Lee County land has been good to Sam Houston State University, and so has Miriam and Meredith York. Miriam and Meredith York were school teachers and ranchers. He died in 1983 and she lives in Giddings.
Mrs. York recently notified Sam Houston State that she was establishing the Miriam and Meredith York Presidential Endowment for Excellence with a gift of $300,000, bringing to more than a half million dollars the amount which the Yorks have given to Sam Houston State over the years.
"I have sold the farm (actually Meredith's) and the cattle," Mrs. York wrote to Sam Houston President James F. Gaertner. "Meredith would want Sam Houston to receive this."
"The farm" is actually known as the Y Bar Ranch, which Meredith York's grandfather established in Lee County in 1865. From that ranch Meredith York's father came to Sam Houston Normal Institute, from which he graduated in 1894.