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History of Knifley School: Whitney Johnson remembers awesome old Knifley

The Last Knifley Grade Center Graduates
pen their thoughts on the closing of KGC

"That is the feeling of love that only Knifley gave to the children that have or did attend the good, magnificent, caring, loving, fun, and awesome old Knifley."

The closing of the Knifley school has hurt many. Not only students that attend, but parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles that have attended.

Now that Knifley is closing down, changes will be coming. We can no longer ride our bicycles to school or walk home from school. We have to ride the bus for 20 to 30 minutes before and after school.

I still saw Knifley having a good future ahead of it. The ball teams get better as time goes on. The cheerleading squads gets better and cheered the Greyhounds on more.

The news came and everyone was not as peppy and as joyous as they were before.

There may have been some times we've all said, "I wish something would happen to that school," but never did we really think it would.

Now that it has, those who have said those words regret them.

Knifley was good while it lasted and we will all remember it and all the good times we had there.

Can you remember back when Knifley first had a school? It was back long ago. 1904 to be exact.

This was when you only wore shoes to Sunday School. You didn't wear them to school where you learn history, math, science, and spelling.

When I look back at my last years at Knifley, I remember lots of events and memories that will be with me so I will tell my children.Those memories that I had at Knifley are not something everyone is going to experience. Not because Knifley would change over years, but because it will no longer be a great place were the local children will join and learn.

Back in the 1800s, Phillip Knifley came along and also Dr. Land's very own Sarah. They began to buy land in what is now known as Knifley. Philip and Sarah had five children. One of the five, Joseph Knifley, later became a minister and founded the Kinfley Christian Church.

Then later the first post office was built in Knifley and had the name of Knifley. The post office was named after Phillip Knifley.

1861 was a big time in American history. There was Civil War, which tore many families and communities apart. Knifley, as it was known at this time, was not bothered by this war. No matter what Knifley was never thought to be torn apart.

Now that Knifley Grade Center is being closed there will be no function in Knifley. We will all miss stepping into this little school were we all know each other.

Now we will be going to bigger schools where we will not get the same attention as Knifley gave everyone.

Not only is the school going to be dead as night, but the Knifley Area Fire Department, which was where many of the Greyhounds ball games were held. Little League games, ball events, and fun will no longer take place there.

There will be no ball teams, cheerleading, or any other type of club or sport with the beginning name "Knifley Greyhound."

Still after years pass and we all get settled we will all still have a missing part of us. That is the feeling of love that only Knifley gave to the children that have or did attend the good, magnificent, caring, loving, fun, and awesome old Knifley.

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To read the entire history, see photos, and read nine other essays included in "A history of Knifley, Knifley Schools" Click here.

This story was posted on 2006-04-28 08:15:00
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