Tennessee Colony History 1936
After 1853, Mr. Hawker, Mr. Averett, and Mr. Kay served successively as teachers. Mr. Averett was also a Baptist preacher. Mr. Newsome came in 1880 Prof. Newsome was a college graduate and a fluent linguist; the school under him became the best in the county. He taught Greek, Latin, and Spanish, while his daughter, Sallie Newsome, taught music and calisthenics. Mrs. Adolphus Hodges, now of Palestine, was also a teacher in the school at this time. The fame of the school spread and pupils came from all sections of Anderson County, and from adjoining counties as well. Some of these students were: Dr. A. L. Hathcock, prominent Palestine physician; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hodges, Mrs. George Broyles, Messrs. Don and Will Barrett, Mrs. L. J. Berryman, Mr. Walter Kendrick, Mr. Dick Seagler, Addison Clark, one of the founders of Add-Ran College, Homer and Willie Grigsby, and Susan McDonald. Unfortunately for the school, Prof. Newsome severed his connection with it in 1883.
Tennessee Colony School of today is making such wonderful strides that one scarcely knows where to begin enumerating its achievements. In 1934-5 it was classified as a regular affiliated high school and the department of vocational agriculture added. Mr. H. O. Henderson, graduate of A. and M. College, with three years teaching experience in Brazos county to his credit was elected head of this department; and in 1935 Tennessee Colony Future Farmers of America Chapter was recognized as the best first year chapter in the state of Texas! But another signal achievement for these boys came after Texas honors were won. In the summer of 1935, the Vocational Agriculture class (twenty-four boys) and four teachers had an educational tour which took them through twelve states and over a distance of approximately 3350 miles. Experimental farms and soil conservation projects sponsored by the Federal Government were visited, as well as places of historical interest, throughout the trip. Some of the important places visited were: The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's home) at Nashville, Tennessee. Andrew Johnson's tailor shop, Greenville, Tennessee; Woodrow Wilson's birthplace, Staunton, Virginia; Caverns in Virginia; Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. Then the Capital was the great objective of the trip, and the boys reveled there in the sights never to be forgotten: Robert E. Lee's home and Arlington Cemetery; Mount Vernon and Lincoln Memorial, those four Meccas of all patriotic American "pilgrims;" The Washington monument and the Masonic Memorial; The Capitol and the White House; the travelers were given opportunity to visit all.
A Centennial History of Anderson County, Texas, 1936 by Pauline Buck Hohes.