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The “necessary house” in my backyard will no longer be needed. The ﬁrst telephones are also installed in 1883. They are battery operated and started with a small crank. I am amazed that the telephone bill for the entire campus is $25 for the ﬁrst year. The Lewis girls use my telephone to call friends to join them for picnics. People who pass would never guess how many picnics take place on my roof. The young folks hurry up my back steps from the ground to the roof. There they have the best view of the campus and a private place for an outdoor party.
Mrs. Clayton will remain with me until June. I am grateful that this lovely lady will have some time before leaving me. Mrs. Clayton then moves to Eufaula, Alabama, to live with older son Henry, and I am empty again. Richard C. Jones, 1890–1897 In June 1890 trustees select a third Confederate general, Richard Channing Jones, as president. General Jones grew up in Camden, Alabama, and served in the state legislature. He is a popular choice. Under General Jones, new activities emerge. In 1892 William G.
They move into the University’s oldest building, Steward’s Hall, making it their home. Soon people begin calling it the Gorgas House. I will miss the Gorgas family and wonder whether people who pass me on Huntsville Road can see the sadness in my face at their departure. Burwell B. Lewis, 1880–1885 Again, I am empty, wondering who will be selected to head the University. Newspapers are urging the trustees to choose someone from our own state to be president. After hearing the search committee’s report, the trustees vote unanimously for the Honorable Burwell Boykin Lewis.
A Mansion's Memories by Mary Mathews