Rover School Oregon County MO

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Rover school was located near Rover in Highland township, Oregon county, MO.
It served the Rover community for decades before it was finally consolidated into the Alton school district. There was an earlier Rover school. It seems that English school was sometmes called Rover school or Highland school (for the township). In 1916 there was an attempt to consolidate Jolliff, "Saylor," Lost Pond, English, Bales and Big Apple and build a high school in Rover. Read the newspaper article in the picture column at right. The proposition lost.[1]

In the fall of 1948 five little country schools closed (Bales, English, Jolliff, Sailor, and Lost Pond) and Rover consolidated school opened with a new building on the hill outside of Rover. (It is now the Assembly of God Church.)
1. English school - In Highland Township two miles southeast of Rover on 335. Theodore English, living near, gave land for the school.
2. Jolliff school - land donated by Randolph Jolliff for cemetery, church & school abt 3 miles NE of Rover on 338.
3. Bales school - In Highland Twp, 3 1/2 miles SE of Rover. William M. Bales, a pioneer from Tennessee, was a landowner and farmer of the vicinity. Located at hwy P & 325. In 1902, the Bales school board built 2 schools.[2]
4. Lost Pond school - was part of Attie school, but divided in late 1890s into 2: New Attie & Lost Pond.
5. Sailor school - (formerly New Attie), 1 mi NE of Attie.[3]
6. Rover school - Newspaper articles tell of Rover school for decades before this date. Perhaps it met at the Redburn church just down the road. in early 1900s, but not sure where it was.
The 1948 consolidation included the Elementary and High School at Thomasville, a bit of a strange coup since Thomasville had a high school. I think Rover made the first move, so got to keep their name. But later Alton took over both of them in another consolidation, and the high school moved to Alton, closing the schools in Thomasville and Rover. This link[4] shows the location of some of these schools.

The first year 1948-49, Glenda Willard Stokes taught 1-3 grades and Pauline Trantham taught 4th-6th.
Joyce and Barbara were in the 1st grade, Bobby was in 4th grade, June was in the 6th grade.
The second year 1949-50, Marvell VonAllmen taught the 1-3 class
Bob Stokes drove the school bus for a little while, then Raymon Von Allmen took it over and drove for 29 years.

Dallas, Wayne, Gene, Carl, Colleen and Marvell rode the bus to Thomasville.

Old Rover School (before the 1948 consolidation, was probably English school, a little south of Rover)
Newspaper articles:[5]
--Oregon County Democrat (Alton) - Mar 11, 1904 – Miss Effie Stark, who has been teaching at Rover has closed her school and will spend a few days here with her sister, Mrs. W. J. Highfill, before returning to her home at Joplin.
--Oregon County Democrat (Alton), May 26, 1905, Pg 1, Rover – The school board is to be congratulated on their choice of a teacher. The board is composed of C.H. French, J.E. Redburn, and J.D. Huddleston. They employed Prof. J. E. Murphy to teach our school. Mr. Murphy taught our school last year and gave entire satisfaction to all. The scholars should prepare to start to school the first day which will be July 29.
--Oregon County Democrat (Alton), July 28, 1905, Pg 1, Rover - We understand that school starts July 31st. Prof. J. E. Murphy is the teacher. The Professor is all O.K., and a “number one” teacher.
--West Plains Journal, Aug 3, 1905 (p3, col 3) - Rover - The Rover school commenced last Monday under the efficient care of J. E. Murphy, who taught there last year.
--West Plains Journal, Sept 14, 1905 (p2) Brady - J. E. Murphy moved Saturday into the English district where he is teaching school.
--West Plains Journal, Feb 15, 1906 (pg 3, col 3) Rover - The Rover school, conducted by Prof. J. E. Murphy, closed a few days ago, and the young folks gave a good entertainment at night. Mr. Murphy taught a good school.
--West Plains Journal, Mar 1, 1906 (page 2, col 2) Brady - J. E. Murphy has sold his farm to Nathan Haywood of Thomasville.
--West Plains Journal, Aug 9, 1906 (pg2) Rover - Rover school is now under good headway, under the leadership of Miss Birdie Clark.
--West Plains Journal, Sept 20, 1906 (p3) Rover - There was a pie supper at the Rover school house last Saturday night for the benefit of the library.
--West Plains Journal, Dec 26, 1907 (page 2) Rover - J. E. Murphy is doing good business here in the merchandise business. [Since Nathaniel Haywood first owned the store at Rover, maybe Murphy traded his farm for the store when he quit teaching.]
--West Plains Journal, May 21, 1908 (pg8) College Notes - Mr. Fred Sherry, who has been teaching at Rover, Mo., has again enrolled with us. He has resumed work in the Normal department."
--South Missourian-Democrat, Jan 20, 1910, pg 4, col 3 – Rover - Mrs. Bertie Judd, who is teaching the Rover school has had a vacation of a week. She has been at West Plains having her eyes treated. School will begin again next Monday.
--South Missourian-Democrat, July 7, 1910, pg 4, col 1 – Rover - It is rumored that Rev. Selby has agreed to teach the English school.
--South Missourian-Democrat, Sept 8, 1910, pg 4, col 2 - Miss Effie Hollis, who is teaching school at Rover was here last Saturday visiting friends and trading.
--South Missourian-Democrat, Aug 24, 1911, pg 2, col 3 – Thomasville - Chas. Huddleston is painting the Rover school house this week.
--West Plains Journal-Gazette, Feb 3, 1916 (pg1) - A Vote on Rural High School...Before one of the largest gatherings of people every assembled in Highland township of Oregon county, Prof. Clyde M. HHill, of the Springfield Normal School, made an address at Rover last week. He spoke in favor of consolidated rural high school. The taxpayers of several school districts are contemplating the erection of a rural high school at Rover... (Read rest of article in the photo column at right, or see original article on line[6].)


