Windrow School, ?-1913

WINDROW SCHOOL -1913 was located on the southeast side of Windrow Road at its intersection with Snail Shell Cave Road. The Windrow family gave the land for a church, a camp meeting ground, and a school. The old T. Winrow estate, the Winrow Church and Camp Ground are shown on the 1878 Beers Map.

The school must have been built later.

The school was a one-room frame building facing northwest.

It was weatherboarded, painted white, with a front porch and a bellfrey with lattice work. Inside the room at the back was a long stage and a blackboard. A pot-bellied stove furnished the heat.

Among the teachers were Nanny Wade, Lottie Ralston, Miss Willie Haynes, Hugh McHenry, Mrs. John Reed, Stella Scales, and Mary Knott, the last teacher. Most of the teachers boarded at the homes of Minnie Kelton and Maturity Windrow, the grand mother of Roy Watson.

Grades were one through eight.

The school in 1913 had about thirty students. Windrow, Watson, Rowland, Gentry, and Wilson were some of the family names.

On March 13, 1913, a little after three o’clock in the afternoon, a double-pronged tornado blew away the school.

Leanna Rowland was killed soon after she skipped toward home after telling Roy Watson, her schoolboy sweetheart, “I’ll see you in the morning.” Sandy Gentry, another student, and two adults in the community were also killed.

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