Back of Menard Elementary and Jr. High
North Side of Menard High School
September 6, 1884, "Professor" John Warren Hunter, from Mason, opened the Menard school. While I'm not sure what this school was named, I found that it was originally located near the courthouse.
October 2, 1884, "The citizens of Menardville have recently subscribed very liberally towards building an addition to the school house, which is at present entirely too small for the number of pupils in attendance. A few more dollars are needed still."
Can You Name This School?
Menard News and Messenger-
One of the first schools, as remembered by some of the pioneers of Menard County, was a picket, one-room structure situated west of where the West Texas Utilities Company is now located. George Chew and Professor Nunley were among the first teachers.
A few of the pioneers were taught under the massive burr oak tree which is still standing east of Menard in Sam Willman's yard.
At a later date, a lumber two-story building was erected on the location now occupied by the present Menard Grammer School. Dances were often held in this building.
Other Schools in Menard County
The real name was probably the Los Moras School, but people claimed there were so many tumble-bugs around the school that "Bug City" was a better name. The school house was north of the river off one of the high points of land. The draw on one side of the school served as the outhouse for the girls and a draw on the other side of the school served as an outhouse for the boys." (source: Menard County History-An Anthology pg 195)
BIG TIME TO BE HAD AT OPP SCHOOLHOUSE 14TH
A barbecue and box supper with all trimmings is to be given
The young ladies of the Opp community can safely be depended upon to prepare the kind of suppers that the young men will bid high for, and the young men who love a lover will be there with their rolls to make their rival egt in high if they get the respective coveted boxes. Those who enjoy an evening of fun as well as good things to eat should plan to be on hand at the Opp School House on the evening of May the 14th. The strong armed candidates who know the value of good policy will be there to turn the ice cream freezers, look after the babies while the ladies promenade, and do other odd jobs that are always calculated to brin in a good harvest of votes. All this information comes from authentic sources, and Mr. W. Striegler has promised to do our fighting in case any candidate takes offense at this mild and timid sounding assertion.
I have no further information on this school at this time. I'm trying to find out where it was and what time frame it was in use. See the paper posted at the Old Sacred Church display board HERE
Miscellaneous Things Related to School
1884 School Trustees-E.V.D. Stucken, Enoch Ballou and J. D. Scruggs
1915 Girls Basketball Team (Donated by Dru Ann Thompson)
1916 Girls Basketball Team (Donated by Dru Ann Thompson)
Pictures of Teachers (Donated by Dru Ann Thompson)
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