Bohannon Country School, Macon County, Missouri

According to local lore of the 1950s, the rural school in Macon County, Missouri, seven miles south of Anabel, called Bohannon School, was named for the donor of the land on which it was located. The school house stood on the south side of what is now called Mahogany Street, slightly less than one mile east from the intersection with county road V.

During the 1940s and 1950s the school was across the road from the Manley Graves house, and adjacent to the property sometimes called the "Green Bohannon place." Note below that Manly Graves taught the school in the early 1930s. All buildings that were visible from the school in the 1950s, including the school house itself, are now gone, except for the barn on the Manley Graves place. The school yard is now a vacant field. All traces of its former use, including schoolhouse, coal shed, outhouses, water well and playground equipment, are gone. This page collects some records of the school during the time the Trachta family occupied the old Bohannon farm (its buildings are also gone).

Most of these records come from the Macon Historical Society archives. A few are personal photos of the Trachta family.



The teacher in 1913, Mary Graves, was the Macon County Superintendent of Schools when the Trachta family went to Bohannon school. She made annual visits to the school. Everett Phillips was farming the property on the south and west sides of the school in the 1950s, and his daughter, Lillie Jean Phillips, attended.

Here is a partial list of teachers at the Bohannon School from newspaper accounts, provided by Merlyn Amidei of the Macon County Historical Society. At the beginning, schools had more than one term per year of 6, 8, or 9 weeks.
* 1897: Mr. Irvin
* 1898: Miss Lizzie Kimbrell
* 1901: Miss Luella Walker
* 1903: Frank Manning
* 1907: Miss Burna Wisdom
* 1909: Miss Cole
* 1911: William Brewing or Breington
* 1914: Miss Mary Graves (she was there for five years, taught in other rural schools, and for a number of years served as the County Superintendent of Schools)
* 1919 Miss Fern Overstreet
* 1920 (spring): Miss Fern Wells
* 1920 (winter):Miss Bertha Simmons
* 1922: Luther Fristoe
* 1925: Broyles (Otis) McQuay
* 1926: Walter Tiller (Bohannon school switched to 8 month terms)
* 1928: Mrs. Glibert (Virginia) Whiles (First married, woman teacher)
* 1930: Manly Graves (11 pupils)
* 1933: Paul Graves (Note: Merlyn Amidei also found this in the Macon Chronicle Herald for Monday, October 30, 1933. "PIE AND BOX SUPPER--There will be a program and pie supper at the Bohannon School Wednesday night, November 1. Ladies please bring pies and boxes. PAUL GRAVES AND PUPILS.")

 1948



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