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Elmer, Missouri - Early History
Diamond School in 1976
This school was located northwest of Elmer and many residents of the Elmer area attended school there. It is unknown when the school opened, but The Macon Republican on October 25, 1895, ran an item stating "the literary at Diamond school house on Friday night was not very good." It closed around 1949 or so and was absorbed by the Elmer Consolidated School District. The building was sold at auction on March 1, 1952.
Jim Bergmann writes: "My brother CR attended his first 3 years of grade school at Diamond school. I remember it for some highlights like Christmas programs and school plays and getting an orange at a Christmas party. The year I started my first grade was when Diamond school was consolidated to Elmer. My first grade and CR'S 4th grade were to be at Elmer. Diamond was within walking distance from home through the woods for CR and sometimes a horseback ride. There was a hitching posts for horses behind Diamond school house. Mrs. Dema Bayne ?sp was the one teacher at that time that I remember. I believe the school was made into a home later but can't remember who lived there. The building may still be standing."
Nelba (Thompson) Shockley writes: "I also have a memory of the old Diamond School. Not my personal memory, but one Mama told to me through the years. As a young girl, probably about 18, there was a revival held at the Diamond School. Mama went to it and it was there was she gave her heart to the Lord. For those of you who knew my Mom, this was a profound "memory" in her life."
Jennifer (Gunnells) Libby adds: "Patsy and Russell Knotts lived in the school house while their home was being built by Ollis Lovern. They still own the land it sits on."
Early teachers at the Diamond School included:
Mr. Self, 1895
Della Sinnock, 1896
Mollie Boring, 1897
Willa Clark, 1899
Nora Sprinkle, 1900
Sarah Gunnels, 1907
Hazel Gollins, 1910
Hazel Gunnels, 1928
Blanch Smith, 1944
Hazel Collins with her students at Diamond School #1, circa 1910