School News Items from Local Newspapers

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 8, 1928.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 FORMOSA HONOR ROLLS
Third grade - Dorothy Barksdale, Willie Duffer 
Fourth grade - Ovid Crews, Louise Grady 
Fifth grade - Louise Blanks, Frances Barksdale, Charlie Newcomb 
Sixth grade - V? Wilkerson 
Seventh grade - G? Wallace, Margaret Newcomb, Charlotte Welchon, William Barksdale


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, February 13, 1930.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 The Grammar Grades of Darlington Heights High School enjoyed the egg hunt given them by their teacher, Miss Lucy Adams.

Miss Bessie Daniel held her music class recital at her home Friday evening at 8 o'clock.  The members of the class are as follows:  Mamie Bailey, Mary Ligon Hutcheson, Jane Mebane Gray, Louise Newton, Marguerite Snell, Janice Jackson, Dean Jones, Mamie Jones, Madaline Deaner, Dorothy Laughon, Katherine Chappell, Virginia McNenny, Charlotte Morton, Mary Sue Hamersley, Yetive Dawson, Lelia Fulton.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 2, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

SEVENTY RANDOLPH-HENRY SENIORS WILL RECEIVE DIPLOMAS JUNE 7TH 
Dr. Fred Helsabeck, Professor of Education and Assistant to the President, Lynchburg College, will deliver the commencement address to the Randolph-Henry graduates.  Commencement exercises will be held on the athletic field, June 7, at 8 p.m.
Rev. R.R. Ramsey, Minister, Presbyterian Church, Charlotte Court House, will give the invocation;  Mary Ellen Bailey, president of the Class of 1955, will give the welcome.
The processional, "War March of the Priests," Mendelssohn, will be played by the Randolph-Henry band.  The special music will be a vocal solo, "My Task," Ashford, by Mr. R.A. Ferguson of Red Oak.  He will be accompanied by Mr. Raymond H. Babelay, director of music at Randolph-Henry High School.
Mr. R.W. Bobbitt, Superintendent of Charlotte County Schools, will give a speech on "The Charlotte County Schools." Following Mr. Bobbitt's address, Mr. G.O. McGhee, principal of Randolph-Henry, will present diplomas to seventy seniors.
Robert William Wilson, Jr., student government president will give the farewell, and Herman Iro Duffer, Jr., the benediction.
The Charlotte County School Board and Mrs. Gladys V.V. Morton, of the State Board of Education, will be seated on the stage with the speakers and participants on the program.
The school board members are:  J.C. Jackson, chairman; Jesse Sublett, vice-president; F.I. Hanmer; R.H. Maloney; R.S. Chamberlayne, Jr.; and Mrs. F.X. Barksdale.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 17, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 H.L. BANTON ELECTED TO OFFICE IN V.E.A.
Mr. H.L. Banton was elected district vice president of the V.E.A. on Saturday in Petersburg. Approximately 900 teachers represented the largest group ever to attend a District D meeting of the Virginia Education Association.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 14, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 POWELL HAS PERFECT ATTENDANCE RECORD
Harvey Powell, senior from Saxe, is the only student in the Class of 1955, at Randolph-Henry High School with a perfect attendance record throughout 12 years of school.
In September 1942, he began school at Wylliesburg, and for all the grades there he was present each day.  Although Harvey lives 25 miles from R-H he has kept up his perfect record.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Powell, deserve much credit for making it possible for him to have this honor. At Randolph-Henry, Harvey has been an honor student and an excellent member of the FFA. Harvey is now stationed at an Air Base in New York.  


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 14, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 W O W CAMP 179 FOR CONVENTION
The W O W Camp 179 of Wylliesburg, is on record as unanimously opposing integration of the races, and mixed schools in the State of Virginia.
This Camp has also unanimously endorsed the action of the "Defenders of State Sovereignty and Individual Liberties," and pledge their all out support toward working with this organization. The Camp implores all citizens of Virginia who are interested in preventing intermingling of the Negro and White races, to join forces with us. We of W O W Camp 179 urge citizens to vote for the Convention on January 9, 1956. 


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, February 13, 1890.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 NOTES FROM ASPENWALL

The Aspenwall Graded School, taught by Mr. Gibbs, as principal, and Miss Ruth Hannah, as assistant, is in a very flourishing condition.  It has a very regular attendance of seventy-five pupils enrolled.


