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Bayou School Students 1899

Wadesville 3 Year High School of 1908

Front row: Lela Wade, George Fox, Lowell Stallings, Elbert Wade, George W. Hunter, Herbert Huck, Harold Williams, Lela Mahler, Elizabeth Ramsey and Aubrey Nash. 

Second row: Jesse Moye, Earl Cox, Chester Cartwright, Silvia Sanders, Margaret Garris, Martha Turner, Mayme Stallings, Nora Wade, and Principal Fred McMurtry.

Third Row: Floyd Moye, Urmel Wade, George Ramsey, Arthur Creek, Emery Arburm, Charles Anderson, Emmett Huck, Malcom Moye, and Edwin Causey. 



The first school building was located near the present location of the
General Baptist Church. According to Aubrey Wade, a Polly Ball was credited with being its first teacher. 

Herman Hess, the saloon keeper, gave private lessons in German in a building located near where Ben Oni Stallings lived and which his son-in-law, Harold Seibert, now owns. Martin Stegmeier tells that three nights were enough for him. Hess soon decided that his time spent in the saloon was more profitable. Schools at that time were supported by fees paid to the teacher by the parents of those who attended the school. This was the practice until 1851, when the new Indiana State Constitution made provision for free public schools.

In 1869, William D Wade and Hester Wade deeded a rectangular plot six rods wide and seven rods long to
Center Township for school use. The deed specified that the land was to revert to the original owners if it ceased to be used for school purposes. This deed was recorded in the County Recorder's office in Mt. Vernon on March 9, 1870. It is believed that the two story frame school building which preceded the brick structure was built in the early 1870's. The brick building was erected in 1910. For a long time, the Wadesville School was known as District School No. 6 of Center Township.