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Taken in March of 1945, this photograph is of the faculty and student body of the Works Progress Administration school located in Morgan Mill, Erath County.
The school was built in 1940-41 of Palo Pinto County sandstone, and the project employed, at any given time, some 25 to 30 skilled carpenters and stonemasons,
all, by WPA edict, the local heads of households.
buildings can still play a vital role in their
community, and they hope to preserve this
one for future generations.
Alice Linde Fisher, an academic adviser at
The University of Texas and a former school
teacher, co-authored with James D. Fisher the
article, "Common Schools of Central Texas:
Past and Present," which appeared in HERITAGE,
James D. Fisher is a museum administrator
for the City of Austin. He has been employed
at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington,
D.C., and has served on the Texas Association
of Museums' Board.
Photographer John Christian has documented
the landscape and cultures on both
sides of the Rio Grande since the 1950s. In
1976 he was awarded the prestigious J. Frank
Dobie-Paisano Fellowship for his photographic
documentation of the Huichol Indians of
1 A Report of the Results of The Texas
Statewide School Adequacy Survey prepared
by the Texas State Board of Education as a
report on Official Project No. 65-66-7752,
conducted by the Works Progress Administration,
1937, p. 21.
2 Texas Outlook, "Depression and the New
Rural Schools", Texas State Teachers Association,
Fort Worth, TX, October 1933,
3 Texas Outlook January 1935, p.21.
4 Jane Warner Rogers, WPA Professional
and Service Projects, MA Thesis UT, Austin,
1976, p. 4-8.
5 Edgar Belcher, Federal Government Participation
in Education in Texas, MA Thesis,
August 1939, p. 42-43.
6 H.P. Drought, "Texas Works Progress
Administration, "County Progress, February
1939, p. 11-14.
7 Alice Barrows, "New School Buildings
for Old," The American Teacher, April 1940,
8 Maurice Judd, "Federal Work Programs
for Better Schools," School and Society,
March 20, 1937, p. 412.
9 National Archive records, WPA Project
Files T935 roll 66.
10 Texas Outlook, WPA columns, 19381941.
11 H.P. Drought, County Progress, February
1939, p. 11-14.
12 Allen Bradley, The History.and Education
of Eastland County, Master's of Art
Thesis, University of Texas at Austin, p.
13 A Report of The Adequacy of Texas Schools,
14 Cranfills Gap News, ISD Centennial
Edition, September 8,1988, p. 17.
15 Interview with Gene L. Williams of
16 Interview with Margie Bailey of Milam
17 Interview with the Superintendent
Herbert of Burton School.
18 Interview with Marie Kennedy, Valera
19 1991-92 Texas School Directory, Texas
20 Interview with Charles Granberry,
16 HERITAGE * FALL 1993
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