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VOLUME 5--NU.3MIEfR 33 PICKENS, .. I)ECEM lER S U19ITO .0 Y
WELCOME TO PICKENS, T "ACHERS OF PICKENSCOUNTY
Many New Schoc
Being Built ii
Although hard times have been felt
in Pickens county, and almost every
kind of business has been holding
back, yet the school districts have de
cided that the harder the times the
greater the etYrt they must make in
giving their children the best ed
ucational advantages. They also re
alize that the proper kind of an ed
ucation, in a way, makes people im
mlune from hard times. Therefore
" they have se' to the task of improve
ment with a vim and determination
that knows no denial.
The following is a brief account of
what the different school districts
have done during the past Tear:
Grove School District was conduct
ing a two-teacher school and was (o
ing very well, yet they were not
satisfied. About this time a fire de
stroyed their school building. They
immediately set to work and built at
beautiful three-room school house,
voting a small bond issue, and now
they are conducting one of the best
schools in the county.
Maynard School District has prob
ably done the greatest amount of
work of any, that is, as far as the
amount of money spent is concerned.
They had a small two-room building
which, when it was built was con
sidered the best in the county. This
building was overcrowed to such an
extent that good work was impossible.
The patrons of the district saw that
something must be. done. As a re
sult a $6000.00 bon( issue was voted
4 and a two-story building has been
erected. It consists of four class
rooms and a large auditorium.
Rock and New Town School District.
carne in next. They had for consid
eration the question of consolidation.
As the two districts are very mou i
tainous it was decided that consolida
tion would be impractical. Therefore
it was .ec.ided to build a good two
room school house in each of the dis
tricts. Accordingly a bond issue of
$1500.00 wits voted in each district
and the buildings will soon -lie under
Helly Springs School District was
having to teach part of its children
in the school heuse, a small one room
building. and the rest of the children
in the Holly Springs church. Seeing
that this condition could not he sat
isfactory they also ",oted a hond issue
of $ 1800.00 andu are nowv bild11ing a
nice two-story building. This will
consist of two class rooms oi the
ground floor and an auditorium up
stairs. It will soon be necessary for
an miditional class room, consequently
the auditoritini will be converted into
twvo class rooms. On te (ommtienabhle
thing abo~ut Ilolly Sprtinigs peopile is
that. in allI the elect iotts thtat have
bteen hel for schoo l purtposes, t hereI
has nievetr been a dissent inmg vot e. It
hast been utnanimiouts fronm the begin
Hlagood Shol Distri, t until this
past. summerm hadl only t wo mills for
school ptirpoises. Sen tg that they
cdnot give thle it lboys andti girls
w inht they deserved they votedi ani ad
dniieonal six~ m il s for curiret e
penses and a bond issue of $:;500.00,.
and in the ntear future t hey will be
equiipped withI all the t 'ehin t ace
that. they need.
Ruhamath School District some
years ago butilt a v'ery cred it able
butihlingi. Tlhe mistak(e that wVas madec
was int Put tinmg thle bii ing with in a
- qluart er on the northern line of the
schotol district. Tlhe popuiilation has
shifted ntow andc it has btecomte nieces.
sary to place the sechool bikIdi ng nett
the ceniter (of the (listrict. Accordintg.
cy a bonid issu' of S$2t000.00 was float
e d and a h hree-ri om e t ru tiure is niow~
utndelr et nst ructiott.
Tewn Cr'eek SchoolI IDistrtict utntil
thIi s past sutttmiter lad ntever voted anty
ittills for, lier schtoel. C onsequnently
there was a very small one-room
builditng which rontinded onie (when
schltt o'as in sessionti) of the old wvo
main whos lived int a shoe. However
this wats reediedl and nlow atS you
pass through that dhistrict you will
see one of the best three-roomi school
buildIngs in the county.
Shadyoe nSchoo mDi~stc .x..
i Pickens County
much wrangling came through with
flying colors A modern two-room
building is now under construction
and will supplant the little one-room
building. They also inbreased their
mills to eight for current expenses in
addition to the bond issue of $1200.00.
Bethlehem School District is an
other district that deserves great
praise. For many y.ears they tried
to do something for the betterment
of their children, but something was
always in the way. At last they got
together and increased their mills to
eight, which gave them a seven
month school term guarantee, and a
bond issue. Now they have a beauti
ful three-room building which is a
credit to the community.
Several school district lines have
been changed d'uring the present year.
Keowee School District (lid not have
the required nine square miles as re
quired by the Constitution of the
State. A survey was made and enough
wvas added to make a legal district.
Another change which was made was
that of the Easley School District.
'he lines of Easley were extended so
is to include the boundry lines of
Lenhardt. This will make Easley one
Af the largest schools in the St-ate,
as well as helping the school facilites
in the old I.enhardt District.
