Fayette County, Alabama
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According to the Sesquicentennial
Broadcaster (Sept. 1969): "Hal P. McDONALD was a colorful and
sincere man. He had a dream for years that one day Fayette would
have a college of its own. He built his own institution of higher
learning many years ago on top of Ford's Mountain just off of Townley
He named it the 'Temple of Knowledge'; spent years of hard work and no
one knows how much money trying to get it started. He advertised
through newspapers and handbills and equiped it as money was
available. He gave guided tours to Sunday visitors."
Mr. McDONALD bought a
1000-acre tract of land on Ford Mountain. He chopped timber on
this land and sold it for more than $20,000 to help build the
school. His wife was the former Hattie Belle RAINWATER. "He
worked from 1936 until his untimely death in 1960."
Everyone around Fayette County has heard about Hal P. McDONALD.
Some say he never had a student, but I guess they were
wrong. Here is a "Certificate of Proficiency" that my aunt, Sarah
Joyce SMITH, received in 1958. The certificate
also lists the courses that she took and the grades she earned. I
thought others would like to know that something of that old school.was
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