Whitewright Public Library
The Oxford School c. 1915
by Steve Coker
Zeph and Zora Binion deeded one acre of land located on the southwest
corner of their farm to "E. P. Gregg, County Judge and his successors in
office for public school purposes" on October 16, 1885. The school
may have been in operation prior to this, and I do not know the year it
was closed or consolidated, but two of my aunts attended, one born in 1909,
The building was the typical "one room schoolhouse" of its time,
and I have heard served grades one through six. In this building was all
the education that a lot of these children ever received. Many became
"sweethearts", and may lifelong partnerships were formed here, as in the
case of my grandparents.
Rubye Hardin Binion, #23, age 96, widow of Lee Binnion, #16, is
still living in a nursing home in Ft.Worth. She was "ver sharp" until
recently. She shared a wealth of information on how things were around
Pilot Grove early this century. Rubye's father, Joel L. Hardin, who
farmed on the Binion Place, served in the Civil War. Rubye, a "Daughter
of the Confederacy," is one of a handful living.
If you would like to know where the Oxford School was located, take
Binon Road south of Pilot Grove, turn right on Taylor, left on Anderson,
go south one halfmile. There is a lane to the east. The building
was on the left past the gate and ...............