Chestnut Grove School History

Chestnut Grove School
Chestnut Grove School

In 1861, the people of Chestnut Grove Community near Ider, Alabama built a log house which was used for Separate Baptist Church and for holding school. In the years between 1861 and about 1920 four different school buildings existed. The fourth still stands on Highway 117 south of Ider.  In 1909, the teacher was Gladstone Yeuell. The following are pictured:

Row one (l to r): Ed Wade, Herman Gifford, Rosevelt Craze, Charlie Ellis, Lee Chapman, Jess Crabtree, Conley Smith, Teddy Taylor, Flavous Beaty, Cicero Clark, William Craze, Rosa Lea.

Row two (l to r): Chester Gifford, Robert Lea, Hardy Maxwell, Chester Beaty, William Dean, Michell Kerby, Jim Dean (behind Kerby), Robert Bell, Walter Smith, Henry Chapman, Willie Sly Taylor.

Row three (l to r): Dollie Chambers, Geneva Crabtree, Della Culver, Dewey Craze, Bens Clark, Charlie Crabtree, Mr. Gladstone Yeuell (teacher), Mr. Emory Maxwell (principal), Arthur Craptree, Nate Smith, Virgil Beaty.

Row four (l to r): Vesta Crabtree, Deelie Dean, Margaret Dean, Sarah Dean, Margaret Gifford, Ozell Bell, Battie Clark, Luana Bell, Ida Craze, Cornelia Beaty, Joe Bell, Ellen Whited, Vertie Chambers, Leeva Lee, Myriah Dean.

Row five (l to r): Jeff Kerby, Sarah Beaty, Henry Bell, Vina Bell, Tom Bell, Etta Culver, Arthur Beaty, Lena Beaty, Oscar Beaty, Lucy Smith, Bessie Smith, Jessie Gifford, Flora Smith, Bertie Ellis.


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