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MIDYETT, TX

MIDYETT, TEXAS. Midyett, at the junction of Farm roads 123 and 31, eleven miles northeast of Carthage in northeastern Panola County, was settled by planters in 1850 as part of the DeBerry settlement. The community was named for Spencer Midyett, who operated a general store and became the postmaster when a post office was established in 1887. The first school opened around the time of the Civil War, and in 1904 the school became part of the county school system. By 1914 Midyett had two general stores, two schools, a sawmill, and an estimated population of 100. The post office closed in 1920, and in the 1940s the school was consolidated with Carthage school. After World War II many of the residents moved away, but in the mid-1960s the settlement still had a church, a cemetery, and several businesses. In the early 1990s Midyett was a dispersed farming community.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Leila B. LaGrone, ed., History of Panola County (Carthage, Texas: Panola County Historical Commission, 1979). John Barnette Sanders, The Postoffices and Post Masters of Panola County, Texas, 1845–1930 (Center, Texas, 1964).
Christopher Long

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Handbook of Texas Online, Christopher Long, "Midyett, TX," accessed December 10, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrm42.

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