Send check to: Mr. John Adams P.O. Box 5059 Warner Robins, GA 31099 478-923-1525 Mr. Taylor has identified the following schools. Any additional information is WELCOME!!
Butler Female College This school in Taylor County, Georgia opened in 1873 and closed in the 1920's. The school was first called Johnston Institute and then changed and incorporated in 1875 under the name Butler Female College and Male Institute. They published a catalogue each year listing the names of students. I have a copy of the 1881-1882 class and the 1911, plus information from the Butler Herald. Butler Female College and Male Institute Butler School Bethlehem Central (photo students and teacher 1925-1926 identified) Charing Clayton Cobb Coleman Institute - Reynolds Coopers Crossroads Crowell Daviston Five Points [4 May 1861 deed William J.F.Mitchell to James J. Mitchell $2,000 24th Dis LL150 202.5 acres reserving 2 acres on which the Academy now stands] Glovers Harmony Hobbs - 1862 Howard Jinks Academy - 1904 Teacher Miss Minnie Pettis Mauk McGinty Midway Panther Creek Peacock Pine Burr Pine Grove Pine Knot Potterville Reynolds Rhodes Academy Rupert Southland Taylor's Mill Turner's Chapel Union Wainwright Walker Willis Academy Wesley Whitewater
(Butler Herald, Thursday, Oct 3,
Schools will begin on the fourth Monday in October. County Superintendent, Prof. A.S. WALLACE provided the following list:
Small schools not on above list:
Photo (1945) of "new" Rupert School included: Max Tom Hardie, Roy Rogers,
Floyd Brewer, Ann Williamson, Arie Ann McLaughlin, Adrian Downs, Boyette Turner,
Jimmy Harvery, Jeanelle Downs, Carlene Bell, Joyce McChargue, Louise Wisham,
Marie Rogers, Thomas Carpenter, Robert David Cooper, Agnes Blakely, Barbara
McCorkle, Lillie Mae Williamson, Betty Jane Cooper, Neva Wisham, Nita Rogers,
Gene Hill, Lisa Hardie, Sonya Riddick, Eva Wisham, Robert Brewer, Jimmy Downs,
Bobby Green, James Hinton, Hoyce Cromer, Sammy Locke, Jessie Harris, Wynelle
Blakely, Bobby Barrow, Robert Harris, Mozelle Rogers, Leroy Sawyer, Lula Mae
Carpenter and teachers, Mrs. Lucille Callahan and Mrs. Ethel Harvey. Mrs. Max
Hardie was principal.
Pilkinton SchoolPilkinton School near the Pilkinton Mill on
Rambullet Creek just west of Highway 19, 7 mi s. of Butler in the early 1900's.
The teacher was Carrie Parks and among the pupils attending the one room school
were: Maude, Sally Mattie, A.V., Clyde, Ouida and Jim Brewer; Perk, Maude and
Amanda Harris; Edna Pearl Hurst, Mattie Mae, Viola, Chester and Vesta Waters;
Ella, Ava and Evie Lou Blakely; Lewis, Rupert and Ira Pilkinton and the three
daughters of Mr and Mrs. Bryant Cooper.
Wesley School --1918 (Butler Herald, Thursday, April 4, 1918)
Wesley School closed here Friday after a successful term taught by Misses Mattie
J. Vanlandingham and Wynelle Pope. A good program was arranged for the occasion,
each child doing his part well. The exercises were well attended and enjoyed by
all the people of this community as well as from elsewhere. Each of the girls
carried something they had made such as cooking, needlework, etc. It was a
pleasure to see what progress our school has made within the past year. County
School Superintendent Wallace was present and gave a good talk which was very
much enjoyed. Those completing the seventh grade and receiving state
certificates: Misses JESSE HEATH, INA ROYAL, GLADYS HAYWOOD, MAUD AMOS and MR.
1929Miss Bessie McGuffin, Miss Bessie Childs and Mrs. Ruth
Williams Martin were the teachers with Miss Ida Childs serving as the principal.
Some years earlier J.A. Heath deeded land to the community for a school located
between the Wesley Church and the Terrell Robbins home. The first school
building had been across from the church. In later years W. Herman Elliston
became principal and the school was consolidated with the Central School in 1943
after which the building was torn down and no evidence of the old school is
there today. H.A. Sealey served as one of the trustees for many years.
Butler"Old Field Schools" and the W.B. Johnston Institute which
opened in 1870 were the very first school. In 1875 these evolved into Butler
Male Institute & Female College which changed to Butler Male and Female
College in 1888. By 1922 this had become Butler High School.
One of the early schools was Professor George Dwight School. Its first floor held the classrooms and the upper floor was a dormitory for boys from nearby towns. Average number of pupils was 60.
In the early 1900's Georgia legislature passed the "McMichael Bill" which allowed local school districts to have elections for school taxes to maintain their schools. Reynolds elected J.H. WHATLEY, C.B. MARSHALL, and R.A. HINTON as the first Board of Trustees.
That same year(1904) Henry Theodore Coleman left a portion of his estate to the Reynolds School and when the new school was dedicated in 1905, it was named for this donor.
This was a two story wooden building. There were four classroom (each holding two grades) on the main floor with an auditorium upstairs. Outdoor privies were used for years. The drinking fountain, located in the back yard, was a single pipe with the faucet turned upside down. There was a bell in the belfry and there is a stroy of a near disaster when the bell once fell.
The first Superintendent was Mr. Roth (a short term) followed by Mr. J.W. BLOODWORTH. Mr. E.H. JOINER was Principal and served for over 40 years.
