Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976 Page: 20
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Mr. Oscar Williams, who leave us this information about the
Walnut Grove Community, earned his living by teaching. Born De-
cember 4, 1896, in the Walnut Grove community, located five miles
north of Carthage. Mr. Williams, high school work was done in
Carthage. Then, Mr. Williams furthered his education at Texas
Col lege in Tyler, Texas, where he finished with a B. S. Degree.
He attended Texas College during the summers and took extension
courses in order to finish. Mr. Williams got his Masters Degree
in Supervision and Administration from Bishop Col lege in Dallas.
At that time, however, it was located in Marshall, Texas, approx-
mately thirty miles north of Carthage.
He began his teaching career in 1919 at the Walnut Grove El-
ementary School where he coached basketball and taught all major
subjects. He also taught social studies at Turner High School.
Mr. Williams devoted fifty years of his life to his teaching ca-
" About twenty-six families made up this community," said
Williams. " Some of the men whose families lived there were Bill
Roberts, Tyler Endsley, Elex Walton, George Akins, Arch Crawford,
Henry Crawford, William Hill, Bolin Greer, John Glaspie, Taylor
Glaspie, Holsum Menefee, and Joe Smith."
In the Walnut Grove community, the general occupation of the
people was farming. To clear the land for families, the farmers
would cut the timber and sell it. In clearing the land, they
would have what they called a loe rolling. They would cut their
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