Crossett High Schools’ Journalism Class started collecting information about the history of Crossett from the years 1948 to 2018 in January. The class decided to collect the history of Crossett after being inspired by the book “Crossett Sawmill Interviews,” which is a record of Crossett through 1948. Barry Burchfield gave the book to the class.
Each student in the journalism class has to complete research about the history of Crossett. The class has a timeline on the wall of the classroom, students are conducting interviews of many and have planned a trip to The Pillars.
“I don’t think we will ever ‘finish’ the project, but I hope we get a lot of the information complete by the end of the year,” teacher Kristi Clanton said. “If not, the project will continue next year with a new class in journalism.”
The students are interviewing relatives, school employees, family friends and residents of the Pillars — basically anyone who would be willing to share their information about the history of Crossett.
Max Willis visited the journalism class and shared a lot of stories and information. One of this his favorite restaurants was Tastee Freeze in North Crossett, and he said remembered a time when gas was 25 cents a gallon.