Source:  Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, December 18, 1873.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 SELECT SCHOOL 
Miss Annie Traylor will open a School, and give her undivided attention to the education of small children, at the residence of Mr. W.D. Norvell, on October 1st, 1873.  Session, ten months.
TERMS, per month .............$2.50
Charlotte C.H., Sept., 15, 1873


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, December 9, 1926.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 FORMOSA SCHOOL 
Honor Roll for November 1926
Second Grade - Joe Langford, Nellie Harper, Dorothy Barksdale, Edwin Yancey, Harold Newcomb Third Grade - Pauline Foster Fourth Grade - Christine Newcomb, Frances Barksdale, Jeanette Yancey Fifth Grade - Elver Newcomb, Flourney Barksdale Sixth Grade - Pauline Langford, Margaret Newcomb Seventh Grade - Bessie Newcomb


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, February 1, 1900.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 HONOR ROLL FOR POWERS SCHOOL 
The following is the Roll of Honor for Powers School for month ending Jan. 24:
Mary Childress
Lizzie Childress
Willie Hupp
Dennis Hupp
Estelle Powers
Johnnie Powers
Annie Hamlett
Nick Hamlett
E.G. Dunn – Teacher


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, February 10, 1927.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 PHENIX HONOR ROLL FOR JANUARY
First Grade - Marshall Hancock, Burrus Roach, Matilda A. Musgrove, Nancy Anne Clark
Second Grade - Cloyce Comstock
Third Grade - Woodson Gilliam, Bernard Harvey, Ryland Pugh, Edd Taylor Overton, Bessie Johnson, Hattie Rosser
Fourth Grade - Dorothy Adams, Dot Harper
Fifth Grade - Bertie Harvey, Sara Elliotte, Minnie Overton, Mamie Bailey
Sixth Grade - Jessie Wilson, John Overton
Seventh Grade - Katherine Adams, Olga Jarvis, Elizabeth Miller, Aubrey Adams
Ninth Grade - Gay Richardson
Tenth Grade - Nellie Lipscomb, Francis Elliotte, Erna Ramsey


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, February 3, 1927.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 Oakland School Junior League celebrated Lee's and Jackson's birthday on 19th with an appropriate program directed by the President, Miss Ellen Eggleston.  After the exercises home-made candy was enjoyed.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 11, 1964.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 GRADUATES
Patricia Jane Dixon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Dixon of Cullen, was graduated with a B.A. degree in History, from Lynchburg College, Lynchburg.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, May 21, 1874.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 NEW SCHOOL HOUSE - A new schoolhouse is being erected in Bacon Township, near the residence of Mr. Connors.  A good day school is here established, and we understand that individuals of the different religious denominations have united in the maintenance of a Sabbath school at this point; with most encouraging prospects.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, January 26, 1905.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 ROLL OF HONOR,
of Pettus School for months ending Jan. 19th, 1905, having an average above 94:
Ida Townsend
Florence Dickerson
Annie Mae Pettus
Harold Pettus
Herbert Townsend
Albert Townsend
Monroe Townsend
Maude Carter
Miller Carter
Daisy Townsend
Willie Pettus
MOLLIE S. PETTUS, Teacher.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, April 25, 1929.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 SCHOOL NEWS
In spite of the cloudy weather and Staunton River overflowing its banks, Mr. Manuel Newcomb of Formosa and Miss Rutledge, primary teacher of Hugh school, motored to Danville last Wednesday and attended the District E League meeting.  They accompanied the Little Junior League delegates from Barnesville, Red Oak and Hugh schools.
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Crews were delegates from Saxe community league and Ralph Crews from the Junior League.
Mrs. S.P. Rutledge and Mrs. E.C. Newcomb went from Formosa community League and Christine Newcomb from the Junior League.
Mrs. Dudley Hamilton went from Sunny Side community league and Anita Carrington, from the Junior League.  All having good reports of work being done the present school term. Miss Richardson, our county supervisor, and one member of the county board, Mr. Walter Crews, also attended.  The meeting was in George Washington High School, Danville.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, August 22, 1946.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 Miss Rutledge To Receive Degree
Mrs. S.P. Rutledge, Mrs. Pauline R. Colgate and Bill Colgate, Jr., left this week to attend the graduation exercises of the Woman's Division of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Radford, Va.  Mrs. Rutledge's daughter, Miss Gertrude Rutledge, will receiver her B.S. degree at this time.


Source:  Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, March 16, 1905.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 ROLLS OF HONOR, ONTARIO SCHOOL, for month ending March 10, 1905
Elsie White              
Allie White               
Roy Caldwell
Arthur Caldwell
Janie Thompson
Jay Thompson
Beatrice Anderson
Lacy Driskill
Arthur Anderson
George Ponton
Jesse White
MATTIE M. GREGORY, Teacher.

