Memories of Mountain Home School

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AuthorHouse, Aug 5, 2011 - History - 352 pages
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This book MEMORIES OF MOUNTAIN HOME SCHOOL is a personal journey by a former student, a labor of love. Part 1 traces the evolution of the school from a one-room, one-teacher school teaching grades one through eight to become a rural consolidated school teaching a fully accredited high school curriculum, to its sad decline and closure brought about by dramatic socio-economic changes that took place following WWII. The author draws from original sources to capture the role of the school in the lives of early settlers prior to Oklahoma statehood and during the years of rapid settlement and political turmoil following Oklahoma statehood through WWI. It describes dedicated work to continue upgrading the school during the economically static years of the 1920s and the years of brutal economic decline during the Great Depression, to form a fully accredited rural high school. After becoming fully accredited in 1941 Mountain Home School enjoyed its years of greatest achievements during the 1940s. Then decline brought about by rapidly declining population set in in the early 1950s leading to closure of the school in 1958. Part 2 is the personal memories contributed by 56 former Mountain Home School students. Their span the period from the early 1930s to the closure of the school in 1958. These wonderful personal memories convey the spirit and achievements of the school and the spirit and shared values of those who learned there.

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Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Appendix 1
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Jesse Carl Stepp grew up on a small farm in Jefferson County Oklahoma where he attended Mountain Home School, a rural consolidated school. By the time he graduated high school in 1950 dramatic changes in the scale and economics of farming were taking place. Shortly following graduation he left for the nearest large urban community to find work. In time he entered college and earned a PhD in Geophysics from Pennsylvania State University. Devoting his career to research and research administration he authored or co-authored numerous technical papers, gaining international recognition for his contributions. Through the years he maintained ties to the community in which he grew up and to friends that he made in Mountain Home School.

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