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STORY OF THE PROGRESS
MADE BY THE RURAL SCHOOLS
OF LAURENS COUNTY
LETTERS FROM DIFFERENT SCHOOLS
Telling of the Improvements Made in the Past Few Years and of their Present Activities, Showing
the Interest Developed in Better Buildings, More Teachers, Longer Terms, Better Attendance,
Corn and Tomato Club Work, in Oratory and School Improvements of Everv Nature.
This is one of the oldest schools of
tho county. "We know there was a
school at old Prospect as early as
1840 and "as tJiej crow flies" the
present location is just one mile from
the original site. The school was
?moved from the church grounds to
its present iocatlon near lloyd's Cross
ROads In 1S93. The Prospect and
Rosedale schools were united under
the leadership of a young and enthu
siastic teacher, Prof. P>. Y. Culbert
son, and tho length of term changed
from three to eight months. Prof. Cul
hertson with tho co-operation of trus
tees and patrons succeeded in build
ing up a very creditable school. In
fact at one time there were four teach
With the exception of two years
when Mr. Hates was teacher, Prof.
Culbertson was principal from 1893 to
1911. Mrs. McFadden taught In 1911-1:;.
Tito past summer a very neat and
well arranged school house was built.
In point of construction and equip
ment, it Is superior to any of the
Prospect se/hools preceding it. The
present teachers are: principal, Miss
Ida C. Turner, assistant. .Miss Carrie
Lan'gston; numibor of pupils enrolled,
64; number of grades, 8; length of
term 8 months. Officers of School
Improvement association: president
Mrs. Cleo Wofford, treasurer, Mrs. Ida
Dean, secretary, Miss llennie Proffitt.
Amount raised and expended for gen
eral improvements, $45.00. School
Journal, 12; Tomato club, I; Corn
club, 7; perfect attendance, 1.
Cross Hill High School.
This building lias not always been
our "school-house" until ahout live
years ago, the building was situated
about a mile from the present site,
near old Cross Hill. It was not until
the present building was erected that
we had live teachers and ten grades.
The building is made of concrete. It
has four well lighted rooms on the
first floor, and a large auditorium on
the second joor.
Cross Hill school has flve teachers,
namely: Prof. F. S. Smith, Miss Irene
Dlllard, Miss Lucio Miles, Miss Wilma
Rdmey and Miss Lizzie Griffin. We
have ten grades and one hundred and
twenty-one pupils, The length of our
school term Is eight months. This
year we have raised sixty-two dol
lars, twenty-four dollars of which has
been spent for enlarging our library.
The remainder has been spent for
Those joining the Tomato cluh are:
Ojelia Harmon, Josle Griffin, Nellie
llitt, Vivian Nance, Eleanor Dial, Hel
en Ilitt, Louise Thompson, Virginia
Mc.Swain, Willie Wells, Grace I litt and
Ruth Qoddard, Those joining tlio Corn
Cluh arc: Simmons Pihson, Wade Hill
and Ray Chandler.
The prevailing spirit of our school
Is enthusiasm, though it sometimes
breaks through in mischief, yet when
there is a good cause at stake, every
pupil supports it heartily.
Trinity-Uldge High School.
A'hout thirty years ago there was
a one-room school building about a
half mile from Chestnut Ridge church
A fow years later, a new house was
built on the church grounds and the
old house was abandoned. The peo
ple in the upper part of the district,
thinking the school too far down, de
cided to build a school house and one
was erected at Trinity church.
Five years ago these two buildings
wore rolled together on half way
ground. At that time Trinity-Ridge
began its career. From an enroll
ment of thirty-live, it has grown to
ninety-live. Today we have ten grades
with throe teachers, school running
eight months. The teachers this year
are: Mr. .1. Fierce Coats, Misses Mae
Roper and Annie Putnam. The officers
of the School Improvement associa
tion are: Mrs. Scott George, presi
dent; Mrs. (!. A. Fuller, vice.presi
dent; Mrs. Marion Cain, secretary and
treasurer. This association has done
excellent work both for the school
Nineteen children are subscribers to
the School Journal; two boys have
joined 'ho Com club; fifteen girls are
members of the Tomato club; and
several pupils will bo entitled to li
brary certificates and perfect attend
ance buttons. We have one pupil, Min
nie Irvin. whose attendance has been
perfect for six years.
.1. Pierce Coats.
Monntvllle High School.
