The Log Cabin Spain School

In 1863, records were first kept for School District No. 3, Town 10, Range 6. In 1863, the Directors were Allen Rhodes, D.L. Hendrix, and L.W. Ford. In August 1863, Aaron Quicksall and F.E. Turner were elected Directors. Unfortunately, I cannot determine from the old school records who they replaced. I can tell that in 1863 the directors did several things to make the old log cabin a better schoolhouse. The following was taken directly from the financial record book of the school for 1863 and the first part of 1864.

July 10th: A.C. Cadwell was paid $1.00 for hauling lumber from Neoga for seats for school room.

July 12th: James Spain was paid $1.25 for hauling carpenters tools to make seats.

July 28th: T.M. Sutton was paid $23.75 for furnishing lumber and making seats for school room. (T.M. Sutton was also the teacher for the winter term)

October 24: John Spain, by order of the Directors, bought for in the school: 1 dictionary for $.50, Bolts for the door for $.20, Chair for school room $.90, Chalk for $.15, and on January 15th, 1864: 1 broom for $.75.

March 30th: John Lamb for teaching $125.00.


 

The 1864 School District Census

On March 30, 1864, a census was completed of the children in the school district. The census included children between the ages of five and 21 years. Below is a table of the families and children separated by gender. The number of children and totals are as listed in the school district record book. Many of the totals are incorrect and names are misspelled.

Household

Girls

Boys

Total

Samuel Brouse

3

3

6

Harvy Waid

3

3

6

D.L. Hendril

2

"

4

D. Care

3

2

5

O.P. Admire

2

2

5

N. Denton

2

1

3

H.L. Waid

1

"

1

F.E. Turner

1

2

5

J.M. Spain

"

2

4

H. Farel

1

1

4

D.D. Cadwell

2

1

3

F. Harper

"

"

2

A. Quicksall

5

3

9

J. Spain

2

2

4

A. Bolt

"

1

1

 

Household

Girls

Boys

Total

W. Binion

"

"

3

N. Pallin

2

1

3

F.M. Cdonnal

1

1

2

Hartley

4

2

6

J. Powel

2

3

5

A. Lugar

1

4

6

H. Roberson

1

1

3

J. Marten

2

2

4

Gisel Moon

3

2

5

J.B. Mills

2

3

5

W. Mills

2

3

5

B.B. Mills

2

2

4

John Mills

3

2

5

J. Loants

1

2

3

Wm. Moon

2

3

5

TOTAL    

132


Early School District Expenses

Following are the recorded expenses for the years 1865 through 1870. These records (in italics) were taken as written from an old district record book. Mistakes and misspellings are included for the purpose of authenticity.

1865

December 15th: To Wiley Turner for chopping two cords of wood for stove and banking up around school house $10.50.

1866

James Carr for delivering four cords of wood at $1.50 a cord $6.00.

March 31st: James A. Puryear for furnishing window lights for school house $.50.

March 31st: James L. Seater for teaching $145.50.

May 8th: James L. Seater for teaching $34.50.

September 1st: James Carr for two cords of wood $3.00.

September 25th: Jacob Julino for filling in the school house with saw dust $10.00.

1867

March 29th: D.L. Robey for teaching six months of school $210.00, for cutting wood and broom $6.25.

March 29th: Jacob Julino for repairing school house door $.50.

March 29th: E. Houchin for chalk $.50.

March 30th: James H. Quicksall for delivering six cords of wood to school house $12.00.

July 26th: D.L. Robey for teaching three months $100.00.

1868

April 6: James H. Quicksall for furnishing six months fuel and banking around school house $16.00.

April 11th: D.L. Robey for teaching six months $216.00.

August 17th: E. Houchin for stove pipe, broom, and bucket $1.05.

November 23rd: F.E. Turner for bucket, six window lights, and tacks $1.05.

1869

February 15th: Mitchell Houchin for furnishing four months fuel $10.00.

March 6th: D.L. Robey for teaching four months school $160.00.

August 6th: William A. Elam for teaching three months school $90.00, and for furnishing broom for school house $.40.

1870

April 4th: William A. Elam for teaching three months school $105.40, and for teaching two and a half months school $87.50.

April 11th: James H. Quicksall for furnishing fuel for school house six months and banking up the same $16.00.

April 18th: William A. Elam for teaching school nine days $17.50.

Through April, 1870, the school district was known as District No. 3, but in May 1870, it was changed to District No. 4. Also, beginning on April 12, 1872, more detailed records were kept on the meetings of the District No. 4 School Board.

 

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