 DRAKES BRANCH SCHOOL 
Roll of Honor for the Fifth month.  
Bessie Tucker
Inez Johnson
Clyde Wingo
Thomas Colgate
Cabell Garrett
Joe Jackson
Edward Townes
Alva Hutcheson
Nellie Morgan
Annie Cook
Theresa Johnson
Bernard Wingo
Susie Garrett
Dean Organ
Marian Chalkley
Mary Baldwin
Elsie Jackson


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, May 16, 1946.
Submitted by:   Bea Adams King

Mr. Bruce Appointed To School Board

At a meeting of the Charlotte County Trustee Electoral School Board on Wednesday, May 8, Mr. David K.E. Bruce, of Roanoke Magisterial District was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Mr. E. B. Canada.   Mr. Canada resigned recently.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 27, 1946.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 RANDOLPH-HENRY NEW PRINCIPAL
Mr. D.Y. Paschall, former principal of the Victoria High School, will replace Rev. E.E. Cox, as principal of Randolph-Henry High School.  Mr. Paschall served in the Navy as a Lieutenant, and after being placed on inactive duty worked in Washington on a Government job.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 13, 1946.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 MISS BARBARA ADAMS AWARDED DEGREE
Miss Barbara Jean Adams of Red Oak, was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts from the college of William and Mary, Williamsburg, on June 9.  Colgate W. Darden, Jr., former Governor of Virginia, delivered the commencement address at exercises held in the College yard east of the historic Sir Christopher Wren Building. Miss Adams attended Randolph Henry High School, Charlotte Court House.  At the College of William and Mary she was a member of Orchesis, dance club, German Club and Kappa Kappa Gamma, social sorority.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 13, 1946.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 MRS. ELIZABETH PRIDDY A U.D.C.
Mrs. Elizabeth Lee Priddy was a charter member of the Simeon T. Walton Chapter of the U.D.C., of Keysville, Va.  She was educational Chairman and was planning to send a promising young man, graduating at Randolph Henry this year, to Hampden-Sydney College in the fall, using the memorial scholarship of Lee W. Morton to defray his tuition expenses.
Mrs. Priddy, associated with the activities of Mrs. E.S. Fitzgerald and others, was active in the erection and program in the unveiling of the monument to Colonel Simeon T. Walton of Confederate fame.  She was loyal to every good cause.  The world is a better place because she has lived in it.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 27, 1960.
Submitted by:  Bea Adams King

Miss Carolyn Thorpe Awarded White Blazer
Miss Carolyn Thorpe of Drakes Branch, a senior at Longwood College, was one of five physical education majors to be awarded a white blazer by the Athletic Association this year.  Blazers are awarded on the basis of participation in a variety of sports, scholarships, other contributions to college athletics, and sportsmanship.
Miss Thorpe is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Thorpe.  In addition to her sports activities, which include varsity hockey, archery and basketball, she is president of the Monogram Club and a member of the Athletic Association council.
Other students awarded white blazers were Barbara Brantley, Suffolk; Mary Hite Grayson, Radford; Clara Lee Parker, Danville and Pat Southworth of Fredericksburg.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, March 7, 1940
Submitted By;  Bea Adams King

Miss Virginia McNeny On First Semester Honor Roll

Miss Virginia McNeny, of Drakes Branch, was listed on the honor roll at Salem College for the fall semester, it has recently been announced at the college.
Miss McNeny is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.J. McNeny, of Drakes Branch.  She is a member of the senior class at Salem.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 1, 1940
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

