Classroom Building and Soup Kitchen at Ray City School

Classroom Building  and Soup Kitchen at Ray City School

Classroom Building at Ray City School.

Classroom Building at Ray City School.

The white wooden classroom building  was already an old building on the campus when Diane Miley attended second grade at Ray City School in 1939.

This building, which was originally located where the kindergarten is now situated, and was later moved further back from Pauline Street to its present location. The entrances to this building were on the north and south sides. A
central north-south hallway ran through the building. On the east side were two big classrooms for the 1st and 4th grades, and a small room used as the Soup Kitchen. On the west side were 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade classrooms. There were no bathrooms in this building, or in the main brick school building for that matter. The toilets at that time were outdoor toilets. the Ray City school did not get indoor toilets until after WWII.

The teachers in this wooden building were:

1st Grade: Mrs. P.M. Shultz
2nd Grade: Miss Josephine Collier
3rd grade: Eloise Johnson
4th grade: a young unmarried teacher

Other Ray City teachers around that time were Jesse Francis Webb, Hazel Tabor, Dorothy Chisholm, and Mary Peele, James Garland Grady.  Julius Glen Tatum was an Ag teacher.

This building housed the original “soup kitchen” lunch room at Ray City School. Off of the 4th grade classroom was a small room which was used as the lunch room. It measured about 10 feet by 12 feet and was equipped with  a cook table, but no sink counter. A big cast iron wood-burning stove occupied one corner of the room.  There were counters and benches along two walls where the children ate.  The lunchroom ladies  could not feed many children at a time. The charge for lunch was 10 cents, but not all children could afford to get a hot lunch. Many brought their lunch from home and ate in the school yard.

Mrs. Hun Knight worked hard to bring the soup kitchen to the school and worked in the kitchen. Mrs. Eula Swindle Hall was the first cook. She was followed by Mrs. Allie Purvis Starling. Leila McConnell also cooked. Martha Burkhalter was a lunchroom “waitress.” Agnes Knight Guthrie also helped in the kitchen. For the paying students, soup was served every day, with brown whole-wheat flour biscuits and butter. The kitchen was supplied with surplus government commodities supplemented with fresh produce that was brought in by local farmers in trade for their children’s lunches. Rossie Futch brought in sweet potatoes in trade for a hot lunch for his children.

Later, after the first school cafeteria building was constructed on the Ray City School campus in 1941, the small soup kitchen was turned into a trigonometry classroom for the high school students.

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Second Grade Portraits, Ray City School, 1939

School photos and yearbooks add to the documentation of family locations between census enumerations.  In 1939, Tommy Guthrie attended second grade at the Ray City School, Ray City, GA.  His parents were Perry Thomas Guthrie and Rachel Mae Taylor, of Ray City, GA.  A page from the 1939 yearbook provides photos of most of his classmates. Principal of the school was Prentice Munson Shultz.

Tommy Guthrie, 1939. Grade 2, Ray City School, Ray City, GA.

Tommy Guthrie, 1939. Grade 2, Ray City School, Ray City, GA.

Josephine Collier, Teacher

Ray City School, 1939, Second Grade, Ray City, GA. Hanson Carter, Robert Conner, Morris Cribb, Elwood Gaskins, Tommy Guthrie, Vernon Hendley, Raleigh Hollis, Wallace McLindon, Randall Napier, Vernon Plair, John H. Pittman, Talton Rouse, Charles Scarborough, Donald Scarborough, Billy Spells, Bobby Vaughn, R.C. Wheeler,

Ray City School, 1939, Second Grade, Ray City, GA. Hanson Carter, Robert Conner, Morris Cribb, Elwood Gaskins, Tommy Guthrie, Vernon Hendley, Raleigh Hollis, Wallace McLindon, Randall Napier, Vernon Plair, John H. Pittman, Talton Rouse, Charles Scarborough, Donald Scarborough, Billy Spells, Bobby Vaughn, R.C. Wheeler,
Jermaine Allen, Mable Akridge, Jeanette Fender, Carolyn Mikell, Diane Miley, Jean Studstill, Allie Mae Warren, Hellen Wood.

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1939 Ray City Glee Club Goes On Tour

Following a successful 1939 Christmas Cantata  performance, the Ray City School Glee Club went on a spring tour performing in local towns and even on the radio:

The Nashville Herald, March 2, 1939

Ray City Glee Club Heard at M.E. Church

The Ray City high school Glee Club was featured in last Sunday night services at the local Methodist Church, singing before a packed house.  Reverend J.O. Stanaland, pastor, announced that it was nearly a capacity congregation.

