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Announcement for 1889-90- S.M. Bain, A.B., Principal

(Submitted by Elsie Suggs)

Baord of Trustees- J.W. Ledbetter, President, J.W.T. Derryberry, Secretary and Treasurer

T.A. Rainey, D.W. Eaker, G.W. Hurley, Sr., F.L. McCullar, J.C. Derryberry

Session will begin Monday, August, 26, 1889 and close May 29, 1890.

Chewalla is a pleasant village situated on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, 84 miles east of Memphis, Tenn., and 9 miles west of Corinth, Mississippi. The village is in Tennessee, one mile from the Mississippi line. Its railroad facilities make it easily accessible at any time. Students can go to any depot near them and buy tickets to Corinth, Mississippi, or Grand Junction, Tennessee, and come thence to Chewalla. The surrounding country is thickly settled and under a good state of cultivation. The forests around present a picturesque view, so peculiar to West Tennessee. The quietness of the town makes it an excellent home for study. I can see no reason why parents should send their boys or girls to a large town in order to prepare them for the college or university. A quiet country school has many advantages over a city school for mental and moral improvement.

Chewalla offers much to develop the morals of young people. Not a saloon can be found in the county. The citizens of the community are noted for their piety and religion. The students have the advantages of Sabbath School, Prayer Meeting, and Preaching in the denomination of their preference. Taking into consideration the absence of temptations to evil and the manifold incentives to morality, parents cannot fail to recognize the wholesome moral influence that the children will be under at this place.

Our citizens are in a high degree hospitable. I think I have seen a community evince such unanimity in their action for organizing and promoting an institution of learning. They all work together. This foretells the future success of the school.


Mr. J.T. Hurley will board young ladies. His handsome residence is just a few yards distant from the school building. The rates for board will be $8.00 per month. Washing will cost about one dollar per month. Mrs. Potts also desires young lady boarders. Mrs. Newell and others will board young men.


In the primary and intermediate departments the work is graded. This comprises mainly the ordinary free school course, and a statement of it is therefore omitted here. Standard text books in Arithmetic, Grammar, Geography, History, etc. will be used. The pupil is advised to bring with him whatever text books he may have, as he can derive much benefit from reference to them.


Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, English

English Classics-The works in prose will be on Webster and Macaulay’s Essays. Selections from Macaulay, Longfellow and Shakespeare will constitute the works in Poetry.

Latin, French and Natural Science

For the proper prosecution of some studies in their line, apparatus is necessary. Having none at present, a course will be offered next year in Botany, which can be studied very satisfactorily without much apparatus. I have a simple microscope which I will use in the class.

Music. Instruction will be given on the Piano. Lessons in vocal music will also be given to the whole school free of charge.

In addition to the above mentioned studies, instruction will be given in elementary Greek and German to those who desire it.


Primary Department-$1.25 per month

Intermediate-$1.75 per month

Advanced-$3.00 per month

Music-$3.00 per month

Instrument for practicing, 50 cents per month.

All dues are payable monthly. All students who enter are expected to continue until the close of the five months’ term. Deduction will be made only for sickness prolonged for two weeks or more. Special arrangements may be made with boys who have to make crops.


I am a firm believer in the wisdom of educating both sexes together. It is thought that soldiers who are to fight the great battle of life together ought to be drilled side by side. The educational world is fast beginning to recognize this to be true, and it is predicted that ere long even other universities will follow the University of Michigan, Cornell University and others in adopting co-education. Certain restraints are necessary, however; and no student in this school will be allowed to receive the special attention of one of the opposite sex.

Dr. Ramer, who lives here and has an extensive practice throughout the surrounding country, informs me that no other community can show a better health record than Chewalla.

I am a friend to the pupil. I shall do in every case what I conscientiously believe to be the best for the welfare of the student. Discipline will be firm and rigid.

Prof. G.M. Savage, who is so well known to the people in this part of the county as an educator, has kindly tendered us the following for publication: "I desire to state to my acquaintances thro’ the country about Chewalla, that Mr. Bain, who goes to take charge of the school at Chewalla, has been with me five years, graduating this year. He has taught natural science two years with me. I congratulate the people on obtaining his services as teacher and citizen."

August 1, 1889 G.M. SAVAGE

We have competent assistants to help in teaching the school. I promise to do my best for the mental and moral development of all students under my care during the next scholastic year.

August 5, 1889 S.M. BAIN

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