Hogback is an unusual name for a country school, so is Tadpole,
but today’s school of interest is Hogback, located north of
Cumberland County Illinois a mile west of Union Center. We asked
several people how it may have come about its name and were
told with reasonable certainty that the long narrow band of
bumpy hills in which it is nestled resembles that of a
Razor-back Hog. Sounds reasonable.
The original school prior to 1869 was a log cabin located
diagonally southwest across the intersection from where the new
school was built.
The old log cabin school burned to the ground and in 1870 the
county awarded a contract to a Mr. Charles Hanker to build a new
school, the one you can still see today.
In the 1945 school photo, second row, the first little girl on
the far left is Dolly Kuhn Campbell.
In the 1947 photo front row on the right are sisters Dolly and
The last photo below is the old school building still in use as
You may know someone who attended this wonderful little Hogback
Front Row: Larry McCollough, Bob Cox. Everett Grissom, Ted Kuhn,
Donna Roberts, Dolly Kuhn, Dixie Kuhn
Back Row: Kenneth Edwards, Joe Phillips, Harold (Pete) McMechan,
Gary (Pee Wee) McMechan, Bill Black,
Darrell Enloe, Loretta Roberts, Betty Short, Jenny Lee Grissom,
Elsie Outright, Connie Kuhn, Raymond Darling,
Luella Black, Teacher: Birdie Bensley
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