In 1916, on the campus of John Tarleton Agricultural College, The Grassburr, the official yearbook for Tarleton was born. Paul Williams served as the first editor.
"Seven years ago on the campus of Tarleton College, I first came into the world. My sponsors were the seniors of 1916. I was a tiny burr at first, but I have been tenderly nourished and carefully tended, and my growth has astonished even those who officiated at my christening." -- The Grassburr, 1923
It remembers organizations like the Janitor's club, the silver key club, and the Lords and Commoners club. These organizations are not present on the Tarleton campus today, but are the forerunners for the present sororities and fraternities. It shows how Tarleton has developed since its birth in 1899.
In the fall of 2006, the students of Tarleton State University were brought a referendum vote to decide whether to keep the Grassburr or to eliminate the program and use the student fee money toward other campus needs.
The vote was found in favor of keeping the Grassburr tradition alive. With the vote came a new funding structure which provides a yearbook to every undergraduate student on the Stephenville campus. Recent graduates are mailed their copy each year.
The Grassburr staff hopes that as you review its pages, they bring memories of our college life. The Grassburr strives to include all of the year's highlights and to capture your priceless memories. This tradition has given past, current, and future students of Tarleton the opportunity to relive the past.