The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 38
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 38

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 38
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PAGE (5 SECTION D BLYTIIEVILLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1936 Pi01 jeer Teacher Recalls 39 Years As "School Manii'Mii Tliis County "A teacher never gets too old to teach ne long us she is well," sajs Mrs. James Starkey, who \vns u "school inarm" In Mississippi county .schools for 39 years and three months. Mrs. Starkey, wl:u PtlbllC Education JIT Coilll- retired In 1930 at the age of G>, „ iy Has Its Rqols ' Pioneei Period It is an Interesting coincidence that Arkansas' centennial celebration Jails on Ihe lOOlh anniversary of the beginning of Mississipp' county's school system, for In 183G svhsn Arkansas came IntostatohoD:! <$jication was struggling for a foothold in this section and found 11 in- the form of o primitive, one- room log school with 20 pupils, From this humble bsginnlng cdu- ciStlon wased a tenacious fight lor sunhii, combatting the dlRlcultlc; of scanty finances, crude and in- fldequale equipment and the laborl- lo\is transport-it ion of pioneer (lays Educational progress shared with agricultural, commercial and rolls ibils forces in the painful cllmV. during early days and in the more rapid advancement of recent ycarr ^intil today, after n century ol effort! Mississippi county's sc'nool sys- cin b° regarded \vlth consider- te.Ai ci able pri ide It boasts the Imposing total of 108 school buildings and 358 well trained teachlrs. The 41 .school distiicts in the county own properly valued at -$1,350,000. ^Evidence that commendable educational p'ogrcss has also been made among t'ne county's negroes .is shown in the fact that there are now 38 negro schools wit'.i 77 negro teachers, who attend Institutes for' training and are active in their own school organizations. The high records of many .of,.(heir students reflect the character of the training they receive. Although the negro schools 'have shorter terms there are '2P negro schools in the county with terms ofj ut least six months. } f Difficulties Conquered ,;pnt mere . figures <lo not nlclurr •the contrast between tile tiny lo? ijut where education bravely too.k root In this county and the modern well equipped brick buildings which dot the man;' towns and rural communities here. Nor dc figures offci any conception of Ihe contiast between the nearly inaccessible p'onccr schools, from which Ihe few children whose parents could afloid lo send llictn were often held back by Impassible roads ind long distances, and the modem schools which are within the roach and means of practically every child The one room hut with a small blackboird a few copy books, n sln- •Sle writing desk, a few slates and 'Pencils has evolved into a modern. Jciontlflcallj appointed plant of >ays that teachers nre sometimes too yo,mi3 when they enter thiu •jrofcsston but never loo old to oo tjood Instructors. "Why ) could teach mi'.'.-h better piow than I could years niw. Bxpcilcnce means much and tc — ;hlng every grade from the first through Iho eighth and then being principal certainly gives yon plenty ot tlml," she added. Mrs. smrkcy, who taught 111= ;udlments of "reading, 'ritlng and 'rltluiiettc" to more than a llio't- ;and of (he comity's citizens. At- .-lares psychology Is no new subject. "Why when I went to scho. 1 In lilpley, Tenn., we studied mental and moral philosophy and puy. .'hology and we teachers practiced It. loo, just as they do today. If KM don't think it look plenty if usycliolpgy to teach Klx-year- :lds and grown boys and girls n the same room, Just try i/ sometime." she said. Besides boasting the longest tea- :hln(! record In Mississippi counlv. Mrs. Starkey also has larght In more schools of Ihe county than any other instructor, fihe first had a school at Mills Bayou In 188f> when a bride, and since that time taught at Blythcvllle, Chickasawba, Clear J-ake, Ixmc- Oak, Ekron, Dogwocd i<ldgc, fleece. New Hope and Oosncll. She began with a subscription school at $1.60 per month fur Mrs. James Slarkcy each pupil for a three months term. Her Jirsl salary was ?3.i monthly for the same length term. When she retired she was eiv- ployed a months of $157 term ino!