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Slocum History 1936

History of Slocum Written in 1936

Slocum. "My father E. T. McDaniel, the first postmaster of Slocum, worked to get an office established here. He carried the mail for six months, without pay, from Elkhart to 'Cross Roads' before 'Uncle Sam' would agree that this community was entitled to an office. There was no store and no church. But when the Government agreed to put in a post office, E. T. McDaniel put in a stock of goods and had the post office in his store. The office was named Slocum, probably because the victory had been a SLOW COME.

"The school was a one teacher school and Young Lacy was one of the first teachers. About the same time the post office was established in 1898 this was made an independent school district. It thus became one of the first independent districts in Anderson County. The neighborhood consisted of the Geo. Densons, the Grays, the Butlers, Alfords, and Days.

"Mr. Gray bought McDaniel out after a time and the store and post office were moved from the first location on the old Palestine road to a place near its present site. Gray was succeeded by Geo. Henderson who, by right of purchase, became merchant and postmaster of Slocum.

"The Grays left Slocum for a while, but returned from Robert Lee County and bought Henderson out. Mrs. Cora Gray Strong was postmaster for a number of years after that.

"The Baptist church of Slocum was organized about 1899. Services were held in the school house. Brother Ferguson was the first pastor, Rev. Mr. Caldwell succeeding him. Other Baptist pastors to follow were: Revs. W. D. Andrews, W. D. Defoor, J. S. McDaniel, and Jim Roach. No church was built until 1917 or 18. The M. E. and the Christians also held services in the school house in the early days. Some of the early Christian pastors were Revs. Leek, F. M. Trimble, and Lediker. About the same time that Baptists built, the Methodists and the Christians together erected a building, also. After the cyclone both churches were rebuilt.

"One hundred, fifty were injured in the Slocum storm of 1929. Eight were killed outright. My brother, Pink McDaniel and his wife, formerly Mary Day, were amongst the killed, as were Mrs. Kirkwood and two children. The Kirkwood survivors, father, grandfather and two children were all seriously injured and their home a wreck. Two houses only were left standing in Slocum, the Raines home and Mrs. Roger Davis' house. Last named was unroofed.

"I was a member of school board at time of storm. We all appreciated the fine work Senator Greer and Col. Strong did for us in securing the State appropriation to rebuild the school. I have served as member of the school board for about twenty-five years in all, and I don't think any services for any school were ever more deeply appreciated than these. The entire school and the community, generally, gained new courage to 'carry on' with this splendid exhibition of sympathy.

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Location

31° 37' 52.644" N, 95° 27' 43.812" W