The New Education (Stillwater, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 3, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 15, 1910 Page: 3 of 4

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Among the various improvements being
made at the College, perhaps none shows
more clearly the progressive spirit of the
West than does the Woman's Building. This
fine structure, which until recently was our
“castle in Spain”, originated from a very
humble and urgent need. For long, the De-
partment of Domestic Science, located in
one of the old buildings, had found itself
“cabin’d, cribb’d, confined In an effort to-
wards the establishment of better condi-
tions, there was first discussed the matter of
erecting a small building for work in do-
mestic science and arts. Then the western
spirit of expansion appeared, and it was said,
“Let us not have a building useful for only a
single purpose; but let us offer the young
women who clamor for admittance to our
College, a place in which they can live and
move and have their being—in other words
—a true home”. So this good doctrine pre-
vailed. Then with true chivalry, the Board
of Regents decided to place the building on
the choicest site of the campus. Now this struc-
ture is rising daily, under close observation by the
many persons who eagerly await its completion.
On the ground floor, one entire wing has been
set apart for the girls’ gymnasium. This will
be equipped with the latest and most approved
apparatus for maintaining and improving the phy-
sical health of the students. There are, of course,
shower baths, and in addition, a swimming pool
—a most attractive feature. Then, for relatives
and friends, or for the general public on festive
occasions, there has been arranged a vistiors
This floor has space alloted also, for a large
dining hall. Here, an orchestra platform indi-
cates that the students will, at times have oppor-
tunity to make merry.
Within easy access to the dining-room, Wtre
is placed < well-planned kitchen, fitted with an
up-to-date steel range, large steam-jacketed ket-
tles, coffee percolators, and other furnishings for
rapid and satisfactory service.
Dear to our heart are the scenes of the second
floor. Here is to be found the Department of
Domestic Science and Arts. Two large sewing
rooms, and a cutting and fitting room occupi the
entire east wing of the building, while another
wing accommodates the domestic science kitchen
laboratory, and a demonstration lecture room.
Besides, there appears a practice dining-room,
for class work; and also a laboratory for the
testing of foods for general quality, adultera-
tions, etc.
In the central portion of this floor, and con-
veniently located near the main entrance, is a
large reception room, for use by all students re-
siding in the building. This will probably be
much in demand for social affairs of the Cofiege
in general. There are also smaller rooms where
relatives or intimate friends may be entertained.
The third floor has been set aside for dormi-
tories. Here the rooms are arranged en suite.
Each student has her own room, and a study in
common with another student. All rooms are
well lighted and ventilated; while particular care
has been exercised to make the heating system
satisfactory. In such healthful surroundings, ill-
ness might almost be considered a neghgable
factor, yet, to insure against an evil day, an in-
valid’s room has been provided. This will be
fitted up in the most sanitary manner.
There are, of course, several outside fire es-
capes, and in addition rope fire escapes are to be
placed in each room on the dormitory floor.
Although many other features might be men-
tioned, perhaps the foregoing account is enough
to show the care and forethought exercised y
the authorities of the institution for the good of
the students.
To any in sister states who still believe that all
Oklahomans live in tepees or dug-outs, and that
such a building as we have described can exist
only in our dreams, we extend a cordial invitation
to "Come see, and doubt no more”.
The new buildings for the Agricultural Division
include a hog barn, already built, a farm barn, a
live stock pavilion, and a sheep barn.
Hog Barn
The hog barn consists of a main building with
a wing running to the rear. I he front part is
25x35, while the wing is 48x26. The floor of the
feed room, the office, and the alley, extending
through the center of the wing to the rear, is of
cement. The floor of the ten pens is of hard
brick laid in cement. There are two large win-
dows containing six lights for each feeding pen
and for the farrowing pens on the south there are
double windows containing sixteen lights. The
satisfactory way in which the building is lighted
is perhaps one of its most pleasing features. It is
built of the very best material, painted with three
coats of paint, and in every way has been
equipped to make a very complete barn for ex-
perimental work in hog feeding. It is not such a
barn as would be generally recommended to farm-
ers, as the small, movable houses are more satis-
factory on the farm, but it is eminently satisfac-
tory for experimental work. The total cost of the
barn was $1378.70. The chief item of expense was
the bill for material, as the best was used through-
Farm Barn
The plans and specifications for the new farm
barn have been prepared, and the contract will
likely be let at the coming meeting of the Board.
