Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 48
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Cove Springs School. L-R, Top Row: Lottie Bettis, teacher, Clarice Hoven, Pearlie Mae Carlson, Inga
Bushwold, Mavel Larson, Ola Clark, Second Row: Luther Sowell, Mary Franklin, Vergie Hovend, Ruth
Knudson, Audrey Clark, Stella Carlson, Ada Mae Larson, Wilma Larson, Pernell Larson. Bottom Row:
Filmore Thomason, Thomas Carlson, Julian Carlson, Helmer Carlson, Almo Hovend.
Live Oak Grove Basketball Team: L-R: Mae Rohne (Jenson), Essye Gaston (Shepherd), Clarice Bertelson
(Rohne), Mozelle Cox (Grace), Ruby Reierson )Olson), Jewel Gaston (Murphree).
The first Live Oak School was built on
what is now known as the Ernest Rohne farm.
Its name comes from its location within a live
oak grove of trees. The next building was
located on what is now known as the Martin
Clary farm; it was built on the south side of
the farm near a branch.
Some of the ex-students recall spending
hours on the branch playing mumble-peg in
the spring and jumping the snow-covered
branch in winter, sometimes landing knee
deep in icy water under the snow. Everyone
looked forward to Friday afternoon for the
old time spelling match.
There was one day in the school year that
everyone dreaded - the day that County
Superintendent Roach came. Everyone re-
members the old horse and topless buggy
with a bundle of oats in the back. When the
teachers saw Mr. Roach coming, they would
say, "Everyone be quiet, get a book and start
studying." He took over and heard all classes
The last Live Oak Groce schoolhouses was
built in 1917 on the P.C. Nelson place, owned
now by Chris Morris Hansen. This building
was first class with cloak rooms, new single
desks, new stoves, and two classrooms for
nine grades. There was a shed for horses
because everyone walked, used buggies or
rode horses to school.
Games became more modern with basket-
ball, volley ball, softball and baseball. Live
Oak Grove was well known for basketball
teams. The first girls' team was called "the
sisters' team" with Mary and Ruby Reierson,
Essye and Jewel Gaston and Juanita and
Mozell Cox playing.
Students showed imagination, too. When
permanent waves became the fashion, girls
used cockleburrs to roll one girl's hair at
recess. The teacher had a difficult job
removing the curlers.
The last day of school each year was a big
event with dinner or supper on the grounds
followed by a program or play.
Live Oak Grove School consolidated with
Cranfills Gap School in 1935-36. Charles
Romine and Geraldine Rowe were the teach-
ers at that time. There were nine grades. The
higher grades and Mr. Romine went to
Cranfills Gap in 1935, and he became the first
bus driver. Miss Rowe taught the lower
grades at Live Oak Grove until 1936 when
they, too, went to the Cranfills Gap School.
The building was moved to Cranfills Gap and
used as a classroom for the seventh grade for
by Aline Hamby
MERIDIAN CREEK SCHOOL
A rural school district, Number 62, in
Bosque County, was organized about 1915. It
was called Meridian Creek School since it was
located in the Meridian Creek valley. It was
on the road between Norse and Cranfills Gap,
thirteen miles west of Clifton. The school was
located on the south border of Parks Ranch.
Mr. Tom Parks granted the school free use
of the land needed. The first building was a
one-room structure which was moved from a
location near the Rock Church and was called
the Swenson School. About 1916 the district
built a two room school building with cloak
rooms and a small library. The building
included an elevated stage in one room and
a wood burning stove with a metal jacket in
each room. By opening two large doors the
two rooms became one for programs and
community activities. Outdoor toilets were
located near the edge of the school ground.
Since some of the students came to school by
buggy or by horseback, a stable was built.
The school had three trustees who had
community responsibility for the supervision
of the school. The trustees were elected by the
district or appointed and commissioned by
the county school Superintendent. Books and
some school material were received from the
County School Superindent's office. Mrs.
LIVE OAK GROVE
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