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Another Time, Another Place: The One Room School House

by McRae Limerick

Another time was 1925-26 school term in Kemper County, MS. Another place was a one-room school house, just another phase in the long ago plan for the education of the children of Kemper County. It was in this hallowed place that I began my school career, which ended with a diploma from DeKalb High School in 1942. You might wonder that it was sixteen years later that I received my diploma, but that is another story.
I will try to relate some of the facts and some of my thoughts of the one-room school house. For a fact you did not have a registration day to attend the one-room school house. You just showed up! As far as I know there was no age requirement, except the general rule that you had to be out of diapers on the low side, and not quite old enough to shave on the upper side. I am of the opinion that the individual student has not changed one whit. We had them hen, and you have them now. The student with a burning desire to learn. One that will not be denied if given a chance. Then there is the one with a passionate determination not to be bothered with any degree of education. This latter described pupil achieves his goal by disruption. In the one-room school house, this was an easy task. There was an abundance of frogs, lizards, and non-poisonous snakes to be gathered along the way to the school. Most of us passed through the woods by pathways. It was a rare day that at least one of these creatures did not make an appearance by the way of some mischievous boy's pocket. The result was always the same. Screaming girls on top of the desk. The boys scrambling to be the hero that caught the harmless critter. Most of the time the perpetrator was not identified, but woe unto him that got caught. It was double jeopardy for him. One well administrated paddling at school, and another one at home. I speak with authority, having experience same.

The building was rectangular in shape, with an estimated inside dimensions of about forty feet wide and fifty feet long. One entrance door, four windows about two feet wide and five feet high. The bottom half of the window could be raised for ventilation on hot days. The windows were placed on either side of the building. Then about the center of the inside was the ever-famous potbellied stove, and along side of that was a wood box always with an ample supply of pine knots. This was the state-of-the-art heating system. Our air conditioner depended on the direction the wind was blowing at any given time. In the back was a raised platform or stage, depending on whom was describing it. This is where the action was. There was a teacher's desk, a blackboard, and several chairs. This was where you recited your lessons when your grade was called. Grade one, or the primer as it was called at that time, through grade eight. We did have store bought desk in this school. They are hard to describe, because the desk that you did your work on had a folding seat in front where another pupil sat and the pupil behind you used the desk top that had the folding seat that you sat on. They were fastened to the floor in rows. It was essential that they be will anchored to the floor, because in this age group, sitting was still impossible. 

Whispering and passing notes was taboo. I think that was part of the teacher's qualification in those days. They could detect the slightest whisper. Whispering was not a capitol crime, but would get you some time standing in the corner, and a second offence would be standing on one foot. Passing notes rated about the same offence as whispering.
Some things you remember no matter how much time goes by, and one of those things was how prod I was of my new slate. Some of the other children in the primer had hand-me-down slates used by their brothers or sisters. My dad had bought me a new one, being an only child. It was about size eight by ten inches, and had a wood frame around the edges. You could draw on both sides, then erase it all to start over. We did all our work on the slate in the lower grades. First come your ABC's, but I was ahead because my grandmother had taught me. some of the children had to start at the beginning.

You would think it impossible to teach eight grades in one room with all the activity of twenty or thirty children all different ages, along with the disciplinary action, but most of the time it ran very smoothly with all the tasks getting done on time. The reason the system worked a tall can be attributed to the teacher and her love for the children, her work as a teacher that she loved so much, and her desire to contribute to the well being of the community.

This was one of the estimated seventy such schools in Kemper County at this time. Not that it matters much, but the school was known as "Neeta". As I remember, I attended two or three terms at Neeta. Then for reasons that I do not know, we changed schools. The name of the new school, or a least new to us was "Concord". It was in the opposite direction, about the same distance as the other one. The only difference was that we would be walking along the public road. As I remember it was an exact duplicate of the other school. Both schools were about two and a half miles from home. I have learned later of at least two more schools that would have been in walking distance, even though they were some distance further.

Just last week I was talking to a lady that had been a one-room school teacher in Kemper County. She was relating to me some of her thoughts. The statement she made, I think, typifies the teachers of that era. The statement was: "When I finally received my teacher's certificate and got a job teaching, I thought to myself this is what I have always wanted to do. I love my job, and to think they are paying me to teach." Later I inquired just what the salary was. She replied with some pride - Thirty dollars a month.

