Oak Ridge History, Students and Faculty

 

OakRidgeSchoolBldg1924

Oak Ridge School: Photo probably around 1924–25. According to an article in Vicksburg paper, it burned in 1928. Another article says this picture was taken shortly after the school was built in 1916. I doubt this, since this building has weathered siding and the roof shows age. Jane Keen’s mother Frances Cole (b. 1915) had this picture and told Jane she was a young girl in it. I think I have identified her in the picture as about 10–11 years old She is the girl in black bloomers, 10th from the right in a white blouse. This would put the picture about 1925. The athletic blouses and bloomers worn by the two girls 8th & 9th from right were very popular by 1925. Short skirts would argue against the 1910s also. Jack Pace says his mother, Hazel Pettway, is third from right in plaid dress; she was born in 1908 and she is among the older girls, making her 16 or 17 which would argue for 1924–25. Larry W. Lee, son of Sue Webster, has looked at the picture. If my date is correct his mother Sue and her sister should be in the photo as they graduated in 1926. While not completely confident in his identification, he suggested Sue as the girls 5th from the right and sister Estelle as 6th from the right. Evidence continues to mount that 1925 is correct within a year. Please email me if you can identify anyone and shed light on the picture’s date.
For a larger version click here: Oak Ridge School Photos

Above we see a photo of Oak Ridge School taken from a lantern slide. The original photo was likely between 1916-1920. The photo was contributed by
Steve Woolf who purchased it on eBay. It was published by the DeVry (University) Circulations of Chicago. Steve, a semi-retired school bus driver with an interest in Civil War photography found the Redwood site ands contacted me. Many thanks to him for his thoughfulness.
For a larger version click here: Oak Ridge School Photos

Oak Ridge Agricultural High School History

List of Principals:

  1. J. G. Warwick, the first principal
  2. R. E. Selby
  3. J. C. Holton
  4. Farmer Kelley
  5. C. S. Miller
  6. C. A. Davenport
  7. R. L. Smith
  8. Noel Nutt
  9. Margaret Bowling Austin (1905-67), Daughter of Green M. and Emma M. Bowling. she was born in Good Hope, Leake County, MS. Here siblings included Beulah A., Gertrude, Toy G., Ruth E., Lora A. and Cleo M. Her father was a farmer. She married William Knox Austin of Vicksburg, MS.

 

(from 1940-41 yearbook)

The difficulty in presenting the history of a school is that no two people will have the same point of view relative to what should be, or should not be, listed as important and of real historic value.

Beginning in 1912, a campaign was carried on for a period of more than two years in order to develop sentiment in favor of consolidation in Warren County. At first practically every family in this county opposed such a procedure, but due to the untiring efforts of the County Superintendent, J. H. Culkin*, oppositions rapidly vanished, and each of the forty-eight school centers wanted the consolidated school in their communities.

In September of 1914, the Warren County Board of Education, which consisted of Mr. Richard Griffith of Vicksburg, Dr. C. S. Hyland of Yokena, T. H. Jett of Jett Community, A. H. Cook of Bovina and F. L. Austin of Oak Ridge, met with Mr. J. H. Culkin and divided Warren County into six districts with the points of consolidation designated at Jeff Davis Academy, Jett Vocational School, Bovina, Culkin Academy, Redwood and Oak Ridge. The carrying out of these plans is history itself, and only Senator J. H. Culkin could do it justice. For it was due to his perseverance that the Culkin perfected consolidated system began its ,history by 1916.

Oak Ridge, the last to consolidate, opened on the first Monday in October 1916. Shortly after agriculture and domestic science were added to the curriculum, and under the Smith-Hughes plan, vocational education was made a special feature.

Special attention has been given to music, athletics, physical education, public speaking and vocation. It was and is the desire and intention of those connected with the schools to create community centers which would be attractive to those residing in all parts of the county. For a long time, transportation and traffic developments were limited, but due to improved roads and motor school buses, many hardships have been overcome.

The history of the Oak Ridge School can be listed as one of numerous victories in literature, music, public speaking, athletic contests, and in various club activities.

