History of the Holly Spring School
From 1850 till 1880 the schoolhouse was located near the
present Walter Scott residence. Then the school was moved
to the place it is now 1ocated.and a new schoolhouse was built.
ln 1917 this building was moved to the north corner of the
school grounds and construction was started on the present
In 1941 a large gymnasium was added. This was a delight
to everyone and many hours have been spent in good recreation
The old school is still in good condition considering how
many students pass in and out of its doors daily.
The first means of transportation to the Holly Springs
Consolidated school was four horse drawn, wooden wheeled
busses. Later wooden busses with balloon tires and a roof were
brought out. These busses were helped out by three of four cars
with school bus signs onthem. These wooden busses were used
until about 1939. The four wooden busses were model "T's".
Still later these busses were replaced by 1939 "VS" steel
busses, they have heaters, all have tire chains, cushioned seats
and many other improvements. Fire extinguishers, signal flares
emergency door and stop sign that, can be turned from the inside
of the busses. We hope these busses will last a while yet.
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The History of Holly Springs
The history of Holly Springs is a very quaint one but yet quite common
compared to that of other communitites.
Many changes have been made since the original location of the town.
The first signs of a community were further west than that of the present
First was a store built in 1885 by a man named Bushey-a small distance
east of the present john Gallagher residence. Later it was moved further west
to the corner near Lewis Sulsberger. Next an Indian agent named Price, who was
formerly from Holly Springs, Mississippi, bought the store. From here the town
got the name of Willow Springs later it was changed to Holly Springs.
A few years later George Laper bought the store from Price, and after hav-
ing possession for awhile, it was bought by Batman, and again it was bought from
Batman by Wengert who moved the store to the present site of Holly Springs, on
the north side of the highway. In later years the store was sold to the Rose Bros.
who built a new brick building and then in 1946 sold it to Bruce Haddock when they
moved from the community.
The settlement grew larger and finally a school was built, and in about
1914 it was decided that all of the small country schools should be consolidated in
to one larger one in town. These four of five school houses were moved to the
school grounds and were used while the new school building was being built.
Many additions were made as the year went by including a new gymnasiiun and
auditorium. This was a government project, and was completed in 1941, This has
added a great deal to the town and has served for many hours of entertainment and
Up to the year of approximately 1926 all of the roads were unproved or
graveled. A new concrete highway was constructed which helps to make up the
state highway known as the "Denison,"
There are now two churches in Holly Springs and they are: Christian
Church which was erected in 1894, and is located in the south part of town. The
Open Bible Church was built in 1945, and is located on the site of an old black-
smith shop many years ago.
The telephone system was introduced approximately 45 years ago-and it
was located in one of the farm homes, this was later moved to town, and has been
operated here since.
Holly Springs, now has many new buildings and business houses. A new
building across the highway--a repair shop was built in 1945. A new business house
has been erected in 1947, which is an implement, and electrical appliance shop.
And also a new locker plant has been introduced and proved to be very successful.
All these and other places make up the business part of town.
At present the population is approximately fifty-one. Many of the members
of the town have left, but others have filled their places.
Other things have been added. A large bus line runs through Holly Springs
six times a day. This proves to be helpful to everyone.
Holly Springs is not large in size but everyone is proud of it and the history
behind it and what it means.
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