 Dr. J.C. Paris Is Last Survivor Of Virginia Military Institute Class Of 1874

Dr. John C. Paris, 88, retired physician of near Kenton, received a telegram a few days ago from Fisherville, Va., announcing the death of the last of his classmates at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington Va., from which he graduated in 1874.  There were 45 members in the class, and Dr. Paris is now the only member living.
John Clark Paris was born February 7th, 1851, at Randolph, Charlotte County. He served in the Emergency Reserve of the Confederate Army in 1865.  
After attending Virginia Military Institute, Dr. Paris received his M.D. degree at Louisville Medical College, Louisville, Ky., in 1879, and practiced medicine in his home town until 1889, when he came to West Tennessee to visit a sister here.  He liked this section of the country so well, he decided to locate here.
He taught school several years before entering Medical College, and was a County Superintendent of Schools for one term. His wife was Miss Sallie Avrice Middleton of Virginia. 
Dr. Paris attends all confederate reunions and enjoys them highly.  He attended the joint reunion of the North and South at Gettysburg, Pa., last year.
This highly respected and dearly beloved physician, who has practiced medicine around Kenton for 48 years, has probably cured as many cases of despondency by his cheerfulness as he has diseases with his medicine, formerly answered calls in a buggy.  However, in late years he has gone in a car driven by his daughter.  He still gives the medicine he makes himself, as he did in the early days.  He has probably officiated at more than 1,000 births, and has around 50 namesakes.  He loves his profession very much but has retired from active practice on account of age.
This aristocratic looking gentleman enjoys the study of human nature and calls Politics his hobby.  He is a strong Democrat and has always taken an active part in political campaigns. He has voted in every election since the age of 21.  He was recently appointed a Colonel on Governor Cooper's staff, an honor of which he is justly proud.
Dr. Paris say, "I'm never sick."  He attributes his good health and long life to the fact that he has always taken plenty of exercise, breathed fresh air and eaten nourishing food
This 88 year old aristocratic gentleman never fails to impress one with the fact that he is a Virginian.  He is proud of his historic native State, but he loves Tennessee dearly, too
When you leave him, his black eyes will flash and he will say, "You're going to be all right.  Take care of yourself.  Eat some, not to much, and let me hear from you, good-bye." --The Tri-City Reporter, Dyer, Tenn.
(Dr. Paris is the brother of the late C.C. Paris who was County Superintendent of Schools of Charlotte County for 16 years and he has the following nieces and nephews, Mrs. Mary Paris Hamersley, John M. Paris, Chas. C. Paris and Misses Sallie A. and Pansy Paris of Randolph, Mrs. E.S. Moore, Saxe and Mrs. Kathryn Smith Vaden, wife of Senator Robert C. Vaden of Gretna.)


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 8, 1940
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

W.E. Proctor, D.D.S.:  (Taken from The Charlotte Gazette 54 years ago)

This young gentleman, who is a son of Dr. T.A. Proctor of Drakes Branch has recently graduated with distinguished honor from the University of Maryland.  In addition to the degree of D.D.S., he was made the recipient of a very handsome gold medal, known as the "University Prize," in testimonial of his having attained the highest standing in all his classes.  He also received the prize for the best essay on "Dental Materia Medica" as well as "honorable mention" for a treatise on "Combination Filling," this holding the second place of merit in the estimation of the Committee of Award.
The county of Charlotte may be proud of the honors thus conferred upon one of its sons, and we congratulate our young friend upon so auspicious an opening of his professional career.  Dr. Proctor proposes to devote himself to the practice of Dental Surgery, and will give this section the benefit of his skill.  He has located himself for the present at Drakes Branch, where he may be addressed or consulted.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette. Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 22, 1940
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King
Old Charlotte (Taken from the Gazette fills of 54 years ago)

J.F. Morton, of "Frog Level," in this county has left for a course at Eastman's Business College, Poughkeepsie, now under the direction of Prof. C.C. Gaines, son of Maj. Richard V. Gaines, of this county.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 14, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Charlotte County Canneries Running At Full Blast

Charlotte County Canneries are running at full blast, canning a car load of snaps for the lunchrooms of the county.  Sixteen thousand, two hundred and fifty pounds or six hundred and forty-one bushels of snap beans have been donated to the county.  Approximately two hundred people are helping get these snaps canned.  The four canning centers at Aspen, Charlotte Court House, Madisonville, and Wylliesburg hope to can twelve thousand quarts in two or three days.  The cooperative spirit shown by patrons of the county in helping with this work is most outstanding.
The largest group in the county was at Charlotte Court House, about seventy-five people.  Both white and colored people are working, canning these snaps as a foundation for the vegetables for their school lunches during the session.  The canned products will be divided among the schools in proportion to the work contributed by the patrons of the community.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, December 7, 1899
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

ROLL OF HONOR
of Carwile's Gate School, for month of November, viz:
Virginia Maloney
Raymond Maloney
Gracie Lavne
Harry Maloney
? Jennings
Lucille Jennings
Annie St. John
George Maloney
ANNIE LYLE JENNINGS, Teacher
Nov. 28, 1899


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, December 7, 1899
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Roll of Honor
Rough Creek School for November.
Ruth Clay
Virginia Childress
Gracie Berkley
Hugh Pugh
Lizzie Grey Pugh
Mary Childress
Bessie Berkley
Mamie Pugh
Allie Thornton
EULA D. JENNINGS, Teacher


