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Kizer school, circa 1910, Part 2 of 2

Last Monday’s post (11/5/07) showed a “Souvenir” from the Kizer school about 1910.  Here is a picture of the Kizer school, its teacher and students from about the same time:


Note the two people sitting in the windows on the right side of the building.

Below is a list of the names of some of the persons in the picture.  The list has apparently been cropped on the right side.  I don’t know who made this list.  It is definitely not the handwriting of my father, Frank M. Cochran, Jr., who organized much of the material, other than public records, that will be found on this website.


For easier reading:

In Door:

Katie Barnett with Bardon in her arms, Eddie Barker, Eureka Cochran

Top row:

Mr. Baker (teacher), Hozzie Waller

Second Row from top:

Blanchard Vaughan, Edie (?) King, Fairy King, Paul Collins, Frank Cochran, Luther Vaughan, Valma Cochran

Third Row from top:

Clarence Thomas, Ida Mae Pockrus, Allen Collins, Ellis Collins, Willis Cochran, Bryan Cochran, Grady Barker, unknown, Jessie Ray Cochran, Maud King, unknown, Corrie Pockrus

Fourth Row (next-to-bottom) from top:

Odessa Waller, Chloe Lyons, unknown, Zula Mae Collins, Ruth Vaughan, Gertrude Barker, Evie Waller, unknown, Roy Waller, Clifford King, Judson Thomas, Verlie Lyons, unknown

Fifth (Bottom) Row:

Jimmy Cochran, Paul Barnett, Harvey Thomas, Maudie Pockrus, unknown, unknown, Tillman Collins, Willie Dell Vaughan, unknown, Glen McDonald, [Lyons or King?], [? Collins], unknown

Kizer School, circa 1910, Part 1 of 2

About 1910, the community of Kizer (2 miles south of Bradley) was large enough to have its own school.  The following photos were taken of an item called a school “Souvenir.”  The “Souvenir” is bound in light cardboard and has two folded sheets of paper inside, making a total of four pages.  The “Souvenir” contains a poem, “Opportunity,” the name of a teacher, the pupils and the School Board.  Other than the name of the printing company at the bottom of the poem, the “Souvenir” contains no advertising.  Perhaps this was the early twentieth century, rural southwest Arkansas equivalent of today’s school yearbooks.

The back and front covers:

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Page 1 contains the poem, “Opportunity”:


Page 2 is blank.  Page 3 contains the list of pupils, many of whom would later become well-known members of the Bradley community:

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Page 4 is also blank.   Here is an enlarged view of page 3, so the names can be read more easily: