2010-04-07 / Community

Document presented to local library

(Front row, L-R): Maxine Summers, Wattie Hays, Sara Williams, Duren Williams, and Catherine Vanstone; (back row): Jo Davis, Carlton Thomas, Ronnie Posey, Dr. Bradley Merritt, and Becky Braswell (Front row, L-R): Maxine Summers, Wattie Hays, Sara Williams, Duren Williams, and Catherine Vanstone; (back row): Jo Davis, Carlton Thomas, Ronnie Posey, Dr. Bradley Merritt, and Becky Braswell Representing the estate of the late David Daniel (Monk) Grimes, Duren Williams, Wattie Hays, and Sarah Williams were on hand to present an important historical document to the Miller County Library Board recently. A book of minutes of the Miller County Road Commissioners’ meetings dating from the late 1800s was given to the library to be used for genealogical research and by individuals who have interest in Miller County history.

Due to the advanced age and the fragile condition of the document (a regular old-fashioned ledger type book), it will be scanned so that the contents can be used and enjoyed without causing damage to the book. Patrons may check with library staff to access the scanned materials.

D.D. (Monk) Grimes was born in 1856 and died in 1927. He served both as a road commissioner and as sheriff for Miller County. In the minutes the type of roadwork is identified as well as the names of those who were hired to do it. Names of Miller County citizens of the area are also mentioned in reference to where roads were located, such as whose home or farm a road was near. References were also made to people who were punished for not working.

Although there are other surviving grandchildren of Monk Grimes, Mrs. Hays and Mrs. Williams are the only remaining grandchildren still in Miller County. Duren Williams is a great-grandson.

On hand to receive the gift were members of the James W. Merritt, Jr., Miller County Library Board and the director and associate director for the regional library system. Board Chairman Maxine Summers expressed appreciation to the family members who shared their historical treasure.

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