History of Sperry School
as recalled by Flossie Dolezalek Tesar
The school was located about seven miles northwest of Dorchester in northeast Grayson County.
Frank C.L. Sperry owned a large ranch in the area; the school was named afrter the
Sperry family since Mr. Sperry had either sold or donated the land for the schoolhouse.
Grades 1-9 attended the school. When the school was first built, it had only two classrooms,
but by the 1920s a third classroom was added. The school was furnished with coal burning
heaters, large windows for natural cooling during the warm weather, outdoor toilets, and a
cistern in the school yard. Water was brought to the cistern into water containers inside the
school building. There also was a huge, dark storm cellar on the school grounds, that was a
packed with frightened children during severe storms.
When small schools were consolidated, Sperry School closed in 1941
and part of the students attended Southmayd schools.
Mrs. Leslie Reece
Milton Pearce, who later became Supt. of Collinsville schools
Eva Ruth Combest
1924 - 1925
Teachers : Fred Hunter, Zilla Lowe, Mrs. Cleo JohnsonPhotograph contributed by :
Karen Tesar Swift
: Bill Jarehs, John Jaresh, James Jaresh, Ed (Frecks) Jaresh, Emory
Jaresh, Joe Faber, Flossie Dolezalek Tesar, Bessie Faber Jaresh,
Faber Vrla, Katherine Brown Clements, Bill Dolezalek, Geraldine
Clements, Helen Jaresh Weber, Mary Martinek Faber, Victoria Jaresh
Photograph contributed by :
Karen Tesar Swift
Students : Wilbur & Winton Bateman (twins), James martinek, PeeWee Clements, Ed (Frecks) Jaresh,
Raymond Martinek, Homer Hejni, Edward Dolezalek, Edna Brown, Bessie Martinek Dolezalek
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