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David Melson

Picturing the Past 76: Wheel School

Posted Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at 9:39 AM
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  • When my husband and I were looking at houses in Shelbyville, the Wheel school was for sale and we actually took a look at it. The people who were selling it at the time had started renovating it but it looked like they'd run out of money or just abandoned it.

    -- Posted by cfrich on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 9:46 AM
  • Great pictures David, and great memories.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 10:17 AM
  • Hugh Canady owned the building/house in 1993 and the surrounding years using it as his own private residence. My husband Tim Moore ran the tire shop by himself for a few years that was the gym of the school before Hugh picked up and moved suddenly to California without warning. My 2 boys were born at that time and learned how to walk in their walkers in the office in that shop as I helped answer customer phone calls. I enjoyed walking across the highway to visit my 1st grade teacher Mrs. Campbell and her husband Dudley. She was the best teacher ever. :)

    -- Posted by AmericanWoman on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 6:53 PM
  • My husband also did all of the vinyl siding work, mowing ect. to the property around 1993.

    -- Posted by AmericanWoman on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 6:54 PM
  • I started first grade at Wheel School in 1949 and went my total 8 years there. When I first started, each room was warmed by a coal burning heater and there were no bathrooms just outdoor toilets. My first and second grade was taught by Ms. Bertha Henslee, third grade by Mrs. Martene Clanton, fourth, fifth and sixth with Mrs. Jessie Russell. My seventh and eighth was Mr. Bob Taylor. My daughter went her entire 8 years at Wheel and her freshman year was at the Old High School. Technology is great but a lot can be said for the little country school also. I wouldn't trade my memories for anything.

    -- Posted by olderthandirt on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 2:01 PM
  • It seems a shame the remodeling process was not done to save the exterior integrity of the old building. One would never know the current structure is the same as in this picture. I assume it is now rental property from the number of families moving in or out.

    -- Posted by reilly on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 6:28 AM
  • Thanks David for publishing the names of the people in the 1938 Wheel School picture. It helped me to find photos of some people from my Neely side of the family.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 11:21 AM
  • wow this school was amezing is this 1950 school

    daniel martin

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    -- Posted by danielmartin343 on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 12:42 AM
  • my mother, dorothy , and uncle- bill prince ought to be in this picture- i know they went to wheel school- i have one of moms school books from there, with her name inside front cover- and other childrens names, also.

    i want to see the published picture, with the names, to see if they are in this picture.

    -- Posted by grannypeggy9 on Tue, Sep 28, 2010, at 2:49 PM
  • It a shame that the Old School has been made into a house and apt.It looked better as a Tire Shop / Store.

    -- Posted by Wheelbillie on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 6:28 PM
  • I attended Wheel School '49 to '57. Teachers were Miss Bertha, Mrs. Crowell, Mrs. Martene, Mrs. Jessie Russell & Mr. Bob Taylor. Looking forward to hearing from any classmates.

    -- Posted by Sandra (White) Whitney on Wed, Nov 13, 2013, at 6:30 PM
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