>- school at a .salary tlily. Mrs. Starkey, who now lives quietly at her home at 1307 W. Main street, Is just as alert as when she kept order In her school room. She plays her old .sqvare piano, she paints and grows, Kor*-c of the laijosl tomatoes and beans raised In this section. Robinson, Mrs. Ad Richards (Minnie Hrorn), Mrs. J. G. Swlbury (Joslo Thompson), Mrs. Elex Harris (lone Lynch), Mrs. Eel Hardin (Eva Blythe), Mrs. J. M. Goad (Henrietta' Dlylhe), Mrs. J. 11, Roney, (Bmma lllytiie), Mrs. Keltic Slsk Mlek. Mrs. M, A. Porlls (Mattie Davis), and Mrs. H. n. Noleu (Emma Moore). Each community ol the county had 1U own group of citizens, but, lor whose loyalty and unselfish ef forts the cause of belter education could not have made progress, such licople as H. c. and T. w. Davis, P. M. Mosely, A. A. Hart and Jim rtoimcevllle, William U>ng, J. M E. Slsk, w. M. Scarboro, Thomas Hoist on Robinson, Dr. W. H. Oglesby, John Uulney and Joseph Lynch were lenders in nlytheville. At Ctem Lake the school found staunch sup- liorters in Ellsha Sawyers, Carrol! Smith and George Stewart. Men prominent In sc'nool affairs at Mills Dayou were L D. Russell nnd Joseph Fasset, At Luxora, at that time called Khnol, J. w. Williams. Jas | II. willliims. col. James I). Bonnn j Charles Uoylcii and John Brlnkle. were outstanding in school work, n" the southern part of the count were J. W. Uzzsll, Capt. B. P. IJan nctt. John nil), Jesse Ashburn, i: A. Beall, Dr. a. p. Davis and Copl L. Ward and many others wli made sacrifice.! of lime, money nn effort lo foster education. A<adrmy Short Llveil The need for a more advance school was realized and in 18' Ihe Mississippi District Conference that Leon Roussan, then editor of the Osceola Times, was appointed superintendent of schools in the county. In spile ot Hie handicap of postwar conditions, the school forces continued to function and by 18?:: the county had in school districts, sharing In the state school fund to the extent of $1,5D5. The school tax for all 1C school districts amounted (o $3,509. Karly Teachers It was ((mini; this period that .1. L. Driver of Osceola promoted and built a new school building, anil secured Mrs. Helen M, Nash of SI. Paul, Minn.,- as teacher, other teachers of Uils time were Miss Fannlc Fletcher, daughter of Col. Elliott Fletcher, of Mills Dayou. and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Goodrich H. Spiva, Houston Armstrong- and O. C. Hcnton taiicht subscription schools in the old Presbvtcrian church at Osceola. A Mr. and Mrs. Holt came lo Dlyllievlllc In 181Ii and for a number of years led In educational affairs In this district. Green Mick. Judge C. L. Moore, Miss Belle Ballon followed them and along about this time were Mr. and Mrs. T. .1. Crowder, j. p. icin- cannon. Reginald and Rolla Ar- chllllon. Among the pupils who later became teachers were: Mrs. C. Crlggcr (Llvidc Robinson), Edwin R. M. Terry, President James Terry. Vice-IYesidenl Willie Terry, Secretary Terry Abstract & Realty Company Incorporated Abstracts, Lands and Loans 2K) W. Walnul St. - Telephone (>17 niylheville, Arkansas organized an academy at Osceola with J. P. Smith of Marion, J. I.. Driver, Dr, P. M. Pcttcy, L. D. 1107.