Beacon, a town of about 150 citizens, four miles west of Parsons, was
first known as "Moray." When the Tennessee Midland Railroad Company Line came through Decatur County, the name was changed to Beacon.
The once thriving little town had a postoffice, depot, Doctors office, Barber shop mercantile stores , Blacksmith shops, Grist Mill, Telephone Company, Tomato Shed, school churches and a cafe. > Mercantile operators here have been Jess Long, Will Dodd, Ike Smith Ches Myracle and Glen Tolley. Charley Thomas and Jess Long operated the two cotton gins and the Black smith shops were run by Jim Bartholomew and Riley Hobbs as well as grist mills. Bill O'Guinn owned the home telephone company and the operators were Miss Ethel Hayes and her sister Miss Carrie Hayes.<br>
The economy was boosted in the town by the sale of tomatoes around the 1920's. During harvesting, a tomato shed was operated and anyone in the community who wanted work was engaged in wrapping tomatoes which were shipped to market on the "peevine" train.<br>
The Baptist church and the Church of Christ have been established for many decades. <br>
A famous baseball team here usually furnished entertainment at the 4th of July picnics. Neighboring citizens from Parsons would go up on the train and attend the fun and frolics.
A flour mill located one mile south of Beacon on Beach River, was known as Dixie Flour Mill.<br>
The meeting place for the residents was the Postoffice, which has been located in numerous places during the towns history. Business men usually served as postmasters and the postoffice was located in their stores.<br>
Early settlers of Beacon include
Chumneys, Wallaces, Longs, Hayes, McCormicks, Douglas, O'Guinns, Keens and Myracles.<br>
An old cemetery is located here, long forgotten by the descendants. One very important character, Henry Myracle, founder of Parsons, is buried here, as well as many others.
On March 16th 1942, Beacon was partially destroyed by a cyclone. There was only one casualty, Bill O'Quinn, a senior citizen was killed. His wife was injured, however, she survived. Now the hub of Beacon is the Beacon Community Center.
This historical information is mainly
from the Decatur County History Book.
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