I have had the pleasure of being taught by some of the most dedicated teachers in the sixteen years that it required for me to get a high school diploma, but that will be in the book that I am writing about my life....


Oxford, Mississippi: Thirteenth Session, 1860-61



If you have additional information such as histories, locations or a listing of students (ancestors), please let me know and I will add the information here.

Kemper County Agricultural High School - Scooba, MS - 1916 Girl's Basketball Team

Antioch School (Historical) - Townsend

Atwood School (Historical) - Tamola

Bay Springs School (Historical) - Oak Grove

Blackwater School - Blackwater

Center Ridge School (Historical) - Oak Grove

Centerville School (Historical) - Oak Grove

Chapel Hill Grammar School (Historical) - Oak Grove

Cleveland College (Historical) - Lynnville

Cleveland School - Cleveland Community

Delk School (Historical) - Tamola

DeKalb High School - DeKalb

East Kemper Elementary School - Scooba

Enondale School (Historical) - Porterville

Fairview College (Historical) - Paulette

Fairview Male and Female Academy (Historical) - Paulette

Grange School (Historical) - Oak Grove

Hopper School (Historical) - Porterville    1910-1911

Independent Ridge School (Historical) - Oak Grove

Kemper County Agricultural High School - Scooba

Kemper Normal College (Historical) - Oak Grove

Kipling School - Kipling Community

Little Rock School - Moscow

Lynville Attendance Center (Historical) - Lynnville

Lynnville Consolidated High School - Lynnville

Mississippi A & M/ Mississippi State University - - University of Mississippi   1920

Moscow School

Oak Grove School - Vernon

Oak Grove School (Historical) - Oak Grove

Pleasant Grove School - Bluffsprings

Pleasant Ridge School - Pleasant Ridge

Porterville Grammar School (Historical) - Porterville

Porterville High School (Historical) - Porterville

Preston School - Preston

Prince Chapel School (Historical) - Vernon

Rocky Point School (Historical) - Oak Grove

Scooba High School - Scooba

Shady Grove School (Historical) - Oak Grove

Spencer High School - Scooba

Sucarnoochee School (Historical) - Porterville

Tamola School (Historical) - Tamola

Townsend High School (Historical) - Townsend  

Townsend School

The old Townsend School, later the Tom Puckett house.

From "Kemper County, Mississippi - A Pictorial History", placed here with permission by the Kemper County Historical Commission.

Tram Road School (Historical) - Porterville

West Kemper Elementary School - DeKalb

West Kemper High School - DeKalb

Whisenton High School Football Team 1946



1916-1917 Schools
Schools in Kemper County for the 1916-1917 School year. Copied from the records on file in the office of the Superintendent of Education, DeKalb, MS. by McRae Limerick. Used with permission.