Hampton School District was not.
satisfied with her school facilities.
They did not have the necessary room
for an up-to-date school. As a re
sult of finding this out they voted an
$800.00 bond issue and now have one
of the best two-room school buildings
in the county.
Twelve Mile School District like
wise has made wonderful progress.
Having a small one-room building and
more children than they could pos
sibly aeccmmodate in it, they set to
work and now have under construct
on a fine three- room building. To
mild this they voted a $2000.00 bond
ssue. Their location is fine and with
lhe new building their community
;hould be justly proud-.
On account of the compulsory at
:endance law so many children have
>een returned to school that many of
he schools of Pickens county have
m(d to add additional rooms to their
mildings. Among those doing this
ire Wolf Creek, Kings and Palestine.
)t hers have had to do remodeling.
Phese are Ambler. Dlaeusville, Mica
Pickens county is very proud of the
act that she has made this record in
pite of the fact that. things have
meenl better and times easier. Proh
ibly the revaon for this necessary
a1w hais return'ledl mainy (lchildren to
*chocol who had stopped. an1d a1 great
inny who had noeer at tended.
If IPickens counlit y can i 'onit inue toI
Ilo(re'(ss aIs she hias inihe pas1 131t teni
('ers we havi~e no0 doul~bt that1 she will
II at1 the top of the hubder ini theOd
'almiettIo St ate in a1 few yealrs.
ION~t 1 SCO Ol, im.l
Fi rst Grade - Osie i ee Ni~x, Dun13
-rd D urham11, Eu Ilistis P atte rsoni.
Adv. First Gra'3de-HelenI I l,ewis,
';reel hi rezieale, Marie Snider, IEvie
Say , 13arenice Stephens'1i.
See< nid G rade-A sa Whitmiire, Free..
1113a Gillesp jie, Art ie Ma~e Nix. Ilaninahu
>e'l I I ughies. .1(ohnite I '1meron,')l Art hur
iran lt .1 'sse lIeece.
iouth i( Grade Itla3 lIrezea'le Gre
Br'ezenl1e, I essile Turn mer. Oha Pa3tter-i'
Gradth e 3301' ttchera D urhamii.
3ra'h lIughies,PaulhI ie Coope~,(r, Walac
thOl'homs, Pl'3 ine HraeI.
Sixth Gr'adte-O.liverl' liughes, .Jam~ie
Irez:eale, Rluth Stepihenis..
Seventh Grad(e- -.1 ouise~( li-ezeale,
'Xdna D)3iura, Ruth Granit.
Eig th Grade---Marshallt Hughes.
?ortrudIe Mati, Gertrude Lewis,
About twenty-five years ago ther
existed in this vicinity two smal
"one teacher" public schools, one it
the town of Calhoun and one on the
road between Clemson College an<
Cherry's crossing. These school
were open about three months eacl
year and were poorly attended. Soot
after Clemson College opened a pri
vate school was started on the col
lege grounds which was supporter
by private funds.
This very unsatisfaetory conditio
of affairs existed until about twelve
years ago when the college trustee
erected a school building on the col
lege grounds for the use of the publi
school and which accommodate
many of- the children of tWie tw
school districts. Old Stone chure
No. 32 nd Calhoun No. 8.
This school ran for live years an
was a big improvement over the for
mer arrangement, but it was far fron
adequate or satisfactory.
The patrons of these school dig
The Improvement Association of
the Liberty Iiigh school has purchas
e'd a beautiful curtain for the stagt
in the auditorium. The Association
is to be colngratulated on their in.
tiests an1(d get-up-and-get spirit.
A large. number of the 'ivkvi
County Teachers have applied to the
State l)etpart:inct of Education for
Life (cr tilicntes. This means that
they have taught school for ten year
and( have given enltire satisfaction as
Istitlute t his week.
lThe ('onlsit ittion ofl tlit Teatcs
.\oiaivill be' remIl beforel~ the
IP. .\I. and4 ( discuisiolis will I ollowv as
.1 itS adopti)on(41. Flvery !earberl is
.x Jected to bile prlesent.
.\i. ii. TI. (Cox, !rofessor of ( helm
stryv atl Purmnan Un1.Jivers ity~ is also
I tte'1dinig the Teaceherl's Ilust itult e.
It. is ai leaur1e to) have thlese genit
emen41 from11 t Furman anuid othe1r Cogl
(ges and1( Universities wvith us.
P ickens coun lty. is prolud o f the tact
'hat. e<.nsidlerinhg ho1th raes she has
(ee illiterates thanl anyl other coun~l
y. ill South C arolina.
