Hello, from the Comanche County Museum! Today I am talking about the “LACY SCHOOL HOUSE”
This is an early day school, known as the CAL LACY schoolhouse; this was located north west of Sidney. The logs, which is all that is remaining of the school today, are located at the Comanche Historical Museum grounds. These logs are measured 12 feet by 14 feet. This is built like many early day schools, out of logs cut on the site. The school building today is located facing west, with one door on the west side. On the east side is one small window, with two rifle ports on the sides of the window, for shooting at Indians, we suppose. The gable was about 12 feet high. .
This is the first installment in a series of articles about early COMANCHE COUNTY SCHOOLS. When I wrote about the early day Courthouse, I used a booklet written with the Library about the courthouses along with Frances B. Lockwood. I felt that her information was correct, and I am starting the schools article with a different mindset.
I am using bits and pieces of information that I have picked up here and there. From the OLD CORA STORY, after it was finished up as a courthouse, it was used as a residence. It was owned by Tom Matthews, who sold the house to John W. Clark. O. S. Mason bought the house from Clark in 1880. In an interview in THE COMANCHE CHIEF June 10, 1932, SALLIE Mason HICKS stated that as a young lady she taught school in one of the rooms.
Here is another note about early day schools: The first school and church house was on Mercer’s Creek, near DR. TUGGLES old place. The School house on Dr. Tuggles’ property was where the election was held to form the new Comanche County.
Back to the Cal Lacy school house, I have told this story to a group of students from area schools, I tried to tell this in a story for elementary students. I told them about the families wanting their kids to learn, and Mr. Smith, living down here., told his neighbors, “hey, we can build a school house right on my property”. So here came the fathers, with their axes, saws, and froes, to cut down the trees, trim them up and put up a log schoolhouse.
Mr. Smith, living over yonder, had a girl who could read and write and they hired her to be the teacher. The teacher would board with different parents maybe a week each. She would walk to school with the students, carrying their lunch in buckets.
More later on the early schools of Comanche County. Thank you. Missy Cox Jones