Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. R. A. McAllister]
“The first Presbyterian minister to preach to the Odds Church was named Jones, and he went from house to house. The first Methodist that I remember was Rev. J. [C.?] Jordan and later Rev. Sanders. And for the Baptist, Rev. Willingham, who was an evangelist. Before the Baptists had a church, either on the Ridge or in the Odds community, they went to Marlin to hear Rev. Z. [.?] Morrell who organized that church on April 10, 1852, just one year before my father located in the Blue Ridge settlement. I have heard my father speak of the charter members of that church, who were A. B. Ewing, L. S. Barton, Nancy Dobbs, and [Margay?] Morgan; a Mr. and Mrs. Prewitt, and their one servant.
“The first Presbyterian church organized in Falls County, was across the Brazos River two miles east of the present town of Durango at a place known as Carolina, and was organized by John Balsch, on November 12, 1853. As it was the only church of my father's faith in the county, we sometimes attended church there.
“The pioneer schools were supported by private donation, the first in the county being held at Coleman's Prairie, three miles south-west of Marlin, with J. [W.?] Jarvis as teacher. The early school buildings were made of logs. Marlin, the county seat of Falls County, was just a cross-roads village when my father came in 1855. In 1856 Green and Bartlett had a hardware store, and so did Boles and Company. The latter store was the first brick building to be erected in Marlin. And until the new City Hall was rebuilt, it was used as the City Hall. The first