History of Mineola, Texas; "Gateway to the Pines" Page: 47
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began in the new and modern all air-conditioned building. Now all schools are
fully integrated. The property which housed the colored children for years has
The school built in 1901, which the elementary children shared with the
high school students, was utilized by the elementary children until 1933,
when a two story brick elementary school building was built on North New-
some Street. It was the Ward School building until 1969 or there about.
Some of the early teachers were Mrs. Boon Goode ("Miss Mary" as she
was known--her husband operated a livery stable and a hotel); Miss Galliger
was from San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Turner; S.C. Miles; Mrs. Rosa
Patten Buchanan; Mrs. Josephine Cantrill Flynt who helped build the foun-
dation for the present school system; J.F. Kindle; B.A. Stafford; Carl E.
Nesbit; Mrs. Ruth Coleman; Mrs. Helen Jones Wade; Ben Copass; Mrs.
Blanche Copass; Mrs. Charm Kitchens Reitch; Mrs. Amy Mansell Willis;
Mrs. Fairie Jennings, daughter-in-law of L.P. Jennings; Mrs. Grace Al-
dridge; Miss Doris Williams; Mrs. Gladys Langford; Mr. and Mrs. Lucius
Hart; Miss Emma Birdsong; Mrs. Lorena Smith Marchman; Mrs. Ora Bru-
ner; Prof. Hibbits; P.E. Wallace and wife; Carr P. Kitchen; Mr. Morphis;
Mr. Adams and S.C. Miles.
The first school books were furnished in 1917-1921.
In 1945 school lunches were served in the elementary school, with Mrs.
S.T. Rhodes as supervisor of the cooking and serving. Mrs. L.D. Callaway
served in this position for a long time.
As I reminisce through a high school annual, I am reminded that times
have changed, as have other things such as the school system, the teachers,
and the pupils.
The spirit which prompted those early teachers still live in the school sys-
tem today, and many of the early pupils have gone out into the world and
made names for themselves. Such as:
Mrs. Lou Hooks Wagner is the co-ordinator of the MHS Chapter of
Distributive Education Club of America.
The New Hope School was razed late in 1960, and consolidated with Min-
eola and Hawkins. Mrs. Eula Elder was the last teacher.
Some of today's citizens still remember the old "Golden Rule" school they
attended in 1895.
The Lone Pine School was a frame building until 1928 or 29. It also was an
"independent" school and was located on the old Caudle place. In 1928 or 29
it was moved to the old Green place on Highway 80, in the west part of the
city. After it was moved, it was brick veneered. Later, during the time Profes-
sor Ben Copass was superintendent, Lone Pine consolidated with the Mineola
school. It has been abandoned as a school and now houses a farm implement
Mrs. Dorothy Brooks Fulcher, Mrs. Grace Addy, Mrs. Gaye Matthews
were the last teachers of this school.
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Jones, Lucille. History of Mineola, Texas; "Gateway to the Pines", book, 1973; Quanah, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth130180/m1/57/: accessed February 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .