Greene County Arkansas
Centennial Edition Section 5
Monday, August 29,1983, Paragould Daily Press Section 5, Centennial Edition -7
Halliday was the scene for this sit-down meal for the traveling recruits
I remember: Picking, Chopping Cotton
Company F visited several Greene County communities during "The Hike"
April 8 through 13, 1918. Tom McHaney documen-ted several of the
excursions including the ones pictured above.
|My first day of teaching school
The superstition of 13 being an unlucky number did not affect my thoughts or feelings in the least in regard to my first day of teaching, coming on the 13th of July. On that day, I was to become the teacher of the advanced pupils of the old Mt. Carmel School, a three-room, two-teacher school.
When Monday morning came, I rose early and ate very little break-fast. I dressed myself carefully, being particular to wear my lavendar ging-ham dress because it made me ap-pear mature and "teacherly." (So I thought.)
I arrived at school early, before most of the pupils came. When the children began to gather, they used their own methods for be-coming acquainted with the new teacher. Some of the timid ones looked shyly in my direction, smiled and passed to the rear room to leave their lunch boxes or pails. the bolder pupils came forward to talk. Some com-mented on the weather, some asked questions about their lessons and still others volunteered general information about the community.
My prospects for the day and for the term were splendid until noticed a large man talking with the older boys. I knew he was not one of the school directors and I could not imagine why he was at school.
After a few minutes, he came to me and said, "Little girl, could you tell me who the teacher is going to be? The county supervisor told me that I could get a good review in the 7th and 8th grades here. I plan to enter Jonesboro Agricultural School this fall."
As this large, 30-year-old man stood be-fore me and looked down at me for an answer, my lavendar gingham made me appear small and insignificant. Nevertheless, I hesitated not a minute and answered, "I am she." he seemed surprised and confused and I felt better.
Mabel Huston Spence
Grandma's treasures in the attic
Transcribed by: PR Massey
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