Today I have another entry for the School Days series. This time, I present a photo from the Villanow School, which stood in Villanow at the opposite end of the valley as the Subligna School photo I shared last time. The Villanow school was among the last one-room schoolhouses in the area. The school originally opened, judging by various references in the Walker County Messenger, sometime in the 1880’s. It operated until 1952 when the Armuchee Valley School opened.
This photo is from the late 1930’s or possibly very early 1940’s. It contains three close family members: my grand uncle Guy Adam Pope, my uncle Robert Jordan, and my aunt Mary Earl Jordan (though some of the others in the image connect in my tree as well). The writing on the image is by Uncle Robert.
In March 2012, Guy Pope was able to identify almost everyone else in the photo for me.
Front Row (L to R): Robert Jordan, Reba Eakers, Guy Pope, Raymond Carpenter, Davis boy, Bob Stansell, Betty Eakers, Mary Earl Jordan, Davis girl, Louis Roper, Elizabeth Morrison
Back Row, standing (R to L): Robert Garrison, Merl White on bicycle, Jack Stansell, Howard (“Pil” or “Dunk”) Shahan, Benny Pope, Bob Eakers, L. J. Eakers, Lavern Childs, Bradley White, Marvin Morrison in front of Mr. Kelley (the teacher), and Junior Robert in front of/beside two unidentified female friends of Mr. Kelley.
If you are able to add any information about the photo or about the Villanow school or other area schools in general, please leave a comment below to get in touch.
Also, in other news, I will be giving lectures at the Walker-LaFayette Public Library and the Summerville Library in just a few short weeks. I will take you behind the scenes of the Jordan’s Journey book and talk about the research process and more. It will be a great event for anyone interested in family and local history. I’ll even have an exhibition of photography up at the Summerville Library. The lectures and the art exhibition are free and open to the public, so be sure to check out one of the events.