In a 1909 catalog, Coleman Institute boasted of being "one of the best equipped secondary school in Georiga". With a population of only 1,200 (Reynolds) plans were being made to construct a 50 room dormitory for out-of-town students! The first graduating class (1909): Agnes SEAY, Elam GRIFFITH, Marie BARROW, Wales INGRAM, Clara MUSSELWHITE (all five went to college). Total enrollment for the 1909-1910 was 163 pupils.
Coleman Institute burned in the spring of 1916, just 6 weeks before it was to close for the summer. Arrangements were made for the 7-11 grade to hold classes in the Little Vine (New Hope) Church while the lower grades were in the "Pierce Institute" (named for the family who had lived in the dwelling). Each student brought his own chair!
A temporary structure was created and called "Cow Barn" because of its resemblance to one, but it was used for two years.
In 1918 the new two story brick building was finished and became known as Reynolds High School. That fall a flu epidemic caused the school to close, but it was reopened in time to complete the school year. In the early 1920 smallpox epidemic school stayed open, but a vaccine was mandatory.
School LunchStudents were allowed an hour for lunch and either
walked home or brought theirs wrapped in newspaper or a paper bag. Lunch items
included biscuits ...with sausage, ham, or syrup; baked sweet potatoes and
School Excellence expected
Principal Joiner is well remembered for his high expectations. Chapel was
held every Friday morning. Students had to give memory verses and answer
questions when called upon! His pet subject was Spelling and Reynolds High
usually won the Spelling Bees held between county schools. Curriculum
requirements were: 4 yrs of math, English/literature, history; 3 yrs of Science,
Latin; or 2 yrs Latin and 2 Yrs French. Many going away to college were able to
skip Freshman courses in math and English they were so well prepared.
Emory University offered a scholarship to the MALE High School Senior with the highest score on a Test they sent to the school. Mr. Joiner thought all should take the test, so had the girls use "male names"...but when the two highest scorers were girls, he had to confess!
Mrs. John MIMS, drama teacher, and Mrs. PENDERGAST, music directed outstanding student performances each year.
Reynolds students took such pride in their school that an Alumni Association
was active and met annually, intiating new gradutes in May each year. Students
from all the classes returned from great distances.
1956 eraUp through about 1956 RHS had all twelve grades in one
building and was fed by two other elementary schools--one in Crowell and the
other in Potterville. The school system couldn't afford to build a basketball
gym so William Fickling
built one for the school.
July 1965, the decision was made to consolidate with Butler High School. This was greatly opposed by some Taylor families who elected to send their children to the neighboring Peach County School.
Integration came in January, 1970. Mrs. Jewel N. McDougald, an outstanding black educator, served as principal for many years. The elementary school in Reynolds were integrated by race but were segregated by sex in those beginning years.
Alma MaterFrom the halls of Reynolds High School We come class by class See her loyal sons and daughters They can't be surpassed. Alma Mater, thee we'll honor As the years go by. Ever give thee praise and glory Hail dear Reynolds High.
1909-1949-- Dedication of REFLECTIONS to Superintendent Eugene Harris
Lookup for REYNOLDS graduating classes beginning with Class of 1909 - 1965.
Lookup for BUTLER graduating classes beginning with Class of 1909 - 1965.
From the "History of Reynolds, Georgia" Compiled by Reynolds Woman's Club, Bicentennial Edition, pg 27. "... had it's beginning on May 12, 1832 when four men and five women constituted themselves into a Primitive Doctrine Baptist Church. This church was located about eight miles Northwest of Reynolds (note: Reynolds wasn't formed until 1852) at Ariel in Crawford County which at that time included part of what is now Taylor County."
Taylor County, Georgia Deed Book H-1 Page 252 Regarding Lot number 203 January 12, 1868 Recorded October 18, 1886 >From Nancy Byrd to C. M. Lucas, David Beeland And C. R. Wiggins. This indenture made and entered into this the twelfth day of January in the year of our lord eighteen hundred and sixty eight, between nancy byrd of the one part and C.M.. Lucas, David Beeland and C.R.. Wiggins Trustees of the County Academy known as Clayton Academy and situated on the northeast corner of the south half of lot of land no. two hundred and three aggreeably to original survey of the other part all of the state and county aforesaid. Witness that for and in consideration of the aforesaid Trustee building or causing to be built a house on lot of same no. two hundred and three within two hundred yards of the south line of said lot and within two hundred yards of the marsh ground on the largest branch running through the aforesaid lot of land number two hundred and three on the west side of such branch dimensions as follows: log house cealed (sic.) with boards 16 by 18 __?__ down one window, two doors, plank floor covered with boards nailed on, stick and dirt chimney. Do hereby grant bargain sell and convey when the above obligation is completed with all that tract or parcel of land, part of lot number two hundred and three. Agreeable to original survey lying and being in the north east corner of south half of aforesaid lot of land containing four acres, known as the meeting house lot which the said Nancy byrd does here by bargain sell and convey unto the said Trustees and their successors in office all that tract of parcel of land and the __?__ then unto belonging forever in fee simple to have and to hold as a place for a County Academy and public worship. Said Nancy Byrd doth give warrant and defend the right and title for herself her heirs and assigns to the Trustees and their successors in office forever. In witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed sealed and delivered. (her mark) Nancy X Byrd Recorded Oct 18, 1886 J. B. Flower, Clk in the presence of V. Montgomery David Beeland JP The cemetery is in the Northeast corner of the south half of LL 203 and Crowell Church Road wasn't authorized to be laid out until 4 July 1872 in a special session of the Court of Ordinary. The following in the same area. Ariel Baptist Church Clayton Academy Byrd-Glover Cemetery Glover School House