Here are my great-grandfather's views on education. Notice the number of schools he talks about. My goodness! I want that list!
The Caddo Herald
March 11, 1938
Liberty Hill News
A case of measles broke out in the teacher’s house which is on the school ground and will of course break up our school and as there are four to have the measles in the family, it will likely hold the children out of school until they are needed in the crops and Sunday School will also be affected by this unforeseen event. We regret it as it will have a bad effect on the morale of the people of the entire community.
C. W. Banta was in Atoka on March 1st attending to business matters.
Ben R. Murray and his mother were in Atoka Friday on business.
Rufe Bolts is enjoying a new radio that he had installed last week. He says that he had a fine sermon Sunday that he would have missed were it not for his radio. They are fine entertainers in any home and especially where one is sick or recovering from the flu as we are now doing.
We wonder if anyone is interested in our school at Liberty enough to come out and help us get our school on a higher plane. There are 57 rural schools in Bryan County that have gone on record for better schools and we do hope Liberty will fall in line and start the ball to rolling up hill. A man who is in a position to know told me that there is a movement on foot to centralize our school system in the county seats, leaving our rural schools to take care of the 8th grade and down. Now if that is accomplished the farm boys and girls will be the losers, for not one in ten will be able to send their boys and girls to town to school and they will have to quit school when they complete the 8th grade, having just enough education to follow old Beck or Kate up and down a corn middle or sign up with the WPA.
For goodness sake men, let us wake up and demand our rights for an education at home where our boys can learn the rudiments of the farm from the father and our daughters can be under the watchful care of the mothers. The brightest boys and girls invariably come from the farms so why should they be denied an education? This scribe asked a merchant why practically all business men came from the farms and his answer was this: One half the children born in town die before they are full grown, and the other half goes to the penitentiary by the time they are 25 and if it were not for the new blood coming in from the farms the towns will soon de depopulated.