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Tidbits from the Piketon 1917 annual and the history of the Lewis caboose

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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 9:44 am

This week I’ll use some information from the only Pike County School Annual that was published in 1917. In August 2003, Mary Way-Birkhimer (Mrs. Clifton) sent me her copy that belonged to her husband Clifton’s dad — Sherman. At this time Mary lived in the town of Milford, Ohio not far from Loveland where I started school.

This week, I’ll feature Piketon’s section of the annual. School District No.1 — Seal twp. — J.D. Mckinley — Superintendent. Teachers — Elizabeth Moore, Waverly; Bronson Farmer, Piketon; Nellie Fishburn, Piketon; Victoria Valley, Piketon; Raymond Daily, Piketon (later a lawyer); then to teachers in Piketon village (the others were likely one-room schools), W.A. Lewis; Miss Hoffman; Miss Nichols; C.D. Bennett; Bertha Thomas; Grace Wright; Lenna Hawk and Mr.C.H. Lehr — Normal Director. Note: back then a normal school provided teacher training even for those who only graduated from the eight grade. The senior class of 1917 included Hazel Dixon, Edith Freeman, Eva Kiester, Ina Cooper, Willa Hughes, Dorothy Hatfield, Ruth Leist, Chester Holt, Mary Rief, Homer Patterson, Florence Vulgamore and George Hawk.

Junior High School students were: Marie McClay, Kathryn Graham, Howard Sampson, William Patterson, Hannah Talbott and Pauline Stephenson. (11th Grade)

Piketon sophomore class: Albert Shy, Merton Moore, Harry Richardson Ruth Middleton, Madeline Hughes, Florence Daily, Anna Shy, Ernest Hawk, Lenora Woddell, Margaret Markham Lara Mustard, Selma Shy, Ella Lucas, Myrtle Daily, Mable Leist, Lois Reif, Norma Black and Daisy McClay.

Piketon High School Freshmen class included; George Armstrong, Leonard Harris, Julia Beachamp, Audrey Wilson, Margurite McGowan, David Williams, Thelma Lewis and Sherman Brikheimer.

The Boys’ Basketball team at Piketon were Sherman Birkheimer, Chester Holt, Howard Sampson, Harry Richarson, Albert Shy, Merton Moore and coached by Mr. Bennett.

The Girls Basketball team were Norma Black, Kathryn Graham, Eva Keister, Anna Shy, Florence Vulgamore and Edith Freeman.

Pictured here are the girls in their stylish uniforms!

When we attended a track meet April 9 at Huntington, two U.S. Air Force jets were flying over back and forth and chasing each other in what was called Dog-fights. I remarked to my son-in-law Mike Maple, “That is nice to be recognized in a fly-over.”

Last month I requested a history of the Lewis N&W caboose that was being dismantled at state Route 220 and Estep Road near Waverly from a friend and N&W Railway historian, Bob Bowers of Roanoke, Virginia. Here are some facts #518235 was built in the N&W by Roanoke, Va. shops in November 1917 at a cost of $1,680. The length including the couplers — 34 feet, 8 inches. Former No. was 18235 and was renumbered in 1924. It had a steel frame and wooden body. In 1969, it was modernized at the shops in Princeton, West Virginia. In Jan 1971, it was later taken out of service and stored until Jan. 24, 1977 when it was sold to Friedman’s Scrap Yard, New Boston, Ohio for $777.54. This scrap yard sold reclaimed railroad equipment steel to the Detroit Steel mill nearby. Later in 1977, the Lewis Family bought the old caboose and moved it to Waverly to use as a club house and later a home.

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