White Schools Teachers

Antioch - H. L. Murray

Mt Wood Tamola - Ethel Davis

Bold Springs - M. J. Gillis

Blackwater - Hilda Williams

Beazley - Mrs. M. T. Pool

Bella Villa - Manez Darnell

Binnsville - Margie Briggs

Cross Roads - Ida Davis

Camp Grown - Erma Stephens

Cleveland - E. W. Clark

Concord - Lillie Warren

Centerville - Herbert Douglas

Dry Creek - Ora McBrayer

Daleville - J. F. Miller

Damascus - K. C. Underwood

Drip Off - W. W. Shephard

Davinport - Ollie Cobb

Enondale - Hannet Brown

Ft. Stephens - Sally Hale

Gills - Fannie Moore

Grange - T. O. Hall

Hopper - Ola Clark

Harbour - Ada White

Hopewell - Nellie Joiner

Independent Ridge - Nettie McLaurin

Jackson - Adelaide Gewin

K. F. N. - Mae McArthur

Kipling - Mrs. V. McCay

Kellis Store - Estelle Shepard

Linville - J. L. Jackson

Liberty - M. F. Poole

Little - Edward Conner

Mulberry Line - L. R. Vanhooser

Mt. Harmony - Eula Palmer

Moony - C. H. Anderson

Millington - Ira Harbour

Montialla - Flora M. Campbell

Marvin - Pauline Swearingen

Mt. Nebo - May Swearingen

Mardis - Mrs. Madia Patminter

Moscow - W. W. Golden

North Kemper - Thelma Creekmore

Nita - Ruth Gully

45Oak Grove - Minerva Moore

Pleasant Ridge - W W. Hill

Porterville - Lotty Harbour

Preston - R. L. Henderson

Pleasant Grove - Hull Anderson

Prismatic - Viola Mosley

Stonewall - Anna Hardin

Sharon - Lula Davis

Black Schools Teachers

16th Section - Pearlie Hall

Blackwater - W. A. Anderson

Blue springs - Rosa Hickman

Brown Ridge - Willie Stinson

Bryant - A. R. Wisson

Bluff Springs - A. D. Lovelace


Center Ridge - Pearlie McLean

Center Hill - S. R. Mosley

Crawford Ridge - Hezzie Scott

Dawson - Nora Stewart

Dozier - Emma Johnson

Darr - Marsella Hampton

Ebenezer - F. F. McCoy

Fox Prairie - Mary McCaskill

Giles - Lucy Inge

Giles House - Maggie Giles

Hampton - Maggie Jennings

Henley - Olivie Welch

Holmes - R. C. Mosley

Independent - Arthur Cole

Indian Branch - Nancy Coleman

Jenkins - S. S. Clark

Jerusalem - J. J. Overstreet

Kemper Springs - Julia Watson

Kelly Ridge - Eddie Blackwell

Keys Chapel - Emma Burton

Lockett - Alice Perrin

Liberty - A. J. Pollock

Long Ridge - P. T. Windham

Long Beach - B. J. Spencer

Little Rock - W. W. Pollock

Little Zion - M. W. Wilson

Miedem - Daisy Hampton

Milton Springs - J. S. Clark

Moscow - R. H. Edmonds

Mt. Pleasant - Fanny Lockett

Macedonia - K. D. Gully

Manice - T. P. Birch

May Haw - Clara Kimbrogh

Mt. Hebron - Mamie Rupert

Mt. Ollie - S. S. Reed

New Hope - E. S. McLean

Persommon Ridge - J. D. McWilliams

Pleasant Grove - J. R. Be..

Porterville Zion - A. C. McConnell

Pleasant Ridge - C. B. Lockett

Pine Ridge - Drusilla Parker

Pawtigfaw - T. J. Page

Pine Grove - E. H. Cotton

Pine Grove - W. P. Leggette

Pilgram Vallet - Gertrude Birch

Providence - Burdelle Jackson

Rosenbaum - Winnie Henson

Rupert - Ruben Nave

Reed - Leta Blackwell

Rocky Knoll - Eppie Brock

Rocky Mount - Matilda Cotten

Sinai - J. H. Johnson

St. John - Walter Grace

Sucarnoochee - Loat Falcone

Sunflower - Bertha Birch

Tamola - Mary Gully

Tinsley - Manora Johnson


Class of 1928-29

submitted by Stephen Oubre.

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Nannie Jewell Anderson
Walter Bass Adams
Velma Boyd
Bertha M. Bozeman
Algie R. Bryan
Lucy Estelle Bryan
Marguerite Beazley
William Duke Carter
Willie Oletha Clark
Julia M. Craig
Erline Elizabeth Dabbs
Francis Ann Eley
Jessie M. Howard
Laura Ozelma Holloway
Beatrice McDade
Willie Ballard Meacham
Patty Mosley Moore
Eugene Mosley
Lewis McWilliams
Virginia Nicholson
Lipton Oubre
Laura Alice Presley
Dee Robison
Argyle Shepard
Mary Josephine Stewart
George D. Vandevender
Waldeen Wilson
William R. Webb
Jack Webb
Urlyne Watts


1929-30 Sophomore class

Agricultural High School

submitted by Stephen Oubre.

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This picture is the 1929-30 Sophomore class of Kemper County Agricultural High School in Scooba. The only person I can identify is my great uncle, Willie Vernon Oubre, who is the third guy from the left on the front row (another student has his arms and hands going in front of Willie).


1930-31 Northeast Mississippi Junior College Girls Basketball Team

This picture was donated by Sylvia Ely.

Students are identified as follows:

Back row left to right
Grace Crawley
Elizabeth Hopper
Queenie Landrum
Syble Landrum (Captain)
Irene Palmer
Sadie Harbor
J.D. Wallace, President NMJC

Front row left to right
Mable Palmer
Willie Lee Fraley
Elsie Hare
Marion Wallace

The Landrum girls are the daughters of Coyet and Winnie Fulton Landrum of Preston, MS.


Class of 34

This picture was submitted by Jean Casey.



1932-33 DeKalb High School

This picture was submitted by Jean Casey.




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