[Mrs. Amanda E. Lockered]
“Mrs. [aither?] was elected to teach school at Chilton, where she resided with some of the other teachers in the Gaine's home. After teaching until the school term closed, she was re-elected to teach at Durango, where she taught two full terms, but after two years, she again taught in Chilton, and was assistant to A. [?]. Eddins, who later became the superintendent of the Falls county schools. The trustees of that day were John Bryant, John Sylvester and [Sam?] Gaither; and as Professor Eddins used to say, Gordon Gaither stole one of the best school teachers Falls county ever had when he married her.”
“On the first day of January, 1874, I married Benjamin M. Lockered, a native of Georgia, who worked for John [lliott?] in a general mercantile business. To us were born seven children, namely: Mrs [Bertie?] Lands, Chilton; Mrs. J.C. Aikens, Chilton; Mrs. S. E. Miles (with whom I make my home), Chilton; J.R. Lockered of Hillsboro, Texas; Newton B. Lockered of Bryan, Texas; Mrs. J. L. Allen of Mart, Texas. My husband passed away in February, of 1895.
“And so the past as it rises up before me looks as if it were a dream, times are so changed. As we look back over our little community history it is the history of other communities, and these other communities make up the whole of our history and country. There have been lulls in the trek of mankind toward civilization. All efforts to stay the hands of destiny failed, and the men with the modern trend of a newer civilization moves on. Whether he is happier or not does not