A Little History Lesson

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DAVIS CREEK SCHOOL

A Little History LessonBefore the current school was built in 1959 along Alternate West Virginia Route 10, the school was located on the old brick road at the intersection of Route 10 and Alternate Route 10. That site was less than a mile from our present site at the rural community which is still called "Melissa".

Before the turn of the Twentieth Century, (around 100 years ago) it began as a one room log school. Many such small community schools dotted CabellCounty in those early days. School buses were rare at that time. By 1920, a two room frame structure with a side porch was constructed. A pot-bellied stove sat in the middle of each room. There was no airconditioning. Lunches were cooked on a coal stove. There was no 'runningwater', so their water was drawn by bucket from the well. The childrenall drank from the same dipper (YUK!!!). Soon a hand pump was installed on top of the well and each child had a tin cup inside on a shelf. Handwashing was done outside at the pump. (Even during cold winter weather.)Two old time 'outdoor toilets' were available for the boys and girls.

The students attended school here through the eighth grade. In 1936, Barboursville Junior High School was opened for students in the old building which had previously housed the Cabell County Court House and Morris Harvey College. Note: That building was torn down after theJunior High Students were moved to the old Barboursville High Schoolbuilding. The seventh and eighth graders were taken by bus to Barboursville, along with older children going to Barboursville High School.

The third room and gas heat were added in 1951. That sameyear on Halloween, several young men played a prank on the community.They disassembled a farm wagon and lifted it to the top of the school where the parts were re-assembled for everyone to see. Other accounts of the wagon story claim that the wagon was dragged up on the school roof without disassembly. Two more rooms were built on during the late1950's, before our present-day new school was constructed.

Our community can be proud of Davis Creek Elementary School, both then and now. We are lucky to have good teachers and helpful parents who have supported this school throughout the years.

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