Biography of Prof. B. R. Garrett
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Prof. B. R. Garrett, son-in-law of Dr. Elam, was born in the vicinity of where he now lives April 20, 1858, a son of T. H. and Henrietta (Hinson) Garrett, and grandson of Thomas Garrett, who died in Tennessee a few years ago. T. H. Garrett was born and reared in that State, and in 1852 became a resident of Arkansas, the journey being made by wagon, and from that time until he was killed in 1864 he was engaged in tilling the soil in this county. Being exempt from army service he remained at home and was killed by Union scouts. He was a Democrat, a man of excellent reputation, and acquired considerable property. His widow is still living and makes her home with her children, being now in her seventy-eighth year. She was born in Tennessee, a daughter of George Hinson, of that State, and to her marriage the following children were given: William and Wesley, who were killed during the war while serving in the Fourteenth Arkansas Infantry; Lizzie, wife of Henry A. Fullbright; Parasiada C., wife of John Angle, of Bruno; Nancy A., wife of J. D. Wilson, of Harrison, Arkansas; Jasper N., of Texas; James, of Washington County, Arkansas; Sarah, the deceased wife of Hilary Wilburn; Charity is the widow of Frank Dobbs. and resides in Arkansas; B. R.; and Margaret, wife of Mr. Phillips, of Eros.
Prof. Garrett was reared on the farm on which he now lives, was educated in the country schools, the Hindsville, Arkansas, school, the school at Valley Springs, and the State University at Fayetteville, after which he took up the profession of teaching in addition to farming. He has had many years’ experience as an educator, helped to establish the Prairie Grove Academy in 1893, and is the capable principal of that institution which has a large attendance. His farm consists of 150 acres, and is tilled in an admirable and intelligent manner. He is in every sense of the word a self-made man, for he not only put himself through school, but at the same time supported his mother and sister. He is a Democrat politically, and has held the office of county examiner of teachers. He is a member of the Christian Church, as is also his wife, whom he married in 1885, and by whom he has four children: Una V., James A., Willard W., and an infant.