Camp Creek

Camp Creek Baptist Church

Written by Gene Barron

The Camp Creek Community established a Baptist church in the 1960s, and it continues to serve the community today. A community school was established there as well, in a separate building just south of the church building. Children walked as far as four miles to attend the school carrying their books and their lunch. As was the usual case, the church was built on a site that had a free flowing spring on the hillside just to the south. Many relish the memories of that cool water. As did others in the area, the community school served the area until the public school system was initiated in the state and the students transferred to the school at Spearsville. Rudolph Farrar served the school as principal.

After the transfer of the older children to the school at Spearsville, Henry Barron bought a bus to carry his and his brother, Lee’s children to school. The two brothers lived within “hollering” distance of each other and had a total of 17 children so the bus was really needed. It was a topless bus, which was a problem on rainy days. Paper bags were used for shelter from the rain on those days. Chester, who drove the bus for Henry, just had to suffer.

The younger children continued to attend school at Camp Creek School for several years. After their transfer to Spearsville, the old school building at Camp Creek was torn down. In the 1960s, the old wooden church building was replaced by a new brick one with a fellowship hall to the right of the sanctuary. They were built on the site of the old school building.

 

Camp Creek School

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Gene BarronGene Barron is a native of Spearsville, Union Parish, Louisiana. He has a genealogy database of 182,000 names, who are all connected to his family.

Gene has also written two historical books on Union Parish. I highly recommend both.

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