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(1940 – 1945)


January 18 – Fans witnessed a very fine basketball game last Friday night when New Washington and Saluda School clashed. New Washington won by a score of 27 to 24. This put the teams even as Saluda had won the first game played some time ago. Saluda’s basketball team won 20 – 18 and the second team 12 – 18 over Central on Thursday night.

February 29 – The pupils of Saluda Schools who had been absent no more than three days this past semester were taken to the Ohio Theater for a free show.

April 19 – Article in The Madison Courier:Saluda High Draws Eyes of State Experts to Experiment” by Heberhart.

These are some of the steps that led up to Saluda’s school having arrived at its particular eminence. In the first place there is no township school in the county that has a more loyal supporting community. Saluda school is not only known for its local pride but one of its feats has attracted statewide attention, experts coming from as far as Indianapolis to observe the progress of at least their adventure. Down there they are proud of their school, always have been, and have defeated several efforts to curtail or shift that school from their precincts. The gymnasium fire many months ago caused the state authorities to question the building which remained. There will soon be a new building, but they have remodeled the wooden structure by the enterprise and devotion not shown in this county in many a year. Among the improvements: new floors, halls cleared, four chimneys torn out, a model kitchen installed in the basement and a dumbwaiter to the second floor. Indirect lighting has been installed with power from Madison Utilities Company replacing the old Delco Power Plant. Not content with these adjustments, the school, its teachers and its supporting PT, have introduced a successful feature that is bearing interesting results. This is the service daily of a warm and healthful meal.
It is low cost and within the reach of the children in addition to free lunches. The average cost is 25 cents per week with 100 meals served daily. Mrs. Naomi Fox, home economics teacher, is the director with three kitchen women employees. The upper grade children contribute by being waiters and clean-uppers in exchange for free lunch. The women are Mrs. Ed Hay, the cook in charge, with Mrs. Clara Kemp and Mrs. Pearl Stockdale. The salary of Mrs. Hay is paid by the PTA and the school, the other two by the WPA. The unusual feature of this lunch service: 50 percent of the food is delivered once per month from North Vernon. The supply ranges: butter, lard, white and graham flour meal, raisins, prunes, apples, canned peaches, and oranges. Lack of milk is due to the requirement that it come from certified tested herds. Powdered milk is used some times to meet the quotas. Sample menu: macaroni and cheese, bread and butter, apple salad, and chocolate pudding. The method of serving is unusual; the laden dishes come up from the basement on the dumb waiter and the children take it back to their classroom, in the hall, or outside on the steps if the weather permits. The equipment in the kitchen is new and has a surplus of dishes and other supplies in plenty of storerooms. There are new sewing machines and other home economics equipment.

Mrs. Fox is proud of her 61 pupils and their accomplishments. The key to this fine running –machine is the principal, O. C. Boyer. He has a fine staff of teachers, and by remote control heads the grade school at Paynesville and Ten Cent. There are 60 pupils at Paynesville with half in the fourth and fifth grades under Mrs. Johnson. The remainder is in the third grade taught by Mr. Maddox. At Ten Cent there are 40 pupils in the fifth and sixth grades under Mr. Hooker. Six buses bring the children to Saluda High School as a collection point and then transferred to Paynesville and Ten Cent. Professor Boyer is proud of his departments. Cory Benham heads the mathematics department which has a record for itself. In no other township in the county is trigonometry taught. Joe Boyer and Dale Stein led their class at Hanover College this year in calculus. Benham had a large class doing stunts in math. Miss Janie Kent has a large commercial department of 18 in typing with many more wishing to take the course. Ruth Wilson has 30 in the spacious first grade room with many windows to the North. Miss Elnora Henney had 18 tots in the big room opposite. The earnest community support has made it possible for the school to do things in a large way. Typical of this is the little known pledging of $500.00 by friends of the school when a heating plant was needed. Some teachers gave as much as $40.00 from their salaries to this project. During the past year, not only has the interior been totally transformed and the exterior has been beautified. There was a feeling of great hope for the future.

Class Memory recalled: Mrs. Naomi Fox, the home economics teacher, was much appreciated by the whole school for starting the lunch program. It really was wonderful, no more cold boring lunches. The girls recall talking about the hush-hush subjects of life in the home economics classes. The class went to the Marengo Cave for a school trip as Juniors. Due to the war, the Senior trip had to be taken to Clifty Falls.

