Patrick Graham is the owner of The Walton Tribune, The Covington News, The Sand Mountain Reporter (Albertville, Alabama), Times-Journal (Fort Payne, Alabama) and Jackson County Sentinel (Scottsboro, Alabama). He is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Nell Mashburn

Nell Mashburn impacted a whole generation of local students as their beloved teacher. Stories like Mashburn’s are what you will find in The Tribune’s special Bicentennial commeorative publication, which comes out Dec. 15, the day of the county’s 200th birthday.

Nowell Briscoe, who does such a tremendous job chronicling the history of Monroe and Walton County history for us in his regular columns, recently wrote about a special local teacher from the past.

“Nell Denton Mashburn lived in Monroe from 1948 to 1964 and was loved, admired and revered as one of the most special of teachers, one who illuminated the lives of her students in ways we never imagined,” Briscoe wrote.

“It has been 54 years since she left Monroe and 38 years since her death at age 93 in Valdosta. For those who knew and loved her, it only takes the mention of how we referred to her, either ‘Nell Mashburn’ or ‘Mrs. Mashburn’ or ‘Mrs. Henry Mashburn,’ and the memories flood our minds and hearts as the years melt away and once again we find ourselves, if only in memory and our hearts, sitting in her studio as she passed on to us things we never learned in school and after all these years, her students still are left wanting more.

“One of her students once remarked years ago, ‘Being in her ‘studio,’ as she called it, was the only time I was really happy.’ How well I can relate to those sentiments.”

Nell Mashburn’s story is a tremendous one, and an important one in the history of Walton County given her positive influence on so many children locally. Children who now remember her fondly as adults.

Mashburn’s story and those like hers from all walks of life are the kind you will find as we take on the tremendous task of documenting the county’s history in our special Bicentennial commemorative publication, which will come out the day of the county’s 200th birthday, Dec. 15. Between now and then, there will be plenty of events and activities leading up to the Bicentennial, priming local residents for the special jubilee celebration to come that special Saturday.

Social Circle’s Friendship Festival will be honoring the Bicentennial when it is held Oct. 6. The Heritage Day Celebration at the William Harris Homestead will do the same the same day.

AutumnFest in Loganville will be celebrating the county’s Bicentennial on Oct. 20. It will be followed by a Veteran’s Day Bicentennial Tribute on Nov. 12. A special tree planting in honor of the Bicentennial is planned for November as well.

The Bicentennial celebrations culminate with the 200th Jubilee Celebration and Christmas Open House at the Historic Courthouse on Dec. 15. It’s really going to be special.

As will our commemorative edition. Walton County has such a rich history, being able to share it with our readers as our predecessors did when the county celebrated its 150th birthday is incredibly rewarding for all of us here at The Walton Tribune.

Put both the jubilee and the commemorative edition on your calendar now. You won’t want to miss either.

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