It may have been the community’s first major flap.
Late in the spring of that year, two meetings of rural residents were held – one in the north end of the Colony and a second in the south. The question was whether the Patterson Elementary School District should construct rural schools in these areas.
The northern families favored a rural school, and those present at the southern meeting rejected the idea.
But wait. A few of the southerners turned vocal and claimed their meeting was not well advertised or attended. After consulting the county superintendent of schools, a Mrs. Boggs, the district trustees scheduled a second meeting to debate the issue.
It was held in a southern farmhouse and again, the sentiment for a rural school in that area was decidedly negative. The debate also got very heated.
Those favoring a southern school threatened to form their own school district and filibustered long enough that a formal vote was not taken.
But what was decided was an appointment of a three-member committee to meet with the district trustees and Mrs. Boggs to plot the boundary area for a southern elementary school. The plan, hardly disguised, was to possibly eliminate some residents who did not favor a school.
So readers must be patient for the next report of this saga.
(To be continued)
Ron Swift, curator of Patterson’s downtown museum