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Way We Were: Teacher lectured parents on law and order

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The following column was written by Wyatt Shely and ran in his “Our Heritage” column Jan. 25, 1962.
On October 4, 1894, Superintendent W. D. Moore visited the one room Goodlett School, where a young lady was found teaching 84 pupils. Twenty-nine of these were in the first grade. The homemade seats each held as many as three pupils. There was a small blackboard, but there were no maps or charts. The history class was “ungraded,” but children from age 10 to 18 listened intently as Miss Rhoda Caldwell taught them the principles of our government. There was  class in mental arithmetic. Square root and perfect cubes kept the older pupils busy while the teacher had each smaller child line up for a counting drill.
The “natural born teacher” visited homes in the neighborhood and lectured parents on the necessity for law and order. Following the close of the Civil War, there was wide-spread disorder in many parts of the county. Family feuds resulting from bitterness over the outcome of the war continued for many years. Quarrels, fist-fights, gun-fights, and a few killings occurred in Anderson County. Miss Caldwell did much to improve the citizenship of that section of the county, generally known as the cut-off. She served as her own “truant officer.” She insisted upon good attendance, and she knew when one of her four-score pupils was “playing hooky.”
Rhoda attended Birdwhistell Academy in Lawrenceburg before going to the University of Kentucky. She married Dr. C.W. Kavanaugh and founded the well-known Kavanaugh Academy in Lawrenceburg.  Her success as a teacher is well-known. She trained some 200 boys for West Point and Annapolis in addition to her teaching and coaching local young men and women regularly enrolled in her school. In 1909 she became principal of the Anderson County High School, which for 40 years was  general known as Kavanaugh High School.
Mrs. Rhoda Kavanaugh died in 1959. She is buried in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Tyrone School
Another rural school (1894) with more than 70 enrollment was Tyrone where J. M. Baker was the teacher. This school had patent seats, but no maps or charts. Water was carried in a three-gallon bucket from a spring three-fourths of a mile from school.
There were also three pupils for each seat at Tyrone. However, in 1894, a new building was erected at Tyrone. It was a two-room building with folding door. Both Superintendent Moore and the Tyrone community were proud of the new building.

Other schools
With 82 enrolled, Mr. M.W. Hyatt was teaching at Camden.
Miss Annie Arstrong was teaching a large class in a condemned building at Providence.

Blackboard paint recipe
Teachers or trustees kept the schoolhouse in order. Following is a formula for blackboard paint furnished for the schools in 1895.
To one gallon of alcohol, add one pound of gum shellac, shacking and stirring until the shellac is well dissolved. Then add six ounces of pumice stone and enough lamp black to give the desired color. It is best to cut the lamp black with a little alcohol before it is put in. One pint of mixture is sufficient for three square yards of board.

40 YEARS AGO
Feb. 4, 1982
Claude Perry was pictured using his birthday gift, a pool cue, at Schweighardt’s Store in Glensboro.
Glensboro residents helped him celebrate his 86th birthday with a party at the store.
The World War I veteran had lived in the area all  his life and he and his wife, Ann Robinson Perry had lived in Glensboro for 40 years.

A.C. Royalty was named chief of the newly-formed Western Volunteer fire department. Other officials elected were: Bobby Hume, assistant chief; Clifton Nutgrass, secretary; Billy Ford, treasurer; Lonnie Flora, public relations; Paul Yates, equipment maintenance; A.C. Royalty and Bobby Hume, fire board.

There was a population explosion on the Doug Drury farm on Puncheon Creek. A nanny goat belonging to Doug’s son, Joey, presented its proud owner with not two, but four kids. They were pictured on the front page being held by Joey and his son, David. All the kids were spotted with one being mostly black, one brown, one reddish colored and one mostly white.

Carol Sparrow took over the job as bookmobile librarian after Betty Richmond took a position in the library following the retirement of Joann Routt.

Five members of the Anderson County High School Chorus were in the Kentucky All-State Chorus.
The students were: Jackie Harley, Gina Rue, Leon Waldridge, Rex Burkhead and Sharon Roark.

Four generations of the Sharsle Drury family lived together on the family farm on Puncheon Creek.
There was Doug, 53, and his wife, Aline “Mama;” Joey, 25, and his wife, Janet, and son David, 6; Sharsle, 79, and Danny 32. Danny and Joey are sons of Doug and Aline.

Winners in the candy selling project of Cub Scout Pack 38 were: Glenn Gehefer, 9, son of Margie and Glenn Gehefer, who received a watch for first place; Chad Ritchey, 9, son of Ann and Ken Oliver, who received a canteen for second; and Cory Sims, 9, son of Jenny and Jerry Shouse, who received a flashlight for third place.

Mike Riley of Ripy Street won $20 in The Anderson News Basketball Contest by being the only person to get as many as 15 games correct.