Scott County Historical
Scott County, Virginia
|Reid's Normal School
Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia, Vol. 31
it will have been
held a normal school
City , VA. It
where the Roadside Mission now stands
on Route 71.
it was said
to be the largest,
most commodious and best schoolhouse
It was a two-story
with two rooms on the first floor.
The partition could be raised to form
a large auditorium
on the second floor.
term "Normal School" probably
Norm means a set of developments or
achievements of a large group.
much is known about John M. Reid.
Scottish spelling of the word.
He had a Master of Arts
time he had taught at Milligan
College and had 24 years of teaching
experience. He said, ""Concerning myself could be given
at length, but
I am no stranger.
There are many students
Tennessee who were in my classes
at Milligan College; to
them you are referred. My
students are my best advertisements."
is known of
the other faculty members, who they were
or where they came from nor of the
who attended the normal
building was also used as a place of worship.
Preaching and Sunday School continued
Reid said, "The
citizens of this community
have long been
known for their kindness, hospitality
and good morals."
a circular sent out about
the school the following criteria
popular school that meets the popular idea,
the times. Practical,
24 years we have continuously labored to lighten the teacher's
enable them to do more work in a given
do it better than
many of our fellow teachers.
object of this school is to train students to think
person must stand on their
own merits and
and the institution
that does not impart
this power is of little benefit.
do not claim to make doctors, dentists, nurses or pharmacists,
but Reid's Normal School will in the shortest time and in
young men and women to
honorable business or profession.
calendar for 1891-92 is as follows:
term begins September 9, 1891 Second term begins December 1, 1891 Third
term begins March 2,
vacation begins December 24 and ends January 4.
examination begin May 18
Sunday, May 22
exercises Monday, May 23,7:30
to end of term must be paid in advance.
may enter at any time. No reduction in tuition because you
two or three weeks after the term begins.
was the art of writing words with the proper letters,
standard usage, correct spelling and grammar. Arithmetic,
history, (both Virginia and U.S.
higher mathematics, civil government, physiology and hygiene,
drawing, theory and practice of teaching.
pains will be spared
believe in thoroughly earnest work and a careful
of the rudiments of music. Particular attention
is given to
touch and tone,
of hands, correct
system of fingers
details that go to make up a good and correct style
The business department courses include plain penmanship, single and double entry bookkeeping, commercial arithmetic, commercial law, rapid calculation, business correspondence, contracts, deeds, liens, retail, trade, partnership, jobbing, commissions, brokerage, importing, farming, administrative business and agencies, shorthand and typing (the typewriter was not invented until 1872, I would guess
the ones they used were
young man or woman in
this busy hustling
to lose the opportunity
We use the new
so simple any person
can acquire a speed
per minute in two months time.
primary department 12
Course and Diploma $30.00, Commercial
Course per term
Full Shorthand Course and diploma
have no boarding hall that students
as in the custom and manner
of some schools.
is a well
that the boarding hall is the place
for fun and the breeder of mischief.
citizens will board and room the
students for $7.00
per month, thus
making school life more like home life
and identifies the whole community
with the interest of the school. In
this home boarding
if there should be sickness, the patient can be better nursed
with delicacies so essential to speedy recovery.
great mistake is often made by parents in
their sons and daughters are very backward or quite
very much yet in the free schools, before
going to Normal or High
many cases a mass of rubbish is piled up which needs
to be torn away before any true education
can begin. It
is much cheaper
better in the end to send to a good school at first and have a good
foundation laid for all time to come.
your child be one of the many who ten years hence will lament because he
or she are unable to secure position of trust and profit? They
surely will unless they prepare for
Let them begin
be a charter member of the new school at Greenwood.
always have the advantage.
successful and how many years Reid's
is not known.
school was called Greenwood because
on Clinch Mountain
and Moccasin Ridge.