MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Sunnyview School was located
on the old Palmyra Road now known as the Dotsonville Road. It was opened
when Shady Grove School located miles northwest of the Sunnyview site was
closed. The best information attainable gave the date as 1907. It was a
one-room school and so remained until about 1930 when a new two-room school
was built across the road from the old school.
The Occasion of its
occupation was a time of great rejoicing in the community. It was celebrated
with a barbecue picnic and the State Superintendent of Education, P.L.Harned
made the dedication speech. Montgomery County Superintendent A.W. Jobe
also made a talk.
a two-teacher school, the school now had a well on the grounds. No longer
did the big boys have to lug buckets of water from a spring about 1/3 mile
away to quench the thirst of the students, when for some reason the cistern
was not able to supply the water.
This was a happy
school with traditional 8-4 hours, a morning recess, a whole hour at noon,
a shorter break in the afternoon and the usual play activities of the time
enjoyed. In addition the school was located adjacent to a woodland area.
At times the teacher would take the children into this area to seek wild
flowers and experience the joy of a grapevine swing.
teachers served at the school somewhat in the following succession as well
as I am able to ascertain: Lennie Young, Oma Dunbar, Elma Harned, Edna
Outlaw from Gallatin, Josephine Allensworth, Lucille Smith, Mary Bourne,
Alice Faubian, Maryetta Haynes, Kate McDaniel, Ruby Walker, Ailene Martin,
Dora Broadbent, Mary Burney, Josephine Pollard, Louise Owen, Ailene Martin
again (3 years), Sue Shelton, Mrs. Lundun and no doubt others.
During the second
third of 1940-1950 decade consolidation began to take place under Superintendent
N.L.Carney, and Sunnyview was a casualty, but the building was moved on
the grounds of the newly established Woodlawn High School where it served
as an elementary school. The children of this area attended. Sadie pollard
was the teacher of Grades 1-6.
When it went
out of existence as a school is not known to me, but the building was again
moved to another location in the Woodlawn area. It now stands with some
additions proudly defying time and change serving some purpose not known
to the writer.
Submitted by Sandra Stacey and Mr. Sam Winters.
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