Picture from Carla Ray, October 2008
School in Brandenburg
See comments below.
row 1 - Jack Walton, Henry Morgan Strange (Logsden), Morris Stith, Dorothy Elizabeth Brown, W. B. Hammock, Mary Ann Boling, Doris Boling, Agatha Smith, Milburn Boling, Jesse William Basket, Ruth McIntire, Baxter Stith, T. H. Lusk
Row 2 - Norman James Walton, B. W. Haynes Jr., Henry Board, Georgia Louise Prather, Delores Gardiner, Margaret T. Powell, Mildred Earl Baskett, Julia Ann Ditto, Curtis Algood, Ruby Miller (Lamar), Mildred K. Brown (Carter).
Row 3 - Louis Andrew Logsden, George Edward Dowden, Albert Lee (Kelley) Applegate, John Richard Hardin, ___ Randolph, Harvey Reed Ditto, James Lamar Miller, Harold Brown, Roy Champ Smith, Henry Hartman Greer (Boy-blue), Dorsey O. Vertrees
Row 4 - Cleora Greer, William Perry Lusk, John Richard Boling, H. Curtis Brown, T. V. Burch, William Edward McIntire, Lawrence Gardner, William Richard (Beady) Boling, Charles Smith, Robert Ditto
Row 5 - Cleatus Richards, Verna Mae Rice (Robinson) teachers
This comment from John Dicky Hardin, October 2008:
JOHN HARDIN WAS BORN 1914, HE IS ABOUT 10, SO PHOTO AROUND 1924. THIS WOULD BE THE "NEW" BRICK SCHOOL BUILT AROUND 1900/1915, WHICH IS NOW THE MEADE CO LIBRARY. SOMEWHERE I HAVE A PHOTO TAKEN SHORTLY AFTER THE SHCOOL WAS OPENED, WITH A MODEL T TYPE CAR IN FRONT OF IT. THE STEPS WOULD HAVE BEEN IN BACK. I WAS AMAZED (WHEN I GOT OLDER) THAT THEY WOULD PLAY OUT BACK (I ASKED). IS A NARROW FLATTISH PLACE BACK THERE. I CAN'T REMEMBER IF THE STEPS ARE STILL BACK THERE.
THE OTHER "BIG" BRICK SCHOOL (AT THE TOP OF THE HILL ABOVE TOWN, BEHIND WHERE BUD PRICE AND THE SCOTTS HAD THEIR STORE -- WITH THE BASEBALL STANDS TO THE LEFT OF THE STORE) WAS NOT BUILT UNTIL LATER. HAVE SEEN THE PHOTO BEFORE, BECAUSE CURTIS BROWN WAS POINTED OUT...AND HE LOOKS SO "GRUFF" AND SO MUCH OLDER THAN DADDY. MAYBE CURTIS OR IRBY HAD IT.
This comment from Rachel Hardin Clarke (Sister of John Richard Hardin), October 2008:
There are three mistakes in the names - H.M.Strange (Logsdon) and his uncle Louis Andrew Logsdon; Cleora Greer, not Clara, Dorsey Vertrees, not Vantrees.
No, there were no flat places either in back or in front of the school except on top of the hill there was a dirt basketball court. I believe Dad helped level that spot for a tennis court back when Chelle and Mildred lived with them as adolescents and it was very popular with the kids. James Willie Bondurant played tennis into his old age. I went to school in that building from grades 1 to 8. The "new" building behind Cousin Bud's store was built in the early 30's I would guess and it was the high school - and even when I taught there one semester in 1943, which means the old school building was still used for grade school all that while? Where else? There was a big square of concrete at the bottom of those stairs and we played jump rope on that at recess. Out front we also played jacks and hopscotch on the sidewalk. The boys played keep-away on the slope to the east of the building (front) and sometimes the girls joined them. The slope didn't seem to bother us. We also one time had a May pole in the back, slope or not, and the mothers came to see us wind the colored paper ribbons in and out - had chairs to sit on. The most remarkable thing were the concrete stairs down to Main Street. On each riser was the name of maybe two graduates of the years when the stairs were put in. I went home each day for dinner and sometimes on my return to school I would "go over the hill" opposite the Baptist church on a path, cross Main Street to those stairs and up them. It was a shorter route than walking "around the hill" but took more wind. I talked to Mildred Baskett yesterday who is 92 and she said her age group at the new high school had a real girls' basketball team with uniforms and she still has her shirt or maybe just her number - 8. The new high school was the Last Word. My brother graduated from the new high school maybe 1932, or 1931 and Mildred said she graduated in 1934. Mildred is in that picture of the grade school. I didn't see too many others who are still alive, like none. She remembered jumping rope on that big concrete square. Where else would we find such a site? She even mentioned one run-in was Go In the Back Door and she could never do that. I don't know just what that was. Maybe one was called Hot Pepper or something where they jumped really fast. I asked Virginia Miller but I haven't heard from her yet. Great picture. We had one but I do not have it nor does Dicky.