May 16 – The Junior/Senior Classes had the most enjoyable of all trips last Friday when they visited Mammoth Cave, returned to Louisville for supper at the Blue Boar, attended a show and returned home about 8 o’clock tired; but happy. The Alumni Banquet was held Saturday night with quite a large attendance. Many enjoyable old times were reviewed after the delicious dinner prepared by the PTA. All departed hoping more Alumni could be present next year. It was traditional for the sophomore girls to be the servers for the banquets and the school cooks prepared the meal. Tables were decorated with iris and peony flowers in vases and the traditional red and white theme. Favors were usually handmade by the alumni committee. The Junior Class entertained the Seniors at the home of Professor O. C. Boyer, April 26. Informal games featured the evening’s entertainment and refreshments were served. Members of the faculty who were guests included Miss Jane Kent, Mrs. Naomi Fox, Floyd Stillhammer and Corwin Benham, and the thirteen members of the graduating class and eighteen Juniors. The Saluda Baccalaureate Service was ably conducted Sunday afternoon by Reverend Clyde Onyette, pastor of Mt. Zion Church. Subject: “Chasing Rainbows”. Reverend Willard Adkinson, Prospect, offered the invocation. Anne Bums and Elizabeth Boyer rendered special music, and Mrs. Lois Hearn played the processional. The house was filled to capacity.

Reminiscing the 1940’s at Saluda School by Irene Benham: Living just four houses from the school grounds made it a great playground growing up in the neighborhood. I liked going there when the gymnasium was being built. Watching them bring bus loads of young boys from all over Jefferson County for the summertime job. In the evenings, I would be climbing and crawling thru the foundation tunnels as they were being dug. It’s a wonder I wasn’t buried alive! I even chewed some of the tar from the roof of the gym. Many students tried this black gum! The swings and slides gave many hours of entertainment. I’d ask Mom for the wax paper wrappers from the loaves of bread. If I opened them and sat on them when the sun was shining, after about 4-5 times down the slide they were the fastest in the country. You never let go at the top unless you were ready to fly.

Couldn’t wait for Sunday afternoon when the Adams Clan from Hanover (at least 10) visited their cousins, the Hooker family (6), joined by the Taylor, Benham, King, and Nighbert families, plus anyone going by, often joined in a baseball game. My folks let me attend all basketball games at a young age, as big sis Wilma was a cheerleader and I tagged along! Waiting for Harry Schirmer’s bus on the corner could be a challenge. Living so close, I could be guaranteed a back seat. The older girls didn’t like that and tried to crowd me out. The older girls wanted to save the back seats for the boys whom we picked up at Chelsea, York brothers, Kenny Severs and others. Growing up around Saluda School and Benham’s store was the greatest.


– The basketball team practiced without a gym and played at New Washington or in the gym at Hanover College.This gym had posts which obstructed the passing of the ball.


– Notes from Willie Bladen: Three teachers were; Miss Craig, Miss Coffin and Chisel Stillhammer. We practiced basketball at night at New Washington, played at noon and recess on the floor of a tent. Our senior and junior class trips were to a circus in Louisville and Mammoth Cave. The graduation ceremony was at Mt. Zion Methodist Church. The flower was gardenia.


The class of 1943 was the first one which used the new gymnasium for commencement on April 30. A stage curtain in the new gym was their class gift. It was a war time graduating class and the motto was “Vision and Victory”.

School Trip, 1943

October 6Didn’t Miss a Day – First grade pupils at Saluda School were present every day the first month of school: Lucy Birge, Phyllis Bowman, Lois Cook, Carline Cummins, Catherine Davidson, Kenneth Fresh, Janice Hardy, William Hardy, Roberta Henry, Georgie Hopper, Jerry Ellen Lawson, Russell Maddex, Kenneth Maddex, Betty Moore, Denver Rowlett, Duell Rowlett, Wilma Stockdale, Arley Stodghill, Donald Stoner, Virginia Taylor and Leroy Vest.


September 21 – Saluda High and grade school teachers are the same as last year with Professor O. C. Boyer, principal, except Mrs. Marie Lauderbaugh replaced Mrs. Coryear who went to Connersville. Professor and Mrs. Lauderbaugh have rented the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Stucker in Paynesville, and Professor is principal of the Deputy High School.

October 26 – First grade pupils present every day at the Saluda Grade School, Miss Ruth Wilson, teacher were: Ronald Bell, Sherry Benham, Ronald Bowman; Alice Faye Butler, Robert Consley, Caroline Davidson, Bonnie Ruth Giltner, Marvin Dean Goode, Anna Lavonne Hall, George Thomas Hall, Betty Hooker, Betty Kemp, Kenneth Maddex, Zelma Nighbert, Bradford Shelton, Donald Stoner, Julianne Taylor, Martha Taylor, and Gene Warman.

