The Harrison County West Virginia School System in 1896-97 was divided into Dicstricts and I will attempt to publish each District in full. Some under the Board of Education are larger than others. Each School in each District is listed including all of the faculty with students listed and what level they were in the school year. Also listed are remarks written by the attending teacher. I hope this will help someone find one or more of their family members that attended a Harrison County School during the 1896-97 school year.

CLARK DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCTION

President, A. W. Fitto, Clarksburg…, Term expires June 30, 1899
Members:
{ B. Southern, Clarksburg…, Term expires June 30, 1899
{ G. A. Custer, Clarksburg..., Term expires June 30, 1899

Secretary, J. R. Adams, Clarksburg Salary paid No. 1, $37.00; No. 2, $30.00; No. 3, $20.00
No. of Schools in the district

8

No. of teachers employed

9

No. White pupils enumerated

288

No. Colored pupils enumerated

2

No. White and Colored enumerated

290

No. White pupils enrolled

204

Average daily attendance

131

Total value of all taxable property

$349,360.00

Total value of all school property

$4,720.00

Total amount of Building Fund

$437.06

Total amount of Teacher's Fund

$1,164.54

Total amount invested

$6,321.60


Sub-District No. 1.
NUTTER SCHOOL
Lillie M. Holden, Teacher
Trustees---Anthony Lightner, James Criss, George Corpening

Primary Grade

Section

Section

Robert Griffith

2

Daisy McCartney

2

Fred Coufner

2

Lena Greathouse

2

Frank Coufner

2

*Clara Lightner

2

Isa Griffith

2

Mary Coufner

1

Intermediate Grade

Section

Section

Samuel Winters

5

*Jeannette Lightner

6

Eli Lightner

5

Pheona Griffith

6

Levi Lightner

5

Bertha Griffith

6

Dora Griffith

6

Josie Nutter

6

Ethel Hickman

5

Lena Coufner

5


*Neither absent nor tardy during the term.


Report of Teacher

     In making my report of what is known as the Nutter School, I have no room in any way to complain. The patrons manifest a great interest in their school, and the trustees are very attentive to their duty.

The daily attendance of the school was good. I had but little trouble to secure suffcient books.
With but one exception we were not interfered with in our work by pupils being tardy.
The school house has a very healthful location, and school supplies have been well attended to.
Hoping that the interest in school work may continue to grow and success attend you efforts.

I remain,
Lillie M. Holden, Teacher


Sub-District No. 2.
CENTER BRANCH SCHOOL
Room No. 2
A.L. Davis, Teacher
Trustees---B.B. Stout, Thos. C. White, G.W. Mills

Intermediate Grade


Section

Section

Charlie Kester

5

Rittie Wolfe

5

Hayward Hickman

5

Bessie Mills

5

James Wolfe

5

Effie Kidd

5

John Wolfe

5

Alitha Kester

5

Robert Wolfe

5

Dora Mills

5

George Mills

5

Lillie White

6

James Kester

5

*Mattie Stout

6

Blackburn Pew

6

Lena Holden

6

Meigs Stout

6

Lillie Wolf

5

Cora Nutter

6


Upper Grade

Section

Section

Frank Nutter

8

Ethel Holden

7

Josie Stout

8



Graduates

Suzie Pew


*Neither absent nor tardy during the term.


CENTER BRANCH SCHOOL--(Continued)
Room No. 1
Minnie M. Lyon, Teacher

Primary Grade

Section

Section

John White

2

Ethel Ryan

2

Carl Southern

1

Myrtle Silcott

2

Frank Southern

2

Jessie Sicott

2

Newton Drummond

1

Julia Kidd

1

Fleming Nutter

1

Rosa Day

1

Alfred Ryan

1

*Mattie White

2

Cecil Kester

1

Earl Kester

2


Intermediate Grade

Section

Section

Cecil A. Norman

5

Minnie Day

4

Howard Ryan

5

Ethel Nutter

4

Bennie White

4

Josie Mills

3

Grover C. Nutter

4

*Lizzie Kester

3

*Neither absent nor tardy during term.