The farm barn consists of a main, two-storied
part, 50x70, and two one-story wings, 60x35 each.
The one wing contains stalls for 33 cattle and the
other has 23 horse stalls. The central part has 8
box stalls, ioxi2, with feed rooms in the rear. It
is planned also to build two silos,. There arc two
driveways through the barn which facilitates
cleaning and the storage of feed. The hay and
forage can be taken in from both ends with a hay
fork. One of the wings will be completely fin-
ished for dairy cattle at this time and the other
for horses. The wing intended for dairy cattle
will have cement floor and James stalls. Both
wings will be abundantly lighted and ventilated,
as there will be rows of windows along the sides
and most likely a monitor on the roof of each
wing. Ten thousand dollars has been allowed for
this building.
Live Stock Pavilion
The live stock pavilion will be built somewhere
easy of access to the other barns. 1 he main idea
of the building is to provide a place for the live
stock judging. The plans have not been prepared
as yet so that much cannot be said about the form
that the building will take. It will likely be oval
in shape, with a central ring and seats arranged
so as to enable those occupying them to see the
stock to the best advantage. The amount allowed
for this building is fifteen thousand dollars.
Sheep Barn
It is very likely that a sheep barn will be built
within the year. Plans have been drawn for it
but have not as yet been definitely decided upon.
It is likely that it will be arranged so it can be
divided into four main divisions with hayracks
and passages. The second floor will be used for
storage of hay, grain, and wool. 1 he southern
side will likely be given altogether to lambing
pens as it is the intention to do considerable in
winter lambing. The rough plan which has al-
ready been drawn calls for a building 40x60 feet.
The building which it is intended to erect will be
altogether for the breeding flocks, but it is likely
that wings will be built to provide for furture ex-
perimental feeding.
JOHN A. CRAIG, Director.
A building of 49 rooms is under construction at
the College for use as a boys’ home; built of pav-
ing brick, trimmed with stone, heated with hot
wab r, supplied with bath room.j and other con-
veniences, it will add to the comfort and well-
being of students and prove of great value to the
institution. A specially designed sick room has
been provided for those who may need more than
the usual medical attention by the College Phy-
sician and Surgeon. The work on the new dorm-
itory has now reached the roof line and roof con-
struction will soon be under way. 1 he building
will be furnished and ready for occupancy before
next September.
Plans have been completed for the erection
of the new greenhouses which are necessary to
accommodate the growing demands and enlarged
work of the Departments of Horticulture, Botany
and Agronomy. The new houses will add about
4500 square feet to the present greenhouse and
will be built in connection with it. One room of
the new house will furnish the necessary space
for demonstration work in plant physiology and
will be fitted up for that work. It will contain
also collections of plant diseases that infest the
farm crops of Oklahoma. This room will be dis-
tinctly a class study room and will furnish ma-
terial throughout the entire college year, which
cannot be obtained in active growing form dur-
ing the school session from the crops as they
grow in the field. Class work in the propagation
of plants will occupy the space of a large part of
the new houses and demonstration work in plant
breeding will be carried on with the college
classes. The investigation and study of the most
troublesome plant diseases ot the state will be
accommodated by the new houses.
The proposed heating, lighting and power plant
will probably be located about a hundred feet west
and one hundred and fifty north of the Creamery
Building. The building will be of brick, and laid
in a maner similar to the foundation of the Boys
Dormitory now in process of erection.
The general dimensions of the power plant will
be a main building for boilers and coal storage,
i2g ft. by 47 ft., with addition on the east to be
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Connell, J. H. The New Education (Stillwater, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 3, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 15, 1910, periodical, January 15, 1910; Stillwater, Oklahoma. ( accessed May 25, 2022), The Gateway to Oklahoma History,; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

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