November 2 – Saluda’s basketball team will play Hanover at Saluda Friday night. Yell leaders are Barbara and Eva York and Betty Lou McDonald. The PTA of Saluda High obtained the show “The Town”* for their meeting last Tuesday night. Chief of Police Ralph Hord of Madison showed the picture along with safety films. It was interesting to see the familiar scenes of Madison.

*This film was made by the United States government as a propaganda film depicting a typical town of America during the war. It was used for the purpose of recruitment and to encourage the citizens to be patriotic. Main Street was depicted as part of the Atlantic and Pacific Highway system. These are notes written in 2010 giving insight into the use of the film.

November 9 – Saluda’s game with Hanover on November 3 was won by Saluda 29 to 25, November 9. The basketball teams were not allowed to confer with their coaches during a game except at quarters and half time. A wooden cart, 2’x2′, to which casters were attached, was divided into small sections. ln these sections were half lemons to quench the players’ thirst, a communal water bottle, sweat towels, and a tube of stick-em for the hands and shoes. While the huddled players were resting in center court, the cart was pushed by the manager to them.

November 16 – New Washington basketball team defeated Saluda by two points at New Washington, Friday night. Saluda has a good team this year. You will hear more about them going places.

December 7 – At the meeting of Saluda PTA Monday night a week ago the pupils of the fourth, fifth and sixth grades furnished a most enjoyable and appropriate program. On Friday night, December 1st, Saluda Lions with Coach Benham journeyed to Dupont to play a most sensational game of basketball which had to be played with a double overtime for a decision. With the ball suspended in air over the basket in the last second of time it dropped through and gave Saluda the game by a 50-49 score. In Saluda’s previous game which was played against North Madison with Mack Bennett of Saluda as Coach was a nip and tuck battle. The Tigers had the lead at first but it was not long until Saluda had the lead which they never relinquished. After committing his fifth personal foul, Delbert King left the game early in the third quarter. This seemingly was a break for North Town but Arlan “Bud” King and John York kept the Lions in the lead. Hammond of North Madison and Paul Gammons of Saluda shared in scoring honors with 11 points each. A total of 28 personal fouls were called on both teams, Tigers 16 and Lions 12. The score at the quarters stood 7-4, 13-9, 22-16 and 28-23.

December 22 – The Saluda Lions basketball team played Deputy there Friday, December 8th. Score was 61-15 in favor of Saluda. Saluda has lost only one game in the county, that to Central. Come and see what happens next Friday night at Saluda when she is all set to beat New Washington. Saluda first grade pupils present every day of the third month of school were: Bonnie Giltner, Marvin Coode, George Hall, Betty Hooker, Marshall Hutsell, Betty Kemp, Kenneth Maddex, Olive McCreary, Zelma Nighbert, Violet Righthouse, Walter Schirmer, Bradford Shelton, Julianne Taylor, Ronald Bell, Sherry Benham, Alice Faye Butler and Robert Consley. Carroll Pender, son of Guy Pender, former Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, who joined the Canadian Army, is now missing in action.


January 11 – Saluda Township schools opened January 1 as per schedule as did all the township schools of Jefferson County except Madison township where the roads were worse than in other sections. Saluda High School was favored by the presence of the Madison High School Choral Club, which consisted of a large number of singers rendering many Christmas carols which were greatly appreciated by Professor O. C. Boyer and the school in general. The Jefferson County basketball tournament will be held at the Brown Gym, Madison, January 19 and 20. The six high schools competing will be Saluda, Hanover, North Madison, Central, Deputy and Dupont. Drawings will be January 12. W.H. Clashman, county superintendent, will present before the next General Assembly, a measure to require pupils to remain in school until age 17.

]anuary 25 – Saluda grade pupils present every day during the fourth month: George Thomas Hall, Anna Hall, Betty Hooker, Kenneth Maddex, Zelma Nighbert, Bradford Shelton, Gene Warman, Sherry Benham, Alice Butler, Robert Consley, Bonnie Giltner, and Marvin Goode. Miss Ruth Wilson, reported.


Related by Edwin Hardy, a junior: In the spring, the Juniors and Seniors went on the first overnight school trip. They stayed in Nashville, TN the first night and saw the movie, “Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief”. The next stop was Norris Dam, which Professor Boyer thought educational as it was part of the TVA. Onto Lookout Mountain as Corwin Benham wanted to visit the mountain because he had heard the Saluda Civil War soldiers relating how they fought the battle on Lookout above the clouds. Then to Ruby Falls and returned to stay overnight in Knoxville, TN. Professor Boyer believed the hotel to be a firetrap and insisted on everyone knowing the locations of the fire escapes. Harry Schirmer drove the school bus. Harry Berry, another bus driver, drove a car in which his wife, Florence, Professor and Mrs. Boyer rode.

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