Kenney District 62

Kenney School was 3 miles east of Snyder. It was named for John Kinney who operated a store across from the school. It was usually a 3 month school. In the fall of 1908 a small pox epidemic kept the school from opening until January 1909. It was a tiny box frame building and was never painted. There were no desks, the students sat on homemade benches and wrote on slates they held on their laps. The teacher's desk was a homemade table with a cane bottom chair.

In 1908 there were more than 60 students in the one room. The younger children were placed on benches against the wall as a place for them to lean.

The school held debates and spelling bees. At recess time the older children played all kinds of ball games; the younger ones played “Anti-over”, “Blackman”, and “Dare Base”.

Star Valley District 65

Star Valley was organized by J. C. Adams and Martin Donley who donated the land. The school was originally on the front porch of Donley's home, starting in the fall of 1902. The first building was frame, about 24 by 36 feet with the chimney in the north and door in front. At different times Star Valley was rated a model school. In 1938-1939 it not only re-acquired her rating as a model school but secured accredited rating as well. In 1939 there were 15 pupils.

Wichita Valley, District 66

The Wichita Valley school was located 3 miles south of Cooperton. Before the school building was built, Hugh Francisco, thought to be the first teacher, held the school in the lower floor of his home, while he lived upstairs. A one room school was built and about 1917 another room was added. The school building was used for Sunday School, church and school activites. It consolidated with Cooperton in 1925.

Gladson District 68

Gladson was, in area, one of the largest rural school districts in the county. It began as
a one room, but when attendance reached 80, another room was built.

Frisco School District 69

Frisco School originated in 1902, through the efforts of Thomas Cotter and Dave Whitaker. Up to this time there had been no school and they felt there was a need for one. The parents hauled the lumber and the two men built it, donating there time and labor. W. A. Bailey furnished one wagon and with 2 wagons and teams, they managed to haul the lumber. A Mr. Allen, who was a carpenter, built the school, with help from Tom Cotter and the boys. It was finished after January 1903.

It was a one room building located 2 miles north of Hobart. Whitaker donated the land. The building was used as a school, community center, Sunday school and the usual activities as box suppers and debates. Later it was annexed to Hobart and the building was used as a club house.

Olive Branch, District 70

Olive Branch was a one teacher school through 1910-1911. It was located one half mile north of the Con. 8 gin. In 1911 it was consolidated with Mackey and Lone Star. When it was time for the consolidation, the new building was completely destroyed by fire. School was delayed for another year while a new school, an exact replica of that one was built. Since it was not ready for the 1912 term, the Olive Branch building was moved to the site, divided into 3 rooms by cloth curtains until the following spring when they could move into the new building

Hilltop School, District 71

Hilltop School was in Kiowa County before Hunter Township was transferred to Tillman County. The first school was a one room building one mile west and one north of Snyder. Later, another was built facing southwest. It was used until 1932 when a new, larger building was erected, still a one room school. It was equipped with a playground and equipment, cellar and cistern. The last term of school was held in 1942 with seven students.

Tripp School, District 83

Tripp School was located 6 miles due west of Snyder. A Mr. Tripp donated a corner of his property for school purposes.It started in 1903 as a one teacher school and later expanded to 2 teachers.

The school was the usual type frame building painted white with 4 windows on each side and 1 door in front. Between 50-60 students attended in 1903-1904.

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