The people of Oak Ridge and the student body, have always shown a fine spirit of fair play and sportsmanship and have continued to put forth their best efforts to abide by any and all requirements & prevailing conditions.

The first building erected at Oak Ridge cost $4,750 and was constructed of wood.

In 1928, the school was destroyed by fire, but has been rebuilt and, at this time, we have a splendid brick building costing more than $40,000 with agricultural and domestic science facilities, with modern electrical equipment and devices, with ample class room and play ground facilities. Elbert Redditt said while the building was burning he and his buddies were overjoyed thinking “no more school,” however, school was held next day in homes and outbuildings. Teachers, Elbert remembers, were Miss Jane Bell, Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Estelle Beard, Mrs. Lee Russell, Lyda B. Arms, Miss Lena Dratton, Mrs Jessie Miller, Miss Helen Hall, Miss Lowe, Mrs. Knox Austin, Mr David Luckett, Mr. Charles Middelton and Mr. Edward Allen.

OakRidgeSchoolBurned

Remains of the burned out Oak Ridge School in 2009. Thanks to Elbert S. Redditt Sr. for photo.

 

OakRidgeHSBldg1929

Above is 1929 photo of Oak Ridge High School.

SpencerMartinUnder the direction and leadership of J. G. Warwick, the first principal, and his successors R. E. Selby, J. C. Holton, Farmer Kelley, C. S. Miller, C. A. Davenport and present principal R. L. Smith, Oak Ridge has always maintained faculties competent to render outstanding and efficient services in all departments. If space would permit, it would be well to mention all who served in an official capacity for they well deserve praise; but truly, it would be an oversight not to be forgotten if the present administration, Superintendent R. E. Selby, President A. A. Chaney, T. B. Henry, Ernest Opperman, Otto Hearn and John Brabston were left unnamed, for each day the pupils, teachers, bus drivers and others enjoy benefits due to their personal interest. All of the community appreciate the school, but it would not be amiss to mention two men who have given much time, study, and work to make their children’s school one of the best--Mr. Edward Spencer Martin (at right), a long time member of the County Board of Supervisors, and Dr. J. S. Austin, until his health failed, was on the Board of Education and a State Representative from Warren County, as well as the community physician for more than fifty years. They each gave much assistance in bringing about consolidation and building for a better school unit. (Note Added by Mel Oakes—In 1944, W. A. Bradley was made principal of Oak Ridge High School. Noel Nutt was moved to the new High School at Redwood).

ExcellGriffithIn the history of the school the efficient custodian, Mr. Aaron Excell Griffith (March 23, 1893–March 20,1976), seen at left in his WWI uniform, and below at right, with Jack Pace, has patiently given very effective service to all phases of work and activities for a period of more than twelve years. Many other former students are occupying places of honor and trust. The entire community has learned to look upon this school as the center of its social, economic and educational life, and it can be anticipated that the future will create even greater opportunities for those who take advantage of the ever developing and successful school system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ExcellGriffith&JackPace

THERE ARE SO FEW

There are so few to whom the heart may go
without a barrier, with no pretense,
with no apology, without a qualm
of hesitance, and with no veiled defense.

*Culkin, John Patrick Henry (1887–1951) — also known as J. H. Culkin — of Vicksburg, Warren Couny, Miss. Born in Oak Ridge, Miss., April 17, 1887. Son of Patrick Lawrence Culkin and Elizabeth (Hearn) Culkin; married, July 1, 1915, to Clara Augusta Linstrom—Democrat, school teacher, principal, newspaper editor, Warren County Superintendent of Education, 1912–26; lawyer, alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1928, member of Mississippi State Senate, 1929-42. Catholic, Irish, English and Scottish ancestry; died in 1951. Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Miss.

 

Below are obituaries for Aaron Griffith (1893-1976) and Senator John Culkin (1887-1952).

