MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE, BIGBYVILLE
SCHOOL, founded 1894.
were wearing their best clothes on that day in 1902. This was a special day the
68 pupils at Bigbyville School went outside to have their pictures taken by a
traveling photographer. The weather was warm and many of the little boys appear
to be barefooted. The older boys wore ties and of course looked uncomfortable.
But what is Everett Hutchison holding up? Some of the girls were old enough to
wear their hair up in the best Gibson girl fashion of their time.
This picture was owned by Mrs. Ted Brown and many of the pupils were identified:
Top row, left to right: Will Gidcomb, Guy Smith, Desmond Davis , Max Woody, Sam
Stone, Everett Hutchinson, Bingham Sowell, Ernest Thomas, Beaden Wantland,
Walter Gidcomb, unknown, Henry Wantland (Mrs. Brown’s father), Herbert Thomas,
John Howell, Ernest Hanna, Earl Hutchinson, Ben Woody, Silas Cross, Lex
The next row (second row from top): Annie Lou Wantland, Lillian Perry, Annie
Sowell, Mattie Smith, Mary Thomas, Bernice Smith (assistant teacher), Jo Stone,
Pellie Erwin, Mary Parks, Etta Gidcomb, Ethel Wantland, Laura Beckenbach, Bessie
Beckenback, Mary Sanders, Bettie Cross, Lula Matthews, Inez Moore.
Third row from the top: Louise Woody, unknown, Ila Hutchinson, Maggie Howell,
Bess Matthews, Maybelle Pipkin, Lena Gidcomb, Nettie Parks, Lula Gray, Lula
Gidcomb, Viola Howell, unknown, Laura Mae Pender, a Hutchinson girl, Bessie
Gray, Gertrude Henderson, Edna Wantland, Kate Gray.
Fourth row (or bottom row):Howell Columbus Wantland, Fred Fitzgerald, Earl
Smith, Frank Gray, Jimmie Sowell, Ulna Woody, George Thomas,
unknown, unknown, unknown, Elbert Gidcomb, Wallace Pender, and the two last ones
The man with the hat standing on the right was B.E. Regen, the teacher. Names written on the back of the picture and who
some of the others might be were John Pipkin, Henry Wantland, and a person with the surname
Bigbybille School occupied the lower floor of the Masonic Hall which was built
around 1894. At the time people referred to the school as Bigbyville
Academy. The building was sold at auction in 1923 and the equipment moved to
Mynders School. Mynders School a half mile to the east no longer stands today.
Bigbyville is one of the oldest settled places in the Maury County. Its most
famous son was Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer, who was born
near the town.
Bigybyville was once a post office and was chartered as a town in 1854. At that
time the main southerly route out from Columbia went through Bigbyville. Later the
route was changed to Pulaski Pike a mile or so to the east (passing
through McCains instead). Bigbyville soon became a picturesque but sleepy little
community with a big historical heritage as it remains today. There are
prominent reminders of that in some of the beautiful buildings and historic
architecture of old.
Revised from the Columbia Herald article written by correspondent Jill Garrett.
Date of the
printing was Aug 7, 1988. Jill Garrett is known today for her
many excellent historical books and writings. Key among these is the two
volume set "Hither & Yon", a documentation of the old history of
the county. If you don't find something in these volumes about your ancestors
may not flow Maury County red or blue. Even if you don't find your ancestor
these volumes will rivet your attention and capitivate your imagination
with Jill's keen insight of the who, what, where & how of old Maury County
The above was complied & adapted for this site by Wayne Austin. Original
in by Bill Fitzgerald. [WA January 27, 2005]
Tennessee United Methodist Church. photo by Wayne Austin December 13, 2004
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