Qulin Schools
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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