To Lamar County
Vernon School Records
1875, May 27 - Vernon Pioneer
The Closing Exercises of the present session of the
Vernon District High School will take place on the 27th and 28th of
SUNDAY, the 27th at 10 a.m. Sermon by REV. D. S.
MCDONALD of North Port, Ala. At 3 ½ p.m. Singing by the Sunday
School. At 5 p.m. Love Feast. At 8 p.m. Sermon BY REV.
R. D. CARVER, of Pickensville, Ala.
MONDAY, the 28th, at 7 p.m. Meeting of the Board
of Trustees (all of whom are respectfully requested to be
present). At 10 a.m. Literary Address by REV. G. R.
LINCH. At 10 ½ a.m. Original Speeches and Essays by the
students. At 3 p.m. Declamation of the part of the
school. At 8 p.m. Plays, Dialogues, etc. All are invited
D. M. RUSH, Principal.
1877, Feb 23 - The Vernon
MALE AND FEMALE SCHOOL. Vernon, Alabama.
The Trustees of the Vernon High School take pleasure in announcing
that they have made an arrangement with REV. W. B. GILLHAM to take
charge of their Institution for the ensuing school year – to
commence on the 1st Monday in November. Mr. Gillham’s long and
successful experience as educator of the youth of both sexes warrant
us in giving him our highest endorsement and soliciting for our
School a liberal patronage. In view of the great stringency in
money matters, a reduction has been made from the usual rates of
tuition for the present year. We propose for the present year
to have a first class English School, and when the patronage will
justify, to add a teacher of ancient and perhaps modern
languages. Our school will be divided into the following
grades and rates per session of 5 months:
Alphabetical lessons, Spelling, First lessons in
Reading, First lessons in Geography and Mathematical
Written or Practical Arithmetic, Eng. Grammar,
Descriptive Geography, Orthography, Reading, Penmanship, First
lessons in English Composition and History of the United
Algebra, Geometry, natural Philosophy, Intellectual
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Astronomy, English Composition,
Rhetoric, Rhetorical Reading, English Grammar completed, Logic and
Universal History. $17.50
All tuition fees due on the admission of the pupil, and the payments
to be made punctually each quarter (ten weeks) except the first
which must be made by the 25th of December. No pupil will be
admitted for a less time than the remainder of the session for which
he enters, except by special notice at the time of admission.
Board including fires, lights, and lodging from eight to ten dollars
Music on Piano, per
Use of Instrument per
Vocal Music (science of per mo.) 3.00
A contingent fee of 50 cents will be charged each pupil for the
purpose of keeping up fires, etc. For further
particulars apply to: Trustees J. D. MCCLUSKEY, ARTY A.
SUMMERS , T. W. SPRINGFIELD, JASON GUIN, M. W.
1878, July 19 - The Vernon
This is the week of weeks at Vernon being the Commencement Exercises
at the Vernon High School. Thursday night, the 18th of June,
the exercises were introduced. The Commencement was held in
the Court House Hall, and the speeches, poems, declamations,
&c., will not pass from the minds of the hearers as the morning
dew from earth, but will remain and produce a train of thoughts
which no other occasion unlike this can produce. The manner in
which the different subjects were presented are worthy of great
praise: the clear voices; the happy choices of language, and the
easy graces manifested in their delivery, are worthy of much
comment. The performers consisted of some of Lamar County’s
most talented sons and daughters. The gentlemen and little
boys were handsome, but when we look upon the young ladies and
little girls, dressed in the purest of white, the noblest of God’s
handiwork, we wonder at the happy lot of the man who is to become
the life-long partner of one of these angelic creatures.
The exercises were opened with singing by the scholars, PROF.
GILLHAM accompanying with the violin, which was quite enlivening to
the audience. In the whole of the exercises, we are sorry to
say, there was but one original address, but all were taken from the
sayings of the great men, who have long since been gathered to their
Little SAMMIE MONROE, in “True Courage” showed that he possessed the
oratorical powers of a great speaker. In fact we think that
this was the best effort of the night. He threw all him vim
and energy into the subject, speaking in a loud and clear tone.
The “Little Girl” by DONNIE GILLHAM, was very good for one so
“The Rose” by ELLA MORTON was splendid, her gestures and language
“Burns” by D. W. GILLHAM, was excellently spoken, and showed that he
had been well trained in this particular.
