GATESVILLE — History buffs like me are suckers for historical markers. The sight of one of the black plaques on a Texas building or roadside will cause us to pause for a quick history lesson.

The Harman School Community Center on Harmon Road north of Cove, where extension agents from Coryell, Hamilton and Lampasas counties hosted a field day this week, earned a marker from the Texas Historical Commission.

M.F. Harman deeded two acres for a school and gathering place in 1891, the marker teaches us, but the Harman Community moved the center to Henry Wood’s pasture, near Perryman Creek, in 1904.

With money and land from Milton and Mary Lou Harmon, a new facility was built on the present site in 1917-18, according to the plaque. A “teacherage” was added to the complex in 1921.

“Over the years, the schoolhouse served Boy Scouts, a home demonstration club and even a rat-killing club,” according to the marker.

In 1948, the school consolidated with Gatesville, but the building continued to serve as a community center.

What happened to the rat-killing club?

Anyone who has information about the Harman School Community Center rat-killing club, preferably a member or former member in good standing, is urged to contact me by email. My cats are getting old and lazy.

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