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Margaret Carney shares 1948 Knifley High Keepsake photos

Two photos accompany this article
By Ed Waggener

Margaret Carney has submitted two priceless photos full of wonderful memories of Knifley High School to share to readers of

One is of the senior class trip to My Old Kentucky home in Bardstown, KY.

The other is of the Knifley High School seniors in their caps and gowns on the steps of the school.

The class included Kathleen Arnold, Margaret Feese, Hilda Chelf, Earnestine Corbin, Dorothy Eastridge, Maudie Feese, Ramona Grant, Lois Jones, Victoria Martin, Eugene Mings, Eva Overstreet, Kenneth Sanders. There may have been at least one more student whose name Margaret Carney did not recall.

The late John Dunbar, who was later Superintendent of Adair County Schools, was a teacher. His wife, Mary Dunbar, accompanied the class on the trip to Bardstown.

Only four more classes graduated from Knifley High School after this one. In 1953, Knifley High School was consolidated with Breeding High School and Columbia High School to create Adair County High School, which originally was in the building now occupied by Adair County Middle School.

And, 58 years later, in 2006, the last classes at Knifley Grade Center were over, when the grade school, too, was consolidated as part of Adair County Elementary School in Columbia.

Thanks to Margaret Carney for sharing these remarkable photos with CM readers.
Comments, corrections and recollections of the school and of the Dunbars and the community of Knifley are invited.
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A favorite picture from Knifley High School: Senior trip 1948

2007-08-04 - Bardstown, KY .
A favorite photo submitted by Margaret Carney
This was the Knifley High School Senior Trip to My Old Kentucky Home in 1948.
1st row, from left: Mary Dunbar (wife of John Dunbar, teacher), Lois Jones, Earnestine Corbin, Victoria Martin, Eva Overstreet, Dorothy Eastridge.
2nd row: Margaret Carney, Hilda Chelf, Gene Mings, Kenneth Sanders.
Back row: *Unknown, Maudie Feese.
*Unknown: At the time the photo was posted, the person was not identified. But within a few hours, Kim Perkins wrote, "I know who the 'unknown person' in the Knifley High School Senior trip photo is--it's my Mom--Ludora Feese Perkins. She is standing next to her sister, Maudie Feese. She was not a member of this class. She was a driver of one of the vehicles on this field trip."

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A favorite picture from Knifley High School: Graduation 1948

2007-08-04 - Knifley, KY .
A favorite photo submitted by Margaret Carney
The Senior Knifley High School class of 1948. Graduation.
1st row: Earnestine Corbin, Kathleen Arnold, Ramona Grant, Victoria Martin, Dorothy Eastridge, Eva Overstreet
2nd row: Eugene Mings, Kenneth Sanders, Hilda Chelf, Maudie Feese, Margaret Carney, Lois Jones.

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