Queen of the Pioneers

June 14, 2022
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Dr. William B. and Mrs. Sallie McKnight after Mrs. McKnight was crowned the Queen of the Pioneers at the celebration of Mansfield's 87th year. Sallie Green Hodges, one of the first children born in the Mansfield community Jan. 29, 1866. Dr. Hodges was Mansfield's country doctor, serving from 1895-1935. He covered the community on horseback until he order the first automobile. He also had the first telephone in Mansfield. His phone number was 1. The McKnights had five children. The family traded homes with Dr. John Collier, president of the Mansfield Male and Female College. Their new home is now the site of Blessing Funeral Home, 401 Elm St.

To learn more about Mansfield history, check out the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St., open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more info, call 817-473-4250, email museum@mansfieldtexas.gov or go to mansfieldhistory.org.

Photo courtesy of the Mansfield Historical Society.

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