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Okalona School

This info was submitted by:  Vera 

Rogersville was 18 miles from the Tennessee - Virginia line in Stanley Valley where T T Ross lived. Roads were often muddy and near impassable. He and his neighbors needed a school close by so that their children could remain at home and still get an education.

In his 14 July 1883 column of 'Along The Line" for the Hawkins County Telegraph he first told about the mail route starting 4 July 1883 in the valley - the valley was 22 miles in length- and the mail carrier liked to talk along the way and get the news. Then he wrote that the citizens of the area had "a meeting at Pleasant Grove Church yesterday for the purpose of building us a big school. William R Jones, Alex Skelton and T T Ross are a committee to select the teacher, the Committee's address being Opossum Post Office." (Opossum Post office later became Oakdale and the Skelton and was discontinued 31 Jan 1903).

School was held at Pleasant Grove for several years. In his 6 Aug 1883 "Along The Line" he reported that "School has opened with 87 students. A A Hensley from ____ is the teacher. Mr Sheffly, Supt., should come and visit the school." On 27 Aug 1883, Supt Sheffly crossed into Stanley Valley, spent the night with Mr Jones, and visited the school at Pleasant Grove Church. Mr A A Hensley had charge assisted by Miss Nannie Ross. They had a 10 month school with 109 pupils.

1889 was the first mention of work on the school building (Okolona?) that I found in his log. Okolona High School ended its "First Annual Session" 29 April 1892. The following is a program of that commencement, kept by Fuller Walters, a descendant of one of the students. It was printed on one page, folded in the center to make 4 pages. The two inside pages were the students, the tuition and the requirement. The back page listed the books to be studied.

FIRST ANNUAL
---OF---
OKOLONA  * HIGH  *  SCHOOL,
---FOR---

SESSION ENDING APRIL 29, 1892,

---WITH---

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR NEXT SESSION,

---WHICH---

WILL OPEN AUGUST 15TH, 1892.
----------------
WM. C PATTON,  A. B., PRINCIPAL

--------------------
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
T. T, ROSS, D. F. SHANKS,J . C. SPANGLER,J. L. HENSLEY, W. R. JONES

This is a new school situated in the Seventh District of Hawkins
County, Tennessee, 19 miles N. E. of Rogersville.

                     

ROGERSVILLE, TENNESSEE,
PRINTED AT THE HERALD BOOK AND JOB OFFICE.
1892.


 (Inside-Pages 2 and 3)
                                STUDENTS        
From Tennessee:
C D Jones       
R Sivert                
Samuel Gibbins          
Robert Barr             
A S Spangler
Crawford Jones      
Ellis Ross                  
Stephen Shanks    
Sidney Jones          
Thomas Spangler
Henry Shanks        
Chas Ross          
Geo Hensley           
J S Jones                  
J H Ross
C H Walters         
G E Bellamy          
G R Bradshaw        
Alice Hensley              
Martha Hensely
Mary Jones               
Lida Walters           
Polly Spangler                  
Reba Spangler           
Bettie Shanks
Vona Shanks       
Nannie Shanks      
Magie Bellamy     
Mary A Walters    
Livia Spangler
Ben Ross        
J H Stephenson           
C M Ross            
Phil Winegar               
Ed Bradshaw
Roy Bradshay             
G N Clifton             
Sue Ross            
T T Ross                   
M L Winegar
Bessie Winegar          
Matilda Palmer          
Maggie Palmer      
Fred Looney
                             
From Virginia

Geo Tarter              
R H Tarter              
Robert Larkin       
Orban Hensley      
Froney Hensley
Ida Hensley             
Lydia Tarter        
Maude Hensley       
Maude Tarter

SUMMARY

Primary Department  37
Secondary Department,   9
High School   7

TUITION

Primary Department---$1.00 per mo.
Secondary Department, ---1.50 per mo.
Higher Department, -- 2.00 per mo.
Music                    2.50 per mo.
          
Fees should be paid at the close of each term.  Boarding reasonable and 
in good families.

This is a new enterprise, and is managed by five of the most reliable 
men in the county.  The building is well adapted to school purposes and 
is situated in the center of a good community that is interested in the
cause of education.  Post office and store nearby. 
        
All students on entering school must subscribe to the following pledge and
rules:
 
Pledge:  I pledge myself that while a student of this school I will be 
strictly obedient to its rules and faithfully improve my time and 
opportunities. 


REQUIREMENTS:

 Rules:

1.  All students on entering school must subscribe to the pledge.  
        
2.  Each pupil will be required to have a song book and Bible or Testament.
        
3. All students must be strictly obedient. 
 
4. Swearing and the use of tobacco in the school room are strictly forbidden.

5. The conduct of each pupil must comply strictly with the rules of 
morality as laid down in the Bible.


Patrons of the school are asked to aid the teacher in the inforcement  of
these rules.        
                
