Milam Masonic Institute

Milam Masonic Institute (HMJYN)

Location: Milam, TX 75959 Sabine County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 25.962', W 93° 50.766'

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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.
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HM NumberHMJYN
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Marker Number11045
Year Placed1974
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:18am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 419591 N 3477867
Decimal Degrees31.43270000, -93.84610000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 25.962', W 93° 50.766'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 25' 57.72" N, 93° 50' 45.96" W
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Area Code(s)409
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 43 Texas 87 S, Milam TX 75959, US
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