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Single-year snapshot of Adair County schools, 1944


To give a single-year snapshot response to the questions posed by Mr. McCammish: In 1944, there were ninety (90) county schools, not including the Columbia Graded and High School; Jackman Graded and High, Knifley High, and their respective faculty.

In that still segregated era, 82 common schools were for "whites" students and eight were for "coloreds," as the two groups were called in the News, and the latter schools were labelled as such in the list.

The following is list of the county schools and the initially assigned instructors, as it appeared in the June 14, 1944 Adair County News.

"At a meeting of the County Board of Education on Tuesday night, June 6, the following teachers were employed:"

Reece's Chapel, Loretta Saunders; Disappointment, Mrs. W.M. Keltner; Mt. Pleasant, Becky Cundiff; Hopkins, Dorothy Cole; Egypt, Opal Shivley; Jericho, Dorothy Pickett; Mt. Carmel, Zyphia Copenhaver; Beach Top, Pearl Banks; Cane Valley, Allene Tarter; Cyclone, Basil Young;

Hutchison, Noah Loy; Sulphur Springs, Beulah Thomas; Milltown, Allene Cheatham; Rocky Hill, Elizabeth Neat; Montgomery, Mrs. Bernie Paxton; Gradyville, Rollin Kemp & Mrs. Woodrow Blaydes; Pickett Chapel, Christine Willis; Cool Springs, Wallace Coomer; Keltner, Rachel Blaydes; Price's Creek, Mary Bryant;

Morris Chapel, Merle Brown; Nell, Nell Rogers; Red Lick, Alice Traylor; Breeding, Annie Sharp & Kizzie Hurt; Rowetown, McIva Hale; West Big Creek, Delsie Hardinson; Firkin, Beulah Bennett; Independence, Edra Sparks; Greenbrier, Bernice Traylor; Tabor, Eula Schuler;

Zion, Cleo Morrison; Yellow Hammer, Ores McGowan; Gum Grove, Lucy Dudley; Walnut Grove, Violet Rosenbaum; Republican, Bernice Schneider; Simpson, Joe Morgan;

Melson Ridge, Leon Phelps & Mrs. Leon Phelps; New Liberty, Lena Turner; Glensfork, R.C. Marshall; Pleasant Hill, Ruth Allen; Stapp Springs, Margie Denson;

Conover, Hazel Mitchell & Pearl Grider; Bryant, Versa Alley; Oak Grove, Maxine Humble;

Concord, Stella Richards; Rainfall, Rosa B. Bryant; Dunbar, Fey Rowe; Millerfield, Ruby Richards; Allen, Hazel Alley; Grassy Springs, Feyline Ballou; Smiley, Hazel Kilpatrick & Katherine White;

Maple Grove, Vernon Rogers; White's, Nannie McGaha; Tabernacle I, Nettie Calhoun; Tabernacle II, Iva Williams; Pellyton, Mary Absher; Barnett's Creek, Robert Bailey & Ira Patton; Spout Springs, Ora Lee Jones; Little Cake, Grace Young; Frazier, Mrs. Raymond Lacey & Helen Stevenson; Bloomington, Minnie Ruberts;

Plum Point, Bessie Rice; Bottoms, Leon Christie; Knifley, Mary Dunbar, Mary Richards, Willie Rosenbaum, & Julia Kinnaird; Hovious, Ludra Feese; Rolley; Mary Jones; Mt. Tussell, Matre Humphress; Mt. Zion, Albera Kinnaird; Jones Chapel, Sallie Akin; White Oak, Nina Arnold; Coburg, Frances Banks; Smith Chapel, Louise Montgomery; New Clear Springs, Frances Stults; Shady Grove, Oscar Sinclair; New Cedar Grove, Marie Collins; Blair's Ridge, Ivan Cabbell; Browning Chapel, Rosa Reyonlds; Garlin, Nona Grider; Holmes, Louise McKinney; East Big Creek, Mrs. Chester Judd; Robinson Ridge, Edna Arnold;

Vester, Mrs. J.N. Squires & Martha Howard; Fairview, Eunice Davidson.

"Colored" schools and teachers:

New Zion, Ora Lee Curry; Absher, Leola Hughes; Dudley, Ida White; Flatwoods, Annie Lasley; Montpelier, Irvin Bomar; Pellyton, J.T. Lasley; Knifely, Paralee White; Kellyville, Mollie Lasley.

In addition to the above, the Columbia Graded & High faculty included the following fifteen individuals: Mrs. C.W. Marshall, Miss Alleen Keen, Miss Catherine Myers, Mrs. Frances Montgomery, Mrs. J.W. Walker, Mrs. Ivan Shivley, Miss Willie Rosebaum, Mrs. Demaree Richards, Mrs. Joe Dudley, Miss Frances Russell, Miss Julia Kinnaird, Mr. James E. Woody, Miss Mary Lucy Lowe,Principal, and Mr. H.R. Kirk, the new Superintendent.

Other than Miss Ruby Smith, who was ill and would unable to teach the first semester, no faculty members were named for Jackman High and Graded. There were at least two teachers for Knifley High.

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