MISS S. B. GILLHAM, in Poe’s “Raven” done credit both to herself and
the subject. having heard Davenport and Kidd recited this
difficult piece, we have no hesitation in saying that with a little
more experience MISS GILLHAM would be well fitted to recite the
Raven before any audience.
“Time” by DAVID SUMMERS was very good.
WALTER NESMITH, in a stump speech, brought down the house. It
was merely a burlesque on the “People’s Meeting”, or their
candidate, it is hard to tell which. He brought in “LITTLE”
SID SMITH, stating that he could fly around and run the Democratic
and Conservative Convention like a double-triggered whirlwind.
He was roundly applauded.
“Live for Something” by M. H. EVANS was very good.
“The Dying Soldier” by JALA GUIN, although spoken in too low a tone
of voice, was excellent.
M. E. MORTON, in “Genevra” was sweetly spoken in a loud and full
voice, and with gestures perfectly faultless, she commanded the
hearty approval of the entire audience.
“The Departed” by NANNIE MIDDLETON was splendidly rendered.
The piece was spoken in a monotone, as it should be, but the
audience kept up such a noise that it was scarcely heard in the rear
of the room. Her voice and accent was something after the
style of a n actress. With the exception of one or two
promptings, she acquitted herself handsomely.
The “Federal Board” by MISS HATTIE COBB, a charming young lady, was
very affecting in the style in which she rendered it.
“Courage” by WILLIE SUMMERS shows that if he lives up to what he
told the audience, he will make a brave and dauntless man.
“Jeptha’s Daughter” by JEDDIE METCALF, went to show that this
accomplished young lady was mistress of all she surveyed.
Gestures good, but the piece was spoken a little too low.
M. M. GILLHAM, in the “Pilgrim Fathers” evinced much spirit in the
PROFESSOR GILLHAM requested that some one in the audience come
forward and deliver a stump oration, when ALONZO GUIN sprang
upon the stage with all the agility of an Indian on the war path,
bringing roars of laughter from the audience as he delivered “Ben
Buster’s Stump Oration” in an inimitable manner.
“Our National Banner” by LONNIE BURNS was delivered with
“Sut Loven Good at a Candy Party” by TOMMIE BANKHEAD, was funny
especially so where he lost the gable end of his pants. TOMMIE
has been there before.
“South Carolina” by H. BANKHEAD was of the political order, and was
“The Dying Child” by MARY LAWRENCE, a most beautiful little girl,
dressed in white, which contrasted greatly with her loveliness, was
one of the best efforts of the night. She spoke in a full,
clear and melodious voice, and the audience were held almost
spell-bound during the recital.
A stump speech by WILL GUIN. “Woman Suffrage” was well
conceived. It was merely a reply to WALTER NESMITH.
“Your Last Chance” by RUTH CASH, was spoken too low.
JIMMIE STEVENS, in “Midnight Musings” showed a great deal of
oratorical power in his delivery. He won many words of
PROFESSOR GILLHAM in a neat little speech thanked the audience for
their kind attention during the performance, and that he would be
pleased to see them on the next evening.
A voluntary song, which was not down on the bills, was produced by
MR. ARTY SUMMERS, JR. Too high a compliment can not be paid to
this young gentleman’s singing proclivities. The rendition was
perfect, being in the key of A minor. We were not informed as
to the title of the song, but it resembled the “Nursery” or
All in all, the Commencements exercises for this session were
decidedly a success. It is a fair representation of the
interest taken by both scholars and teachers. In last night’s
performance they achieved victories and won laurels which they will
never forget, but will go with them down to posterity. There
are, perhaps, some whose faces we shall never see again at
Commencement. Some, perhaps, will be teaching schools of their
own; others engaged in the different walks; while again others will
have been called to their Maker. But, students of the Vernon
High School, may you, whenever you are called to perform the duties
of this life, may the Commencement exercises of the year 1878, be a
green spot in your minds, and may your thoughts revert back to your
old Professor in kindness for the good he has done you; the cares
and pains he bestowed upon you while under his tutorage; and to the
many friends and associates you have become endeared to since coming
PROFESSOR GILLHAM, as a
violinist, is a success. The National air, “Hail Columbia” was
well played by him. We are surprised at the large number of pretty
girls Vernon can turn out on occasions like that of last
night. MR. JIMMIE STEVENS, who had a part in tonight’s
programme, had to go to his home, near Aberdeen, on account of
sickness in the family. We have the copy in hand of the speech
of MR. WALTER NESMITH, which will be published in our next
issue. If there had been one of two babies less in the
audience the performance would have passed off more pleasantly. The
room was well filled with people, without distinction of
color. Fans, straw hats, fur hats, old hats, and pieces
of hats were brought into use. Better order should be
preserved tonight than there was last. The elite of Vernon
turned out enmasse.
