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Palestine in Anderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Purvey Lee (P. L.) Chism

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, January 19, 2019
1. Purvey Lee (P. L.) Chism Marker
Inscription.  P.L. Chismís devotion to education was unsurpassed. From the time of his youth, through his many years as a teacher, principal, superintendent and supervisor, he never stopped challenging himself and others for education. Purvey Lee Chism was born on August 27, 1893, in Covin, Alabama, to James W. Chism, a school teacher, and his wife, Lela Dickinson Chism. P.L. served in World War I with the 127th Field Artillery in England and France, and received numerous awards in marksmanship. After his return from the war in 1919, P.L. returned to Alabama. In 1922, he moved to Lamar County, Texas, and began a teaching career in the rural communities of Ballinger and Caviness. He later taught in Powderly and was the Principal of Powderly School before being selected Superintendent of Lamar County schools in 1935, a position he held until 1939.

P.L. married Bess Carroll Moomaw in 1939 and, the next year, he earned his Masterís Degree in Education from Texas A&M. He had also begun pursuing his Doctorate at the University of Texas. In 1940, P.L. and Bess moved to Palestine when he was appointed Deputy State Superintendent of Schools for six counties,
Purvey Lee (P. L.) Chism Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, January 19, 2019
2. Purvey Lee (P. L.) Chism Marker
P. L. Chism marker is located to the right of the sidewalk and Timothy Stephen Smith marker is located to the left of the sidewalk.
which later became 13 counties. In 1949, he accepted the position of Anderson County Supervisor of Schools. Chism not only helped with rural schools and curriculum, but he also visited schools every day and directly communicated with teachers and students, impacting their educational development. He held the position of county supervisor until his retirement in 1963. He served on numerous boards and received many accolades but P.L. Chism will be remembered as a devoted and inspirational educator.
 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17650.)
 
Location. 31° 45.916′ N, 95° 37.572′ W. Marker is in Palestine, Texas, in Anderson County. Marker is on East Lacy Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the north side of the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 North Church Street, Palestine TX 75801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Timothy Stephen Smith (here, next to this marker); Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell (within shouting distance of this marker); Anderson County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Micham Main (within shouting distance of this marker); Palestine Salt Works C.S.A.
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Anderson County (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. Homer Garrison, Jr. (about 600 feet away); Dr. Bonner Frizzell (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palestine.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 98 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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