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Adair County Teachers, 1939

Historian Mike Watson provides an interesting look at the teacher selection process in the earlier part of the 20th Century in Adair County.

By Mike Watson

Where would this world be without teachers? I had some great ones! Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week and many deserving comments were made about the profession and about the individuals who give all they can to improve our children.

Here is a list of teachers--and all the community schools--in Adair County in 1939, including the Columbia schools. Segregation was still a part of life and segregated school were a fact of that lifetime. Note there were 96 schools in the county outside the limits of town.

County School Teachers Named:

Teachers for County's 87 White and Seven Colored Schools Elected Monday
Name Home-Bound Teachers

From the Adair County News, 19 April 1939, page 1
Teachers for Adair County's 87 graded and high school for white students and for 7 of the 9 colored schools were elected Monday by the Adair County Board of Education. In addition, three teachers were appointed to instruct the home-bound children of the county. The list of appointments follows:

Disappointment, Mrs. W.M. Keltner; Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Helen Moore; Hopkins, Mrs. Cecil Eubank and Miss Julia Kinnaird; Eqypt, Mrs. Bessie M. Rice; Jericho, Mrs. Cornelia Rainwater Hughes; Mt. Carmel, Miss Marie Collins;

Beech Top, Alton Lacey; Cane Valley, Miss Mary Nell Rice; Cyclone, Miss Mildred Grant; Hutchison, Mrs. Lorraine Miller; Sulphur Springs, Raymond Capps; Milltown, Miss Frances Shirley; Rocky Hill, Mrs. Christine Edwards Willis; Montgomery, Miss Winifred Moore; Gradyville High School, Harbert Walker; Gradyville grades, Lynn Baker and Miss Lulu Yates Nell; Picketts Chapel, Miss Dessie Kemp;

Cool Springs, Mrs. Mary Louise Nell Capps; Keltner, Vernon Rodgers; Prices Creek, Pearl Banks; Morris Chapel, Mrs. Merle Brown; Nell, Hestand Bell; Red Lick, Miss Doris Moss; Breeding High School, Sanford Hurt; Breeding grades, Mrs. Boss Sharp and Alice Traylor; Rowetown, Robert English; West Big Creek, Woodson Nell; Firkin, Mrs. J.N. Squires; Independence, Miss Beulah Bennett; Harmony, V.H. Bryant, O.G. Rowe and Mrs. Hazel Miller; Bird, Noah Loy;

Wilson, Mrs. Sallie Akin; Keiths Chapel, Edwin Harvey; Antioch, Mrs. Helen Flatt; Johnson, Miss Frances Turner; Hunter, Miss Blanche Cheatham; Greenbrier, Rollin Dugger; Tabor, Miss Lena Turner; Zion, Mrs. Mildred Young Hancock; Yellow Hammer, Miss Irene Blair; Gum Grove, Welcome Hamon; Walnut Grove, Violet Rosenbaum; Republican, Mrs. Edna Cundiff; Simpson, Peyton Loy;

Melson Ridge, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Rosenbaum; New Liberty, Mrs. Corrine Turner; Glensfork High School, W.B. Walker; Glensfork grades, Mrs. Lucy Dudley and Miss Irene Marshall; Pleasant Hill, Roscoe Antle; Stapps Springs, Lewis Aaron; Conover, Miss Maxine Brockman; Bryant, Misses Thelma Karnes and Louise Montgomery; Oak Grove, Mrs. Raymond Lacy; Concord, Mrs. Pearl Grider; Rainfall, Miss Elizabeth Flowers; Dunbar, Mrs. Raymond Hutchison; Miller Field, A.C. Watson and Nettie Calhoun;

Allen, Jeter Grimsley; Grassy Springs, Paul Riggins; Smiley, Ernest Jones and Mrs. Beulah Thomas; Maple Grove, Mrs. Lena Burris; Whites, Mrs. Versa Alley; Tabernacle, Ora Lee Merritt; Pellyton, Mrs. Iva Williams; Barnetts Creek, Misses Mary Bowen and Hazel Kilpatrick; Spout Spring, Loren Lemmon; Little Cake, Mrs. Ruth Thomas; Frazier, Mrs. Ruby Richards and Miss Stella Richards; Bloomington, Miss Feyline Ballou; Plum Point, Presley Chelf; Bottoms, Mrs. John Dunbar; Knifley High School, Evan Edwards, Mrs. Douglas Durham and Miss Lanye Kinnaird; Knifley grades, Ray Doss and Pauline Ferguson;

Hovious, Mrs. Carl Nell; Roley, Leon Christie; Mt. Tussell, Mrs. Irene Hutchison; Mt. Zion, Miss Katherine Wolford; Jones Chapel, Miss Allene Cheatham; White Oak, Miss Lorena Farris; Coburg, Mrs. Cleo Goodin; Smith's Chapel, Mrs. Lewis Coffey; New Clear Springs, Mrs. Rosa B. Bryant; Shady Grove, Malcolm Wolford; New Cedar Grove, Miss Vonnie Gaston; Blairs Ridge, Miss Mildred Gabbert; Brownings Chapel, Miss Rosa Reynolds; Garlin, Miss Sarah Barger; Holmes, Mrs. Bessie O. Rice; East Big Creek, Miss Elva Firkin; Robinson Ridge, John Dunbar; Vester, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Bailey.

Teachers for Home-Bound children: Mrs. Irene Marshall and Misses Ruth Cole and Irene Rosson.

Colored Teachers: New Zion, not elected; Mt. Vernon, Irene Duvall; Absher, Annie Walkup; Dudley, not elected; Flatwoods, Leola Hughes; Pellyton, Adell Jones; Knifley, Paralee White; Montpelier, Irvin Bomar; and Kellyville, Bessie Lasley.

City Board Elects Teachers
Reduction in School Taxes is Voted by City Board of Education at Meeting
To Add Commercial Department

From the Adair County News, 3 May 1939, page 1:
At a meeting of the City Board of Education Monday night, teachers for the coming year were elected. Prof. O.E. Huddle, who accepted a several years' contract last year, remains as superintendent of the City Schools, and Miss Mary Lucy Lowe will serve as principal of the high school. No faculty changes were made, either in the grades or high school. The teachers elected:

Mrs. Eddie Scott, Miss Frances Russell, Mrs. W.J. Flowers, Mrs. David Heskamp, and Joe Janes, high school;

Mrs. C.W. Marshall, grade 1; Miss Allene Keen, grade 2; Miss Catherine Myers, grade 3; Mrs. Frances Montgomery, grade 4; Mrs. Garnett Young, grades 5 and 6; Mrs. Joe Hutchison, grade 7; and John Ingram, grade 8.

The board voted to employ a mathematics teacher for the high school and to add a Commercial Department to the curriculum. The addition to the faculty was made necessary due to the demands of the accrediting commission.

The school tax was reduced by an agreement of the board, from $1.25 to $1.10 on the $100 of assessed valuation and the poll tax was lowered from $2.00 to $1.50.

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