lm Grove School.
These two photographs are of the Elm Grove or Higgins school.1 The left photograph is not dated. Walter Young taught at the school. Anna & Eva Higgins went there. ? Howe, Hattie (Higgins) Weir's brother-in-law, taught at Elm Grove when Anna Trissler, Eva Higgins, and the Thrush', Gilpin', Naus', and John Higgins' children attended.
Hattie Higgins married Edgar C. Weir (b. Oct 1871, OH). The Weir's were neighbors of the William F. & Mary A. Pickett family and the John J. & Nancy N. Higgins family. These families both lived by farming. W.F. Picket lived on a farm between their farms. Anna Higgins, Hattie's sister, met her husband at Elm Grove school where he was the teacher.2
The photograph on the right is Elm Grove's class of 1907-08. In the dark dress, front left, is Irene Ault. Next to her is probably a Higgins, though we have no proof. Cartha Higgins, Zola Higgins, and Jane Exline complete the row. In the back second from the right is Coral Ault.
Examining both photographs lends one to believe that the photograph (above left) is of a later period. We are assured of the year on the photograph (above right) as it was presented to Coral Ault by her teacher, Janie Exline for the school year 1907/08. In the left photograph there is a larger stoop which has replaced the stoop of the right photograph and a section of the down-spouting is missing from the left photograph. This might indicate that the school was little used or closed by the time the left photograph was taken.
The article about "A Grand Picnic" discusses how Remah Naus and Blanche Snyder held a picnic at the school on April 29th, year unknown. Blanche Snyder was the teacher at the time. After lunch and programs, Mr. O.B. Durfee took the school's photograph.
Above right are Ralph Deringer, Cartha Higgins, Coaral (Ault) Miller, Irene Ault, Blanche Snyder (teacher) at Elm Grove, April 23, 1909. The date of the article and the date of the latter photograph indicate that school pictures were taken in April, probably on Friday. Could the article then be for April 29, 1910?
Left is Coral (Ault) Miller at Elm Grove during the school year 1907-08. Left to right in the front row are ??, ??, Cartha Higgins, Irene Ault, ? Higgins (maybe), Zola Higgins, Back: ??, Janie Exline (maybe), Coral Ault, and ??
The Shady Grove and Elm Grove schools met at the Higgins school on April 29, 1910 as shown in the photograph on the right. The teachers were: Janie Exline, Blanche Snyder, Miss Fishburn, and Clayton Ewing. In the front row are Leota Liles, Hazel Keckler, unknown, Harriett Liles, Elsie Liles, Waymond Dunham, Zola Higgins, Irene Ault, unknown, and Arden Higgins. In the middle row are Edna Wilson, Bertha Wilson, Miss Fishburn (teacher), Fairy Wilson, unknown, unknown, Edith Spencer, Janie Exline (possibly), Alice Higgins, Carl Ault, unknown, Avonell Higgins, William Higgins, Cartha Higgins, Russell Ault, Ralph Deringer, and Blanche Snyder (teacher). In the back row are unknown, unknown, Leslie Ault, Jane Briggs, Mrs. Phillips, unknown, Daisy Liles, Savilla Liles, Rebecca Preston, Harriett Briggs, Pete Briggs, Mark Fishburn, unknown, Isaac Ault, and William Spencer.
1Forest Community Centennial (August 4-8, 1954)
2With this were the names; Howe & Young, Arthur Weir, [Mau]de Weir, _a Berlein, [La]ura Trissler, Maude Cotner, Blanche Cotner, Estella Hastings, Maude Hune, and Nelson McLaughlin.
3unknown, but probably The Forest Review (Forest, OH) unknown date.