*Contributed by Don Carter. Thanks, Don!
SCHOOL - 1911
SW corner of Hamilton Co., IL
SCHOOL - 1911
Hamilton Co., IL
underage children including the baby were children mostly of John Odle.
John's wife was dead and the infants
were brought to school daily. Some of the children in the back row were older than the teacher.
A few of the children had puppies in their laps and some had some sort of finger lacings on.
The school was located 2 miles away to the North near Liberty Church.
Row (counting baby in lap of girl)
Left to right: 1. Opal Adkisson 2. Amanda Cantrell 3. Claude Odle 4. Dorathy Mace 5. Josephine Aaron 6. Jewell Odle
7. Elvira Odle 8. Ina (Pete) Odle 9. Charlotte Davis 10. Howard Cantrell
1. John Odle (wearing teacher's watch) 2. Monette Flannigan 3. Myrtle Odle 4. John Odle 5. Dicey Aaron 6. Gladys Cantrell
7. Ethel Aaron 8. Richard (Buck) Cantrell 9. Harmon Odle 10. Anna Odle 11. John (Cap) Adkisson 12. Rex Aaron
1. Herman Odle 2. Sophia McFarland 3. Fannie Odle (John's oldest son) 4. Betty Odle 5. Bill Odle (John's son)
6. Bessie Davis 7. Willie McFarland 8. Eva Cantrell 9. Ridge Aaron
1. George William Pulliam (TEACHER) 2. Don McFarland 3. Clement Odle 4. Agnes Mace 5. Julia Odle 6. Ica Gholson
7. James Davis 8. Parry Johnson
1. May Davis (sister or Arvil) 2. Annie Adkisson 3. Ira Adkisson 4. Caleb Odle 5. Pearl Davis (sister to Arvil)
6. Arvi Davis (Lee's father) 7. Paul Johnson
from Millie's Pulliam's Letter
my father in the picture, some of the pupils in the back row were older
than he. His older brother Uncle John, when he taught at Pulliam School
before this would take "Little Willie"to school with him from
the time he was 4 years old. From the start he was a fast learner and in
those days after High School a person could take an exam to teach and if
passed the exam you received a certificate to qualify. John Odle #1 row 2
wanted to wear my fathers watch so he has it around his neck. The little
ones of Uncle John Odle came to school because their mother had died or at
least Verbal said they brought the baby.
I have a good story on Bill Odle and my father he told me himself one time
years later at Liberty Church Yard on Memorial Day. This tall lanky man
walked over to me and told me who he was and said he wanted to tell me my
father was the only man who ever whipped him and that was when he was a
boy at Odle School and my father was the teacher. As his story went he
said he used to bring his dog and it got so it would run around and
distract the other pupils. My fathers solution was to tie a can to it's
tail and it took off running and
yelping like bloody murder. Bill said he became so enraged at my father he
ran up to him
Tom McGee who owned a store close to Rural Hill School, (he had a mouthful
of gold teeth) and was a director at the school wanted to hire my father
because the big boys there had run off
2 or 3 teachers and he knew my father was a live wire. One of Tom
McGees sons told me the story at a Memorial Day dinner at Little Springs
Church where I had been invited by Anna (Flannigan) Davis a first cousin
of my mother. Anyway as the story goes, my father at noon recess went with
all these tough boys out to the wooded school yard and started climbing
the trees and jumping from one to the other, (like Tarzan) before the
tough boys and they would fall and couldn't keep up and hurt themselves
enough they never tried to get rid of him.
I saw the importants of this picture from the beginning and with Aunt
Millie Pulliams help the names and the storys were added to the faces. I
offer it to any who have interest.
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