Ray County Genealogy
Oak Grove School
|Oak Grove School||70||Lexington East||686 feet||39.241ºN||93.833ºW||In south-central Crooked River Township. Named for the shrub oak grove in which the building is located. (Thomas Cooper)|
|n 1858, Argyle Taylor Boggess, Sr., and Marion Phillips, trustees, paid to George W. Frazier $1.00 for one acre of land, located south of Hardin on the Ozark Short Line, for the purpose of a school and playground.
The first schoolhouse was made of logs and burned. A white frame building was built and it was known as the Oak Grove School District No. 10.
One of the first teachers was Paris Swinney. He was remembered by his love for singing which he did on Friday nights.
A Literary Society was organized on December 17, 1898. Officers were President W. H. George, Vice-President W. R. Meador, Secretary and Treasurer William Eslinger. Debating was a favorite form of entertainment.
In the 1900s, Oak Grove had spelling matches with Little Brick, Mallory, and Prairie Valley districts.
The school consolidated with Hardin in 1950, and the last teacher was Mrs. Robert L. Carter.
Adapted from Hardin, Missouri: A Centennial History (1870-1970).