Like kids today, some of these Rising Sun students seem more than ready in 1921 to be let out of school for summer.

From the 3rd floor
of the Webb City Public Library

Old News

Students continued to be educated at Rising Sun School until 1961

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

May 22, 2024

Rising Sun School was located in Preston Township, northeast of Alba. The school was established before 1880 on a small plot of land adjoining Ruddick Cemetery. In the summer of 1883, the school building was moved almost a mile to the west. In 1884 the building was repaired and enlarged but was sold at auction later that same year. A new school site was purchased on Dec. 19, 1885, from Samuel and Naomi Patterson and a new building was constructed at the cost of $387.

In 1920, the Dixie school district closed and some of the Dixie students were sent to Rising Sun, then in 1951 Rising Sun and Pleasant Hill school districts were merged with students attending classes in the Rising Sun schoolhouse.  The school’s final term was 1960-1961.

1952 Birthday party guests identified

The public has responded to our recent request for names of the above birthday party participants.

Sue Sheckells Miller tells us it was her birthday party in 1952, hosted by her grandmother and mother, Mrs. Edna Bundy and Mrs. Betty Bundy Sheckells.

Girls on the left are (from front) Sharon Barholomew, Gretchen Told, Jackie Worthy and Dorothy ?.

At right (from front) are Sherry Tindell, Jan Saulbeamer, Sue Sheckells and Ann Orr.

Thanks to Sue Sheckells Miller and Jan Saulbeamer for putting names with the faces.

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

WCAGS members staff the Genealogy Room on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library. Current hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Genealogy Room.

Everything you want to know about Jasper County Missouri Schools is available at a site compiled by Webb City Area Genealogical Society member Kathy Sidenstricker.