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 - ?
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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