Ridgeway School house submitted by A. Schaechtel, whose great grandmother,
Eva Russell Davis, attended the Ridgeway school. The dates on
the back of the photo say 1905, 1906 & 1907
Ridgeway's first school was a
subscription school conducted in the upper room of a store building. In
this school Henry Burgin taught the older children and Mrs. May Harrison
taught the younger ones. The school was soon abandoned and in 1880 a
small two room schoolhouse was built with Mark Burrows as principal.
There was one room upstairs and one large room downstairs. This
school continued until 1901 when a two story brick building consisting of
four large rooms and a study hall upstairs and five rooms on the first
floor, was constructed. In the late 1930's an addition was added,
consisting of a large gymnasium, auditorium with large rooms and a study
hall upstairs. This addition was financed by government funds and
On September 14,1951,disaster struck the town of Ridgeway as
a fire, believed to have been caused by faulty wiring in the 50 year old
building totally gutted the interior of the building and resulted in
damages of $200,000.00. Among the irreplaceable losses were many trophies
and awards earned by past students and athletes of Ridgeway High
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Some of the earlier students of
Guy McKern, Pearl Heycus, Theodore Michaelis, Zella and
Myrtle Crosby, Gertie Poe, lola Campbell, Homer Spicer, Bert Miner,
Omar Whisler, Hattie Meadows, Dolph Kutzner, Theo Bennett, Pearl Coleman,
Carrie Morris and Fred Hyer.
INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY: ALICE JEAN
SOURCE: RIDGEWAY THEN AND NOW 1880-1980
RIDGEWAY HIGH SCHOOL
POSE BAKER, FRED BENSON,
NELS BENSON, NELLIE MAY COLEMAN, WILLIAM HITCHCOCK, PEARL COLEMAN, ANNA
LINTHICUM, RUTH MCKERN, JOSEPH PERKINS, FRANK WILEY
FRED KERN, MOLLIE MAINWARING, RUBEN STANLEY
LAKE BREWER, FRANCES CARLISLE, FRED HEYER, CARRIE JACKSON, JESSE
LINTHACUM, LOUISE MICHAELIS, HARRIET MIDDAGH, ATTA RAGAN, CAROLINE
1900: NO CLASS
WILLIAM BENSON, IRENE MICHAELIS, HOLLIE NEFF, EARL
CARA BARTLETT, EDITH DALE, ELBERT MINER, MAY
RAGAN, ROY WILLIAMS.
LOREN COCKLIN, CORA LOWE,
MABEL MCELHINEY, JEANNE TAYLOR.
ALICE BARTLETT, WILLIAM BRIGGS, MARY JACKSON, BROWN NEFF, DEMAR PIERSON,
GLENN DALE, PEARL JOHNSON, MINNIE
LEASENBY, WILLIAM PERKINS, CHARLES REDINGER, RAY TULL, WILLIAM
BEULAH BRIDGES, ARTHUR CHAPMAN, LOLA
CHAPMAN, MYRTLE ELLIOTT, LOUISA HAMMACK, ZENITH SCOTT, CLARA PIERSON,
LLOYD SPRAGG, BELVA TAYLOR
HATTIE BENNETT, G.H.
BRIDGES, ELVA BUNCH, EARL DALE,PEARL HUGHES, JEANNE LILLY, CHARLES MINER,
WAVE PAUP, WILLIAM PIERSON, FRANCES SPRAGG.
BROWN, CLELLA BUNCH, ALICE COCKLIN, DORIS GOODWIN, GRACE JACKSON, ROSCOE
HOPKINS, LEROY NEFF, JOSEPHINE NORWOOD, RAYMOND POWELL, ORA SCOTT, TESSIE
TAYLOR, HAZEL WITT, JESSICA YEATER.
CARL BURRIS, CHESS CAIN, J.BEN CHAPMAN, MABEL HENDREN,KEITH JACKSON, JAMES
HUGHES, ERWIN MINER, GRACE MURRAY,MABEL NORWOOD,JESSE WHISLER, MAE
ALTHA FOSTER, WILLIAM REDINGER, EARL
SANFORD, EDITH SWITZER, WATIE WEBB
SOURCE: RIDGEWAY THEN AND NOW