Clipped From The Paris News
A. W. NEVILLE Backward Glances School and Church Houses Far Apart Having recitlled some of the fet- .ures of the ro*d from Minter to P*rls »nd tome ot the people and industries on or near that road, L. A. Nance tell* something of the combination o f church a nd school in the use of buildings, and brief mention ot some people h e knew seventy- odd years ago when he was a youth. He says: There were few churches and those days apart. The and they church Hnlesboro was a Methodist church and on, in the direction of Minter, the Woodard school house was also used as a Methodist and a Baptist church. The school house at Minter was used as a Methodist church, then came the Liberty school house, also used as a Methodist church, and at Rocky Ford the school building was a Presbyterian church. When we hauled our cotton to the W. T. Gunn gin his daughter weighed the cotton. In later years Mr. Gunn was elected sheriff of Lamar County and was kept in office eight years. He was one of the best men in Lamar County, it friend to the poor man and always ready to help when called on to do so. I knew all the Biards. My father traded with Houston Biard who had a store at Biardstown. I knew the two doctors who were the first at Biardstown, as t o 1 d by Mrs. Lee Smith, Drs. Liddell and John- son. An old man named Watson lived not far from us near Minter. He got shot in one of his legs and the bone was broken. They sent for Dr. Liddell and he came In his hack, which had a top, but I do not remember if it had side curtains. There were no vehicles with tops in those days unless the owner put them on. If we'saw a covered hack going across the prairie we knew it was Dr. Liddell, though I guess he sometimes went horseback. Dr.' Liddell took off a P a r t of Mr. Watson's leg. Some time later his leg "mortified", as it was called in those days, so the doctor cut off the leg again, higher up. and Mr. Watson died. Dr. Liddell's hair was not very gray, but Dr. Johnson's hair and whiskers were very white. Dr. Johnson decided to build a steam gin, when all the gins were run by oxen or mules. In those days we had long droughts and Dr. Johnson built a platform across Sunday Creek and 1 built his gin on the platform. It was operated with steam and it seemed to me I could hear it half * mile away, as It made-a-loud noise which I think was because it was built over the wafer. I guess why he built there was because he could get water most of the time. My parents came from Randolph County. North Carolina, in an ox wagon and settled near Paris in 1859. I think they said they were on the road sixteen weeks. They were Methodists, raised nine sons who all grew up in Lamar County and all but one joined the Methodist Church. My family and I are all members o£ that church.