Hurrah for Morgan Mill!

As you read on the marque this week, Morgan Mill ISD achieved exemplary rating last week.† It is exciting for the students and teachers to see the result of their work pay off.† Each year the annual test is the driving goal for the teachers and Morgan Mill pushes for excellence.† The reading program is one of the ways that the kids learn to master all segments of their education.† Even the math portion is partly a reading test.† When your students start their reading program next year, you will know that this is just one way that will improve test scores.† Congratulations to the students, teachers, staff, and administrators on a job well done.†

This summer our Morgan Mill cemetery was designated as a Historic Texas Cemetery.† As you remember, Cathey Hartmann, from Bluff Dale and Chairperson of the† Erath County Historical Commission, encouraged the cemetery board to submit the application.† This distinction means the cemetery has been legally recorded through the THCís Historic Texas Cemetery Program, an important step in ensuring its perservation.† This designation is reserved for cemeteries that are at least 50 years old.† According to Gene Williamsí book, Hurrah for Morgan Mill, Amanda Counts, wife of Joel H. Counts, was the first person buried on land that eventually became the Morgan Mill Cemetery in 1880.† On March 5, 1883, Isaac Henderson deeded three acres of land to William C. Lannan, acting as trustee for the citizens of Morgan Mill for the purposes of a grave yard.† Through the years, other property was deeded to the cemetery which now encompasses six acres.† Each year on the second Saturday in May, families gather for the cemetery working and reunion under the Morgan Mill tabernacle for a business meeting and covered dish luncheon.†

This past year, Cindy Shipman and the Huckabay High School students published At Rest in Erath County, Texas Morgan Mill Cemetery.† This $25 book contains alphabetized entries including information on each burialís memorial, plus an obituary and Texas death record if available.† A map-grid and locator system makes any grave in the cemetery easy to locate.† This book, which benefits the Huckabay Local History Project provides annual scholarships for Huckabay graduates and funds a variety of community service projects.† If you have not purchased your copy of the book,† see Gary Key for your copy.

With school opening getting close, if you want to purchase school supplies for our kids, Janette Halliday will take your donations at the Store.† There is always a need for extras throughout the year.† Many times the teachers will use extra pencils or markers for rewards during the year.† Sandra Pierce can always use prizes for the Reading program incentives.† It is good to take advantage of the area stores offering cheap school supplies during this time of the year.