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OH070 Clyde Spiceland Oral History

Clyde Spiceland Oral History

Collection Title: West Kentucky History and Culture – Land Between the Lakes Series

Series Number: OH070

Interviewee: Spiceland, Clyde, 1905-

Interviewer: Margaret Hopkins

Date interviewed: November 24, 1976

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: May 10, 2010

Description: 1 compact disc and 2 cassette tapes, identical recordings (65 minutes)

Abstract: Clyde Spiceland discusses his teaching career in the Land Between the Lakes region of Tennessee from the 1920s to the 1960s. He describes the teaching positions he held, the location of those appointments, his responsibilities and his assessment of the one room schoolhouse in rural communities. Spiceland comments upon graduation ceremonies, standardized testing and the availability of books for students. Due to the extent and length of his involvement with Stewart County schools, he is able to recall certificate requirements, salary increases, employment practices and the gradual movement toward consolidation of schools. On the personal side, Spiceland adds some illuminating details to the history of his family as well as personal memories on various incidents.

Biographical / Historical note: Clyde Spiceland was born in 1905, in the Snyder community of Stewart County, Tennessee. He was one of ten children, nine of whom entered the teaching profession. He graduated Dover High School in 1924. Soon afterwards, he received his first teaching appointment at the Bell Wood School. His teaching career covered 41 years, 38 of which were devoted to the Stewart County Educational institutions. His last position in the Land Between the Lakes region was at the Model School at Model, Tennessee, where he both taught and served as principal.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Spiceland, Clyde, 1905-

Land Between the Lakes (Ky. and Tenn.) – History.

Stewart County (Tenn.) – History.

Model (Tenn.)

Teachers – Tennessee – Stewart County.

Education, Rural – Tennessee – Stewart County.