Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Kentucky
Louisa, Ky., September 30, 1907.
Hon. Jos. H.
Fugua, Sr., Supt. Public Instruction, Frankfort, Ky.
My Dear Sir:
I herewith submit my epistolary report, dealing briefly with the
schools of my county. We have ninety-six schools in Lawrence Co.,
ninety-five white and one colored, most of which are progressing. We have
built a few new houses and have repaired many, so the same shall still go
on until these old log houses are replaced by more, up-to-date ones. We
have a fine corps of teachers, many having taught from ten to fifteen
years, while we have several young teachers who seem to be very
enthusiastic in their work.
There is, it seems, an increasing
interest in school work throughout the county. Still the question peddler
is occasionally calling upon a few, but the purchaser is not certain that
it will be of much advantage to him to make such a deal. The present
trustee system is getting to be more and more defective, 'both in regard to
employing the teacher and letting contracts to build, repair, etc., as the
trustee's friend or relative seems to be the lucky one regardless of
qualification; consequently, I recommend a change in the trustee system
from the present one to some other that may be sufficient to employ
teachers, transact business, regardless of politics; friendship, kindred or
The county board system, in my judgment, would be one of
the very safest and best that could be adopted, and, until this be
accomplished, we can not hope to see the common schools progressing as
rapidly as friends of education want to see them.
I am in favor
of longer school terms and better salaries for the teachers. I consider the
extra month added to school term recently a very wise legislative act; such
has been of vast benefit to the pupil children of the Commonwealth.
in favor of a compulsory school law that has no defects, and that will
compel children between the ages of eight and fifteen years to attend
school twelve consecutive weeks.
In conclusion, I wish to
congratulate you on your good work for the cause of education, and to
express my best wishes for your success in the future.
Supt. of Lawrence County
Photo & information shared by Leonard Wellman.
Students ca. 1928
Front row (left to right):
Elman C. Pigg, Raymond Wellman, Bernard Holt, Billy George Shannon, Mitchell
Hughes, Merill Hughes, Richard Muncy, Henry Wellman.
Second row: Dora
Fuggitt, Willie Short, Madge Hughes, Charles Shannon, Mary Emma Holt, Regina
Wellman, Margie Hughes, Willard Wellman, Joe Holt.
Third row: Leona Wellman,
Emma Jean Muncy, Roy Wellman, Ward Patton (Teacher), Mary Wellman, Mildred Pigg,
Monie Wellman, Mable Fuggitt, Sadie or Effie Smith, Sadie or Effie Smith.
Photos & information contributed by Chuck Wallace: "My wife, Joyce Burton
Wallace's, mother was Dorothy Hayes Burton and she taught at the Blackburn
school for a short period (1926-28)."
The photo of this beautiful old schoolhouse was sent to me by a very kind
gentleman from Louisa, Kentucky to share with all of you.
One of our readers has emailed to ask for any information
concerning a school named Twin Branch that he attended in the late 1950s. He
mentions a Miss Prince who taught all 8 grades in the same room. Other surnames
mentioned are Spillman, Wilkes, Marcum, Triplett, Crabtree, Blankenship, and
Presley. Do we have any other readers who were teachers or students at that
school? If so, we would love to hear from you.
For more information on this school, please visit their website: