Several interesting ideas here, including free school through college. Be sure to read the list of men and the schools they represented. There are a few that were not on my current research list and they have been added.
Bryan County Democrat
December 13, 1907
School Men from Over Bryan County
Met at the City Hall on Monday
Address by H. C. King
Nearly every school community in Bryan County was represented at the school meeting called by Supt. H. C. King on last Monday at the City Hall. The object of the meeting was so that the Superintendent might outline his plan for the public schools, also, to secure the exact location of each school house in the county.
Mr. King said one thing shall be his constant aim and that is “The greatest good to the greatest number” in every action that he would take. His plan is to lay off the county into districts four miles square as nearly as possible. These districts cannot be laid off so as to please everybody, but the very best that can be done under the circumstances will be done. The object is to organize before the 15th of January in order to secure the money appropriated for free schools which will amount to about two dollars per scholar. Anyone living in the district who does not like the boundaries can contest or take action to defeat the organization of the district; such action would prevent the organization of the district, consequently, prevent that community from securing free money and for that reason it was urged that no contest be raised this year. This will not prevent taking up the matter later.
It is the plan to organize the schools into Primary and Secondary divisions. The primary division will be composed of all grades up to and including the sixth grade; the secondary will be the seventh and eighth grades. Where there are enough pupils to justify the employment of two teachers both schools will be taught in the same district. Where this is not the case several districts may unite to form one secondary school.
Pupils finishing the eighth grade will be given certificates of graduation and may enter the County High School which will carry them through two or three grades. The tuition in the County High School will be free. On finishing the High School work each will be given a diploma which will admit (them) to the State University where no tuition will be required for attendance.
In this way it will be seen that it is possible to graduate from the State University without costing one cent. This system is truly an ideal system of schools- the district school, the County High School, the State University.
Bryan County Democrat
December 13, 1907
Prominent School Men
From all parts of the county came representatives of the school communities on last Monday in order to confer with Supt. King relative to public free school matters. The following is a partial list of the names of those present, including a few others.
- James Smith, Utica, Elm View School House
- T. Vaughn, Mead, Blue School House
- C. Stephens, Nail
- T. Manning, Caddo
- W. Perkins, Paucaunla, Mead Chapel
- T. Eddleman, Sterrett, Mead Chapel
- J. Creamer, Durant, Cox’s Chapel
- W. Jackson, Roberta, Roberta School House
- F. Johnston, Roberta, Roberta School House
- E. Powell, Adams, Adams School House
- L. Hart, Cade, Cade School House
- J. Metcalf, Durant, Cox’s Chapel
- E. Zion, Matoy, Matoy School House
- Yandel, Boswell, Timber Hill
- Will Pate, Durant, Folsom
- M. Savage, Durant
- L. Harris, Robber’s Roost, Brown’s Chapel
- F. S__, Colbert, Coffee Bend
- Joe Guess, Colbert, Bethel
- L. Monts, Mead, Mead
- L. Nail, Durant, Lone Oak
- John Owens, Caddo, Pleasant Hill
- M. Metcalf, Albany, Albany
- Math Damron, Caddo, Pleasant Hill
- F. Potts, Colbert, New School House
- L. Rambo, Durant, Blue Valley
- G. Hill, Sterrett, Sterrett
- N. Harris, Durant, Folsom Grove
- H. Lambert, Allison, Allison
- S. Williams, Platter, Platter
- G. Human, Durant, Bushnell
- Gardner, Bennington, Old School House
- Judge Freeny, Caddo, Freeny
- B. Turnbull, Matoy, Turnbull School House
- L. Hull, Caddo, Hull School House
- Ed Love, Mead, Love School House
- Glover Wells, Yarnaby
- Tallas Thaxton, Yarnaby
- R. Porter, Barwick
- F. Loftis, Durant, Pirtle
- Parkey, Colbert, Potts School House