Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 36
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PLEASANT HILL (NEGRO HILL)
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Charlie Kleine and his store
Oak Tree - site of hangings, 1866
This is the story of the Pleasant Hill
community as handed down verbally through
generations. The community was originally
called Negro Hill or more commonly, Nigger
It was in the year 1866 or thereabout that
the community got its name. The story is told
that three black males were hanged from a big
oak tree on a hill, supposedly for stealing
horses along with other offenses - thus, the
name "Negro Hill" or "Nigger Hill."
A school within this community was begun
in 1909 and was called "Negro Hill School".
It continued as such until 1930 when the
name was changed to "Pleasant Hill School",
a name more to the liking of school patrons
and students. In 1932, a new schoolhouse was
built and in 1940 the school was consolidated
with the Womack School. Within a short
time, the Womack School closed and all
students enrolled in Clifton.
C.B. Allen, Fred Sager and Paul Prescher
were three of the Pleasant Hill trustees who
served for many years. Former students
remember the following teachers: Joe Wise
(first teacher), Norma Linstad, Hildegrade
Manske, Kate Lane,Fay King, Lucile Raley,
Bereth Allen, Othelia Schultz, Wilma Parks
Lane, Velma Manske, Martha Louise Swen-
son and Naomi Gibson. At one time this
school had as many as 35 students and
included grades one through nine. In addition
to serving as a school, the building was
somewhat of a community center with box
suppers, picnics, plays, special programs and
meetings being enjoyed by those of that area.
In 1927, St. Paul Lutheran Church was
organized. Worship services and Sunday
School were held in the school building until
the St. Paul Church was built in 1934. It
remained an active congregation until 1961
when it merged with Trinity Lutheran
Church in Clifton.
Along with the school and church was a
store, built and operated by the Jesse Aars
family. After seven years of ownership, Mr.
Aars sold the store to the Charlie Kleines who
operated it until 1961 when it was discontin-
ued as a place of business. Mr. and Mrs.
Kleine still live where the store was located.
Land ownership in the Pleasant Hill
(Negro Hill) area is said to have included the
following families: Prescher, Christenson,
Sager, Gohlke, Manske, Isensee, Moore,
Oswald, Ickert, Huse and Schramm.
by Mrs. Henriell Dahl; Mrs. P.B.
Knight; Mrs. M. Bramlett; Mrs.
Charlie Kleine and Alton
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