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Hartselle Enquirer

A look back at teachers

Next Monday, October 5, has been designated as World Teacher’s Day. As a retired teacher I am obviously biased in favor of teachers. However, I’m sure that all of us can remember teachers whose classes excited us and whose lives of service inspired us to want to emulate them. Many gifted teachers never make the news. They perform their duties—and many more—without getting any publicity. Here are some teachers, most from this immediate area, about whom there have been news stories—even though they would be the last to claim that they were the best of the best:

July29, 1904—A. W. Wilhite has been licensed by the state board of education to teach in Hartselle during the ‘04-’05 school year.

Jan. 28, 1905—H. J. Lyle and Lurenna Speegle of Hartselle have successfully passed the examination required by the state for those desiring to teach in the public schools.

July 8, 1910—Miss Lucia Barclift (later Mrs. C. I. Lee) will be the musical instructor during the next term of the Hartselle public school.

Jan. 2, 1915—William F. Feagin, state superintendent of education, says that pay for teachers of the state for December services may be delayed owing to the poor condition of the treasury. The salaries of the teachers were due today.

Jan. 20, 1916—F. E. Burleson has resumed classes at Rural Grove where he is the sole teacher.

Jan. 11, 1936—F. E. Burleson and Buford Kracke were featured on the program of today’s principals and teachers meeting at MCHS. Both of these individuals are outstanding citizens and excellent teachers as well.

Jan. 12, 1937—-Carolyn Sharpley, a member of one of Hartselle’s most prominent families, opened her home to entertain her fellow teachers at Priceville school tonight.

Feb. 21, 1940–The annual MCHS oratorical elimination contest will be heldtomorrow. Participants include Bevelye Wray Barclift, Nelle Payne, Edward Summers, and Billy Stephenson. Miss Lizzie Reed Penn is the public speaking teacher.

Jan. 7, 1943—Mrs. Pat Stone is now teaching home ec at Falkville High. Mrs. Stone is a wonderful wife and mother and has much to share with the girls in her classes about successful homemaking.

May 13, 1943–Mrs. Ruth Huie, who has been teaching in Hanceville, is here to spend some time with her mother, Mrs. Josie Puckett. Later she will visit Mr. Huie, who has joined the Sea Bees and is stationed in Virginia.

Jan. 5, 1944--R. Q. Rollins graduated from the U.S. Army Air Corps Advanced Training School at Randolph Field, Texas, today and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He formerly was a popular teacher and coach at Morgan County High School.

June 8, 1948—Bessie Summers is attending summer classes at Florence State during this time off from her teaching at Hartselle Elementary where she is the instructor for third-graders.

May 30, 1950—Charles Rowe has been employed to teach vocational agriculture at MCHS during the 1950-51 school year.

May 19, 1955—Beloved Hartselle elementary school teacher Emily Alexander has decided to retire at the end of the current school year.

Jan. 18, 1956—Jimmy Yarbrough is now qualified both to teach and perform color TV servicing. (Mr. Yarbrough taught for many years at what is now Calhoun Community College.)

June 2, 1977—Prof. Isaac Frank Stallworth’s funeral rites were conducted at Peck Funeral Home today. Professor Stallworth served the cause of education for 36 years. He was a combat engineer in India, Burma, and China during World War II. For 22 years he was the outstanding principal of Morgan County Training School.

July 11, 1990—Hartselle Mayor Scotty Maples (’59) and Catherine Ann Sims (’56), a teacher at Hartselle High School, were pictured in this week’s Enquirer jitterbugging at the MCHS fifties weekend reunion.

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Annual tree giveaway set for March 6 

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Hartselle native joins American Angus Association  

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FlashFiber celebrates 10,000th customer 

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Garbage routes altered for Presidents Day

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Hundreds dazzle at annual Cinderella Ball 

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ALDOT to pave portions of I-65 South this week

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