Oak Valley School
Historical Marker
Oak Valley, Navarro County, Texas


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Oak Valley School

Oak Valley was one of thirty school districts created in Navarro County in 1867 by CountyJudge John L. Miller and a committee composed of E. G. Melton, John M. Bright, L. H. Dunham, J. C. Wells, J. M Quinlan, and G. W. Foster. Classes were not held, however, until the 1870s, after a new constitutional provision allowed for the levying of taxes for public education.

During the late 1870s a one-room schoolhouse was constructed to serve the surrounding rural area. In 1894 an acre of land formally was deeded for free public school purposes by the Garner family. The Garners sold an additional acre of land to the school in 1905. By 1919 enrollment had reached nearly 100 students, and a new two-room schoolhouse was built to accommodate the growth. Thirty years later the school was annexed by the Corsicana Independent School District.

For more than seventy years, Oak Valley School provided free public education for the children of this area. Many of the students went on to Corsicana for further schooling. Oak Valley produced a number of school teachers and military servicemen.

The history of Oak Valley School provides a significant link to the beginnings of a public school system in Texas. (1984)

Location: NW corner of Oak Valley, Road at city limits, Oak Valley, Texas

The text of the historical markers have been posted here with the permission of the Texas Historical Commission

Dedication Program

Sunday, July 28, 1985 - 2 P.M.

Master of Cermonies ... Nelson Ross, Member Nav. Co. Hist. Commission

Invocation ... Joe Baumgartner, Ex-Student Oak valley School

Memories By ... Sam Gordon, Buddy Starks, Joe Baumgartner

Dedication of  Marker ... Forrest Green, Chairman Nav. Co. Hist. Comm.

Acceptance of Marker ... Elizabeth Ingham, Ex-Student Oak Valley School

Unveiling of Marker, Roy Allen Gordon & Elsie Gordon, Ex-Student Oak Valley School

Historical Research ... Elizabeth Ingham and Mary Jane McAdams


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