The Chewalla School
Announcement for 1889-90- S.M. Bain,
(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.
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
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
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
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
COURSE OF STUDY
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
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
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
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
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