History of Armstrong County, Volume 2 Page: 114
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History of the Mt. Pleasant School
The Mt. Pleasant school was officially organized in the spring of 1898
when the Lake view community was divided. The first school building was
a very small one vroon building located just a few yards from the Dye
lake about three miles south of the present Lakeview school .house. The
term of school was t X.XAX1'~Zk;I r about fomr months and Dr. S. .
Vineyard (deceased) taught the initial term. Before the next term began
an old store building was moved from Claude and located on the Baker place
soi hat it would be more convenient for the patrons. Dr. S. I. Vineyard
also taught this term(1898-99) which was the first full term the community
of Mt. Pleasant had.
In 1,05 the building was moved to the Lewis Cobb land one mile east and
one and one and one half miles north of the present location. The community
was more settled and this location was more convenient for all. Miss
Carrie Bennett started ther first term in this location, but she only
taught until Christmas and Mr. Jimmie Patterson finished the term. It was
at this timer that the school was nicknamed '"Monkey Run". Mr. TFatters .n
and one of the pupils had a l-ttle difficulty and the pupil's father came
to school to straighten out the matter. The discussion became very heated
and almost lead to blows, but the patron, who was slightly crippled, ran.
The scene was so comical that some one shouted, "Look at the monkey run."
Thus the name '"Monkey Run. "
In 1910-12 Miss Mytrle Herron taught school and it was at this time that the
school library was started. It has been added to until it is one of the best
in the country. During the summer of 191-2 the old building was torn down and
a new one erected. The new building had two large class rooms divided by
folding doors, a hall, and two large cloak rooms. Mr. N. S. Bagwell, Mr.
Scoggins, and Mr. A. L. Cobb were the trustees. Mss Sallie Dickerson
started this term, but she taught until Christimas and a Misc Hargrove
In 1913-14 the Mt. Pleasant school became a two teacher school. Miss Ada
Sanders and Miss Redman were the instructors. Miss Georgia Ladiful and
Miss Winona Wolfe taught during 19 4-15. At that ax time a well was dug
on the grounds and building erected below the J. A. Headquarters to accome-
date the children below the Caprock. The first teacher at the JA ward was
Miss Wiedman. After that one trustee was elected from the patrons to that
school and two from the Mt. Pleasant.
During the exa of school fairs the Mt. Fleasant school won the Dr. Vineyard
loving cup for exterior improvements and beautification and the following
year won one for exterior improvements.
During the term of 1922-23 manual trainihg, cooking and sewing were added to
the curriculum. Then in 1927-28 a laboratory was added for the different
sciences, and typing, shorthand, and book-keeping was taught.
In January of 1926 the school house burned, and very little of the equipment
was saved. A large room was added to the teacherage, which had been built in
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The Woman's Development Club. History of Armstrong County, Volume 2, book, 1939; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth182366/m1/124/: accessed October 19, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Armstrong County Museum.