Cherokee Junior College

By: Wesley N. Schulze

Type: General Entry

Published: June 1, 1995

Cherokee Junior College, in Cherokee, San Saba County, was operated by the Llano, and later by the Lampasas, District conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The college was housed in a building that had originally belonged to West Texas Normal and Business College. The Llano District conference bought the building from Francis Marion Behrns on April 4, 1911, for $20,000. C. A. Lehmberg was named president of Cherokee Junior College, which accepted students from 1911 until at least the fall of 1918, when a small enrollment was reported. On July 21, 1921, the property was sold to the school trustees of San Saba County for $20,000. The building was used as a public school until it burned on January 30, 1945. In 1978 Cherokee High School stood on the site, the entrance to the old college having been incorporated in the new structure.

Alma Ward Hamrick, The Call of the San Saba: A History of San Saba County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1941; 2d ed., Austin: Jenkins, 1969). San Angelo Standard Times, December 24, 1978. Alice Gray Upchurch, "A Sketch History of San Saba County," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 50 (July 1946). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (Cherokee, Texas).
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Wesley N. Schulze, “Cherokee Junior College,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 17, 2022,

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June 1, 1995