Milam in Sabine County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Milam Masonic Institute
The Rev. Littleton Fowler (1803-46), a Mason, opened in 1845 in this county the Midway Institute, which was soon absorbed by Red Mount Seminary. Set to work at Red Mount (Milam), 1847, was Jackson Lodge No. 35, A.F. & A.M., with John Boyd, G.A. Norford, A.D. Oliphint, O.J. Polley, and J.T. Scruggs as officers. The lodge soon operated the Milam Masonic Institute, successor to the earlier schools. On the charter application (1853) M.M.I. was listed as already "a flourishing school."
Later, Sexton Lodge No. 251, A.F. & A.M., operated M.M.I., a great contributor to East Texas culture until tax-funded education became universal in the 1870s.
Among supporters of M.M.I. were Masons with the family names Anderson, Causey, Davis, Deweese, Dorsey, Elliott, Gellately, Halbert, Harper, Harris, Jacks, Low, McCloskey, McGown, McMahan, Mason, Nethery, Noble, Pratt, Reeves, Renfro, Sanders, Slaughter, Smith, Speights, Sweet, Tucker, Vickers, Watson, White, Whittlesey, Williams, and Yeiser.
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical
Location. 31° 25.962′ N, 93° 50.766′ W. Marker is in Milam, Texas, in Sabine County. Marker is on State Highway 21 east of State Highway 87, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milam TX 75959, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John C. Hale (here, next to this marker); The Old San Antonio Road (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milam (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Milam (about 400 feet away); C.A. Nethery & Sons General Merchandise (approx. 0.2 miles away); Matthew Arnold Parker (approx. 2.7 miles away); Kings Highway (approx. 4.3 miles away); Gaines Memorial Bridge (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milam.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 720 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on April 19, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. 2. submitted on August 6, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.