?Iiss .\ lini .\leleat of Winthrop4
'olle'ge wiill atlso he zat th T1 eacher'll~ s
Inlst itute. She willI he. iln (ehmI e o4f
he P imar D1)eVI)parItmen~lt. .\liss .ie
1(eat hats had very id le exper'(ince
iln the pr imalry workl an d her dis-uls
I (ilns illb o retb ne.t h
AllI teachers attend(ing the inist ituLte
Ire ieuesl(.ted tI. re(gister at the Supt.
If IEduet in('s oflfice an td be assigned
to homes. This reg.istration is im
portant wvhether you have -already
cutie n' 2 hemon o not
tricts began t realize that their only
hope for expision and growth was
to consolidate, as they were limited
in territory and I'nancial ability con
I seq'uently the districts were consol
idateds and the ncessary bonds were
voted to erect the present school
We now have a first class hgli
school which is doing splendid work
as is evidenced by the excellent stand
which the pupils from this school
are-. taking at the various colleges
and the further fact that for tht
past two years girls from this schoo
have made the highest marks on th
competitive examinations for Win
I This school will maintain i nin
months compulsory term this year
t We had a very active school im
- ( provemenlt association which is (rend.
i ering fine service and the whole c(oni
munity is proud of the sehcol tad the
wortk it is doing.
The teachers of l'ickens county
will comlplete their organization of
the 'T'eac'her's aassociation t.n Wed
nesday afternoon at :1:00 p . ml.
.\Iiss .\ary .\lorris one of te P'ick
ens Iigh school teachers has returned
lom (Clumibiia. She was maid of
honor in the I)ov'- -'.nglishi wed'ding.
.\r. I''lton C'hibire:.>s. t'ormerly
superintendent oft. tile Six Mile B ap
tist Acadeimyi has et ed'lIt('I the prin -
eip alship of the .\ilt. C'reek Scthool.
W t ari'e ghiul toI hav..".. l .\r. ('hibIress
bac4'k iin thle public0 whdii \u rX o h
liri. Shayer'' %j w ih ii th l'li:I c l alt
thIis week. lit' will !fi\ ii -I 01in '.
it'n leeture on 11'ublii fli at joui.
s .r. Iubbell Arofet lr of ea ' : sry~t
ou f he historyihoub' b'taueht i
ihf pub:lish shoola it 1heiStt1 e.
'The lad'ie.i '6f the, town are4 Sivint
anii informaliig recetio to1 the tei'ahurs
natledn thtbe inst11itu ain Thursdayi
ait' the p.m. All~ h'e teher ar e
chaire ofieiha. h 'nvriy o
The 1it that Pickens county real
iz's fully the importance of educating
ier youth can best be proV'en by
statistic's showing what she has done,
itid the tact that she intends c(on
tiluing her efforts in this directioin.
by what she is dying at present.
Last year there was 7,135 white
chibben en'it roIled in the schools of
P'i:".ens county and from this number
there was al average attendance
maldl ;f .1,182. 'This is an average
of 62 .1-5 per cent of .he total en-.
l'rom present figur's available it
appears that the enrollment and aver
age attI endance for tI w l'present schol
istie year will be it great increase
ov'r' the year palst. Possibly reaching
at 20 per cent increase for enrollment,
atnd 75 per cent for average attend
,last year Pickens eounty had twelve
one-teefier seh.ols. This number has
been decreased this year by half. A
one-teacher school is only an excuse,
and must be remedied. Until Pick
ens county eliminates this seemingly
necessatry evil, she will not be able
tt keep apace with her sister coun
ties, nor give her youth what they
Besides her one-teacher schools she
had sixteen two-teacher schools, fif
teen three-teacher schools, and ten
three-or-more-teacher schools. This
is in a way encouraging, yet it is only
necessary to look etsualy about t<
see how much better thimes coulh be
The aim of Pickens county in th
future nist be toward consolidatio
- and the establishing of centratlizet
-J high schools. This will e(ntb' the
. school Children to receive the neces.
sarty attention. and give t hem the al
vantage of at high sehool education.
Until we do this we will not have doie
all we could, atnd may as well eon
coinsidet' ourselves as standiniig in the
wiy <.f the educated manhood and
Womatithooli of tomorrow. ',
''h(se in charge of the schools of
the county lunmbered last year 118.