- ncll mid the Rev. H T. Blythe as trustees, and Prof. Rowland Dog- gelt (is principal. Lack of funds and little hope of endowment, 'now- cver, forced abandonment of this little Melhodlst academy after two years. Too, the Osceola. citizens hud erected a . two-story frame schoolhoitse, which offered facilities for taking care of a number of students. H was in 1876 that the first teachers' meeting was held. Dr. P. M. Pettey was count nnd called the meeting. Miss Fan- nlc PJctcher was elected secretary. Seven teachers were present. H was about this time that Miss (Continued On Page 7) HIGHEST PRICES PAID For JUNK oi ALL KINDS Scrap Iron, lUclals, Brass. Copper, Aluminum, Radiators, UaltcryK, Hays, Hides. IN MARKET AT ALL TIMES ^OLF ARIAN I'lione I7I> 128 E. Main Over A Quarter of Arkansas' Gen liny in Indispensable Service •In 1909, TERRY ABSTRACT COMPANY was incorporated, with E. M. Terry as President and Manager. Today, TERRY ABSTRACT & REALTY COMPANY, under the same management, offers the best in land title service to those interested in Arkansas lands. Also, licensed by the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, this Company offers the best of facilities for buying and selling Arkansas lands. t, Perhaps Ihcre Is less contrast In •tlie teachers than in any other Jhase of education's progress. Not .Plat modern teachers nre not bet- -fer tialned and equipped, but Ihe Wld time school teachers were generally outstanding m en and women ailth the best education the limes Afforded and who often fostered Jhelr schools with considerable personal sacrifice and Inconvenience •Theirs was the.spirit that brought TSducahoml progress through its Jarl-est dajs. w 1,«enly Vuuils Enroll « Such a man was John w. Da- .\Vltt, the county's first school .teacher nnvitt was a postmaster -and also the coimly clerk, but he •found time from his duties lo es- .Jabllsh the first school a short distance north of Osceola. It was a Subscription school and offered on- Jy n three months term, but It was the beginning of the county's present school system. Patrons paid Jl 50 monthly for each student. Although there were 900 white resl ^tfents and 510 negro slaves in Mis S ^'wippl county at that time, Deitt's stc-iool opened with only 20 •pupils and four years loter had on- •=. A few scattered subscriptioi •schools similar to that established Jjy DeWitt marked the progress ol Education here until 1855, whei •several families moved in fron. •Kentucky to -what is now BIythe-1 ; .YlHe Among them were the Moo- iky and the Bishop families. Then *he first school was established in Jhts community, with James P. Oluddell, a young man who was reared In this county but who had Jltended an academy in Kentucky *Or several years, being selected to . Jeach. Tlie Rev.. H. T. Blythe. ior whom Blytheville was named ; -*as one of the trustees. „ War Interrupts Progress -Small subscription schools began i fc> appear in other sections of trie ; Jpunly, although many of the larger landowners hired private tutors I for their own children and those • gf their poorer nelg-hbors. The sub' ?cnpl,ion schools were helped out by a small school tax, but land [ Values viere so low that free.terms " Siuld not be provided even for a tbree months period and subscriptions were necessary. < '"Among the men who conducted x t&esc little neighborhood schools \vere Judge McKinney, • who succeeded Mr. DeWitt at Osceola, and Daniel DIckson who UUght at Mills Bayou, •^ducational" "progress faltered during- the.six years which followed the war between the states | Drunken "carpet-baggers" and Ig| norant ntgroes exploited the coun \ ty, appropriating to fheir own use J all taxes and public funds, includ 'I ing school money. „ it »-as during ^. these reconstruction days, after the s ,. Wltcr class of citizens succeede< f In, regaining control of the county Helping Keep Arkansas Tax Money At Home This sliilinn exists (n ;t \M~KC cxlcnl upon i;> business wliii-h would ordinarily KH lo i\iissoiifi slitlions. This ;iml oilier Arkansiis stations located near Ihe Missouri line, as it competitive measure, uro allowed by sliile Jaw lo charge « gns lax similar lo thai in elTect at Missouri slii- (ions, thus we are able to save the slate of Arlctnsns a Kr<-'«l imiounl nt this outward lionnil tax money. $11,289.21 has been paid into the Arkansas treasury by Ibis station during the past two yenivs of operation. TRADE WITH US AND KEEP THE TAX 1JV ARKANSAS TERRY SERVICE STATION JAMES TKRUY, Mgr. HIGHWAY 61 - STATE LINE - AT THE CURVE STANDARD OIL PRODUCTS Helping to Build Mississippi County J esse Lumber Co. Phone 275

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