History of Lawrence County,
Kentucky Schools & Education
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 remuneration.
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.
I am 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.
Jas. H. Thompson,
Supt. of Lawrence County
Students ca. 1928
Photo & information shared by Leonard Wellman.
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.
(Thanks D. Chaffin!!)
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: Evergreen School
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