Griffith-CulkinObits

 

School Pictures and Memorabilia

OakRidgeGirlsBB1921

Oak Ridge Girls Basketball Team, c. 1921–22

L to R, Zelma Hackler (Mrs. J. M. Gaule of Jackson), Gertrude Hall (Mrs. H. B. Mansfield of Florida), Katie Cole (Mrs. Bufkin), Wilma McBroom (Mrs. Lawrence Henry), Alma Hall (Mrs. Roy Young and mother of Johnnie Young Brown), Bessie Cole (1902–80) (Mrs. Ernest King). This team was organized in 1918. The coaches were Miss Eva Webster (1895-1935) (shown at right, on right, with neice, Sue) and Miss Elmer Austin. The teams played together for five years and were undefeated. Katie and Bessie were sisters. They were half-sisters to Frances Cole, Karl Keen’s wife.
(Photos courtesy of Johnnie Young Brown and Larry W. Lee)

 

 

BessieCole

Bessie Cole, 1921
(Photo courtesy of Billy King Pennington, her daughter)

1922GraduaionCov

1922 Oak Ridge Graduation Program Cover

1922OakRidgeGradProg

Class of 1922 Commencement Announcement belonging to Bessie Cole King, 3” x 5”
(Courtesy of Billy King Pennington, her daughter)

SeniorPlaybill1921

Senior Playbill for Class of 1921. Because of small class sizes, plays used students from other classes.
(From Bessie Cole King’s files)

OakRidge1924Graduates

1924 Oak Ridge Graduating Class

Back Row: L to R, Leo Davidson, Jack Young, Hugh Clark, Knox Austin and Franklin Young
Front Row: L to R, Martha Mae Austin, Zelma Hackler, Alma Hall (mother of Johnnie Young Brown), Ruth Hall, Lily Hagan
(Photo courtesy of Johnnie Young Brown)

OakRidgeGrad1929

 

OakRidge3Guys

About 1929–30, Oak Ridge Graduates, L to R, Buris Griffith, Irma Howard Hintson and Billy Pettway

1930OakRidge3Guys

1930 Oak Ridge Graduating Class, L to R,, Billy Pettway, Buris Griffith and Irma Howard Hintson.

1929BoysBasketBall

1929 Oak Ridge Men’s Basketball Team
L to R: Irma Howard Hinson, J. B. Redditt, Frank Knox, Billy Pettway, Burrus Griffith, Herman Pettway, Henry Jones and Wayne Butts (Photo courtesy of Loraine Hintson Lee)

1930BoysBasketballOR

Early 1930’s Oak Ridge Men’s Basketball Team.
LtoR: Paul Gaunt, ?, Butts, ?, maybe Hackler, ?, maybe Donald O’Conner.

1930GirlsBasketbalOR

1929–30 Oak Ridge Women’s Basketball Team
Mildred Butts (Rowland), maybe Frances Cole (Keen) though looks too stocky, Marguerite Butts, Aubin Hall, ?, Vera Kate Grogan, Marguerite O’Connor, Annie Hall Wilkinson

 

1929-30WomensBBOR

1929-30 Oak Ridge Women’s Basketball Team
Back Row: Annie Hall Wilkinson, Marguerite O’Connor, ?, Vera Kate Grogan, Maybe Frances Cole (Keen)
Front Row: Mildred Butts (Rowland), Marguerite Butts, Aubin Hall
Background: Custodian Aaron Griffith

1930WomensBBOR

Oak Ridge Women’s Basketball 1930-31
Frt Row, L-R: Virginia Holiday , Bertha Hicks (m. Wayne Butts), Frances Cole (m. Karl Keen), Marguerite Martin (m. Garnett Andrews), Dorothy Jacks (m. Willie Sneed), Zalla Ruth Dunn (m. Robert Alexander)

Second Row: Eva Powell (m. Excell Hearn), Vera Smithhart, Aubin Hall (m. Neal Stewart), Mildred Butts (Jim Rowland), Juanita Butts (m. William Ford), Vera Kate Grogan,
Standing: Coach & Teacher Mattie Lou Lowe
(Photo Courtesy of Jane Keen Griffin)

