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We welcome any submittions of Old School Photos of Van Zandt County. If you would like to share, contact Sibyl Creasey for instructions on sending them. And any number of these wonderful old photos that you would like to send will be accepted. And sincere thanks to all our special contributors!

Friendship School in Early 1980's

Submitted by Derrel Lyon

This is photo is of the Friendship School as it appeared in the early 1980's. Sad to say it was torn down and hauled away for scrap lumber about a year after this photo was taken.

Vickie King Lyon, wife of Derrel Lyon, is standing at the foot of the steps. She is the great granddaughter of Dave King who donated the land for the school. Her grandfather, Marvin King, was school trustee. Her father Charles King attended there from the first through the eighth grade. After the eighth grade, students would then have to go to Grand Saline to continue their education.

As you can tell the building is quite large for only being a two room school house. The lower grades were in the room to the left, upper grades on the right. The room attached on the right was the cafeteria. The building never had electricity. The water pump was very far from the school in the front. (It was part of school chores to fill buckets of water and carry back to the school). The outhouses were to the right of the building, down a slope to Sour Branch. The baseball fields were behind the school.

Instead of eating in the cafeteria, the King brothers (Durwood, David and Charles)
would run home, cutting across their grandfathers farm, cross over Sour Branch
to their father, Marvin King's place. For lunch Charles said he would grab a biscuit,
stick a finger in it to make a hole, then fill it with syrup.

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