The Carlisle Mercury, Carlisle Nicholas Co., KY August 15 1912
CCOUNTY SCHOOL NEWS
Last week we did not have space to mention the honor pupils of the common
school commencement. The valedictorian was miss Elizabeth Highlander, who
gave a splendid valedictory address, Salutatorian, Miss Eula Booth, whose
words of welcome were very cordial and well chosen. The orator of the class
was Coleman Crouch, who is only 12 years old, his oration was original, he
having chosen his subject. "Educational Progression." He is one of the
youngest graduates in the State as far as we know. When we get space we
will give you his picture in the paper. The prophesy was read by Miss Lutye
Ockerman of the Parks School, and was greatly enjoyed by all. Her delivery
was very good indeed. Many said to us that these pupils performed their
parts more like High School graduates then Common School. There were 35
graduates in the class, all of whom made good grades, but these four made
the highest. There are 162 pupils in the County this year in the 8th grade.
If the children attend school regular and study as they should we believe
that the teachers will see it that there are 75 graduates in next year's
class. It seems to us that any teacher teaching three years in one school
should have graduates, for if they began with 6th grade pupils they should
graduate in three years.
Monday of last week we went to the Small School and met with the building
committee to receive the new school house. It was built by Mr, Jno. M.
Harney and is one of the best in the county. This house takes the place of
an old log school house 60 years old, only 22 by 28 feet, with four small
windows and a very low ceiling. It isn't any wonder that they never had any
graduates in such a building. The environments were not such to induce
pupils or teacher to do their best work, but now they have a good house and
we predict that Mr. Joe Burden, their teacher, will have a good school.
These people should and do appreciate the improvement.
As we came back we stopped at Barefoot to see Prof. C, F. McGee's school.
He had a house full of children and has had since the 2nd Monday in July.
He has been there three years, has had one graduate and could have had six
had they not married, but he hasn't any 8th grade this year. He is a
splendid teacher and is doing good work.
The trustee election in Nicholas county the 1t Saturday in August, brought
out three times as many votes as were ever cast at a trustee election in the
county. 27 districts should have had elections; there were elections held
at 26, and the total vote cast was over 650. There were 170 women voted.
In some districts were there was no opposition the trustee received as high
as 25 votes which shows that the people were interested. In three or four
districts there were quite interesting elections.
One at Miranda between Frank Shanklan and Major McLain where 69 votes were
cast -- 46 for McLain and 23 for Shanklin. In Maple Grove, between Robert
Hardin and N. H. Brinegar. 58 votes were cast, Brinegar receiving one vote
the most after three illegal votes were thrown out. Taylors Creek, between
W. D. Sparks and Ben Sparks, 68 votes were cast, W. D. Sparks winning by
16. At Barterville, 37 votes were cast for M. M. Snapp and Thomas Asbury,
Asbury winning by a majority of 5. Pleasant Valley also had a very
interesting election. They had three candidates, Jno M. McLain received 18
votes, E. T. Flora 6 and A. L. Humphries 3. While women did not vote in
all precincts, yet we have learned from nearly every election that the women
took an active part in trying to get good men in as trustees, and if you
could have been at the organization of the different division boards in our
office Saturday you would have seen they were composed largely of the best
farmers and business men of the county.
Educational Division A elected W. S. Gaunce, Chm., And Geo H. Richie,
Educational Division B elected W. F. Clark, Chm., and jho M. McLain,
Educational Division C elected A. W. Stamper, Chm., and J. M. McClary,
Educational Division D elected W. D. Sparks, Chm., and A. P. McClain
The County Board this year is composed of W. F. Clark, A. W. Stamper, W.
D. Sparks and W. S. Gaunce.
At a meeting of the County Board last Thursday the following bids were
received to furnish coal to all schools except a few where the coal goes
from Myers. H. C. Metcalfe bid 14 cts, Dorsey Bros. & Fisher, 14 cts., Jas
George, 13 1-2 cts, Tom Botts , 13 1-2 cts., and Everett Darnall 13 cts.
Darnall's bid was accepted. All bid on the best Red Ash Jellico. The bids
for hauling the coal were as follows: sosby Brothers, $4.95 per hundred
bushel. W. F. Cheatham, 5 cents per bu and J. H. Fuller bid was acceoted.
Clark and Fuller bod on the Myers coal, Clark 13 1-4 cents, Fuller 13 cents,
Fullers bid was accepted.
The Superintendent asked the County Board a ten days' vacation which was
granted. This is the first vacation in two years. She leaves Wednesday for
Augusta, Ky., and will visit her brother in Ewing as she returns.
LIDA E> GARDNER