OakRidgeBBWomen1930-31

Oak Ridge Women’s Basketball 1930–31
L-R: Bertha Hicks (m. Wayne Butts), Dorothy Jacks (m. Willie Sneed), Frances Cole (m. Karl Keen), Zalla Ruth Dunn (m. Robert Alexander), Coach & Teacher Mattie Lou Lowe, Virginia Holiday, Marguerite Martin (m. Garnett Andrews)
(Photo Courtesy of Jane Keen Griffin)

Redditt&Pettway

J. B. Redditt and Herman Pettway

OR3rdGradeClass1935

1935 Oak Ridge Third Grade Class, Teacher Miss Mattie Lou Lowe
Back Row:, Zane Grey Cole, Kelly Bryant, Wayne Nevels, Daryl Hicks, ?, Sybil Smithhart, Vera Hackler, Gwen Griffith (Pettway) (who supplied the identification on the picture.)
Second row L to R: Walter Whitten, Adelle McGuffee, Jewel King (sadly died of appendicitis that year), J. W. Hearn, Jeff Hearn, ?, Mary Frances McBroom, Lucile Harris,
First Row: Billy Martin, Hedy Blue Powell, Lena Margaret Bryant, Ann Henry, Thomas Henry, John Scott “Skippy” Cole,

OR4thGradeCClass1935

1934 or 1935 Oak Ridge Class.
L to R: Back Row: Sybil Ann Smithhart, Gwendolyn Griffith, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Zane Grey Cole, ?, Douglas Ray Stevens, Kelly Bryant, John Scott “Skippy” Cole
Second Row: ?, ?, Maybe Adelle McGuffee, ?, ?, ?, Mary Barbare Hackler, Mildred Hamilton, ?, ?, ?, ?
Third Row: ?, ?, Billy Martin, ? ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Thomas Henry, ?, ?
(Picture courtesy of Nina Andrews) (Thanks to Gloria Crapps Gunn for help with IDs)

 

CitizenCertif1935

Citizenship Certificate for Jewell King, May 1935. Principal was C. S. Miller.

JewellKingObit1

JewellKingObit2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1936 Grad Annou

1936 Oak Ridge Graduation Announcement for Mildred B. Rowland (Courtesy of Jane Keen Griffin)

Hamilton Girls

Hamiliton Girls: L to R: Sarah H. White, Mildred H. Lewis, Mable H. Biedenhorn, Mattie H. Hoosier and Alma H. Whitley. Would like to know the years they graduated—probably early 30s. Modern picture appears in candid photo section.

1937-38OakRidgeClass

Class of 1937-38
Left to Right: Front: Jearlean O’Connor, Winnie Alice Wells, Margorie Rowland, Katherine Cole, Annie Mae Redditt. Lillie Pettway
Back Row: Mayo Redditt, James Holiday, Floyd Bryant, H. H. Williams, Johnny Hearn

1936-37MensBBOR

Oak Ridge Men’s Basketball, 1936-37
Back Row: L to R: H. H. Williams, ?, James Holliday, ?, ?, Mr. Allen-Coach
Front Row: ?, ?, Clark Wedgeworth, Sambo Butts,
Others in Photo but no ID: John Holliday, James Whitten, Gates Wedgeworth, James Wainwright, William Raines

1936-37WomensBBOR

Oak Ridge Women’s Basketball Team, 1936-37: Married name in parentheses.
L to R: Standing: Zola Allison (1920–) (Jenkins), Laura Frances Martin (Holiday), Margaret Austin, -Coach & Teacher, Lillie Pettway, Annie Mae Redditt (Reed)(1920–)
Kneeling: Marie Burroughs (1920–) (Hintson) and Ina Lillian Brown (1920–) (Fowler) (Beesley)

ORWomenBB1937

Oak Ridge Women’s Basketball Team, 1937: Married name in parentheses.
L to R: Front: Annie Mae Redditt (Reed)(1920–), Zola Allison (1920–) (Jenkins), Martha Webster, Catherine Whitten
Second Row: Ina Lillian Brown (1920–) (Fowler) (Beesley), Marie Burroughs (1920–) (Hintson), Laura Frances Martin (Holiday), Margaret Austin, -Coach & Teacher,
Back: Lillie Pettway

