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Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Here we have another group shot from a school. This is the Taylortown Normal school, June 19, 1902 and the teacher was J. H. Herrod. A much smaller class and much more casual photograph. The group is made up of 16 boys & young men, six young women and two adults. The boys in the middle are holding a baseball glove and the boy in the center row left is holding a baseball bat. One would assume they either enjoyed that past time or perhaps had a team representing the school.  I do wonder if the building behind them is the actual school?

UPDATE: The amazing Iggy found that Taylortown is a small township in Dunkard County, PA, about 8 miles north of Morgantown, WV. And! The teacher was Jarret H. Herrod, born May 1873, putting him right at 30  years old at the time of the photo. 

7 thoughts on “Taylortown Normal School 1902

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    You would think this would be an “easy” one. But Taylortown…. where?

    :) I found a Jarret H Herrod (b. May-1873) living in Dunkard Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania listed in the 1900 US Census as a School Teacher. Looking at Google Maps, I see Dunkard Township is located on Taylortown Road (State Road 2004). This speck of a town is about 8 miles north of Morgantown, West Virginia.

    “J H” married Blanche I. and had several children: Charles Herrod 14y, Pauline Herrod 12y, Christine Herrod 9y, and Wilbur Herrod 5y (in 1920). By 1920, he moved 40-some miles north to Washington, PA (a remote southwestern Pittsburgh suburb)

    Charles shown in SSN death records: b. 27-Aug-1905 d. Nov-1974 at the age of 69 in Taylorstown, Washington County, PA.

    Wilbur J Herrod is shown b. 26-Aug-1914 d. 16-Feb-1989 at age 74 in Exeter, Rockingham, NH.

    I think I’ll let someone else figure out who the school kids are… :)


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      J. H. Herrod born in 1873 would have been just about 30 at the time of this photo. The gentleman with the mustache looks a little older than that to me, but then I think people in “the old days” looked a little older, more mature than folks now.


  2. I was going to guess out east because of the fencing and the stile which I imagined in the fence line..LOL.
    Pennsylvania..someplace I bet there is a class list.
    I have one for a school in our area..My Mother in Law was a teacher as was her mother before her and they were kept as part of the school records and published during a centennial celebration.
    Very interesting photos..only one in knickers:)


  3. IntenseGuy says:

    I searched “high and low” for any mention of Taylortown Normal on the Internet – and could not find a single one.

    According to http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/a/l/Norris–Baldwin/GENE12-0108.html son Charles Jr. (entry #1055) who had a son named Charles Sheldon 3d and a daughter Amy Beth Jiga (both of which are alive).

    Charles Jr. appears to be still alive.


  4. IntenseGuy says:

    I’ve been looking into this and found out more about J H.

    Jarret Hill Herrod has an obituary dated Jun 12, 1952 in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger.


    Also at that site, it lists Beatrice Herrod, age 21 months, daughter of J. H. and Blanch Herrod of Perry Twp. passing away on September 19, 1904 from “Indigestion” that she suffered for 3 months. She is buried in the Mt. Morris Cemetary.

    Also at that site is a link to “Picture Pages” (on left) – and some are of old school pictures – I found them most interesting.

    I found a “Schoolhouse Lane” on the map of Taylortown – and it shows where the school was – and how a hill looms up behind it. The building in the picture appears to be the one – I’ll email you the map image.


  5. Al says:

    To correct the “Update” in the article. Taylortown is a town, locted in Dunkard Township, Greene County, PA.

    I know this because our family farm is a mile away from Taylortown where I grew up.


  6. Dan Robinson says:

    Taylortown was called Dunkard in the old days. I think it was also called Fairview, which is what the cemetery is called. I was just at the Cornerstone Genealogy Society building at Waynesburg, Pa this weekend looking at old social columns. Dunkard would often write a social column. It is adjacent to the rural area of Dilliner, where I grew up. I remember making a photocopy of an article about securing a bid for repairs on the Taylortown school. It is buried somewhere in my seemingly endless piles. Taylortown is right on the banks of the Dunkard creek.


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