  1. Article in Howell County Gazette, Mar 16, 1916, pg 1
  2. Oregon County Democrat, Apr 11, 1902 - At the school election last Tuesday the Bales school district was divided and two new schoolhouses will be built this summer and the old one sold. This will make it necessary to hire two teachers instead of one and will make room for all the children of the district at our school.
  3. Formerly the community of Attie post office had used King's Chapel (q.v.) for school, and when a good two-story building was erected one quarter mile from the post office, it was named New Attie. When this building was burned in the late 1890s the district was divided into Lost Pond and New Attie, but New Attie, the smaller house, built one mile northeast, acquired the name Sailor School for Sailor Gentry, a feeblemined and troublesome lad who lived near. -
  5. to access these articles without paying a subscription to, go to the Missouri Historical Society page (you may have to sign up for a free membership) -
  6. Feb 3, 1916, page 1

Bales School
Oregon County South Missourian (Alton, Mo)'
--Sept 14, 1899, p 1 - School Report - Report of the Bales school for month ending Sept 1, 1899. No. males enroled 37, females 43, total 80. Daily average 53 2-5. Total day attendance 1068. '
Those who were perfect in attendance and deportment were as follows:'
Lizzie Redburn, Maude Bales, Pearl Kintner, May Ledford, Minnie Bales and Rilla Redburn. Those perfect in attendance but not in deportment were: '
Imer Andrews, Amos Bales, Roy Kintner, Cleve Redburn, Bessie Redburn, Alta Trantham, Everett Bales, Clyde Trantham, Wm. Childers, Nannie Pluris, Anna Redburn and Neva Redburn. '
Pupils very much interested and doing good work. --Respectfully, J. P. McLain

Jolliff School
The Oregon County Times-Leader (Alton, MO)
--May 27, 1920, p4 - Hugh Huddleston of Thomasville has been engaged to teach the Jolliff school, Ruben Willard the Saler school and Guy Ballew of Koshkonong the Bales school. The English school and Round Pond school are still without a teacher.
The Journal-Gazette (West Plains, MO)
--July 21, 1927, p5 - Mrs. Lottie Willard started teaching the Jolliff school July 10th.
--Aug 29, 1940, p2 - Jolliff school started Monday with Miss Darlene Willard as teacher.
--Sept 9, 1943, p6 - The Jolliff School has started and Miss Thresa (sic) Judd is teaching there this year. The Thomasville School started Monday. There are two busses that haul the Highland children to Thomasille. Mr. Silas House drives one of the buses and Mrs. Clarence Perkings (sic) drives the other.
--Aug 29, 1946, p6 - Miss Goldie Puckett began teaching school at Jolliff school Monday. She is boarding at the Arch Willard home.

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