Clipped From The Paris News
A. W. NEVILLE Bockward Glances Road From Minter To Paris 75 Years Ago Reading the story written, foi' Backward Glances by Mrs. Lee Smith, who told of the early days of Biardstown, reminded L. A. Nance of his childhood and youthful days in southeastern Lamar County. He bad touched briefly on some of it in stories he told some time ago, and now he goes more into detail, saying: Sei-enty - seven years ago, when I first started to school at Minter, I think about the time the free schools started, I believe the age limit was eight to sixteen years under eight and over sixteen had to pay, but a few years later it was changed and the free age lengthened at both ends. In those days there were private schools that would last two weeks, or maybe a month or o v e r, and before pupils were allowed to read they had to learn their A-B-Cs. The first school t went to had a lady teacher and lasted about three weeks, but I failed to learn my A-B-Cs. A little later I went to a school that had a man teacher, and he taught two or three weeks and I got through with my A-B-Cs. The next school I went to was at Minter. Mr. Ed Philley was the teacher. The Blue Back Speller was the main book as we could spell and read in the same pages, all the way through the book. I think the school lasted two months or a little over. 1 cannot think of anyone now living who went to that school when I did. Two years ago the last one of them passed away. I think the time I attended the school in Minter was 76 and 75 years ago. Minter was named for Minter Parker, who was a large landowner. It was said that he was the richest man in La mar County, and he was a farmer and stock raiser. He enlisted in the Confederate Army In the civil war but was rejected because of weak eyes. Mr. Parker had four children. He had three girls. Viola, Sallie and Goorgle, and a son named John. I do not.think there was a store or gin there then, but soon there were both. Biardstown seemed to have been a sort of headquarters for a long distance. If you were going from Minter to Paris you would have to go by Biardstown. The road ran west, crossed Brushy Creek a few hundred yards from Minter. then H few hundred yards to what was then called Round Prairie church, which was used as a school house also. Then on west to Jim Vickers, on to Crawford Hefflefinger, then on to Jim Martin who lived near Sandy Creek. Then on by Jim Graham, and Mr. Brashears, then to Judge Bryson's. then on to Mr. Burris' home.. From there it was all prairie until you got to the branch about half a mile from Biardstown, where there was timber. Mr. Nance's recollection of southeastern L a m a r County will be continued tomorrow.