By Ether Sides McLuney Bain,
daughter of John Guston Sides
When I was about five years old, my father bought an 80-acre farm from Uncle Billy Sexton on this creek and then bought a house from John Hutchings that sat near the spot where Josh Randleman now lives and had it moved to the farm he had bought, where Gene Bain now lives. The creek got its name “White Walnut” because white walnut trees grow along the banks of the creek.
We had a common wooden bridge across the creek and most every time it came a big rain, the creek would overflow and wash the bridge out. They would rebuild and the same thing would happen again. When Mr. Holifield was put in as County Judge in 1910, he had an iron bridge put in and it stood until April, 1948. A heavy loaded truck broke it down. In December of that year, the bridge was rebuilt and ready to cross.
In 1887, my father donated an acre of land for a school and the house was son built by donation work. It was called the Sides School and Mr. Harvey Mack was the first teacher. He lived at Greenway and received $20.00 per month for his teaching and boarded at my father’s for $6.00 per month and rode horseback home every Friday evening and back Monday morning.
The first School Directors were my father, Uncle Lum Glasgow, and Mr. Dan Poole. A little later on a Union Church was organized and they bought one acre of land from Aunt Mary Cochran. Henry Seay now owns that farm and a church house was soon built by donation work. IT was called both White Walnut School and Church. That house was used for school until about 1904 and was sold to Mr. Glasgow and a new one was built. I do not remember the first teacher but Will Irby taught pretty soon after it was built and he made $35.00 per month. After about 1923-24, it was no longer used for school. My father bought the house and that is where I live now.
About the same time, (about 1924-25), a new church was built. A storm wrecked it too bad to be used. The Primative Baptist bought the other shares out and moved it to town close to the highway on the spot where it set. My father bought that one acre of land and Mr. Jackson Gould helped to build the last church house. Rev. Billy Bray was the first pastor at this church. The last school house was built by Rev. Winstead, MR. Crunk and Trump Cagle. The first school was the only place my brothers and I went to school and was about the only place we went to Sunday School and Church until we were about grown. I married when I was 16 and was saved at the first church. Bob Boyd’s father, a General Baptist Preacher, was conducting the revival when my brothers, Henry and Hiliard Sides, and I were saved. Henry and Hiliard Sides each have a little home - a part of tht 80-acre White Walnut Side Farm and now it is home to me.
(Note - found this un-edited article in a folder and it seemed to have some historical value)