Report of Teacher

     We join in saying, the patrons, in genreal, are in sympathy with the free school system and manifest quite an interest in the school work, yet there is need of a greater co-operation on part of the patrons and teachers.

The school was retarded but little on account of tardiness and absence.

With but few exceptions we had no trouble in getting pupils to procure necessary books.

The greater number of the pupils are ambitious, studious and progressive, and as a school they are courteous, obedient and well behaved.

Respectfully submitted,
A.L. Davis {Teacher
Minnie M. Lyon{Teacher


Sub-District No. 3.

CUSTER SCHOOL
L.L. Bailey, Teacher
Trustees---Allen Stewart, Harvey Johnson, Boyd B. Waldec
Primary Grade

Section

Section

Sherman G. Bennett

2

Lura V. Bennett

1

Leroy M. Custer

2

Bertha I. Bennett

1

Charles Custer

1

Ivy M. Henderson

1

Henry Custer

1

Bessie A. Johnson

1

Vance Crim

2

Russell Crim

2

Porter A. Frush

1

Harrison F. Frush

1

Bruce Johnson

2

John Wagner

1

Albert Wagner

1

William Wagner

1

Charles Wagner

1

Cecil Wagner

1

Intermediate Grade

Section

Section

G. H. Custer

4

Ivy R. Custer

6

L. C. Frush

3

Elizabeth S. Custer

5

H. W. Frush

6

Lily M. Crim

3

J. W. Frush

5

Jennett Frush

4

D. W. Henderson

3

Nellie M. Frush

4

H. C. Henderson

3

Ada L. Frush

5

C. E. Waldeck

3

Ida S. Frush

5

A. H. Waldec

5

Icy D. Stewart

5

Laura B. Stewart

5


Upper Grade

Section

Section

H. W. Custer

8

Estella Custer

8

J. H. Henderson

8


Report of Teacher

     In submitting the report of the Custer School I am proud to say that it is a model school in many respects and I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks for the hearty co-operation of the patrons to make my sojourn pleasant and the school a success
 :    Ever be a ready, earnest and zealous in the work and our sons and daughters will rise up to bless our joint efforts, and the nation will honor her noble benetactors as she ought.


     This school has not made the advancement in the graded course of study tht it would have made on account of the uncertainty of the proper books to be used; but as that point has, to a certain extent, been disposed of by our late legislature, we feel sure that our energetic Superintendent will be equal to the emergency and by the next term of school "confidence" in our much needed grade3d course of study will have been restored. Our worthy Superintendent deserves much praise for the able and masterly manner in which he has pushed the gred system of our free schools. It is a long stride along the educational line, and let us as teachers and patrons work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder with him in this work and ere long illiteracy and crime will be a thing of the past.

Respectfully submitted,
March 9th, 1897
L. L. Bailey, Teacher



Sub-Dictrict No. 4

SAND HILL SCHOOL
Mable Lee, Teacher

Primary Grade

Section

Section

Vance Williams

1

Alice Williams

1

Russell Wiseman

1

Norval Wiseman

1

Intemediate Grade

Section

Section

Kirke Martin

5

Treavey Wiseman

3

Eddie Joyce

4

Louisa Kraft

4

Claude Martin

4


Report of Teacher

     I have but one fault to find, that is, the school is too small to keep up the interest I would like to have in a school room.

Very respectfully,
Mable Lee


Sub-District No. 5.

REYNOLDSVILLE SCHOOL
Sallie Denham, Teacher
Trustees---J. C. Gawthrop, Kelso Thompson, Ed. Fittro

Primary Grade

Section

Section

Howard Bailey

1

__________________
Willie Dillon

2

Ray Gawthrop

1

Harlan Hurst

2

*Carl Hall

1

Roscoe McNemar

1

Grafton Ward

1


Imermediate Grade

Section

Section

Daffy Lang

3

Pearl Elliott

6

Hugh Garrett

3

May Fittro

6

Russell Bailey

3

Maude Fritto

6

Luther Dillon

4

Lulu Fittro

3

Charlie Green

4

Bertha Gawthrop

3

Ralph Gawthrop

4

Maggie Hurst

3

Carr Gawthrop

4

Gracie Schrader

3

Philip Schrader

4

Zeppa Thompson

4

Worthy Schrader

4

Emma Mathey

3

Cecil Romine

6

Naomi Garrett

3

Hazel Fritto

4

Upper Grade

Section

Section

Ira Fitto

7

Celia King

7

Rebecca Thompson

7

(*Neither absent nor tardy during the term)


Sub-District No. 6.

