Early Martin County Schools

In 1824 a law was enacted that required every able-bodied man, age 21 or older, who resided in a school district, to work one day each week on the construction of a school building or pay 37 1/2 cents for each day he was absent. This was the beginning of Martin County's public schools.

These were some of Martin County's earliest school superintendents.

Thomas M. Clark       1873 - 75William C. Hays       1875 - 77Thomas F. McGuyer     1877 - 79F. M. Westhafer       1879 - 81Ziba F. Williams      1881 - 83Cutler S. Dobbins     May to Sept. 1883Kinsey F. Cornwell    1883 - 85William T. Mitchell   1885 - 89John T. Morris        1889 - 97Elijah McFarland      1897 - 07John Armstrong        1907 - 11Charles O. Williams   1911 - 21                      1941 - 45Roy V. Edington       1921 - 33                      1937 - 41Rome Osborn           1933 - 37Harry Q. Holt         1945 - 53Ernest Asbell         1953 - ?
Attendance Officers
R. H. Acre and William Summerville       1898-99John Evans                 1900-01Alexander Abel             1901-03Jared C. Stone             1903-05Andrew J. Wildman          1905-07John Lamb                  1907-12Dora Pridemore             1912-13James Sinclair             1913-14John B. Huff               1914-15Edward Evans               1915-18William Jones              1918-19Martin Elliott             1919-20Benton Westhafer           1920-22Jefferson Strange          1922-23Estella McCormick          1923-27Mrs. A.E. Osborn           1927-28Estella McCormick          1928-32Clare Breidenbaugh         1932-33None                       1933-34Forrest Waggoner           1934-37Roscoe B. Harshaw          1937-38Oscar Davisson             1938-39Leland Sargent             1939-41Orville R. Allbright       1941-43Roscoe B. Harshaw          1943-46Blanche E. Dollens         1946-48Esther B. Holland          1948-50Walter F. Myers            1950-53Andrew P. Tharp            1953-60Ruth A. Sorrells           1960-65
These are the conveyers of land for Martin County's earliest public school buildings.
Conveyers of Land        Township    School         Date
Samuel H. Mitchell       Baker       White         Sept.,1853Henderson Harris         Brown       Welch         Nov.,1856Frank Baker              Center      Dover Hill    March,1871 Thomas W. Brown Francis (Frank) A. Crook Dr. Abraham W. Porter Fred L. Prow George W. Shirey - Trustees of Dover Hill AcademySilas Zollars            Columbia    Sycamore       Sept.,1865James Johnson            Halbert     Johnson        March,1857Ezekiel Rutherford       Lost River  Bottlespring   Oct.,1856Calvin Holt              McCameron   Fields         Dec.,1853James Sanders            Mitcheltree Opossum Hollow May 1856Thomas W. Brown          Perry       Brown          April 1855James McIntosch          Rutherford  Parson         Sept.,1853

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