Description: Uriel Rosborough Weisner was a leader in the rural Leigh Community of Harrison County. Leigh is located northeast of Marshall at the intersection of FM 134 and FM 1999. Mr. Weisner was born in Leigh on October 15, 1890, the grandson of slaves who were brought to Texas, and he served the Leigh community his entire life. Receiving only an elementary education, he persevered to gain more learning credits until he completed the BA degree at Bishop College in 1941. However, he began teaching in 1912 and spent most of his career at Leigh's Antioch School. Becoming the principal there, he added several grades to make it the first rural high school in the county, 1936. He also organized the first PTA, a poultry hatchery, the district fair, and community health classes that led to the founding of a health center in 1939. He was instrumental in founding a dental unit and water corporation. He served his church faith in several capacities and was an officer in his professional organizations. He was also a historian who produced several local histories. He died in 1979 and is buried in the Antioch Cemetery, Leigh.
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