Of this number 112 helI first grade
tertificattes, a i 18 third grae eer
Certificates. 18 second grade c:'rtili-I
tales, antd 18 third g-rade enrtili
cates. This is another thing that
must be in prove'd upum. 11' thet tch
ing prtofi'ssion wishes t d4 t I, it best
for th'ueir Ishol andur i their sch. o
fo h i c o l ti w t r -lchibren, the'y must he c . :itimtly <ma
the Job of :elf--im provemei nt. T'h$e.aim
of every teacber sihoulh- inn p(1 er
c ti. SIn1fictiency in thre e liats: t ani
this lli require o In st i .re l t :1e1m p
litin ntS $ .I n t hslf-im ro t:e 'tg
esion la tist. yea t ai:l t'' I'tii .lt lily
meilt'u let hitit Wheubtbe exn p''t il
weireit thi s wet len hi ardlyht W(' etr
Itl('l tn(*ottn by tni hefre oe. $2 .1 it~
lie te:-tt' mnt h in retm5oO f nt
A tst yttr ih t't rii rieept fi tilt
I hos ofiii P ikns ent ny w ere $1 tt 1.tt',
-1- .721. h t otla ou t e pen
giThte avre am It tnn't eiene e
sahrty-paid to techersi5 wa14. 50
seevo th situt'ie'iolW ar8 epctn
something lrngthing.ti tan.ht we 4
daty urbysm.grl n$2..
e in Pickens
vs Large Increase
Amount expellded per pupil, $3.03.
Sahary paid teachers, $144,00.
Value of grunds, buildings, ap
paratus, ete, $:31,350.00.
The educational leaders of the Uni
ted States in 18(19 decided that if the
public schol systemn of the difl'erent
states of the union met the require
mu'ats of the people the small schools
wouIld have to consolidate. The con
solidat ion of the small schools have
bee'n carr iec ("n conitiniuoully ever.
siO'ee, and where it has been accom
plished nil re than:: 80 per cent of the
pt ople arv pleased with the change.
It is ii 1.l :'gressive step step among
There are miianiy advalltagtges that a
consolilahteI s'lhooil possesses. It In
creases the revenue fo' the school; it
gives a larger teaching force; an im
centive is given to make le'matnent'
impe'vem'nts, to beautify the schooi
gr'oundts, seuire modern sanitation
ald(I wei'('h' imLll Iv school room e(luip
The liatrge number of children as
selbld in a centrally loeated school
makes pt.ssible graded classes and a
better division of the school day
studies can be introduced which re
quire special equ ipmenit and spec
ially trained teachers, such as agri
culture, home e'(;mollies. manual
training, music, advantages almost
unattainable in small district schools.
It will form a social cenlter and
will encourage literary sociaties,
seeia and agriculturai clubs, and (n
tertain ments (.f various kinds. (1 od
rm('1(1 !IV(' h-ause(d nn:iny comn tIni'.ies
tt. convey their pupils to school by
The consolidate(I -school helps by
retaining atten(lance in the frammer
grades, facilitates and encoulrages
the ent ace into high school of' these
who canlot hope to go to college.
It is properly called "The peoples
It l nituragesl' permanency of resi
de'n-e of teachers and makes possible
the formation of long-tmie phains, the
teachers often taking the lead in
soc~ial andl literarty activities.
I''reiiu' :t change of leachers re
acts illfalv (rably upon ptipils, owing to
('lhantIg(es of llet hods of inst ruiet lon ad11(1
('hunges of dlisc'iplinle.
Ilter 1uatlilled t(achels are more
eatsily; secure'(d andl~ rettainled. Sulper..
Visi(.a is facilita tedl and1 manty other
adtaget~~ts could be (elnmerated1 in
1'at'.r tif t he consilolidlated' schools, as
aI.~gainlst the iold systemI~ of oneii, twoi
Iing pictur show' w14\V iil be( features of
Il ;iieel ing 4of thie Il'iek('ns C~ounityv l'i
in Il'iekens nlext Saturday, D ecembern~i
the4 4'uty is ('xpeted'l i to atten this
m1eet ing. An excel lent po gramti oif
('nitertinmen00lttand4 istrutct ioni hats
her of 11he i'orni c'lub will bei ~it''eced
9(4 bing Ii'i ('aris of corni. lFive do(l
liris inl gold will be' given the boy
who brings 1the best cor1 exNh ibit,
I e'garl'el.es uu'iwhat' eimad on his
Trhe free. dinner' at I.the hotelI wilt
he for c'lubl member~'is only, btt the
free movinv g pictureIt shiow at I le Alex -
an ld('r t hea re will bie foir 'verlyb~ody.
fl'fchl'NS HII II S(fl01, ('ARNI
VA I. G I'VAT SI;CCE1SS
TIhe' I'iekenis H1igh School (Carnival
was a gr'andi success'5. Ini spite of the
ba~d weatther I here was a large cro(wdl
o~ut, anid abiout $100.00 waus reatlized(.
We wish to congratul~ate. the high
sclhool children (on their efforts as
well its the teheh-ers who was instru-'
rnenital in getng nU n the nffai. .