Milling Around

Hurrah for Morgan Mill!

Saturday, May 12, will be Morgan Mill Cemetery Reunion. According to Gene Williams in his 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. He goes on to describe the inscription on her monument as dated Jan. 11, 1853 - Mar. 6. 1880. Gene also relates that, according to local legend, a young girl died at Morgan Mill while her family was traveling west and she was buried near the road, across from the schoolhouse, in the late 1870s. Ray Earp recalled that his father, Harve Earp, used to show him where the grave was located. Unfortunately, no marker was ever placed to identify the gravesite.

The book goes on to state that on March 5, 1883, Isaac Henderson deeded about three acres of land to William C. Lanman, acting as trustee for the citizens of Morgan’s Mill and its vicinity for the purposes of a graveyard. The construction of State Highway 281 acquired much of the east side of the cemetery. In 1940, the J. M. Roquemore heirs deeded 1.344 acres to the Association. Then in 1961, Mrs. Trena Moore deeded land (360 ft. x 62 ft.) to the Association. In 1989, the Cemetery Association purchased 2.566 acres from Wade Cartwright. Then in 1991, the cemetery acquired 0.301 acres from the Baptist Church in order to straighten out part of the east boundary line. The Morgan Mill Cemetery now contains approximately six acres of land that is fenced.

One of the most enduring and long-standing traditions in the Morgan Mill community has been the annual cemetery working day. Folks would bring their hoes and rakes and clean the weeds from around their family’s graves. Many came from out of town, had lunch under the tabernacle and the event served as a homecoming for many families. The trustees of the Morgan Mill Cemetery Association are Jakie Laughlin, Gene Williams, Gaylon Chandler, Earl Allison and Carroll Elston. A business meeting will be conducted at noon followed by a barbecue lunch served under the tabernacle.

Saturday, May 12, is breakfast in Morgan Mill. Roscoe and Alice Davis, and their wonderful crew, will be returning to the kitchen this week to cook eggs, bacon, sausage, and biscuits. John and Sandy Sandstrom will be experimenting with waffles this week. He has a special recipe and five waffle irons ready to go. Come and bring your neighbors and help the Community Center pay its bills.

Last Friday night, May 4, was graduation at Tarleton for graduate studies. Morgan Millite, Dr. Bob Newby, was the commencement speaker. Bob is a Morgan Mill School Board member and is active in youth agricultural programs. At that graduation, Superintendent Dean Edwards’ wife, Cindy, received her doctorate in education. Congratulations to all.

Circle the dates: May 22 at 7 p.m. is the band concert at the school; May 24 is school graduation at 7 p.m. at the Morgan Mill Baptist Church with a graduation party at the Community Center after the ceremony. Everyone is invited.