OKOLONA SCHOOL - 1892

BARR, Robert            
PALMER, Maggie, Matilda
BELLAMY G E, Maggie             
ROSS, Ben, C M, Chas, Ellis
BRADSHAW G R , Rog,J  H, T T (Jr), Sue 
CLIFTON, T N         
SHANKS Bettie, Henry, Nannie
GIBBINS Samuel  Stephen, Vona
HENSLEY Alice, Froney, Geo,     
SIVERT    R Ida Martha,  Orban  
SPANGLER A S, Livia, Polly
JONES, DC,Crawford, J S, Mary,  Reba, Thomas,Sidney  
STEPHENSON J H
LARKIN, Robert          
TARTER George, Lydia, Maude, R H
LOONEY Fred             
WALTERS C H, Lida, Mary A               
WINEGAR Bessie, Phil, M L

 Page 4 
        
9-MONTH SESSION

First term opens August 15th 1892.  Second term opens January 2nd, 1893.  Entertainment at the close of each term.

COURSE OF STUDY

PRIMARY:  McGuffey's  Reader 1 through 4,   Ray's Primary and Ray's 
Practical Arithmetic, Mcguffey's Spelling, Harvey's Primary Grammer, 
Primary Geography, Eclectic History of the United States.  Drawing made 
a specialty.

SECONDARY DEPARTMENT;  McGuffey's  Fifth Reader, Harvey's Spelling, 
Harvey's Practical Grammar, Davies' High Arithmetic, Davies' Primary
Algebra, Robinson's Plain Geometry, Steel's Natural Phylosophy,  
S and K. Geology of Tennessee, Paptou's Agriculture, Composition and 
Rhetoric, Elocution, Peterman's Civil Government, Steel's Physiology, 
and  B and S Bookkeeping.

HIGHER DEPARTMENT:  Wentwood's Higher Algebra,  Wentworth's  Trigonometry,
Robinson's Plain and Solid Geometry,  Robinson's Surveying and Navigation,
Robinson's Copic Sectiam and Anyletical Geometry
LATIN;  Harper's Indicative Method, Introductory, Harkner's Reader, 
Ceasar's Salic Wars (Harper), Brook's Ouid, Cicero's Orations (C and S) 
Horace's Oder and Satires (C and S), Virgil Aneid (C and S) Harkner's Latin
Grammar, Livie, Book 5. 
       
GREEK - Harkner's First Greek, Xenophen's Anabsis, Goodwin's Grammar, 
Johnson"s Herodotus, Xenophon's Memorabilia, Homer's Iliad (Boise),
New Testament.
SCIENCES :  Maney's Physical Georaphy, Tenny's Geology, Steele's Chemistry,
Steele's Chemistry, Steele's Minerology, Wood's Botany.
METAPHYSIS:  Haven's Moral Phylosophy, Haven's Mental Phylosophy, 
Evidences of Christianity,  Butler's Analogy, Logic.

Patrons of the school and friends of education are asked to visit the 
school often.

The latest and best methods of teaching will be introduced into the school.
Our object is through work and our motto learn well what you learn and 
teach well what you teach.        

SPECIAL :Each pupil will be charged from time of entering to close of 
term, and no reduction except on account of sickness or special agreement.


OKALONA SCHOOL - 1913

The Rogersville Review" Thursday, June 20, 1969, printed a picture of 
Okalona School, 1913.  The picture  of the students belonged to Mrs Hattie 
(Marshall) Horton.  She was 18 and this was her first teaching assignment.
Her brother was principal. Her salary was $25 a month and  of this she 
spent $10 a month for board .  This list has many of the same family names
as the first school in 1892.  The first program spelled the name OKOLONA 
but by 1913 it was Okalona
        
        Barr    Bobby           Kilgore Bobby
        Blair   Alta            Kilgore Lonnie
        Blair   Arizona         Lambert Lula
        Blair   Bertie          Lane    Albert
        Blair   Dallas          Lane    Clay
        Blair   Ervin           Lane    Hazel
        Blair   Levona          Lane    Margaret
        Blair   Mckinley        Lane    Mary
        Blair   Taft            Larkins Gale
        Blair   Ida             Larkins John
        Blizzard  Howard        Larkins Leona
        Blizzard  Orville       Marsh   Ray
        Bradshaw  GEorge        Marshall Guy
        Bradshaw  J C           Martin  Peoebe
        Bradshaw  Myrtle        Robinette  Alice
        Byington  Bertha        Robinette  Archabel
        Byington  J D           Robinette  Bessie
        Byington  Marshall      Robinette  Chris
        Duncan  Lizzie          Robinette  Maude
        Duncan  Tessie          Robinette  Nannie
        Duncan  Winton          Robinette  Perry
        Ellis   Charles         Robinette  Stella
        Ellis   Ethel           Robinette  Theodore
        Ellis   Frank           Robinette  Walter
        Ellis   K               Robinette  Willie
        Ellis   Mary E          Ross    Bobby
        Ellis   Max             Skelton Hugh
        Failen  Mayme           Snapp   Clarne
        Fletcher  Eckle         Snapp   Lou
        Fletcher  Granville     Snapp   Lyde
        Fletcher  Maggie        Snapp   Myrtle
        Ford    Rush            Thacker Vertie
        Hicks   Effie           Walters Lady
        Hicks   Mary            Walters Mary
        Jenkins Celonia         Walters Zeppie
        Jenkins Garland         Winniger  C D
        


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