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This article first appeared in issue 14, and was written by Elaine Burton Cooley.

Dear Ed,

Mike and I enjoyed talking with you at the "Burton Get-Together."

Here is a picture of the quilt that was made for Sallie Akin, the teacher at Hopkins School during the 1954-55 school year.

Mrs. Thelma Wells got the quilt for me after Mrs. Akin died.

The initials of the students were embroidered on each nine patch square by the students.

The students that have embroidered squares are: Alberta Burton, Effie Harmon, Vaughn Burton, Mary Ann Dixon, Billy Yarberry, Martha Burton, Houston Burton, Junior Sallee, Elaine Burton, Carlie Louis Bryant,

Auston Burton, Nelda Knight, Eva Mae Burton, Ranel Curry, Loeta Burton, Margaret Curry, Terry Farris, Dewey Burton, Arvist Sinclair, Knight, Edenith Burton, Monty Sinclair, and Phillip Smiley.

Maybe you could do a series of the old county school buildings in your paper. I do not have a picture of the old Hopkins School as it looked while I was a student there, but would love to have one as I have been unable to locate one.

Elaine Burton Cooley

Louisville, KY

Cousin Elaine, it was good to see you, and Cousin Mike at the Burton Ridge Reunion. Thanks for the suggestion on the old schools. Likely we will do such articles from time to time in the future. Maybe a reader has a photograph of the Hopkins School building. While many readers have photos of classes at the various county schools, photos of the buildings are rarer. Donald McKinnney, a graduate of Vester School, has searched high and low for a print of Vester School.. If ary un exists, he hasn't been able to locate it.

Hopkins School was at Christine, Kentucky. Vester was at Vester, of course, as Garlin was at Garlin.

The question of the ages which has troubled many great minds, is: Who is the better educated? The person who graduated Hopkins, Vester, or Garlin School?

Vesterite McKinnney, who has just retired from a career in administration in Hardin County, and who is co-proprietor with his wife, Bobbie Smythe McKinney and sister, Ruby McKinney Roach of "Remember When" Antiques store in Breeding, says there is no question but that the graduates of Vester are superior, but I'm sure you would argue Hopkins and thousands would say Garlin.

A final answer may never come until we have a Wits Matching Contest at a neutral location. Though he is from Vester, Jack Morris is fair-minded, and likely knows more about Matching Wits competition than anyone.

As events unfold, we may one day be able to establish the answer to this question.

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