School Days Jasper County Schools

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Class ListingsPhotos
Perservance School 1897 - 1898
Sheridan School 1895 - 1896
Valley Dell School, Medoc, MO 1906 - 1907

The Lewis Family Home Page has the following:
1919 Carthaginian
1920 Joplimo
1922 Joplimo
Kathy Sidenstricker has a NEW page!!! Take a look at Jasper County, MO School Photos!
Photos of classes, yearbooks, and schools can be submitted and/or viewed.

Amity School 1915
Carterville School Teachers
Carthage High School, Class of 1901
Photos from Carthage HS were kindly submitted by: Laure Jansen.
She has the original pictures, as well as calling cards, programs, and articles on some of the students. Please contact her for more information.
Class Picture Charter Oak Students about 1920
Class Picture Charter Oak Students 1929
Class Picture Charter Oak Students February 1931
Class Picture Charter Oak Students October 1931
Duenweg School class of 1935
Elmira School
Irving School Students December 1912
Marion School, Carthage est. date 1925-1927
Rosebank School
Picture of West Central Fifth Grade Students 1939
Picture of West Central Sixth Grade Students 1940


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Early Schools of Jasper County

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Alba: Earliest record of building is one built in 1870, may have been an earlier one. Present building built 1907, was still being used as grade school until recently, when Webb City built the new Harry S. Truman building on the corner of D & 96 highways. Part of Webb City School System since 1967. Alba, Neck City, Purcell consolidated in 1930.

Arthur-Asbury.

Belle Center: Holding school in 1914 in church building. Teacher named Jenkins. Located west of Joplin.

Blackberry: Building torn down; now home of Bob Hill.

Brick: Located 3 miles west of Webb City. Now Seventh Day Adventist school.

Banner-Belleville-Berean-Blake-Bloomingdale-Bois D'Arc-Burton.

Cave Springs: The first public school in the county. Established on Center Creek near Sarcoxie in 1842. Also known as "Teas" School after teacher, Samuel Teas.

Cave Springs: Located west of Joplin, near Kansas State Line. Now the site of the present Farmers Chemical Plant.

Cedar Bluff: Located 4 miles north of Alba. Built 1860s, closed 1930.

Central City: Located Central City Road and West Seventh St. from Joplin. The original school burned about 1929 and was rebuilt. After closing in 1950, has been used for business.

Coonfoot: Located 2 miles north of Alba. No starting date. Was there in late 1880s, closed 1944.

Careytown-Centennial-Center-Center Point-Charter Oak.

Dixie: Closed about 1920.

Duenweg: Built about 1903/06 (one source says 1912). Torn down in 1992.

Duquesne: Still being used. Part of the Joplin School System.

Deer Creek-Dewey.

Enterprise: Located 2 miles west of Brick School; closed 1944. Consolidated with Carl Junction. First called Peace Church School; organized before the Civil War.

East-Elmira-Empire-Erie-Excelsior-Forest-Georgia City.

Galesburg: 4 miles n.w. of Neck City. Built middle 1800s. Second time built 1900. Closed 1964. New home of Harley Harry.

Gardendell: Located 1 mile east and 1 mile south of Alba. Earliest record 1870. Closed and sold 1961.

Garland-Gem-Green Cove.

Henry-High Hill-High Point-Independence-Jasper-King.

La Grange: Established about 1850.

La Russell: Organized and known as Swindle School; established 1870. Later consolidated with Sarcoxie in 1966.

Lakeside-Liberty-Lynnland.

Magoffin: Located in the area of Jasper. Holding school in 1878.

Medoc: Located 6 miles n.w. of Alba-Purcell area. Built in 1820s. Closed around 1950. Now a residence.

Mineral: Located 2 ½ miles south of Alba. Established late 1800s; closed 1961.

Morning Star: Located 5 miles s.e. of Jasper. In operation Fall of 1879. Closed 1949; students sent to Bloomingdale School. Morning Star building later sold to Fairview Friends Church and used as education building annex to church.

Maple Grove-Marion-Mayflower-Monitor.

Neck City: Located n.w. part of city. Established early 1900s; closed 1930.

New Hope-North Fork-North Star-One Star.

Oakland: Building is presently being used as a "day-care" facility.

Pearl Hill: Located s.w. of Oronogo. Now is a residence.

Pine: Located 2 miles north of Neck City. Built late 1800s; closed 1956.

Pleasant Valley: Organized 1868. Original district divided in 1878/79; part of south of Center Creek became Perservance. Pleasant Valley built new school in 1896.

Prairie Flower: Located 1 mile west of Webb City.

Preston: Located 2 ½ miles north and 1 ½ miles east of Alba. Town established 1860. New school built 1867; closed 1954.

Prosperity: Built 1907; closed 1962. Building still there.

Perservance-Pleasant Hill-Pleasant View-Possum Creek- Prairie Dale-Prairie Hill-Prairie Star-Redwood-Round Prairie-Rusk- Scotland-Sharon-Shiloh-Silver Creek-Smithfield-Snowflake.

Rising Sun: Established prior to 1880. Located 2 miles s.w. of Jasper. Building also used at that time for worship services. Land adjoined Ruddick Cemetery. United with Pleasant Hill 1951 in Rising Sun building. Closed 1960 and acquired by Jasper.

Rocky Mound: Located near Jasper, North Fork and Possum Creek.
(Jasper City History, Marvin Von Gilder)

Rosebank: Located 6 miles north of Alba. Built of rock in late 1800s; closed 1960. Building still stands near Nashville.

Sheridan: Organized in 1877. Located 3 miles s.w. of Jasper. Closed about 1959 and acquired by Jasper.

Sherwood: Platted March 4, 1858; one acre set aside for a school.

Stone: House now stands on grounds.

Summit: In 1872, had 62 students enrolled. Closed 1960; students to Jasper.

Sunny Side: Located west side of Purcell late 1800s. Purcell built south of Sunny Side in 1910.

Springhill-Stony Point-Sunflower.

Tower Of Light: 1 ½ mile s.w. of Purcell. First established middle 1800s. Rebuilt in 1921. Purchased by church in 1952 and moved to the present church site.

Temperance-Tuckahoe-Twin Grove.

Union Valley: Holding school in 1872. Closed 1960 and acquired by Jasper.

Underwood-Union-Union Quaker Church School-Unity.

Valley Dell: Located 5 miles north and 3 miles west of Alba-Purcell area. Built 1890s; closed 1950s. Building purchased by Calvin Ridgeway and used to build a hay barn.

View Bank: Located 2 miles west and 2 miles north of Neck City. Built late 1800s; closed 1952. District taken in by Alba then consolidated with Webb City. The school was torn down and a house built on same location.

Victory-Waco-Wing.

Zincite: Located n.w. of Joplin. Building still there.

White Hall: Located 2 miles west and 1 mile north of Purcell. Built 1873; closed 1949. Now a residence.

Schools organized by outbreak of Civil War:

Duvall: Located in n.w. part of the county.

Peace Church: Later Enterprise. Spring River.

Franklin: Located near Castle Rock on Turkey Creek. White Oak was Avilla.

First school in Webb City was taught by Charles E. Harris, 1840.

First school in Carthage was a log house. It stood on a lot about a quarter of a mile north and half-quarter west of the public square. It was the only school house Carthage had until the building of the Carthage Female Academy; organized in 1855 on site of the Carthage High School.


This list of early schools was last updated Monday, March 1, 1999 by Claire Wichelmann. With many thanks to Mary Ann Baker of the Webb City Genealogical Society for sending these documents.

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