ORWomenBB1938

ORMensBB1938

Oak Ridge, 1938 L to R:
Front Row: Ray “Tut” Smithhart, Sidney Rowland,, Earl Brasfield, Floyd Bryant, Otis Foster
Back Row: Sambo Butts, James Holliday, H. H. Williams, Coach Charles Middleton, Clark Wedgeworth, Elbert Redditt, Weston Bryant

ORMensBB1938-2

Oak Ridge, 1938 L to R: Weston Bryant, Ray “Tut” Smithhart, Sidney Rowland, Otis Foster, Floyd Bryant, Earl Brasfield,
Sambo Butts, Elbert Redditt, James Holliday, Clank Wedgeworth, H. H. Williams, Back-Coach Charles Middleton

AnnieMarieRedditt

 

 

 

Annie Mae Redditt, Many of the photos of the basketball team were hers. Nina Andrews, her daughter kindly made them available. Her 1938 Activities award medal is shown below.

 

 

 

 

Medal

 

ORClass1939

Oak Ridge, 1939 Front Row Left, Mrs. Knox Austin. Maybe Rebecca Lee McDuff, 2nd row second from right.

 

1940ORMenBB

 

TheSpotlight

ORLimelighters

OR HiY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walter Cooper

Leon McMullen

FrankOwen

MissOakRidge

 

OakRidgeClassNews1942

OakRidgeGirlsBB1942

Oak Ridge 1942 Girls’ Basketball Team

 

ORBoysBB1942

Oak Ridge 1942 Boys’ Basketball Team
Back: Phillip Gaunt, Thomas Henry, Frank Owens, ?, ?, ?
Front: ?, Robert Redditt, Theodore Jones, Elmer Anderton, ?

ORSeniorClass1942

1942GradAnnounOR 8thGrad Announ1942

NoelNutt

 

Exo Griffity&MarAustin

Oak Ridge, Exo Griffith, Pastor, & Mrs. Estelle Beard, Teacher. She and her sister Miss Elmer Austin, also a teacher, were daughters of Dr. Austin.

Margaret Austin

Oak Ridge, Mrs. Margaret Austin, teacher, married to Knox Austin

Baptism

Oak Ridge Church baptism: ca 1945. Front Row: on right in print dress is Emma Mae McBroome, Mary Barbara “Bobbye” Hackler (Dunn) second row in stripped dress, partially blocked, next to her at right, is Mary Louise McBroom (Foster), behind her is Otis Foster who married Mary Louise McBroom. Girl on left end of second row could be Hedy Blue Powell. (Many thanks to Gloria Crapps Gunn for invaluable help with identifications.) Please send others.

OR 1947 BB

1947 Oak Ridge Basketball Team
Back Row, L to R – Mrs. Margaret Austin-Coach, James Edward Keen, James Walter Alexander, Billy Young, Billy McBroom, Dean Cole, Pete Keen, John Henry Hannah,-manager

Front Row, L to R - Betty Ann Moore, Johnnie Young, Jane Alice Ward, Dorothy Hall, Hermanell Hearn, Jewell Bryant, JoAnn Dillon, Mary Rose Worthy.

1947-48ORGirlsBB

1947–48 Oak Ridge Girls Basketball Team
Back: Mrs. Margaret Austin-Coach
L to R - Dorothy Hall, Mary Rose Worthy, Jane Alice Ward, Johnnie Young, Hermanell Hearn, Betty Ann Moore, JoAnn Dillon, Jewell Bryant

OR1947-48BoysBB

1947–48 Oak Ridge Boys Basketball Team
Back Row, L to R – Billy McBroom, James Edward Keen, James Walter Alexander, Billy Young, Dean Cole, Pete Keen

