The history of Binnsville would not be complete without memories of the once fine college that was a part of this community.

Binnsville had always been a strong Methodist community.

Memoirs of 1890 list Fairview Male and Female College as being associated with the Methodist Conference.  

By 1887, Binnsville was at its peak. 

There were a number of boys and girls who were ready for college. 

The leaders believed that a college could be built here. 

This idea was encouraged by the Methodist Pastor, Rev. R. F. Witt and by W. W. Moore, a graduate of Southern University.

Ten acres of land was purchased from Mr. Jeff Ridgeway. 

Stock in the building was sold and soon the grounds were humming with activity. 

Mr. A. M. Phelps of the Giles community was the contractor. 

Mr. Tom Kitchens and Mr. George McBride ably assisted him.

The building was erected and Fairview Male and Female College-a day and boarding school opened its doors on September 1, 1889. 

It was incorporated by the Mississippi Legislature on March 6, 1888.

The name was selected because the building stood on a spot in this lovely prairie town that was visible for many miles around.

The opening line in the first catalogue was "Co-Education is becoming a popular theory." 

Thus Fairview pioneered the way by becoming the first co-ed school in the country.

Prof. W. W. Moore of Binnsville was elected the first president of Fairview. 

Prof. George W. Burton was the first vice-president. 

The first faculty of the college were Rev. M. M. Black, Prof. W. W. Benson, Prof. Hardin, Prof. E. G. Mohler, Miss "Pet" Moore and Mrs. Anna B. Archibald, the music teacher.

In addition to the regular college courses telegraphy was also taught.

The college was a training school for ministers and doctors as well as other vocations.

Some of the ministers trained here were Rev. Browning, Rev. Charley Huff, Rev. L. F. Alford, Rev. Charles Knight, Rev. Irvin Boydstrum and Rev. W. W. Holmes of the Kipling community.

Some of the doctors who attended Fairview were Dr. E. L. Gilbert and Dr. Warren Rencher who practiced in Scooba. 

Dr. Gilbert built the first hospital in Kemper County. 

The Field House on the EMCC campus now stands where this hospital once stood.

Dr. C. T. Bell practiced in DeKalb. Dr. Claude Gilbert practiced in Corinth and Dr. Albert Bryant practiced in Meridian.

My Aunt Margie Briggs Aust attended Fairview and worked as a private tutor while there. 

It was here that she met her husband Carl Burton Aust.

A building on the EMCC campus bears her name today.

Some of the other graduates of this college were Miss Fannie Moore, Miss Minnie LeGette, Miss Kate Clark and Miss Linnie Legette of DeKalb, Miss Emma Kitchens, Miss Janie Pinson, James (Jim) Aust, John H. Pinson and Miss Exie Hunnicutt all of Binnsville.

Commencements at the college were gala occasions. 

There were three whole days with the population for miles around to hear a divine preaching on Sunday morning and evening-and everybody had new clothes!

On Monday and Tuesday mornings and evenings there were drills, debates, declarations, choruses and the small children would "speak a piece."

The young ladies did not march up and have a diploma handed to them.

They dressed in white Swiss dresses with blue ribbon sashes, had written and memorized an original essay and gave it to the assembled crowd with much elocution and gesticulation.

The Fairview Male and Female College at Binnsville, Ms was open from the late 1880 until 1904 servicing students from East Mississippi and West Alabama.

It truly was a private school of another era.

The building was sold and was eventually torn down. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aust built their home with material from the college.

Local news:

The Scooba Quilting Club and the MHV Club met on Friday at the Scooba Baptist Church. 

The group quilted in the morning before having lunch together. 

After lunch the MHV Club was called into session with 15 members present.

Plans were made for the upcoming fair and hamburger sale next month.

I have another great, great niece!

Little Anna Charles Hughes, baby daughter of Drew and Ashley Hughes, arrived on July 21 weighing 6 lbs. 12 oz.

Proud maternal grandparents are Charlie and Margie Studdard of Columbus.

I have enjoyed visits from family and friends this past week.

On Wednesday Melanie McKnight and daughters, Molly and Neely and a friend Stephanie Gatlin and daughters, Georgia and Mayson came from Hernando for the day.

Dot Smith and her daughter Jeannine and husband Dale Enlow came from Columbus for a visit on Saturday.

Also on Saturday Gay Briggs and friends, Olivia Patterson and Gill Diedrich from Senatobia and Kimmie Rhodes from Como came for the weekend. 

They attended the rodeo on Saturday night and the chariot races on Sunday afternoon at the Neshoba County Fair.