My grandmother Myrtie Hairston Bryan attended the Bethel School in the 1880s. According to her obituary, the school was on property owned by her father, Phillip A. Hairston.
The Hairston family settled in the Bethel community of Erath County in 1883. They purchased land from Robert W. Thompson a Bethel resident. Mattie Hairston Chism, sister to my great-grandfather, married John A. Thompson of Bethel. My second-cousin-once-removed, a granddaughter of Mattie Hairston and John A. Thompson, allowed me to copy this photo.
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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Nadine Thompson Waugh. Accessed September 2001. Used with permission.