During the summer of 1007, the
trustees and patrons of the Mount
villo school, realizing the need of
further progress in the education of
our Community, complied with the re
quirements of the high school act. and
the session of 1007.08 began will? high
school work, as a result of their en
thusiasm. The whole time of one
[teacher, and half the time of another
were employed in the high school do
| partment, and the same in the primary
department, with an enrollment of
seventy six pupils. Professor \V. P.
Culhertson. who had sorved our school
very acceptably for several years pre
vious, was elected principal of the
high school, with Miss Marie Stokes
j as assistant, and Miss Frankie Cul
hertson as teacher of the primary de
So well did our school succeed that
during tho next session, another
teacher had to he added, as well as
another recitation room. Miss Mary
I Martin was elected to 1111 the place
of the extra teacher, and the other
j three teachers were reelected.
Four years have passed. Our school
j has kept its same teachers, and has
been steadily growing better, year by
year. At the end of the fourth year
Mr. Culhertson, who had served our
school faithfully for thirteen years,
resigned. Miss Martin also resigned.
The fifth year began with Mr. B. A.
Fuller, principal, and Miss Mary Dil.
lard successor of Miss Martin. These
two, with Miss Stokes and Miss Miller,
make up our present teaching force.
Our pupils are taking much interest
in all the departments of school work
tills year. There are twenty-live of
tho eighty-eight pupils enrolled that
will probably get the library certifi
cates. The boys manifested much in
terest in the preliminary deelaimers'
contest: one boy has joined tho coin
club; the girls from ail the grades
are very busy In getting their fancy
work ready for tho county fair; the
hoys are Interested in making axe
handles, potato mashers and other
wooden articles; and the boys are
taking a great interest in the track
team, recenly organized.
In addition to the live maps, dic
tionary and holder, and a nice globe,
given to -the school by the trustees,
the School Improvement association
is going to supplement the library,
buy some song books, and probably
subscribe for some standard maga
zines for tho school with tho pro
ceeds of a home talent plaj that will
he given in a few weeks.
Jayne ?. Hudgens,
Hendersons Hie School.
The first school established in this
community was known as the Tum
bling Shoals academy. The house was
built before tho Confederate war.
In 18?7 Mr. \V. I). Sullivan built a
now school house near his residence.
In 1802 a new log nouse was built
by the people opposite the present
site of Hendersonville school, it was
called Violet Branch school. The
school was given the name of Hender
sonville in IS?7 when a new house
Was built on a lot donated by Mr. W. |
X. Knight. It was moved In 1000 to
the present site and a now room was
added. An assistant was employed
for the first time for 1010-11 session.
The teachers at present are Misses
Carolyn Smith and Ethel McDanlcl,
who are employed for a six month's
term. We have nine grades, sixty.sev
en pupils have been enrolled. Eleven
will probably receive the perfect at
tendance buttons. Gillie Sumerol, J.
Furonan Thomason, Scbnstln Tumblln
and Jimmlo Lee Kellett have joined
ithJe (lorn club, Mjayo Roper is a
member of the Tomato club. Ten pu
pils are subscribers to the School
We have a live Improvement asso
ciation which has raised twenty dol
lars. This was spent for teachers'
chairs and desks. The officers of the
association are Mrs. .1. K. Thomason,
president; Mrs. L. C. Ahororombie,
vice-president; Mrs. J. i,. Baldwin,
secretary and Mrs. \V. 10. Wilson,
. f,nnford (Imdcd School.
Ttie first BChool bouse near Lan.
ford, of which wo have any Informa
tion was built in the first part of last
century. The building was known as
Liberty school house and was built
of hewn logs.
About the year I88C a now house
was built near where the present Bap
tist church now stands.
In 1010 the neat, modern and up
to-date building which you now see,
'was erected, the school district hav
ing voted bonds to derray the oxpons
j es. Many Improvements have been
imado durting the last three years.
Almost every convenience is now of
fered the children.
The teachers for the present term
are Prof. P. B. Woodruff, principal
and Misses Hessle Brown and Etolla
Lanford, assistants. Enrollment 100.
Numlber of grades taught, ten; length
of term, eight months. Officers for
School Improvement association: Miss
(St?lln Lanford, president; Miss Bes
sie Brown, vlce-presldont; Mrs. C, i>.
