Clay County Democrat
Editor, Francis Murray
March 19, 1942
NOTICE OF HEARING
OF SCHOOL PETITIONS
In the Matter of Dissolution
of School Districts
This is to notify the qualified electors of Ebenezer School District No. 24 of Clay County, Arkansas, that a petition purporting to be signed by a majority of the qualified electors of Ebenezer School District No. 24 has been filed in the office of the Clay County Supervisor of Schools asking that the Ebenezer School District No. 24 be dissolved and annexed to the Lone Oak School District No. 45 of Clay County, Arkansas. The County Board of Education of Clay County, Arkansas, has ordered a hearing of this petition to be held in the office of the County Supervisor at the Court House, Piggott, Ark., April 14, 1942, beginning at 10:00 A.M.
Witness my hand this 17th day of March, 1942.
Clarence A. Hamilton
As your writer has mentioned in several of our past news items in our history column, there was a necessity of having satellite school districts around Rector and other towns many years ago to provide an education for those young people who lived in rural areas of Clay County. These many small satellite schools were usually only a mile or two from each other.
Ebenezer District #24 was located west of Rector and south of Boydsville. Settlers began the church and school community of Ebenezer very early in Clay County history, beginning back at least in the 1860's. The Ebenezer Methodist Church was the social center of this area, located on today's Rural Road #417. This hilly, winding and graveled road was one of the roadways that connected Rector and Boydsville. Some of the early settlers (1860's-1890's) were the Sides, Taylor, Pruett, Hardin, Bateman, Purdom and Shannon families, just to name a few. I do not know how close the 1942 Ebenezer school building was to the church building and cemetery, but the Rector Library does have a few student group pictures on hand.
The Ebenezer area can be reached from Rector by traveling west on Fifth Street out of the city limits on Rural Road #406 (Knob Road). On reaching the fork in the road, take the graveled (RR #430) to the right for a short distance until reaching the first road to the left (RR #417). Follow this winding and hilly road until reaching the Ebenezer Cemetery, which is located next to the former site of the Ebenezer church, which I believe burned down a few years ago. Traveling these graveled roads takes longer than driving paved roads, so be patient.
The Lone Oak School District #45 was located to the east of Ebenezer and northwest of Scatterville. As far as your writer knows, there was never a church or church-related cemetery to help identify the location of the school building in this school district. The area served by the Lone Oak School was likely between today's Rural Roads #418 and #420, northwest of Rector and the Scatterville Cemetery. Leaving Rector and driving just past Scatterville Cemetery (RR #430), today's traveler should take the road that forks to the right (RR #418) going north. After a short distance, the first road to the left is RR #420. The traveler will drive by the Mobley Cemetery and homestead area on the right and should continue west through the old McNiel homestead to the left. The Waldron family owns land on the left on up the road, and land on the right belongs to the McCluney family. RR #420 continues on and joins RR #417 soon after passing land owned by Jimmy Pruett. If our traveler continues straight where the two roads connect, he eventually will end up back in Rector. If the traveler turns to the right onto RR #417, the road will take the driver back to Ebenezer.
Your writer believes the Lone Oak School building was somewhere along RR #420. Doyle Pruett, son of Wink and Viola Pruett, was going to show me where the school building was located, but the two of us could never visit Rector at the same time and Doyle passed away two or three years ago.
I hope our readers are not totally confused by all the road numbers that I had to use in trying to explain where these two old school districts were located! If I "messed up" with any of the information, please let me know.