The first school classes in Qulin were taught in a one-room building next to Ma Loshes house. In later years they were moved to the Nazerene (that later became the Methodist) and Baptist Church as the number of students increased. Classes continued there even after the red stucco schoolhouse was built in 1924 and the class of 1949 attended classes during the 1940-41 school year shortly after the new high school was completed by the WPA There were only eight grades attending classes in Qulin when the grade school was first completed. The ninth and tenth grades were added a few years later. The students desiring a high school diploma attended classes at Malden, Campbell, Poplar Bluff or Broseley prior to the completion of the Qulin High School. The last class to graduate from there was in 1969. Then the High School students from Fisk and Qulin were consolidated with the High School at Broseley in 1970. Granny McKay was the unofficial custodian of the old Baptist Church when some of the students attended classes there. She didn't teach any school classes, although she did teach Sunday School and summer bible classes. She gave me the New Testament when I was nine and she was seventy-six. When seventy-three year old mother Frances McKay was waiting for her turn to apply for her old age pension in 1935, she was puffing on a big cigar. When asked why she wasn't smoking her usual pipe she replied she was unable to find an old fashion clay pipe. Most of us remember her with a corn cob pipe that seemed to be growing out of her mouth. Granny McKay was probably one of the more notables at home, if not the most notable. Due to her unusual traits as well as being the town constable at one time and the foreperson of a group of lady "gandy dancers" on the railroad during the World War I. She was very small, frail, slightly stooped and weighed about 85 pounds if a nickel. Everyone who knew her has fond memories of her. She was a diamond in the rough with her own style and grace. She was a granny to us all. Charles Lee McClure
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