This is the sixth installment of memories presented by the host and author of Facebook's FRIENDS OF ARMUCHEE, Mac Eubanks.
MORE OF THE ARMUCHEE I KNEW 1950-1962
My last article stopped after describing the Armuchee School and the Piney Road boundary to my childlike world. Not that I meant to leave out the Piney Road - I had a lot of friends around there; the Wades (I remember the daughter, Sheila) and the Wilsons (I remember Wanda.) Mr. Wilson was the one who took the red bricks from the two old school buildings that were torn down when we moved to the new building. He paid a bunch of us a dime-a-hundred to chip off mortar and stack those old bricks in a pasture across the new road behind the Spradley place. He eventually used some of them to build a beautiful house down in Glenwood.
Also on the Piney Road were the Gonzalez's (Tommy was the son closest to my age), Mrs. Watkins (the mother of Jewette Evans, the store owner's wife), and the Buffingtons - after about 1954 or '55 they moved to Piney Road when they left our New Armuchee Baptist Church Baptismal hole in the Armuchee Creek out at the end of the McGrady Road. I can't possibly remember them all, but Harold and Karen were nearer my age. Near the Buffingtons were the Ponders with Milton, Dale, and Allen. Larry Maxey's (and Patricia's) place now sits where the Buffington farm was. There was no housing development around the bend in those days or Mountainside Drive, but the Hawkins place was there (Otho and Mittie, Randy, Hugal and Edward). Out the Deason Road, were the Terrys (Charles and Cecil closest to my age.) This brings me to Floyd Springs Road. I'll talk about some of the places there when I come back from the other direction down in 'Central' Armuchee later.
Now back to the Armuchee School. I never knew much about the High school building (for grades 7-12) because I left the Grammar school building (grades 1-6) in 1956 when the whole school moved into the new building, it contained all of grades 1-12.
In the Grammar School side we had Mrs. Mary Dodd as our first grade teacher. Fourteen of us in and around that class stayed together for twelve years and graduated together about the same time. These students were Carol Smith, Lila Youngblood, Glennice Corbin, Bonnie Sue Fortner, Glenda Kinsey, Emily Yarbrough, Kenneth Buffington, Frankie Selman, Ladelle Landers, Roger Selman, Clyde Corbin, Kenneth Weaver, Cecil Terry and me, Mac Eubanks. Sixty-three years have come and gone and Clyde Corbin, Ladelle Landers, and Roger Selman are no longer with us but the other 10 of that bunch are all still kicking and still friends.
Mrs. Ada Thomas was our 2nd grade teacher. She had a way of cracking a 12-inch ruler across your open palm which got you back on the straight and narrow much better than a paddle would have!
|Miss Ada Thomas, 2nd Grade|
Mrs. Elva Cordle taught us in 3rd Grade. I think all of us were crazy about Mrs. Cordle. All kids should be so lucky as to have dedicated and loving teachers as we had!
|Mrs. Elva Cordle, 3rd Grade|
Mrs. Mildred Moore was the teacher in grade 4. She had a way of whacking her open hand on the side of her desk which would quiet down a noisy bunch of 4th graders really fast! She was also the one who taught us a bunch of songs, and in the spring took us to Pepperell School where all 4th graders from around the county had a special 'singing day.' All the kids looked forward to 4th grade and the 'singing day' trip.
|Mrs. Mildred Moore, 4th Grade|
Mrs. Myrtle Lindsey, wife of the Principle, was our 5th grade teacher (and my next door neighbor.) I very distinctly recall how for a time in the spring when we'd return from our afternoon "play period", she'd spend the better part of an hour quoting from TOM SAWYER AND HUCK FINN as we listened with rapt attention. It took her 3 or 4 weeks, but she covered the whole of the books from memory for us.
|Mrs. Myrtle Lindsey, 5th Grade|
Then came 6th grade and Mrs. Samuel Poe Carden (I think her name was Mary.) Her husband was a Professor at Berry College and they traveled the world. Berry College today (2015) has some type of achievement award named for Mr. Carden. She was wonderful at instilling geography and history into us (as well as 11 other subjects.) 13 subjects and she gave us homework in all 13 books almost every night that year! I learned a lot and I also grew in strength and stature from that load of books. We didn't have the book bags like the kids have today. We just had to load up and balance them and head for the bus trying to make it home without spilling the bunch. Since I walked to and from school maybe half the time - at least on good weather days - I built up some muscles in 6th grade!
|Mrs. Mary Carden, 6th Grade|
Our new building was ready that year and the move consisted of each kid picking up his or her desk and books and carrying the lot to your room and spot in the new building. Of course in those days, it was right and proper for the boys to assist the girls and the high school kids helped the little guys -1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. I'll bet the school board probably didn't spend $100 on the move since the kids and teachers did all the work!
Article Author, Mac Eubanks