Buildings and Grounds 209
The gift of Dr. Mitchell was reported to the executive committee of
the Board at a called meeting on August 17, 1904, which promptly
authorized the raising of other funds to the amount of $6,000, and the
construction of the building. At the same time the committee asked
that Professor J. B. Carlyle undertake to secure the needed money,
about $3,000 to supplement the gifts of Purefoy and Mitchell and
smaller donations previously made to President Taylor, altogether
amounting to about $3,000. Professor Carlyle set about the task with
his usual enthusiasm. In his canvass he found two friends who
afterwards proved most generous in their gifts to the College. These
were R. L. and J. A. Bridger of Bladenboro, who contributed $1,000
and promised as much more, if needed.36 The contract for the erection
of the building was let on December 15, 1905. The plans were drawn
by T. O. Pomeroy, following the suggestions of Drs. W. S. Rankin
and L. M. Gaines, of the School of Medicine. The contractors were
Nicholson and Lashley of Graham. They began work in March, 1906;
the building was complete and accepted on September 10, 1906. It is
in the southwestern corner of the Campus. It is of a good grade of
concrete block. It is two stories high with lower and upper verandas
on the east and south sides. The first floor has, besides bath room and
linen closet, seven rooms, including a general ward, kitchen and
dining room: the second has two bath rooms and two linen closets and
eight other rooms, including an operating room and a ward for
contagious diseases without communication with the rest of the
building. Its cost with wiring and plumbing was $7,500.
With the exception of J. S. Purefoy and John Mitchell, the
salaries of several of the officers, interest of which was promptly paid every year.
On July 16, 1904, he came into my office and said, 'Brother Mills, I believe I will
give these arrears to the Board of Education.' I said to him, 'I would not do that: I
believe the Board ought to depend on the yearly contributions of the denomination.'
He asked, 'What would you do with them?' I said, 'The great need of the College is
an infirmary.' He raised both hands above his head, and said with emphasis, 'The
very thing ! Sit right down and prepare the papers and let me sign them, giving the
arrears for an infirmary.' In a few minutes the papers were prepared and he signed
them giving $1,116.50 for the Infirmary."
Report of President Taylor to Board of Trustees, May, 1905.