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, December 7, 1899
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

ABILENE, VA., Dec. 4, 1899
MR. EDITOR: --Please notify the teachers through your paper that Miss Sallie B. Dickinson, principal of Abilene Graded School, has been appointed one of the State vice presidents of the Cooperative Teachers League, and will be glad to meet the teachers of Charlotte at Smithville January 6th, (first Saturday), at 11 o'clock, to see about an organization in Charlotte County.  I will write for Dr. Southall and Mr. Paris to meet us there, and will try to arrange an attractive programme.  In Prince Edward, Nottoway, Halifax, at Richmond, Portsmouth, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Hampton, and other places there are successful organizations.
Respectfully,
SALLIE B. DICKINSON,
Vice Pres., Pr. Edward Co., League and State Vice Pres, and organizer of Leagues,


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, September 21, 1899
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Va. Home School
For Young Ladies!
Primary for Children
The School will reopen Sept. 6th, 1899, with increasing advantages.  Instruction given in English, Mathematics, Literature, Latin, French, German, Music, Elocution and Physical Culture.  Terms as low as consistent with first class work.
For particulars address
LOUISE M. SPENCER, Principal
Keysville Va.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, November 23, 1899
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

Roll of Honor
Abilene, Va., Nov. 15th, 1899
The following is the roll of honor of the public school at Abilene, for the second month of the present school term:
Estelle Price, Susie Price, Carrie Yeaman, Paul Yeaman, Sallie Yeaman, Robert Bell, Matthew McGehee, Lula McGehee, Bessie Franklin, Lula Franklin, Sara Goode.
S.B. DICKINSON, Principal
VIRGINIA MCGEHEE, Asst.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 5, 1928.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

FORMOSA HONOR ROLL
The following is the Formosa school honor roll for March:
First Grade -- Jack Lacks
Second Grade -- Clarence Duffer, Charlie Welchons, Adell Tatum, Francis Wallace
Third Grade -- Nellie Harper
Fourth Grade - Ovid Crews
Fifth Grade -- Louise Blanks, Frances Barksdale, Christine Newcomb
Sixth Grade -- Vernie Wilkerson
Seventh Grade -- Margaret Newcomb, Gladys Wallace, Charlote Welchons, William Barksdale


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 5, 1928.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

HONOR ROLL FOR MARCH
The following is the Ontario School honor roll for March:
First Grade -- Rufus Hailey, Sam George Eubank, Gwendolyn Hughes, Ruby Berkley, Emily Collins
Second Grade -- Marguerite Ward, Marion Williams, A.B. Lipscomb
Third Grade -- Lucile Hailey, Frank Chinault, Janie Hailey
Fourth Grade -- Sam Berkley, Thomas Williams, Travis Hughes
Fifth Grade -- Emily Hailey
Sixth Grade -- June Hailey, William Ward, Pearl Berkley, Edward Walker


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, May 21, 1874.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

NEW SCHOOL HOUSE -- A new school house is being erected in Bacon township, near the residence of Mr. Connors.  A good day school is here established, and we understand that individuals of the different religions denominations have united in the maintenance of a Sabbath school at this point; with most encouraging prospects.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 26, 1873.
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

Major R.V. Gaines, of Charlotte has been appointed by the Governor a member of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institue, at Lexington.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 5, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King


