I don not know when Duval School was built. The only
date I can relate to is that Meredith started to school there. They lived a
mile north and about a 1/2 mile west. If Meredith started school at the age
of 5 which used to be customary, the school was there 1889-1890.
The three first teachers I had, did not have any
education beyond high school, and none was required. After that, one could
not get a teaching certificate without some college preparation and one also
had to pass a written examination.
The school consisted of one large room with a small
closed entry way. There were hooks for wraps and shelves for dinner pails or
lunch buckets. The year i began attending school there was no provision for
hand washing. We drank from a dipper and a bucket.
By my third year we had our own drinking cups and a
hand washing drill with the teacher pouring the water over our hands, so the
boys could not escape. Most of my memories are pleasant ones.
One unusual happening was that I attended grade
school with the five older Marti children, then when I taught there I had
the 6 younger Martis. Sadly heart attacks have already taken four Martis.
The youngest boy has been to M D Anderson Hospital in Houston for treatment.
Duval School 1940-41
Don Marti, Alan Marti, Alice Breaker, Rosemary
Marti, Charles Marti, Melvin Ramseyer
Leonard Braker, Kathleen Serafini,
(teacher), Betty Marti, Delores Banwart
(The dog was Daisy Mae, Blonde like Daisy Mae in
the comic strip "Lil Abner." She moved in with us shared our lunches and
gave us a puppy family. A kind neighbor gave them a home - all of them! -
Duval School 1941-42
Roland Marti, Don Marti, Shirley Banwart, Alan
Marti, Melvin Ramseyer
Back Rosemary Marti, Alice Braker, Henry
Waldbuesser (pronounced Waldbeezer), Charles Marti, Mary Price (teacher),
Delores Banwart, Donald Godsell
I don't have a date on
this photograph, but it should be the oldest of the lot with a date in the
early 30's. The white building is the coal house with the back of the store
visible. It does include the 5 older Marti children.
Dean Marti, Pearl Marti, ? McCain, Iona Dudgeon,
Gilda Mae Dudgeon, ? McCain
Raymond Braker, Edward Marti, John Brandt, Oscar
Braker, Robert Marti
Ben Braker, Glen McCain, Tim Brandt, Mary Price,
Bernice Braker, Eunice Marti, Maxine Lambert
If you have information or photographs concerning the
descendants of Stephen Douglas Crouch or the Barton County village of Nashville,
Missouri, please contact me. I share my pictures and I return any photographs
entrusted to me promptly.