of Echo by Brenda Cason Brown
grew up in Echo, Texas. First on the Dibrell Ranch and later on
the Morse-Miller holdings.
The church was located across the highway and next to it was a brick,
one room schoolhouse. Dee Smith's son, James D. and I were playmates.
The Smiths had the general store and gas station and somewhere I
have pictures of it as well. I lived across a cattle guard on the
Dibrell Ranch. The house was across the barbed wire fence from the
schoolhouse. James D. and I sat under the window of the school house
and learned our lessons; so well that he skipped a grade. I, unfortunately,
was unable to skip a grade but I could do my multiplication tables
in the first grade and write cursive as well. I was later married
in the Echo Church. The church was Methodist one Sunday and Baptist
the next. The preachers alternated their sermons and the Sunday
School alternated the literature and lessons, however the congregation
was always the same.
often had dinner on the banks of the Jim Ned underneath the pecan
trees on the Edmundson Ranch. Girls and women swam on the north
side of the creek and boys and men to the south. Never together.
Mr. Edmunson drove the school bus when I attended Coleman High School.
My great-great grandfather, John Jesse Cason of Rocky Creek was
scalped by Comanches near Lake Brownwood (1856). Captain Elkins
of the Texas Rangers tracked them to Haskell, Texas and killed them
all. There is an account of the scalping in the Brownwood paper
of which I have a copy. He is buried in an unmarked grave on the
Cason Ranch in Brown County.
I later lived on the Morse-Miller Ranch all the way through high
Louie T. Miller was my mentor, bringing beloved library books for
me to read from the Coleman library his Mother, Mrs. J.A.B. Miller
ran. Later his sister, Doris Miller was my Freshman Literature teacher
at Coleman High School.
Burkett Grammar School and am well
acquainted with that community. I also have pictures of the Burkett
bridge crossing Pecan Bayou with the beautiful pecan orchard below
it. My parents are buried at the Burkett Cemetery. The school has
been torn down except for the Gym which is used for a community
My Mother was born at Webbville. Maggie Bernice Sanders to
Benjamin Franklin Sanders and Mattie Ward Sanders.
Cason, Texas was settled by relatives of my Great-great grandfather
and now consists of just a Post Office and a service station.
- Berenda Cason Brown, Shreveport, Louisiana
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