Clay County Independent
Editor, Ben Daulton
May 2, 1930
School closed at Leonard on Friday, April 25th. A spelling match was held on Friday night. There was just the size of crowd present to have a good spelling match and many report that they enjoyed it very much.
A five-dollar gold piece was offered to the best all round pupil in the school for the term, and Mary Boyd and Geraldine Wimberley each received one with an average of A for the final grade.
Geraldine Wimberley, Norma French, and Prentice Custer attended every day of the school, and were not tardy on any day. Geraldine has completed her second year of perfect attendance.
There were very few failures in this term of school, and those who did fail did not attend as they should.
The result of the Leonard Who's Who Contest is as follows:
Wittiest Pupil, Herbert French.
Best All Round Pupil, Geraldine Wimberley.
Most Popular Pupil, Oneeda Beal.
Best Boy Athlete, Clarence Owen.
Best Girl Athlete, Ruby French, Grace Owen.
Prettiest Girl, Ruby French.
Most Handsome Boy, Clarence Owen.
Neatest Boy, Vernon Dortch.
Neatest Girl, Marcelle German.
The P.T.A. at Leonard on last Wednesday night was well attended. The Patrons of the district rendered the program, and they deserve much credit for the type of program that was given.
We are taking a look at "school business" in the community of Leonard, which was located a few miles just southeast of Rector.
Fourteen-year-olds Mary Boyd and Geraldine Wimberley earned a nice sum of money for being excellent "all-around" students for the spring term of school in 1930. Nine-year-old Norma French, seven-year-old Prentice Custer and Miss Geraldine had perfect attendance for the year!
In the "Who's Who Contest," 16-year-old Herbert French was considered the "Wittiest" at Leonard school, and we find Geraldine Wimberley being honored again! Oneeda Beal, 16 years old, was selected as "Most Popular" student. "Best Boy Athlete" was 16-year-old Clarence Owen, and he was also selected as "Most Handsome." His sister, 14-year-old Grace Owen, was selected as "Best Girl Athlete," as was Ruby French, who was 13 years old. Ruby was also voted the "Prettiest Girl."
Seventeen-year-old Vernon Dortch was selected as "Neatest Boy," and "Neatest Girl" was 14-year-old Marcelle German.
Our readers should not confuse Herbert French with his older brother, Hubert French, who was eight years older than Herbert. And let me add that Ruby French and Norma French were sisters of Herbert and Hubert!
A lot of these mentioned students will be remembered by many of our older readers, except for maybe Prentice Custer, whose father, B.H. Custer, was a doctor at Leonard for a short number of years. And Clarence and Grace Owen's family did not reside in Northeast Arkansas for more than two or three years.
Your writer would enjoy hearing from any of our readers regarding this Leonard material.