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August 19, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County, 1913, Part I

Axtell Academy. Courtesy Historic Buckingham.

In the Fall of 1913, when Buckingham County was engrossed in the murder of Meade Hanes, a county fair took place in Dillwyn.

Click here to learn more about the case: Buckingham County Crimes: The Murder of Meade Hanes, Part I


This unusually lengthy article in Richmond’s Times-Dispatch provides a snapshot of everyday life in the county, beginning with a discussion of teachers.

Arvonia, Va., September 7. — A number of teachers have within the past few days been elected various school positions in Buckingham County. The principalship of the Arvonia High School is as yet undetermined, with an appointment in view. The assistant teachers will be Miss Clarice Bersch, teacher of the first and second high school grades; Miss Lula Spencer, teacher of sixth and seventh grades; Miss Minnie Butler, third, fourth and fifth grades; Miss Callie G. Woody, first and second grades.

Miss Agnes White has been elected principal of the Gold Hill School, with Miss Mary G. Hardiman as assistant. Miss Virginia Broaddus, of Bagby, Caroline County, is principal of the Malone School, on the line of Maysville and Francisco Districts. Miss Fannie Miller will be principal of the Axtell School, which this year will be run as a graded school.


Schools are a favorite subject at Slate River Ramblings.

Was the Axtell graded school of 1913 held in the old Axtell Academy building?

Click here to learn more about Axtell Academy:

Buckingham Schools: Axtell Academy

Buckingham Schools: Axtell Academy Closes

You can learn more about the Malone school here: Buckingham Schools: Malone School

Coming next: Buckingham County, 1913, Part II

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