written by Zelma Alexander
Broxton was the name of a
man who was building a railroad
in this community. It was to run
northeast and southwest and it
was between where Ruey Sawyer now
lives and north of the Hemmings
place, but this railroad was
never completed. A Mr. Jim
Doughtery owned the farm where
Sawyer is and built a store down
in the corner next to the road in
front of Beaver's farm and Mr.
Doughtery put a post office in
the store too, and that's what he
called the store until they built
the school house. The school was
named after that man. The date
when this store and Mr. Broxton
were there is not known, sometime
after 1906. In 1913 the people of
the community got together and
decided to consolidate. Five one
room schools which were 3 miles
apart in a square. These schools
were 'Prairie View' or 'Peg',
that was the southeast. Then
'Cash Valley' was southwest.
'Hale' northwest, 'Cracker Box'
north and 'Hog Creek' northeast.
Mr. Joe Hemmings owned the
farm where the school is and he
donated the plot of land for the
school. The families living
around there got together. They
were the Hemmings, Dickeys,
Warner, Massey, Coats, and
Bagleys. The building of school
started in 1913. The school was
completed so school started in
1914. The first school board
members were Joe Hemming, J.W.
Coats, Philetus Bagley. The first
superintendent was Mr. Bates.
Teaching in one of the one-room
schools were 1914 - Mr. Bates,
1915 - J.I. Jordon, 1916 - Earl
Houston, 1917 - Mr. Hughes for
the first half of the term, then
Mr. Earl Houston came back and
finished the last half of the
term, 1918 - Lloyd Oraves, 1919 -
J.R. Brown, 1920 - O.J. Watkins,
1921 - Miss Offholder, 1922 - Mr.
Siebert, 1923 - Mr. Sciever, 1924
- Mr. Kilian, 1925 - R.A.
Nichols, 1926 - R.A. Nichols,
1927 - B.I. Poe, 1928 - Robert O.
Ryan, 1929 - Bluford Gordon, 1930
- Frank Fuller, 1931 - Roscoe
Roberts, 1933 - B.I. Poe, 1934 -
N.R. Echols, 1935-36 - Mr. V.R.
Echols, 1937 - Pat White, 1938 -
39 - Horace Harrel, 1941-42 -
Horace Harrel, 1943 - L.W.
Manley, 1944-45-46 - Mr. Fed
Walkup, 1947-48 - Mr. Coomb, 1949
-50 - Bernard Robertson,
1951-52-53 - O.J. Roan, and 1954
-55-56 - Alvin O. Coles.
The first graduating class
from high school was in 1917,
including Hazel Reynolds and
Hazel Carl. The first school
wagon drivers in 1914 were Frank
Weidenmaier and Mr. McCullum,
1915 - Mr. Routh, 1916 - Mr.
Robertson, 1917 - Luther Massey.
First janitor in 1914 was Russell
Routh, 1915 - Roy Howard. First
school motor bus in 1923, by then
they had four buses. Broxton
school was a nonconsecutive
credited school. In 1926 school
became a credited school. First
basketball team in 1917. Their
colors were black and white. Then
later years, black and yellow. In
1937, basketball coach Arlie
Williams changed colors to blue
and white and team didn't have a
name so they selected 'Bulldogs'