ORJuniorHiBB1949

Back Row, L to R – Margaret Young, Robert Ernest King, Dan Hall, Jimmy Ward, James Howard Hearn, Joseph Harris, Claude McBroom, Carolyn Brent
Middle Row, L to R – Vera Lee McBroom, Elsie Mae Cook, Mildred Moore, Joan Adams, Florence Gaye Hearn, Jean Redditt, Zula Kate Harris
Front Row, L to R – Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Juanita Martin, Stella Harris

OR1949BoysBB

Back Row, L to R – Robert Ernest King, Claude McBroom, Dan Hall, Joseph Harris,
Front Row, L to R – Jimmy Ward, James Howard Hearn

ORGirlsBB1950-51

Oak Ridge Girls Basketball, c. 1950 or 51
Front Row, L to R – Stella Harris, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Juanita Martin
Middle Row, L to R – Joan Adams, Florence Gaye Hearn, Jean Redditt
Back Row, L to R – Zula Kate Harris, Mildred Moore, Vera Lee McBroom, Carolyn Brent, Margaret Young

ORGirlsBB1951-2

Oak Ridge Girls Basketball, c. 1950 or 51
Front Row, L to R – Stella Harris, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Juanita Martin
Middle Row, L to R – Joan Adams, Florence Gaye Hearn, Jean Redditt
Back Row, L to R – Zula Kate Harris, Mildred Moore, Vera Lee McBroom, Carolyn Brent, Margaret Young

ORBoysBB1950-51

Oak Ridge Girls Basketball, c. 1950 or 51
Front Row, L to R – Stella Harris, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Juanita Martin
Middle Row, L to R – Joan Adams, Florence Gaye Hearn, Jean Redditt
Back Row, L to R – Zula Kate Harris, Mildred Moore, Vera Lee McBroom, Carolyn Brent, Margaret Young

 

OR Class

Front Row, L to R – Martha Alexander, Zula Kate Harris, Margaret Alexander, Peggy Jo Ward, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Nancy Jean Moore, Betty Jo Terrell holding Laverne Redditt (Jean’s little sister)
Back Row, L to R – James (Buddy) Terrell, Eugene Cook, Robert Lee Hearn, Cecil King, Mildred Moore, Joan Adams, Juanita Martin, Florence Gaye Hearn, Stella Harris

OR Class 1949

Oak Ridge c. 1949.
First Row, L to R – Rosalie Jacks, Jean Redditt, Jo Ann Dillon, Hermanell Hearn, Mildred Moore, Carrie Mae Moore, Margaret Young, Jimmy Ward, Will Knox Austin (principal Margaret Austin’s son), Eugene Cook, Dean Cole, Dan Hall, Robert Ernest King

Back Row, L to R – Juanita Martin, Stella Harris, Joan Adams, Zula Kate Harris, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Betty Worthy, Vera Lee McBroom, Margaret Alexander, Betty Jo Terrell, Peggy Lee Ward, Martha Alexander, Joseph Harris, Cecil King

OR Class

Oak Ridge Class, c. 1949
First Row, L to R – Billie Rowland, Eugene Cook, Betty Jo Terrell, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Cecil King, Margaret Alexander, Peggy Lee Ward, Martha Alexander

Back Row, L to R - ?, Mildred Moore, Joan Adams, Elsie Mae Cook, ?, Jean Redditt, ?, Florence Gaye Hearn, Juanita Martin

OR Class 1949

Oak Ridge, c. 1949
Front, L to R – Joan Adams, Stella Harris, Zula Kate Harris, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Jean Redditt, Mildred Moore, Carrie Mae Moore, Will Knox Austin, Margaret Young, Betty Worthy, Betty Jo Terrell, Margaret Alexander, Peggy Lee Ward, Martha Alexander, Billy Worthy, Dan Hall (under table), Jimmy Ward, Dean Cole, Cecil King, Robert Ernest King, Mrs. Beard, ? and ?

