In Bob’s article that appeared in last Tuesday’s Rains County Leader, Bob related a few stories of graveyards throughout East Texas that he was familiar with. The article that was in this weekend’s edition of the News-Telegram concentrated on funny names of places across East Texas, including names of counties, towns and creeks. Hopkins, Delta and Hunt counties were mentioned in that segment by Mr. Bowman.
Of course, we have some odd names here in our little corner of the county, too.
Has anybody ever heard of Garrett’s Hump? Yes, that’s just down the road from Miller Grove in the County Line community. Garrett’s Hump even had a school just over the Rains County line.
Then there was Simmons’ Chapel. I believe that it was named for Captain Simmons that lived in the area. That small settlement and school was north of Miller Grove near Tommy Clem’s place.
West of Miller Grove (between Miller Grove and Donelton) was a little place called Speck Back. Sometimes it was referred to as Cedar Point. Either way, there was a school and church there for several years.
Of course, I saved the best for last — Possom Trot. Yes, you read it right. I can only imagine how that name was originated! The more politically correct name for the community was Center Point.
I could go on and on with names of places that have been gone and pretty much forgotten for years. As far as creeks go, we have Schooley Creek, Big Creek and Turkey Creek. I have no clue at all as to how they attained their names, but they’ve been on the maps for years and years.
Miller Grove students participated at the district UIL competition last week. They loaded the bus and headed to the big town of Commerce, as Texas A&M University-Commerce hosted the event this year. We had a few students place in events who will be headed to Nacogdoches for area competition. Jarrett Covington placed first in current events and fourth in social studies. Holly Miller received first place in accounting and Wesley Potts was second. Nicole Hall came in fourth place in accounting. Kelsey Steele brought home fifth place in editorial writing, and Grayson Smith was sixth in social studies.
The high school’s drama class recently performed “The Forgotten Door” at the UIL One Act Play zone competition at Paris Junior College. The students did well, and the play was selected to advance to the district level. The district performance will be on April 4. Award winners at the zone level included Connor Hall (Honorable Mention), Nicole Hall and Dylan Sims (All Star Cast), and Cody Marler (Best Actor).
Mark your calendars for April 5. That’s when students will present their second dinner theater this year and perform “The Forgotten Door” for the community. The dinner theater in December was a big success so the drama class has decided to try it again this semester. The dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the play starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will consist of beef or chicken enchiladas, beans, rice, chips, salsa, tea and dessert. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per person. Please call the school to RSVP so that there will be an adequate amount of food prepared. The cafeteria holds approximately 100 people, and it was packed to the brim during the dinner theater in December, so please reserve your seats as soon as you can.
Last Thursday night was Open House for the elementary students and teachers. I mingled through the classrooms for a little while that night looking at the students’ projects and took a few pictures here and there. The students all had desks brimming with projects and artwork that they had made for the night. It was also nice to see a good showing of parents.
The baseball boys will play Friday afternoon at Miller Grove against the Sulphur Bluff Bears. The boys have been doing pretty well this season. They won their game against Honey Grove last Friday but lost Saturday’s game. Aaron Smith and Patrick Covington are the team’s main pitchers this year. Aaron is a freshman and Patrick a sophomore, so they will have several more years to play for our high school team.
The Miller Grove Alumni newsletter has been printed and was mailed Tuesday. This edition of the newsletter spotlights an alumni who has had considerable success throughout her professional life, Patsy Johnson Hallman. Also, renewal notices accompanied the newsletter with hopes that everyone will renew their alumni association memberships for next year. The association was started last May and has grown considerably over the last few months. This year at high school graduation the association will be able to give out the first of what will hopefully turn into many scholarships to deserving Miller Grove students.
Happy Birthday during the last week of the month to: Jackie Burns, Kim (Miller) Dodd and Kay (Miller) Blanton on March 26; Colton Tipps on March 27; Kendra (Dannheim) Fisher on March 30; and David Tipps and B.J. Wright on March 31.
I was so sorry to hear about the death of County Line resident Barbara Moon last week (March 18). I met Barbara several years ago while working on family history. She was very nice and helpful to me. She had worked extensively on the Garrett family’s history and genealogy. She was born the daughter of Aubrey R. and Gladys Nina (Scott) Garrett, on July 29, 1933, in Commerce. She married Joseph H. Moon on Aug. 29, 1953, in Alba. She was preceded in death by one son, Jeff Moon, and one brother, Jerry Garrett. She is survived by her husband, two sons, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Interment was held in Clifton Cemetery on March 22.
Keith Barrett’s funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Pippin & Hill Cemetery. Keith’s family lived in County Line for many years. He was born March 21, 1930, to the Rev. Otis Joyce Barrett and Lillie Mae (Hill) Barrett. He recently celebrated his 82nd birthday. He is survived by his wife, Bethena (Sparks) Barrett, two sons, one daughter, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Linell Woods and Aline Bloodsworth.
I was shocked to learn of the recent passing of Miller Grove resident Johnny Wilbur. He was always active in the community. At one time, he was a member of the volunteer fire department. He also served as a school board trustee for several years. My prayers go out to his family. He is survived by his wife, Alice; one son, John Derick Wilbur; one daughter, Holly K. Wilbur; and three grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville.
Evelyn Flecker Echeverio is planning her fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for the Flecker family. Each year they have the hunt at the community center the weekend before Easter with family that come from several different cities across the state. She and granddaughter Renee Connor have worked to fill more than 200 eggs with prizes for the children in their family.
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