Cox. secretary; Miss Carrie Lou llig
gins, treasurer. We have thirty-six
LAWLESS COTTON MILL SCHOOL.
members and bhvo raise*! $"s.H?. Have
bought books for library, water cool
ers, framed pictures, paints, etc. Wo
still have money in treasury which WO
will use later on. Quite a number
are talcing the School Journal. Sam
uel Drummontl has joined tho Hoys'
iCorn club this year. Several girls
will Join the tomato club. About lit'
teen will get perfect attendance but
Bess HtoP'a Lanford.
Itt. Bethel N< hool.
For the last four years Mt. Bothel
has hail three teachers. Miss lOthol
Sharp inttghl the seool terms of
1!?0!?. lit and 1910-11, The first terms
she enrolled thirty-live and had from
tli<? first to tho seventh grades; sec
ond term she enrolled thirty, in
grades one to seven.
Miss Kate Rampey taught ?M1-12
and enrolled thirty-two and from first
to seventh grades. Miss Maud Sharp
1012-13 and has enrolled forty.flvo in
grades one to seven.
We have one girl in the Tomato
Club. Two will get the perfect attend
ance buttons, two will get tie library
reading certificates, and three pupils
are taking the School Journal.
Bbfiore our present building was
i rooted wo had n very poor sol ool
! house. It was very old :,nil was not
i even painted. Tart of the wenthnr
bbartilng was off and ti e room leaked
and the rnlh beat in f-nm (lie walls.
The teachers were Miss 1:1mmn Dial
and Rvn Martin. The Improvements
that year were some new blackboards,
maps, and library. In the last put of
the y<ar wo made the greatest Im
provement and that was a new s<-' ool
house. The house was not built he
fore we needed it, I am sure. Tho
men In the community made tip the
money and built it In the year l!)ln.
in the years it?i 1-12 the teachers
were Misses Friday and Harris and
Miss Martin was assistant both years
We got a teacher's desk, chair and
a dictionary for tho school these years
Our teachers this year are Misses
Attaway and Harris. Wo have bqv
j enty pupils on roll,
I Our School Improvomeni a socin
j tion was organized In January with
M's- Gray's help. The officers arc:
'president. Miss Loo llondorson; vier
president, Mrs. W. (!. Henderson; sec
retary and treasurer, Miss Josto Cox.
We Und n box BU|>|)Cr and raised
$10.18. We got a tenchor's desk, wa
ter sprinkler, hi coins, two picture*
and are going to add $10.00 Worth of
books to our library. Five of us are
reporting oil our books so we can get.
library COtlltlCUtOB. We have bad
three boys to Join the com club.
"The Oru School.'1
Tlio school now known as Iho Ol'il
bcIiooI was, in the earliest rooolloc
llons of our grandparents, known as
the Old Fields school. How this naino
originated we do not know. The first
recollections of the institution date
back to tbeycar 1816, Tl e teacher for
that year was a Mr. John Simmons,
whose school was, as people thought;
then, the most noted of any taught
previous to the war. Not less than
fifteen, or twenty young men and
about as many young ladies were in
attendance. The closing exercises of
tills school was truly a wonderful oc
casion. Daring (lie UOXt Ihne years
the school gradually wore away, an 1
the patrons wi re so dispirited that rOr
two years lliero was no school at Old
The sohonl house at that lime was
about twenty by fifty te<!, built of
large logs, hewn on iy/a 'ides, the In
tervening spaces filled in with Sl>|l;
sticks and red mud Iii Ihn winter limn
to keep out the cold, and in the slim
mer this lilling was pushed out as a.
means of ventilation, in contract t<?
this, we now have a comfortable two
room building with patent desks ami
hlncliihourds. For Hie |>asl nine years
two leachi is have bei I) employed. The
average enrollment haw been about
fifty, The attendance for the past two
years has been good. Some Improvi ?
mints in and around the building are
lifing made. A few tree!; hUVQ beeil
planted and some pictures placed Oil
the walls. Wo think our patrons and
trustees are awakening to Iho racl that
the school is the social center of the
community and to get the best, results
therefrom, must have nil the modern
Miss flessie Ilyrd is principal of the
school, with Miss flcglnri wllllhirt's, as
ONE EXAMPLE OF THE PROGRESS OF LAURENS COUNTY SCHOOLS
PROSPECT SCHOOL (Old Building).
PltOSPJJCT school (\<m Building).
FflOSPKCl school (Presen? Interior Vies).