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"Greenville Gets Training School", Daily Reflector, 11 July 1907
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GREENVILLE GETS TRAINING SCHOOL
About 4:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon the first news came unofficially
through the telegraph and telephone that the State Board of Education had
selected Greenville as the location for the Eastern Carolina Training
School for Teachers, and some later this was confirmed by telegrams to The
Reflector and several citizens. People had been waiting since 10 a.m.
around the telegraph and Reflector offices, and call after call from the
town and all parts of the county had been made over the phone for news,
and as soon as a bulletin was put up announcing that Greenville had been
selected there was general rejoicing.
The contest for the school has been long and earnest, continuing through
six months, and it is cause for congratulation that Greenville has won the
prize. This town and county made a vigorous campaign for it, yet
everything was done on a high plane and without bitterness or hard
feeling. Other towns also contested earnestly to win the school, as they
had a perfect right to do, and while the contest was warm Greenville
carefully avoided saying or doing anything to the detriment of any other
place seeking it. Now that it is all over, except the building and opening
of the school, all should come together and help make it what Greenville
and Pitt county have determined it shall be, the pride of Eastern North
While many of our citizens have done nobly their part toward securing the
school, the people of Greenville and Pitt county can never repay ex-Gov.
T.J. Jarvis and County Superintendent W.H. Ragsdale for what they did in
bringing it here. Without the efforts of these two gentlemen we do not
believe Greenville would have gotten the school.
Greenville is on the spot with the goods.
Now you watch Greenville and Pitt county push ahead of any town and county
in the east.
All the other competing towns have an invitation in advance to come to
Greenville to the corner stone laying of the Eastern Training school.
Greenville and Pitt county will cordially welcome them and show them there
is no unkind feeling arising from the contest.
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