New Madrid Grade School 1800s Postcard
Back side: The New Madrid, Missouri grade school in the 1880s
Back side: The New Madrid High School was built the same year as the Higgerson School. The contrast between the two buildings, although only 11 miles apart in 1930, says much about the difference between the communities. Graduates of the Higgerson School had to find room and board in New Madrid if they wanted to attend high school. The buildin was used as a grade school in the 1960s and closed in the early '70s.
Back side: The Higgerson School opened in 1930 and operated until 1968. Besides serving as the one-room school for Higgerson Landing, Missouri community, it was the church, community building, and polling place. When the Mississippi River flooded, it served as refuge for as many as five families. Teh school was moved to New Madrid, MO in 1997. Today teh school and its visitor center demonstrate the operation of a one-room school and its role in rural America.
Back side: The Higgerson Landing, Missouri community was located along the Mississippi River in Southeast Missouri. Today littel physical evidence remains of the many houses and outbuildings that covered the area. Photographs of its people, like this 1922 social gathering, are on display at the Higgerson School Historic Site Visitor Center in New Madrid. The Higgerson School served the community from 1930 until it closed in 1968. Today the school and its visitor center demonstrate the operation of a one-room school and its role in rural America.
Back side: Restored to its appearance in 1948, today the Higgerson School, is located on Main Street in New Madrid, MO. This one-room school served the Higgerson Landing community 11 miles east of New Madrid from 1930 until it closed in 1968. The community used the building as a church, community building and polling place. During periods of high water on the Mississippi river up to five families would occupy the school. The school and its visitor center demonstrate the operation of a one-room school and its role in rural America. (photo courtesy of City of New Madrid)
Back side: The isolation of the Higgerson Landing community was one of teh key reasons mules were used for farming and logging well into the 1950s. This photo, from the Higgerson family album, is one of the many mules that helped keep the people of the Landing self-sufficient. Besides the usual farming duties, mules were used to move houses and barns back from the advancing river.
Back side: This 1933-34 report card of Christine Keene was testament to her promotion from teh 8th to the 9th grade. Her teacher was Agatha W. Parks. The school year began July 10, 1933, and ended February 16, 1934.
Back side: Permilia Higgerson Porter (1830-1897) watched the Union and Confederate armies battle back and forth across her homestead in the great battle of the Wilderness in Virginia in 1864. In the early 1870s she brought her family down the Ohio River on a flatboat to New Madrid County, Missouri. Pictured with her is her oldest son, John Edward "Eddie" Higgerson (1853-1934) who with his brother, Andrew Jackson "A.J." Higgerson, founded Higgerson Landing. Eddie sold an acre of land to the local school district in 1930 for $25 to establish the Higgerson School which bears his name.
Back side: THE ROBT. E. LEE Crossing the Finish Line in St. Louis at the End of the Great Steamboat Race, July 4, 1870 by Gary E. Lucy At 11:25 AM on July 4, 1870, the ROBT. E. LEE was making her approach in order to tie off at the St. Louis riverfront. She would win the race with the Natchez from New Orleans to St. Louis in a miraculous time of three days, 18 hours, and 14 minutes.
Back side: THE NEW ORLEANS Steaming Upstream by Moonlight, 1811 by Gary E. Lucy
This vessel represented the introduction of steam technology to the western frontier. After Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis in 1806, the launching of the New Orleans could be said to have been the next major historic event in the development of the West.
Back side: LEWIS & CLARK The Departure from St. Charles, May 21, 1804 by Gary E. Lucy
The formal departure under teh command of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from St. Charles, Missouri to explore the Louisiana Purchase, the largest quantity of land in history to transfer from one country to another without bloodshed.
Back side: LEWIS & CLARK The Departure from the Wood River Encampment, May 14, 1804 by Gary E. Lucy After a long winter camped on the Wood River in Illinois, across from the mouth of the Missouri River, the army expedition under the leadership of Meriweather Lewis and William Clark departed into a land few white men have ever seen.
New Madrid Missouri. featuring the Courthouse, New Madrid Historical Museum, Veteran's Park, Higgerson School and the Observation Deck with the American Queen riverboat in the background. All images are illustrations from photos.
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