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“Page 246 for the Saratoga street site, and an opportunity to purchase the Presbyterian Church, parsonage and school house on the corner of Baltimore and Lord Sts. But when the meeting was called, to consider the proposition, the older members assembled enmasse, and if the measure had been pushed, a riot might have ensued.”
“Not until after freedom was the woodman's axe heard in this grove; and then (the whole story seems prophetic) enough of it was left, about an acre, for a school house for colored children.”
“At the little old school house I had many teachers, Bill Bouton,”
“I passed the little school house recently and wondered if there was a counterpart of Amy Kelly among the few girls I saw standing about the door, or if there was a red-haired, freckled, country greenhorn at the teacher's desk inside.”
“That your petitioners had the misfortune to have the School-house belonging to the said academy burnt down some years ago and not having sufficient funds to rebuild the same, were at a loss for some place as a School House, and when the Palace Lots were sold your Petitioners purchased a part of a lot in the said square which the part of the kitchen stood for the purpose of making a temporary school house until they should have it in their power to build a new Academy, for which they gave two hundred and twenty-five pounds, and entered into two bonds for the same, one for 75 pounds payable in one Year and another for 150 pounds payable in two years.”
“A bill for the sale of a lot near Chatham hill in Smyth county, and purchase of another lot, and erection of a school house thereon.”
“A year or two later we were sent off in the West Settlement district and I went to school at a little unpainted school house with a creek on one side of it and toeing squarely on the highway on the other.”
“In the very last talk we ever had together, the evening of November 21, 1916, he was all afire with enthusiasm over his social creation ... and was giving orders for the selection of a site for a school house on the ranch, a store, a post-office ....”
“Whereas it is represented to this General Assembly that certain liberal and well disposed persons have subscribed sums of money for the purpose of erecting a school house or academy at the Town of Smithville, and that the subscriptions would be increased if it appeared probable that an adequate fund for erecting a proper building and supporting the same could be raised: Therefore, to encourage an undertaking so laudable, which may be highly beneficial to the inhabitants of the county of Brunswick, and produce advantages more extensive hereafter.”
“Item, It is my will and desire that my land and plantation I purchased of Luke Sumner be sold by my executors on a credit of twelve months, and the money ariseing therefrom to be let at interest and the interest ariseing from the principal be applied to building a school house and hireing of a teacher for the purpose of a free school, and that said school house to be built within two miles of the place where I now reside, and all children with [in] four miles of my place of residence be permitted to be taught in said school, -- It is my desire that the court appoint commissioners to Superintend said free school from year to year during time -- Item, I give and bequeath to my sister-in-law Elizabeth Benton, wife of Josiah Benton, one negro girl named Clarkey to be at her own disposal.”
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