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

Dr. Bonner Frizzell

Dr. Bonner Frizzell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, January 19, 2019
1. Dr. Bonner Frizzell Marker
Inscription.  Bonner Frizzell was born in the Pine Grove Community, near Athens, in 1882. He was the son of William Asachel and Frances Missouri (Knight) Frizzell. Bonner attended high school at Bruce Academy in Athens and then moved to Tyler to attend Tyler Commercial College. At eighteen, he began his career in education by teaching algebra and geometry to a pair of children. He then entered Texas Christian University (then in Waco), where he graduated in 1909 with both B.A. and M.A. degrees. He later attended the Pulitzer School of Journalism at Columbia University 1910-1911.

After teaching for a few years at Texas A&M University, Frizzell accepted a position in 1913 as principal at Rusk Grade School in Palestine; that same year, he married Jennie Elizabeth Keller. In 1919, Bonner was named Superintendent and Business Manager of Palestine Schools, a position he would hold for the next 31 years. Bonner went on to complete Doctoral studies at the University of Texas during the summers of 1925 and 1926.

Frizzell was involved in many civic endeavors. He served as President of the Palestine Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Y.M.C.A.
Dr. Bonner Frizzell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, January 19, 2019
2. Dr. Bonner Frizzell Marker
Markers visible in the photo from left to right: Dr. Bonner Frizzell (facing away), Roy B. Wallace (facing forward), Robert (Bob) Knight (facing away), and Palestine High School (facing sideways).
He was also a life member of the Texas State Teachers Association, where he served as Vice President in 1925.

In 1951, after Frizzell’s retirement, the student-produced Arc Light paid tribute to him with these words: “the students of Palestine High School admire him for his great knowledge, respect him for his fine sense of sportsmanship and fair play, love him for his kindness and sympathy and above all, count him as their friend.” Dr. Frizzell remained a tireless promoter of public education until his death in 1968.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16336.)
Location. 31° 45.494′ N, 95° 37.65′ W. Marker is in Palestine, Texas, in Anderson County. Marker is on South Micheaux Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 South Micheaux 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. Robert (Bob) Knight (here, next to this marker); Roy B. Wallace (here, next to this marker); Palestine High School (here, next to this marker); John H. Reagan (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); John H. Reagan Monument (about 700
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feet away); Palestine Salt Works C.S.A. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Anderson County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Micham Main (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 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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