William Randall


William Randall, whose dairy farm became Randall Estates

Gum Springs School only had one room. I went to school for only up to 4th grade. We had to go only about 8 months out of the year.

What church do you go to?

Woodlawn Baptist Church, Gum Springs. I have been a deacon over 10 years or more. But I've been going to that church for about 40 or 50 years. I'm honorary deacon now. That's the best thing in the world, to have your hand in God's hand. Let him lead you, don't try to lead him. Let him lead you; take you into wherever he'll have you go. Sometime it would be a long time thing. I've gotten so now I just ask him to help me.

When I first came to this land I married the Johnson man's daughter. They died and left it to her and I own this place. I was here 20 or 25 years, but we was married 43 years, me and his daughter. We lived right here in the old house. It's torn down now. The old house was a part of this land. We would raise a garden. We done a little of everything.

Johnson worked for Mason. He used to go into town to get the doctor or something and he told him one day when he went to get the doctor, "Stick with me and I'll leave you something.” The doctor heard him and said, "Johnson. you get that piece of paper he talking about giving you." He said, If you don't get that paper. When he dies his son isn't going to let you have it. So he got it and the doctor said he would take it to the court house and have it redeemed. So he did.

I stayed five years running the place for him (Johnson) after his father passed. I stuck to it though and it was left to me. I stayed till I made a sub-division out of it.

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