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    William Romine was born in 1861 and grew up just west of the little village called Stantonville. The first he could remember Stantonville was a little spot of level land west of the spring branch with a store, saloon and tan yard on the north side of the road and a blacksmith shop on the south side.

    With the Four-Mile Law went into effect the saloon closed and Dr J C McConnell, who lived on the hill just east of the spring, opened a school in the old log house saloon and was Williams’ first school. A little later the community acquired some land at the forks of the road a little east of the old building and built a better school. Elder T B Larimore, the famous Church of Christ minister, was the first teacher . Henry and R P Meeks were young men at that time and William was about ten years old.

    Mr Thomas Beck lived on the road just west of Stantonville. He would go to Purdy once a week and the first Monday of the month since he was Chancery Court Clerk and Master.

    Uncle John Cobb, a saddler, lived across Clear Creek just north of Mr Beck. It was common at that time to call elderly men ‘uncle.’ He had a productive pear tree in his yard that almost every year had small, delicious pears. Mr Cobb was generous sharing the pears so the boys of the neighborhood helped themselves.

    Burrell McKenzie was a slave that lived in a cabin, before and after the war, on David McKenzie’s farm. Early every morning when he left his cabin and went to the McKenzie’s barn he could be heard for a mile yodeling to signal others that worked on the farm. At the end of the day his yodeling would give Sally, his wife, notice he was coming home for supper. He kept a pack of fox hounds and loved a fox chase. He always went on foot and when the hounds struck the fox trail he encouraged them with what everyone called his famous ‘Rebel Yell,’ When a fox was treed Burell was usually ahead of those on horseback.

    Hiram Laton, a wagon maker, lived on the road east of Stantonville. After the war many families moved to Arkansas or Texas. Hiram and his family loaded wagons with their household goods and farming equipment and headed out to Comanche, Texas. Of course their large, yellow dog walked to Texas with them. Apparently the dog preferred hills and trees instead of prairies and left one morning and walked all the way back home. He beat the letter of inquiry from the Laton family.

    William Bethel Romine born 1861 in McNairy County died 1942, Giles Co, TN. His parents James A & Elizabeth Fullwood Romine are buried in Clear Creek Cemetery.

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