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School and Class Pictures


Gossett School
Contributed to Genealogy Trails
Nancy Lambert

Nancy says: "This picture belonged to my husband's aunt. The two people noted in the picture are Fannie Heck (Mom) and Nellie Heck the daughters of Robert Franklin and Messalina Ross Heck. They are descendants of Patrick and Minerva Barbee Ross and John Wesley and Mariah Gears Heck, early settlers of Moore's Prairie in Jefferson County and Belle Rive - it seems the families moved back and forth between Gallatin, Saline, White, Hamilton and Jefferson County in those early years. This picture was in the possession of Vivian Elliott Wilson until she passed them on to me at her death."

Herald School

Herald School 1912

Heralds Prairie Township abt. 1912
Photo contributed by
M.A. Hart

Teacher: Leo Pool on left
First row top: Helen Austin, Valera Grant, Ethel Catlin, Woman Teacher -?, Winnie Bonner & Edith Catlin.
Second row: Everett Hall, Lawrence Pool, Hayward Melton, Bryon Pool, Therman Hedges.
Third row: Opal Marlin, Mable Masser, Audrey Masser, Lena (Aud) Medlin, Lottie Catlin, Nellie Aud, Lethia Aud, Audry Pool, Julie Williams, Shirley Mears, Norma Weasell.
Fourth Row: Lynn Harvey, Dayton Marlin, Roy Newcomb, Velt Hart, - Austin?, Guy Aud, Everett Aud & - ?
My Uncle Velt (Roosevelt) Hart told me that the above Opal Marlin's picture was on a Baking Powder can, & it was called "Opal Baking Powder".

Herald School

Heralds School 1915
Herald School, Heralds Prairie Township, abt 1915
Photo contributed by M.A. Hart

Bottom Row L-R: James Nolan, Roy Poshard, Bernard Harvey, Orville Nolan, Robert Poshard, Leonard Walls, Theron Hall, Silas Hendrix, Herschel Aud, Maurice Marlin, - ?, John Aud, Martin Hart.
Second Row: - ?, Aaron Newcomb, Willard Newcomb, Nigel Pettypool, Altona Poshard, Bernice (Williams) Hale, Audrey Masser, Julia Aud, Mable Clair Masser, Sina Austin, Lorene Pool, Wilma Marlin, Margie Wilson.
Third Row: Mable Lea Marlin, Marie Cotts, Helen Weasel, Rosa Wilson, Flossie Aud, Kitie Hendrix, Hallie Webb, Jessie Nolan.
Fourth Row: Joe Hart, Bessie Poshard, Ida Belle Poshard, Cecil Hendrix, Norvil Martin, Teacher: Lena Davis.

Joe Hart on the left, in the top row was my Dad & Martin (Mart) Hart, on the right was my Uncle. You can see that Uncle Mart was a lot smaller than Dad & there was only 21 months difference in their age. Uncle Velt Hart & the late Bernice (Williams) Hale furnished the names in this picture.


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