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School in the Pasture
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 • Posted August 20, 2008

The Negro school was located in the southwest part of the Wheeler pasture, nestled smugly amidst a grove of live oaks with grapevine climbing and hanging endearingly to their trunks. The plank, rectangular structure had a front entrance facing east, a back entrance facing west and three windows to the South. The structure was painted white nearby, to the right, was Centennial Creek flowing gently by the little school house. There were two outdoor toilets, one to be used by the girls and the other for the boys. Formaldehyde was used to keep germs from spreading.

School was held five days a week, and on Sunday, church services were conducted there. Sometimes there would by church services on Sunday night. The school was attended mostly by the Gipson, Peters and Mason families. The children walked to school and were expected to be on time.

If you were caught misbehaving, Prof. Wilson would catch you lightly by the collar, and the culprits were required to walk around his deck; (in those days it was a table). He had to reprimand them for what they did.

At recess the children would play ball and use rocks for the bases, swing on the grapevines pretending to be Tarzan, or just enjoy running and playing with one another.

Sandy Mason was six years old when she started walking from across the creek to the school in the pasture. She carried her lunch, which consisted of a biscuit with butter and jelly, a piece of cured ham and some milk in a small blue and brown bucket. In those days syrup and jelly were sold in different size buckets, instead of jars.

When Prof. Wilson left, a woman teacher Augusta Simons took his place. After that, there were several other teachers to come and go.

When Sandy was around ten or eleven, the school relocated to the Mason-Jackson community across the Comanche creek.

The structure was torn down many years ago but in the early part of the 1940's the solitary one room school remained surrounded by tall weeds and brush.

The schools location was to the left of the Carroll and Libby Hahn home. Artifacts have been found by the Hahns such as pieces of blackboard, pieces of slate and old coins.

Now, the only evidence remaining of that by gone era are some low hanging "grapevines".

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