Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

This writer never tires of the early history of Mansfield. As new bits of information are uncovered and additional information comes to mind from speaking with older citizens the urge is to record for future generations to enjoy. The following article is primarily information from Mrs. F. A. Leaming from Philadelphia and Mrs. Eliee Earl Sheppard from Mississippi. These two ladies were very intelligent but were from very different backgrounds and cultures. Both came here as staff members for the Mansfield Female College.

The town of Mansfield was organized in 1843 and incorporated in 1847. It is almost unbelievable that Mansfield Female College, first college for women west of the Mississippi River was started only 7 years later in 1854. Both of these ladies had similar experiences upon arriving on the T&P Railroad in South Mansfield and riding the M.R.&T. tap train down Washington Street to the little depot located about where the Capitol One Bank (now closed) is located. A hotel was across Washington St. from the depot but each lady had taken a jitney carriage to the college. The driver awakened Dr. Thweat to the door late at night and he invited them in for the night. The main building housed the President of the college. The entrance opened into the study hall, which was also the chapel for the students. The guest room was downstairs as well as the kitchen and dining room. Both Mrs. Leaming and Mrs.

Sheppard had second thoughts about staying but each soon fell in love with Mansfield and two of the men in the town. Mrs. Leaming married a young newspaper editor and Mrs. Sheppard married a young furniture store owner and both served the town and community well until their deaths.

 

 

 

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