“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Milam in Sabine County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Milam Masonic Institute

Milam Masonic Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, May 2, 2009
1. Milam Masonic Institute Marker
Inscription. Many pioneers belonged to the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, an order active in education. Among Masons settling in this area by 1845 were Republic of Texas leaders William Clark, James Gaines, D.S. Kaufman, Willis H. Landrum, and F.M. Weatherred.

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 Commission. (Marker Number 11045.)
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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John C. Hale (here, next to this marker); Milam (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); C.A. Nethery & Sons General Merchandise (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texas Louisiana Boundary (approx. 5.8 miles away); Site of Sabine River Crossing (approx. 5.8 miles away); Historic Crossing on the Sabine River (approx. 5.8 miles away); Gaines Memorial Bridge (approx. 5.8 miles away); County Line Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milam.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 671 times since then and 40 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 19, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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