Farmville, VA State Normal School Fire, Nov 1923

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Governor E. Lee Trinkle, Mrs. Trinkle and Colonel Leroy T. Hodges, director of the state budget, and Dr. J. L. Jarman, superintendent of the Normal School here, who was in Richmond attending hearings on the budget for 1923-24, hastened here by automobile when news of the fire reached the capital. The fire had been almost extinguished when they arrived here and the executive lost no time in having the students assembled in the school auditorium and assuring them the structure would be rebuilt as quickly as possible. The young women were told that the school would be closed until after Thanksgiving, and they began immediately to make plans for leaving for their homes today.

Considerable concern was experienced among several Danville families early this morning when reports were current of the damage done by fire to the Farmville State Normal. Several Danville girls are enrolled there and until news came that all of the students were safe some little anxiety was felt.
A number of calls came as early as seven o'clock to the Bee office asking for information. The Associated Press wire which opened at eight o'clock promptly furnished a brief statement to the effect that no lives had been lost and it was possible to relieve the anxiety of several fathers and mothers.
Several of the girls telephoned to their parents at once saying that they were safe but had lost all or part of their effects. Others were more fortunate and reported they had succeeded in getting out their trunks. First reports were that the girls would remain at Farmville if another building could be secured but that if arrangements were not concluded the girls would come home.
Among the girls from Danville at Farmville are MISS ANNIE MURRAY, MISS FLORENCE BOOTH, MISS JANIE MOORE, MISS MARGARET TOWNES, MISS WILMA WILLIAMS and MISS ELIZABETH WESTBROOKS.

The Bee Danville Virginia 1923-11-17