Greenview Memories: Sinclair donates markers commemorating sites in long-standing community

By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Aug 23, 2007 - Katie Sinclair  of the Greenview community recently donated markers identifying the original sites of the old schoolhouses and other historical landmarks.

Staff Photo by Patti Sells

Hopkins County native Katie Sinclair recently donated markers identifying historical sites in the Greenview community, where she was born and raised.

"Lots of people went to school out there and wonder where they were," said Sinclair, who went to school in the rural community from the time she was 5 years old until the ninth grade. "Everything looks so different now with Highway 19 and FM 1567 going through. Everything's all grown up with weeds — you can't hardly tell what's what."

A one-room schoolhouse was used from1888-1821, according to Sinclair, until a three-room facility was built and used from 1921-1947.

Sinclair also donated a marker for the Greenview Community House, built in 1887 at a cost of $106.60. It was a gathering place for non-denominational church gatherings, prayer meetings, Sunday school, cemetery meetings, funerals, revivals, singings, weddings, as well as pie, box and ice cream suppers.

"I used to run barefoot down this road. When I'd get close I'd stop and put on my hose and shoes," she recalled with a laugh. 

Though no longer in use, the edifice still stands next to a new Greenview Community Center contracted by Sinclair in 2000 that can be leased for reunions and other such events.

Sinclair, the daughter of Jess and Alice Potts Freeman, said her family has a long history in the community. Her mother was one of several people who raised money for the sign at the Greenview Cemetery that dates back to 1848. Several years ago, Sinclair said, she sold her diamonds in order to have the picket fence that runs along the front side of the cemetery built.

At 92, Sinclair makes good use of her finances, donating to other worthy causes such as the Boys and Girls Club.

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