NEW SCHOOLHOUSE -- A new Schoolhouse has recently been completed by the contractor, Geo. W. Barksdale, for the use of the colored children of the consolidated Districts of Madison, Walton and Roanoke.  The building is erected on land purchased of Capt. J.G. Brown, containing about one acre.  It is a framed building, 40 feet by 20, and is capable of seating 80 scholars.  Its cost was $550.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  March 21, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Flag Presented To Keysville School By Mrs. E.D. Hoge
A large group of interested patrons and friends attended the program on the National Flag, put on by the pupils of Miss Jessie Daniel in the Keysville school auditorium Friday afternoon.
A brief history of the first flag was followed by a review of some of our country's great flag makers.  Among them were such heroes as George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The pupils the (they, or could have been left out) told how, as citizens, they could be flag makers.  Several appropriate musical numbers were given.
The occasion was the presentation of a U.S. Flag and standard to the school, the gift of Mrs. E.D. Hoge, of El Paso, Texas, in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Priddy, residents of Keysville until their death about twenty years ago.  In presenting the flag Mrs. M.L. Watkins paid respect to the memory of these patriotic citizens, saying: "Mr. Priddy was a soldier in the War Between the States, an upright, honorable gentleman, always interested in the welfare of the community.  Mrs. Priddy was always alert to right a wrong condition when she sa wa (saw a) need to do something about it.  When a cyclone blew her church away, almost singlehanded (single handed) she raised the money to rebuild, and the Presbyterian Church stands today a memorial to her determination.  When we had a new auditorium and no money to buy the seats she said, "I'll raise the money."  The first person she asked was her son, Mr. Lawrence Priddy of New York.  He gave all the seats and also furniture for the rostrum, in honor of his mother.
Mrs. Kenneth Dodson accepted the flag with words of appreciation.
Mr. R.W. Bobbitt was present and his remarks contributed much to the success of the meeting.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  March 28, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Miss Carmen Pettus Receives School Honors
Miss Carmen Pettus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hunter R. Pettus, of Richmond has been elected president of student government at Hollins College.  Miss Pettus is a graduate of Collegiate School, is also president of the freshman class and was among the students at Hollins chosen for the 1945-46 edition of "Who's Who" among students in American universities and colleges.
Miss Pettus is a niece of Mrs. F.T. Milton, of Drakes Branch; Mrs. J.C. Priddy, L.V. Pettus and R.E. Pettus, of Keysville.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, November 16, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Randolph-Henry FFA Elects Officers
The Randolph-Henry Chapter of Future of America held its first meeting October 4, 1944, for the purpose of electing officers.  The new officers elected for the year are as follows:
President, Eugene Claybrook
Vice President, Page Petty
Secretary, Richard Harris
Treasurer, Campbell Ramsey
Reporter, Jack Wright
Watch Dog, Jerry Claybrook
Adviser, R.A. Payne
Prior to this meeting we had considerable classroom discussion in regard to the set-up of the organization and its purposes.  It was decided to have executive committee and the standing coimmittee (committee).  It was also decided that we operate our chapter along the basic standards as recommended by the State Association.  The new executive committee, in addition to the officers, is composed of the following members: John Tucker, Garland Jeter, Russell Berkley and Calvin Collins.
Eugene Claybrook, our president, was selected to represent our chapter and the Piedmont Federation in the forth coming Rally to be held at Blacksburg, November 23-24 and we are proud of the fact that he was chosen.
Jack Wright, reporter.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 1, 1925
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

OFFICE OF SCHOOL BOARD MOVED
The office of the Clerk of the Charlotte County School Board, which has been located at Drakes Branch, was moved to Charlotte Courthouse Tuesday, and is in the office formerly occupied by the County Treasurer in the courthouse building.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 27, 1964
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

R-H Girl Becomes Bus Driver
Seventeen-year-old Miss Faye Douglas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Douglas of Saxe, becomes Randolph-Henry's first girl bus driver. Two years ago she became interested in driving a school bus and she got her license with a very high grade.  Faye has been a substitute ever since, but this year she will drive bus number six regular.  As students of Randolph-Henry we feel as tho we can be very proud of her.  She has proven to be a a very safe driver.  A bus Faye drives is taken care of and also it it is nice enough for anyone to ride.  We have ridden a bus Faye drove and she does not pay favors to anyone.  Everyone is treated the very same.  Faye said "I love to meet students and by driving a bus I can do so.  (New ones of course).  I love the students whom I drive for and I want to do all of them right and equal.  I always remember all my students who I drive for".  To us her statement is true.  She does everyone right and she is so friendly and cheerful you can't help from liking her.
She is also a majorette this year.  She has been in Home Ec., Glee Club, 4-H Club and many other activities.  R-H is very proud to have Faye Douglas as a student and also the first student girl bus driver.
R-H Classmates


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, September 5, 1901
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

NEW ADVERTISEMENTS
Virginia Home School
UNIVERSITY school for Girls,
PRIMARY for children,
KEYSVILLE VIRGINIA,
73 Miles from Richmond, on the So. Railway.  Eight daily mail trains.  This School, site of Merry Oaks Lawn of 300 shade trees, is well known for its excellent water, high and healthy location.  It will re-open Sept. 4, 1901.
For particulars and Catalogue address
Miss LOUISA MARIA SPENCER
Principal, Va. Home School,
Keysville Va.
July 25, 1901


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 1, 1933
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

LOCAL GRADUATES FROM MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VA.
Among those who will graduate from the Medical College of Virginia are: In medicine, Henry Bernard Showalter of Kenbridge and John Robert Ponton, of Ontario will receive his B.S. in Pharmacy.