(No School Name listed for this school. If anyone would know the name please contact webmaster)
Wm. T. Pepper, Teacher
Trustees---James Monroe, John Sharp, John Romine

Primary Grade

Section

Section

William Sharps

2

Lillie Sharps

2

Cleveland Bussey

2

Nannie Swiger

2

Edward Williams

2

Intermediate Grade

Chas. Swiger

5

Isa Fleming

6

John Swiger

5

Minnie Fleming

6

Arthur Romine

4

Verda Swiger

5

Frank Romine

4

Grace Bussey

5

Frank Bussey

5

Maud Bussey

3

Wm. Harbert

5

Jennie Esty

4<


Sub-District No. 7

LOWER DAVISSON RUN SCHOOL
Nancy Ward, Teacher
Trustees---H. L. Cork, Daniel Davission, P. J. Walker

Primary Grade

Section

Section

Ray Rector

1

Pearl Cork

7

Lee Cork

1

Clara Walker

7

Ray Cork

1

Luren Walker

7

Joseph Cork

1

Belva Cork

7

Clarence Sheets

2

Maude Rector

7

Marshall Floyd

1

Alma Cork

2

Marshall Richards

1

Andra Cork

3

Sylvanus Walker

2

Amy Walker

2


Imtermediate Grade

Section

Section

Marion Rector

5

Cora Sheets

5

John Cork

5

Annie Davisson

5

Frederick Cork

5

Stella Cork

5

Pruda Cork

4

Report of Teacher

     The patrons generally, manifested little or no interest in the school work. Most of the pupils secured bookds according to directions. The progress and interest of the school was greatly hindered by tardiness and absence.

The percent of attendance for the term was 70%. Average daily about 10



Sub-district No. 8.

LOWER WILSONBURG SCHOOL
Etta Payne, Teacher
Trustees---J. E. Rector, J. E. Titchenal, W. J. Primm.
Primary Grade

Section

Section

Archie Walford

1

Mary Wright

1

Harry Floyd

1

Leeuna Cumbridge

1

Russell Gould

1

Ila Davis

1

Wilbur Gould

1

Bessie Wright

1

Leroy Wright

1

Lillie Wright

Willis Drummond

1

Sarah Floyd

2

Arthur Floyd

2

Tensie Allen

1

John Floyd

2

Anna Lieberman

2

Rufus Wrigh

1

Prudie Titchenal

1

Homer Rector

2

Daise Wright

1

Ray Johnston

1

Veva Wolf

2


Intermediate Grade
Willace Tichenal

5

Linnie Connaway

4

Daniel Miller

5

Arta Floyd

4

Harry Tichenal

3

Mary Bunnell

4

*Harry Ashcraft

3

Grace Hall

4

Howard Drummon

3

Jennie Hamerick

4

Ernest Fowler

3

Nora Floyd

4

Ray Fowler

3

Octavia Drummond

5

____________Zora Drummond

5

____________<.font>Ottie Wolfe

3

____________Lizzie Miller

3


Upper Grade
_____________

Section

Section

Rose Hall

7

Iva Coffman

*Neither absent nor tardy during the term.



Report of Teacher

      One of the greatest hinderance to this school was, that the parents failed to get books when I told them of their children's need, they promised to see that they were supplied with such books, but in the end failed to get them.

      I had very few cases of tardiness. 'Some of the pupils were absent two-thirds of the term. Especially those who lived in the immediate neighborhood of the school, and came often enough to be a nusiance both to the teacher and the class, in which they were entered.

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