A Look At Chestnut Hill School

Nell Morisette
NewsTribune Special Columnist

Good morning from good ole Benton County. Hope all of you had a good week.

Chestnut Hill School was erected in 1916 near the Chestnut Hill Church. It was located about four miles north of Eva on the Chestnut Hill Road. The road ran from Eva to Big Sandy; this road is now called Eva Flatwoods Road.

This was a one-room school, with 90 square feet of floor space on one acre.

Kind of building: Frame
Kind of heating: ordinary wood store
Ventilation: windows and door
Toilets: None
Source of water: spring, not on school property and unsanitary
Playground equipment: none
Desks: 12 double, not fastened to floor

Some of the teachers were Lois Woods, Lillian Pafford, Emma Lashlee Davis, Mable Gullett, Bessie Dobson, and, in the 1926-27 school year, Golden Gifford.

The children attending in the 1926-27 school year were Esther and Jamie Bates, Elton Cuff, Herbert Hillard, Ruel Hillard, Lottie Hillard, Henry Hillard, Cloy Hillard, Virgil Tippitt, Clifford Paffords, Nora and Clatie Sanderfur, Louise Harden, Opal Harden, Albert Harden, Walter Harden, Willie Parks, Lura and Lena Chester, Ruel Farrar, Waymon Laycock, and Lurene Wilson.

Thought For The Week

The soul that mounts up to heaven's kingdom cannot fail to triumph.


If you have suggestions and/ or additions for these pages, please feel free to write County Host

Brian Nichols

Return to Newspaper Column Index
Return to Benton County Genealogy page


Server space for the TNGenWeb Project is provided through the generosity of US Internet.

The TNGenWeb Project makes no claims or estimates of the validity of the information submitted and reminds you that each new piece of information must be researched and proved, or disproved by the weight of evidence.

You are welcome to copy information found on the Benton County TNGenWeb site for personal use, and share information with other researchers or genealogical organizations, but this information may not be sold or used in a commercial project without expressed permission. All material submitted by individuals for inclusion in this site remains their property.

Copyright 1998 - 2002