1880, Sept 24 - The Vernon
VERNON MALE AND FEMALE ACADEMY. I will open a
Male and Female School in Vernon on the first Monday in November
18820. The school will be divided into four grades as
Primary, embracing Spelling, Reading, Primary Arithmetic, and first
lessons in Geography.
Intermediate, embracing physical and Intermediate Geography,
Intellectual Arithmetic, elements of written Arithmetic, first
lessons in Grammar, and Writing.
Grammar School, embracing Practical Arithmetic, Practical Grammar,
Composition, History, Etymology, and Elocution.
High School, embracing University Arithmetic, Natural and
Intellectual Philosophy, Geology, Physiology, Astronomy, Algebra,
Geometry, &c, &c, &c
The School will be divided into two Seasons of four
months (80 days) each. Tuition due and payable at end of each
session as follows:
per month, per scholar $1.50
Grade, per month,
per scholar $2.00
per month, per scholar $2.50
per month, per scholar $3.00
per month, per scholar ___
per month, per scholar $7.50
For further particulars, address, J. M. I. GUYTON,
Principal, Vernon, Lamar County, Ala.
1880, November 26 - The Vernon
The Normal Musical School conducted at this place by
PROF. A. J. SHOWALTER, assisted by Mr. CHAS. J. MILLER, closed last
Saturday night with a very entertaining concert. Several glees
and sacred pieces were sung with much feeling and expression by the
entire class. Among them “Stars of the summer night” “My
mountain Home,” “Trust in Jesus”, “Touch us gently Time” were
greeted with unbounded applause. One of the most pleasant
feature of the entertainment was the Juvenile class whose melodious
bird like voices trilled with delightful freshness, “The Little
Pilgrim,” and “By and By.” – “She Sleeps, My Lady Sleeps, “ a
quartette, was rendered finely by the mellow manly voices of Messrs.
MILLER, MOLLOY, SPRINGFIELD, and SWANSAY. The laughable round
“‘Twas you sir,” sung by Messrs. MILLER, OWEN, and DORSEY, was
greeted with roar of laughter by the delighted audience; as was also
“A Little Farm well tilled” which was sung with inimitable humor by
Messrs. BRADLEY, MILLER, and JOUDON. The sweet ballad, “When
Mary was a lassie,” rendered by the rich, mellow magical voice of
PROF. SHOWALTER, aided by his wonderful power of expression,
pervaded the very hearts of the audience with the thrill that a
perfect musical voice only can awaken.
The closing song by the entire class, “Good night” wafted us home
with feelings of regret that the entertainment which closed at ten
o’clock could not have been prolonged all night.
PROF. SHOWALTER and MILLER have acquitted themselves admirably and
have put in motion a progress in the science of vocal music in this
county which has elicited enthusiastic encomium from all lovers of
this fine “art,” and which will be kept alive long after their visit
It is probably that PROF. SHOWALTER will instruct another class at
this place next year. We hope he will, as do all who have
witnessed the improvement in singing in consequence of his untiring
energy and patience in the course of instruction given here.
1890, October 16, 1890 - The Vernon
PROGRAMME FOR FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT VERNON INSTITUTE
Music – Claton’s March – Miss ELLIE MORTON
Recitation – Miss ADINE COBB
Vocal Solo – M. D. MORTON
Declamation – G. H. YOUNG
Selections from “The Little Tycoon” – Miss ADINE
Recitation – Miss DAISY NESMITH
Declamation – M. D. MORTON
Vocal Duet – Misses ELLIE MORTON and IDA JONES, and
Mr. G. B. WIMBERLY
Patrons and friends are earnestly requested to be
L. B. SELF, principal
1890, November 13 - The Vernon
The following is the Honor Rolls of the Institute for the Second
month ending November 7th
FIRST HONOR ROLL– 90 - 100 Per Cent
R. R. YOUNG, WM. D. HANKINS, J. T. SPANN, CARRIE
BRADLEY, FANNIE MCCLUSKEY, ELLIE MORTON, DALSEY NESMITH, and CORA
SECOND HONOR ROLL– 85 – 90 Per Cent
IDA JONES, GEORGIA MORTON, ICIE SUMMERS, ADINE COBB,
MILLIE COBB, PEARL MIDDLETON, CLAUDE MORTON, MISSOURI GILMORE,
JOHNNIE MCCLUSKEY, MINNIE WILKERSON, MOLLIE PENNINGTON, M. D.
