The Male and Female School of Adair
Posted with permission of Sandi Gorin, SCKY
Courtesy Adair County Review, Volume 3, Issue 3, Autumn 1989,
Submitted by unknown, possibly Michael Watson. It was noted that the
following information was taken from two undated articles that
appeared in the Adair County News many years ago.
"HIGH SCHOOL HERE. While excavating preparatory to laying the
foundation for the new gymnasium at the Columbia and Adair County
High School on Saturday, workmen unearthed the cornerstone of the old
Male and Female School, and removed an iron box containing records
telling of the establishment of that historic institution and other
articles of interest.
"A crumbling and aged paper, signed by Robert T. COFFEY, president;
Junius CALDWELL, secretary; and Nathan MONTGOMERY, treasurer of the
'Columbia College Joint Stock Company,' told of the laying of the
cornerstone May 15, 1854 'in the presence of a large crowd of men,
women and children.'
"On the same sheet a list of the following were given as being placed
in the cornerstone and all were found in the box: A Bible, Webster's
Elementary Spelling Book, Smith's Elementary Arithmetic, Morton and
Griswold's Western Farmer's Almanac of 1854, a copy of the articles
of partnership of the company and a list of stockholders and donors.
"A careful study of the papers revealed that the Columbia Joint Stock
Company was organized February 12, 1853 to establish what was then
called the Columbia Institute.
"Following the publication of a story about the iron box found while
excavating at the Columbia High School, Mr. John FLOWERS, cashier of
the Bank of Columbia, after careful study of the crumbling records
found in the cornerstone, furnished the News with the following list
of stockholders, donors and students."
Stockholders: Z. WHEAT, Timolean CRAVENS, Thomas E. BRAMLETTE, Josiah
HARRIS, Junius CALDWELL, Thomas P. AKERS, E. B. GAITHER, Elijah C.
FIELD, Hector OWEN, Clayton MILLER, H. G. ATKINS, Eli WHEAT, S. D.
JOHNSON, Jno. W. MOSS, William T. PRICE, C. J. TAYLOR, G. W. McBEATH,
Nathan MONTGOMERY, M. B. WHEAT, Samuel B. FIELD, William E. FRAZER,
Joseph Z. WHEAT, Sinclair WHEAT, Willis WHEAT, William E. BAKER,
William N. ROBINSON, William H. WALKER, S. G. SUDDARTH, C. M. WHEAT,
H. W. WILSON, J. G. TAYLOR, C. T. LANGHORNE, James L. JOHNSTON,
Samuel H. MURRELL, G. A. WHEAT, Samuel M. BAKER, Thomos R. DOHONEY,
William TRABUE, N. S. WHEELER, R. T. COFFEY, Jonathan JONES, E. T.
HALSELL, George DOHONEY and William R. DOHONEY.
to be concluded next week. Sandi
Continuation of article from Adair County
Review, Autumn 1989.
Persons Making Donations: Hugh KELSO, H. C. WHITE, William TODD,
Lysander WALKER, James MURRELL, Josiah HATCHER, L K CALDWELL, Hugh K
WALKER, Archibald WOODS (of Grayson Co KY), Milton DOHONEY, Jonathan
JOHNSTON, George B MOSS, N B STONE, John W JOHNSTON, Joseph COFFEY,
WIlliam C TURK, Jesse STONE, Creel C YATES, James R MURRELL, William
O MURRELL, Willis MURRELL, William D MURRELL, Thomas W MONTGOMERY,
Mrs. Susan DOHONEY, R L JONES, Minor ANDERSON, Marion McELROY, John R
STONE, Robert EUBANK, William GARNETT, Oscar PYLE, Thomas C BAKER,
Robert LYON, Samuel YOUNG, Melvin SMITH, James T BRAMLETTE, William H
ALEXANDER, Thomas E MOSS, Mrs. Elizabeth Emma WHEAT, Ben B WHITE,
John C WHITE, E L DOHONEY, Miss Alice MORGAN, Thomas J. CONOVER,
Thomas and Isaac CRAVENS.
Female Department Students were under the charge of Miss Alice MORGAN
(Principal) and a Miss PEEBLES, Assistant Principal)
: Margaret W ATKINS, Bettie W RUSSELL, Nannie E MOSS, Mary E
MONTGOMERY, Ella MONTGOMERY, Lucilis MONTGOMERY, Mollie ATKINS,
Sophia WHEAT, Laura WHEAT, Anna WHEAT, Mary STEWART, Josephine
STEWART, Sallie STEWART, Louisea ROBINSON, Bettie ROBINSON, Alice
TRABUE, Lucy TRABUE, Mary F JONES, Rebecca ERSKINE, Nannie
BRIDGEWATER, Mary BRIDGEWATER, Mary WILLIAMS, Fanny COFFEY, S A
WILSON, Bettie WALKER, Mary I CONOVER, Phebe S CONOVER, Eliza
CONOVER, Ann FIELD, Sarah E MILLER, Elizabeth COATES, Fannie COATES,
Mary L COATES, Betty SMITH, Mary SMITH, Phebe SMITH, Mary Jane
MURRELL, Lucy MILLER, Sarah GARNETT, Margaret OWEN, Eliza McBEATH,
Amanda C JONES, Corinna PEEBLES, Eliza TODD, Mary WALKER, Nannie
LYON, Sarah FEESE, L CARTER, Dollie WALKER, Stapp COFFEY, Mary
CABELL, Bettie CABELL, Sarah WILLIAMS, Sabina GOUGH, Sarah GILMER,
Fanny HATCHER and Sallie A JOHNSTON.
Male Department Students under the charge of B T TAYLOR and S K
F O ANDERSON, J T BRAMLETTE, W L BRAMLETTE, C A McBEATH, King
McBEATH, J R WHEAT, Jos HARRIS, M E HARRIS, J V HARRIS, Alfred
HARRIS, Ed HARRIS, Robert PEEBLES, Z HOLLADAY, M SMITH, Th. D
MONTGOMERY, Ed BUTLER, W H ALEXANDER, James M COATES, Knox RUSSELL, T
J GODBY, Ebenezer DOHONEY, Th. MOSS, Jno R PRICE, W P HARDIN, W W
COFFEY, Adair WAGGENER, Luther JONES, George FIELD, W G FIELD, B L
HARDIN, J D THOMAS, Rufus MURRELL, Joseph ATKINS, Eugene TRIPLETT, J
B McBEATH, Joel SMITH, Jno. SUDDARTH, Joseph COFFEY, Scott WALKER and
End of article.