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Rocky Point -- Bourbon County

The following is a submission for your one-room school house project, as told to me by my mother, Daisy Louise Pryor Strader, and my great-aunt, Opal Ramsey Abbott.

Jean Strader
Documents Librarian
South Dakota State Library
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

Rocky Point (Hog Holler), Bourbon County

Rocky Point School, also known as Hog Holler, served as a one-room school for at least three generations. Rocky Point (District 91) was originally located 3 to 3 1/2 miles southwest from the present town of Uniontown in Bourbon County. Although Rocky Point was its official name, it was commonly called Hog Holler (or Hog Hollow), because it was located in a "holler". The beginning date is unknown, but it was probably there during the 1880's, because Julia Emma Schubert (b. 1872) attended school there. Julia later married a local farmer, Perry Simon Ramsey. At some point during the early 1900's, the school was moved to a new location about 2 miles west of present Uniontown (on old Highway 54). Julia Ramsey's children, Rolla, Opal, Loran, Bertha Dean, Helen, and Herman, attended the school at the new location, which was still called Hog Holler. After attending the Normal teachers school at Pittsburg, Kansas, Bertha Dean Ramsey returned to Hog Holler and taught school there for one term before marrying Fred Pryor. Their two children, Jack and Daisy Louise Pryor, attended school at Hog Holler for two years before the family moved on in the early 1930's.

Louise recalls her first day of school at Hog Holler in 1932. Her mother had told the teacher that she knew Louise was too young to go to school, but Louise was eager to go. The teacher was instructed that if Louise cried for any reason, she was to be sent home immediately, since that would prove that she was too young to go to school. So, on the first day of school after walking the two miles to school, she was waiting in line in the schoolyard when she was stung four times by bees. Afraid of being sent home, she never cried and refused to tell the teacher about the stings. That night, after walking home, she was pretty sick, so her grandfather loaded her in the car and took her to the doctor in Uniontown. (No matter what was wrong with a patient, the first thing the doctor had the patient do was open the mouth and say "AH".) She had to stay home the rest of the week to recover, but was allowed to return to school since she hadn't cried.

When Bertha Dean Ramsey was a pupil at Hog Holler in the early 1900's, the teacher was Cora Duzan, and there were about 17 students (7 Ramseys, 4 Whipprechts, 3 McKinnis's, and others). When Louise was a pupil at Hog Holler (early 1930's), the teacher's name was Faye Davis, and there were about 15-17 students.

The school exists today on the site where it has been since the early 1900's. The property was bought by the local Holt family. Some renovation work was done several years ago, but the school remains in disrepair today.

Saturday, April 12, 2003 11:51 AM

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