at one price if taken as is and at
another if he is allowed to remove the wire fence and timber.
All these sites are now ready for inspection by your body or any member of
it who may be appointed for that purpose and if either of them is selected
a deed will be executed for it as your Board may direct.
It is the purpose of the Town and County to put $100,000 in this
educational enterprise. Both the Town and the County have already
incurred some expense in holding the election on this school question
which are properly chargable to this fund. These expenditures cannot
exceed $1000 each, so we propose to add $2000 to the cost of the site, and
deduct this from the $100,000 and the balance will be appropriated to the
erection and equipment of the buildings. If a site costing $7,500 or
$8,000 is selected this will leave $90,000 for the buildings and we think
it is not likely that our offer can be less than $90,000 in money and a
We make this generous offer for two reasons:
First, The people of Greenville and Pitt sincerely desire this school
located in their midst and they offer this large sum as an earnest of
their good faith. In the second place they willingly donate this large sum
to the erection of the buildings because if the school is located in their
midst they desire to see handsome commodious, well equipped buildings
which will be a credit to the State and in which all Eastern North
Carolina can take a pride.
And finally we beg to call your attention to the fact that Greenville
stands in the center of a large, a prosperous County with a population of
$35,000 progressive people who are moving rapidly forward along
educational lines. They are deeply in earnest in their efforts and desire
for this school and if located in their midst they will do their full
share to make it a success from the beginning and one of the states most
F.M. Wooten, Mayor of the town Greenville, NC
R.W. King, chair Board Coms. Pitt Co.
M.T. Speir, Member Brd. Coms. Pitt Co.
J.L. Fleming, Senator from Pitt
W.H. Ragsdale, Supt. of Schools
R.C. Arthur [?], Member Co. Board of Education
D.C. Moore, C.S.C.
Thos. J. Jarvis
B.W. Moseley Member Board of Alderman
County Commissioners Resolution
1- That R.W. King, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners of the
County of Pitt and W. H. Ragsdale, Superintendent of Public Instruction of
said County are hereby authorized and requested to appear before the State
Board of Education on the 5th of June 1907 and at such other times as may
be necessary and in the name of this Board and the people of said County
request that the Eastern Training School be located in said County in or
near the Town of Greenville.
2- That a majority of the qualified voters of said county at an election
held on the 14th day of May 1907, having voted to authorize this Board to
issue coupon Bonds not to exceed $50,000 to aid in the erection and
equipment of suitable buildings for said school, in the
event it shall be located in said county, our said representatives are
hereby authorized to offer to said State Board of Education the said sum
of $50,000 to be used for said purposes less the amount the County may
have to contribute for cost of site and to repay expenses incurred not to
3- That in addition to the two person named in the first resolution our
Senator and Representatives in the Legislature and any member of the
County Board of Education (if they or any of them shall be in Raleigh at
the time) are hereby authorized and requested to join with Messrs. King
and Ragsdale and represent this Board in said matter. and also any
other member of the Board of County Commissioners who may attend.
I, Richard Williams, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners of the
County of Pitt, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of
Resolutions passed this day by said Board.
Given under my hand and seal of the County this June 3rd, 1907.
[signed] R. Williams, Clerk Brd Commrs for Pitt
Board of Aldermen Resolution
1- That F.M. Wooten, Mayor of the Town of Greenville and Thomas J. Jarvis
and F.G. James, citizens of said Town are hereby authorized and requested
to appear before the State Board of Education on the 5th day of June 1907
and such other times as may be necessary and in the name of the Board of
Aldermen and the people of said Town request the location of the Eastern
Training School in or near said Town.
2- That a majority of the qualified voters of said Town at an election held
on the 7th day of May 1907 having authorized the Board of Aldermen of said
Town to issue coupon bonds to aid in erecting and equipping the necessary
buildings for said school in the event it shall be located in or near said
Town, our said representatives are hereby authorized to tender to the said
State Board of Education the sum of $50,000 to be used for the purposes
less the amount necessary to pay for the site and repay expenses incurred
not exceeding $1000.
I, J.C. Tyson, Clerk of the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Greenville
hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the Resolutions this
day passed by said Board.
Given under my hand and seal of said Town this June 3rd, 1907.
[signed] James C. Tyson, Clerk of the Board of
Aldermen of the Town of Greenville N.C.
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