The Glee Club very ably and with pleasing harmonious voices rendered a group of chorus selections.  There are twenty-eight mixed voices in the Glee Club.

Transcription courtesy of Skeeter Parker

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The Nashville Herald, March 16, 1939

Ray City Glee Club Gave Program at Lakeland Recently

The Ray City High School Glee Club numbering twenty-four voices, presented a program last Tuesday morning at the Lakeland School auditorium during chapel period.  Several readings were also given by students representing the Ray City Expression Department.  The performance received an enthusiastic response from the Lakeland faculty and student body.  Mr. House praised the work of the visiting group, and stated that on account of the pleasant scholastic relations in literary and athletic events which had always existed between Ray City and Lakeland he was exceptionally glad to have had the Ray City school represented here on such a delightful an occasion.  Similar programs were presented in Ray City last fall by Lakeland High School and Grammar School Glee Clubs prior to the School of the Air Broadcasts.  The Ray City Glee Club is preparing a program to be broadcast over radio station WAYX in Waycross at 2 o’clock p.m. April 7. – Lanier County News.

Transcription courtesy of Skeeter Parker

Members of the Glee Club:

Peggy Carter
Annie Ruth Clements
Juanelle Clements
Marjorie Garner
Frencholyn Guthrie
Myrtle Hendry
Alma Luke
Evelyn Moore
Victoria Sirmans
Pauline Skinner
Juanelle Starling
Carolyn Swindle
Allen Yawn
Roy Carter
Hugh Clements
Hubert Comer
Billy Guthrie
Morris Johnson
Bruce Knight
Harold Moore
Ronald Parrish
Hubert Starling
Jack Vickers
Lamar Weaver
Miss Josephine Collier
Mrs. Rudolph Zeigler (Martha Ernestine Cantrell)
Mrs. Garth Webb
Miss Hazel Tabor

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In 1939 the Ray City School Glee Club gave a Christmas Cantata with many students and teachers participating.

Ray City School, circa 1949. The school building was originally constructed in 1922.

Ray City School, circa 1949. The school building was originally constructed in 1922.

The Nashville Herald, December 14, 1939

Ray City School Glee Club to Give Christmas Cantata

      Ray City High School Glee Club will present a Christmas Cantata, “Memories of Bethlehem,” (Holton), on Wednesday evening, December 20, at 8 o’clock in the high school auditorium.  The glee club will be assisted by Miss Josephine Collier, pianist; contralto, Mrs. Rudolph Zeigler (Martha Ernestine Cantrell Ziegler); soprano, Mrs. Garth Webb, and Miss Hazel Tabor.

      Members of the club appearing on the program will be:

      Sopranos and altos:

      Peggy Carter, Annie Ruth Clements, Juanelle Clements, Marjorie Garner, Frencholyn Guthrie, Myrtle Hendry, Alma Luke, Evelyn Moore, Victoria Sirmans, Pauline Skinner, Juanelle Starling, Carolyn Swindle, Allen Yaun.

      Baritones and basses:

      Roy Carter, Hugh Clements, Hubert Comer, Billy Guthrie, Morris Johnson, Bruce Knight, Harold Moore, Ronald Parrish, Hubert Starling, Jack Vickers, Lamar Weaver.

      The Symphonet Band, which has been organized since October, will play for the processional.  They are: 

      Lamar Hardy, Fain Guthrie, Ferrell Herring, Barbara Swindle, Annie Martha Grisset, Lois Burkhalter, Kenneth Cameron, Billy Creech, Casswell Yaun, Bob Starling, Sadie Griner, Wylda Starling.

      Ushers for the occasion will be Helen Scarboro and Betty Garner.  Candle lighters will be Robert Martin, Rudolph Scarboro, Bill Gray, Harvey Wood.

      Wise men will be Hilda Sirmans and Doris Mobley.

1939 Class Seniors, Ray City School. Miss Tabor, Teacher. Pictured are Annie Ruth Clements, Elizabeth Weaver, Mona Faye Swindle, D'Ree Yawn, Hazel Sirmans, Doris Forehand, and J.D. Carter.

1939 Class Seniors, Ray City School. Miss Tabor, Teacher. Pictured are Annie Ruth Clements, Elizabeth Weaver, Mona Faye Swindle, D’Ree Yawn, Hazel Sirmans, Doris Forehand, and J.D. Carter.

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