WELCOME TO 2017
Well yet another year has gone by, with its good times and good memories and for some of us the bad as well. But when I awake each morning by God’s grace, I am so very thankful to be able to do the things that I choose to, be it at home or driving to the store or maybe visiting with a friend.
I pray in humble prayer to thank God, that I am able to live alone, drive my car, get around without assistance and do activities that I enjoy doing. We should never take our health for granted, or our friend’s and the freedoms that we have in “This Great Country.” I want to always remember to tell my loved ones, that I love them and not just in words, but through my actions as well. We never know what tomorrow will bring, so I am going to remember to do these things in this New Year of 2017. I want to wish all of our Hartselle Enquirer reader’s a “Happy New Year” and thanks for letting me share my thoughts with all of you!
I want to share a story this week with our Hartselle Enquirer readers, taken from “The Heritage of Morgan County, Alabama” which was published by the Morgan County Genealogy Society and the story was submitted by Clara Howell of Falkville and is titled “Jones School.”
Nineteen-year-old Earnest Freeman came to teach at the Jones School for the 1910-1911 school year. The winter session ran from Nov. to Feb. The summer session ran from July through Aug. A few weeks before the summer session was to end, young Freeman drowned while swimming with friends near Falkville. His family has preserved the “School Register” he kept of that school year. It is precise with the name, age, and address of each child enrolled. An 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. schedule of all classes he taught and the students in each class fill several pages. He lists “Trustees” of the school and students with “Demerits” and those with “Headmarks” in spelling. It is a complete record except for the August closing date. Some of the other teachers who taught at the Jones School west of Lacon were: Sim Gibson, Walker Gibson, (1905-1906), Luther Gibson, Mrs. French, Miss Sullvan, Jamie Peck, Almer Morris, Reamer Anderson, Laverna Reynolds, Novie Junkins, Virgil Vawter, Effie Clark, Marvelene Goode and Mary Riddle. The one room school was built in the late 1800’s on land donated by A. J. Jones. A second room and a small cloakroom and a small library. Drinking water was brought from the Jone’s spring a short distance through the woods. Jones School served as a place for meetings and funerals until a community church was built about 1920. In the early 1940’s Jones School was abandoned. Buses carried the children to a more modern building at Falkville.
I want to wish my friend Kay Farrer days of feeling better soon. Kay is in the Rehab at Summerford Nursing Home. God bless you Kay and get well soon.