Back, L to R – Vera Lee McBroom, Jo Ann Dillon, Hermanell Hearn, Juanita Martin

OR Unknown Class

Unknown Oak Ridge Class. (Picture courtesy of Nina Andrews)

OR Class 1955-56

1955-56 Oak Ridge Class. (Picture courtesy of Nina Quidor Andrews)

ORClass1955-56ID

1955-56 Oak Ridge Class. Picture was taken by Hubert D. Kirk, Sr. - Father of Donald Kirk and Dale Kirk
6. Aroy Redditt, 8. Suzanne Quidor (sister of Nina Ann Quidor),10. Diane Hearn,13. Tommy Redditt,14. Bill Barfield,15. Charles E. Hicks,18. ?Dwiggins,19. Elbert (Sonny) Redditt Jr., 21. Donald Keith Kirk, 23. Will Knox Austin, 25. Kay Pettway, 28. Lana Sue Pace, 30. Shirley Ward, 31. Lynn McNeil, 32. Nina Ann Quidor (Andrews), 33. Ann Alexander, 34. Mrs. Marjorie Clark/Teacher grades 1-3,
35. Emma Lee Maddox, 26. Joyce Hall, 29. Jeff Bragg, 37. Marjorie Ann Clark, 40. Vera Smithheart, 41. Martha Ann Redditt, 43. Toni Gail Griffith, 47. Hubert Dale Kirk, Jr., 48. Mrs. Margaret Austin, Teacher/Principal grades 4-6, 49. George Hearn.

(Picture courtesy of Nina Quidor Andrews)

MildredMoore&JFBiedenharn

At letf: Jimmie Faye Biedenharn and Joan Adams, Oak Ridge. At right: L to R: Mildred Moore & Jimmie Faye Biedenharn

Vera Lee McBroomJoanAdamsJfBiedenharnStellaHarris

At left: Vera Lee McBroom & Dan Hall, Oak Ridge. Ar right: Top to Bot: Joan Adams, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn and Stella Harris.

VicksburgParade1951or52

Oak Ridge Students in Vicksburg Christmas Parade, about 1951 or 1952. They pulled the float.
Front row, L to R - George Murray Hearn, Charles Henry, Ronny Terrell, Will
Knox Austin, James Dwiggins

Back row, L to R - J. W. Redditt, Cecil King, Robert Lee Hearn, James
(Buddy) Terrell, Lorenzo Foster, Jimmy Hall

HamiltonGirlsTable

Counterclockwise around the table: Mable H. Biedenhorn in red, Sarah H. Knight, Mildred H. Lewis, William Hamilton & spouse, spouse of Mattie H. Hoosier, ? Whitley, Alma H. Whitley (deceased).

8thGradeOR1953ReunionENTIRE 8th grade graduating class at Oak Ridge in 1953
L to R..Martha Alexander, Cecil King, Margaret Alexander Griffith and Betty Jo Terrell Oakes, 2004 Reunion

Story shared by Betty Jo, “Martha, Margaret, Cecil and I started first grade together and all attended Oak Ridge through the 8th grade until we had to transfer to Redwood because Oak Ridge was no longer a high school. During our eight years there, we only had four teachers…Mrs. I. V. Lofton for first and second grades, Miss Elmer Austin for third and fourth, Mrs. Estelle Beard for fifth and sixth, and Mrs. Margaret Austin for seventh and eighth. Mrs. Austin was also the principal.

"There was a very long sidewalk in front of the school. At recess we would all put on our skates and skate up and down the sidewalk. Sometime around fourth or fifth grade we all had our dads make stilts for us that we kept at school and walked on at recess. Some of the stilts were so high that we had to climb on the sliding board ladder to mount them. When we were in seventh and eighth grades, we had a grapevine swing out behind the school where we would swing at recess…so much fun! Can you imagine children getting to do those kinds of activities in schools these days? We also had wonderful baseball games with Mrs. Margaret Austin serving as umpire. I have wished so many times that I had taken the opportunity to thank those wonderful ladies for the outstanding education and other opportunities they gave us. They managed to do so much for their students with very little resources.”

Oak Ridge School Year Unknown

Oak Ridge School, Year Unknown.

Margaret Austin

MargaretAustin2

Margaret Austin, Principal of Oak Ridge

R. L. Smith, Principal and Agriculturist, Oak Ridge School, 1940-41. He later served as County Agent for Warren County.

Top