MORTON, JEFF PENNINGTON, A. C. SAYLORS, SHIELDS MORTON, D. C.
MORTON, E. R. BURNS, and ROBERT PENNINGTON.
Miss EMMA GUIN made highest grade in first roll, 95.
Mr. A. C. SAYLORS made in second roll in High School Department, 88
CLAUDE MORTON, JOHNNIE MCCLUSKEY, MISSOURI GILMORE and MINNIE
WILKERSON, highest grade in Primary Department, each 89.
L. B. SELF, Principal
1890, December 11 - The Vernon
THE INSTITUTE HONOR ROLLS
The following is the Honor Rolls of The Vernon
Institute for the month ending December the 5th:
FIRST HONOR ROLL – 90 to 100
DAISY NESMITH, CARRIES BRADLEY, FANNIE MCCLUSKEY, EMMA
GUIN, ELLIE MORTON, PEARLE MIDDLETON, JOHNNIE MCCLUSKEY, R. R.
YOUNG, W. D. HANKINS, DICK MORTON, J. T. SPANN.
SECOND HONOR ROLL – 85 to 90
M. D. MORTON, E. R. BURNS, EDWARD L. YOUNG, JEFF
PENNINGTON, SHIELDS MORTON, FLINT MORTON, ELLIOTT JONES, MISSOURI
GILMORE, GEORGIA MORTON, MILLY COBB.
Miss ELLIE MORTON made highest grade in High School Department –
JEFF PENNINGTON made highest grade in High School, second roll –
J. T. SPANN made highest grade in Primary Department – 97.
MISSOURI GILMORE made highest grade in second roll, Primary
L. B. SELF, Principal
1891 - October 8 - The Vernon
THE VERNON INSTITUTE
The Vernon Institute will open its next session
October 12, 1891 and will continue for a term of nine months.
Students of this Institution are prepared for entrance into the
higher classes of our colleges and Universities
Board………Per Month $7.00
Incidental Fee per session ..0.50
An efficient department of Instrumental Music will be maintained by
Mrs. SHIELDS. Those desiring to take lessons in music may do
so at the small expense of $3.00 for twenty lessons per month.
The Institute is located in a quiet pleasant little town, noted for
its morality and refinement. For full particulars address J.
T. HUFFSTUTLER, B. P. Principal
1892 - September 22 - The Vernon
THE VERNON INSTITUTE
This school will open on the 19th day of September
1892 with a competent corps of teachers. the term will be nine
The rates of tuition will be as follows:
Primary branches $0.75 per month
$1.50 per month
Higher branches, (including Mathematics, Science,
Languages, etc…$2.00 per month.
Calisthenics and Free-hand Drawing , Free of
Incidental fee 50 cents
Music Department – Mrs. S. J. SHIELDS – Twenty lessons
per month, with use of instrument for practice, $3.00
The principal will be ably assisted by Miss HATTIE STOKES.
Miss SALLIE PATTY, Principal, Vernon, Ala.
Honor roll of pupils of Mrs. S. J. SHIELDS school in
writing and spelling for the week ending May 18th: Writing, ENDOCIA
MORTON, MAGGIE COBB, PEARL KEMP, WALLACE COBB, JIM COBB,
HATTIE KEMP, ANNIE MATTOX, MAMMIE BLACK, OLIVER YOUNG, WALTER LEE
KEMP, LONIE ROBERTSON, MINNIE JONES.
HATTIE KEMP, ANNIE MATTOX, ALBERT YOUNG, ALEX MORTON, JIM COBB,
PEARL KEMP, MAGGIE COBB, OLIVER YOUNG, MINNIE JONES, LOUIE
ROBERTSON, WALTER KEMP. (Vernon Courier, May 20,