Abstract: Carrie Wallace discusses the educational system in the Land Between the Lakes region of Kentucky from the time she started school in 1909 and throughout her career as a teacher in the 1970s. She explains the development of rural one room schools and the creation of early high schools in the area. She describes the curriculum, early teachers, grading systems and the duties and responsibilities of teachers. She details the examination process for teacher certification and the problems involved in teaching at rural schools. Wallace also mentions the iron industry in Trigg County and the part her family had in the operations of an iron furnace.
Biographical / Historical note: Carrie Wallace was born in Ferguson Spring, Kentucky in 1903. Her grandfather John Lane was involved in the iron industry at Center Furnace. Her father also owned a large farm which was tended by sharecroppers. Wallace attended school at Ferguson Springs and later at Golden Pond High School, the first year it opened. After taking the teachers examination in Cadiz, she began teaching at Ferguson Spring in 1921 and later taught at Pryor Hollow in 1923. She also was the last teacher to teach in a one room school in Trigg County.
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