Jolo Grade School

The Jolo Grade School was located in Jolo, West Virginia and was constructed as part of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works project.1 Virgil Stowe was the contractor, and Hassel T. Hicks was the architect. Jolo functions as a community center today.

Digest

  • Name: Jolo Grade School
  • Location: Jolo, West Virginia
  • Years of Significance:
  • Status: Reused

Sources

  1. Plaque.

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    • I know of one but cannot remember the girls name. It was in May of 1967. She shot herself in the stomach in the first floor girls lavatory. The rumor was that it was because of a break-up with a guy. Go figure !

      • May of 1967 it was an elementary school. Are you sure this is true?

    • I don't remember any when I was a patient there in 1969,buy there was a lobotomy.pretty much same thing.allot shock treatments too

      • Guest– I am a freelance writer from Colorado who once lived in Pittsburgh wanting to write a story about lives that were lived within Mayview's walls. If you ever want to talk about your experience there and provide a true insight, please contact me at julieluek@gmail.com. Thank you, Julie

  1. My dad sent me this email the other day; thought I'd share:

    "Since it was my first job, I wanted to please the head coach who was Jim Miles, a former Little All American guard at Concord College. I'll never forget, he lived across an alley from me. I had been reading Bud's Split T football and "Modern Defensive Football". Playing hadn't taught me anything except how to block and tackle. I sure as hell wasn't going to run Marshall's O or D because of past experiences. (several years later I bough Bobby Dobb's book and in reading it, I found it familiar. I found my old Marshall O playbook and Herb Royer had copied the Ga. Tech plays word for word)

  2. Meeting Jim, I found him to be as 5' 8" 240# friendly man. Asking him what O & D he wanted me to run, he explained not to worry about football because he got all his players from Bradshaw Jr. and Iaeger was a basketball school.

    I left him overjoyed. I could run whatever I wanted. These were McDowell County boys–sons of coal miners, truck drivers, etc.–tough but didn't really realize it—YET.

    When the guys came out, I had a little work-out and put last year's QB at left half, a former E who was 5' 11" 170# at Q (that was a big boy then–the second biggest on the team). And left the others find a spot.

    As luck would have it, my R O E had a great set of hands. The FB was a heads down run over you type–all 150# of him. I worked the team together with an emphasis on the O line blocking. The team was mostly 9th graders with some 8th graders on D.

  3. Meeting Jim, I found him to be as 5' 8" 240# friendly man. Asking him what O & D he wanted me to run, he explained not to worry about football because he got all his players from Bradshaw Jr. and Iaeger was a basketball school.

    I left him overjoyed. I could run whatever I wanted. These were McDowell County boys–sons of coal miners, truck drivers, etc.–tough but didn't really realize it—YET.

    When the guys came out, I had a little work-out and put last year's QB at left half, a former E who was 5' 11" 170# at Q (that was a big boy then–the second biggest on the team). And left the others find a spot.

    As luck would have it, my R O E had a great set of hands. The FB was a heads down run over you type–all 150# of him. I worked the team together with an emphasis on the O line blocking. The team was mostly 9th graders with some 8th graders on D.

  4. When the guys came out, I had a little work-out and put last year's QB at left half, a former E who was 5' 11" 170# at Q (that was a big boy then–the second biggest on the team). And left the others find a spot.

    As luck would have it, my R O E had a great set of hands. The FB was a heads down run over you type–all 150# of him. I worked the team together with an emphasis on the O line blocking. The team was mostly 9th graders with some 8th graders on D.

    We won 7 of 9 games with the split T and Bud's 5-2 defense. The QB never threw a pass all year. We ran only one pass–HB pass right with last year's QB throwing to the end–I don't remember him throwing to anyone else.

  5. When we need yards, I ran the QB sneak. As I said, he was a big kid for those days and he was tough–Hell, all of them were tough.

    We played Bradshaw Jr. at home with the high school coaches officiating. WE won. It wasn't close. I don't remember the score, but it wasn't close.

    I left that team to go to Crum. I never loved another team like I loved those boys. It hurt so much to leave them, I made a vow never again to become that attached to a team, I have kept that vow. I've had teams I loved, but never as much as the players at Iaeger Jr. High in 1958."

  6. Reading a book from my library that tells of the death and destruction of the town of Gary, West Virginia. It tells of how coal companies ran the towns and how it has to this day ruined hundreds of acres of mountains and land. Also it states that huge coal corporations help give our elected officials huge election donanations to them to do what they want to do in this state. Thousands of people and animals have died here due to neglect of these coal corporations. Many have died of black lung disease plus drinking water that is not fit to drink as it is contaninated from coal slurry.The name of the book is "Days of Destruction Days of Revolt." Thomas Jeffersons once may a quote " We
    should have a revolution every tweny years to keep the country in check. We have been way overdue.

  7. Years ago I walked through an old abandoned church when I was a teen. I was visiting some cousins while visiting in Chicago and they decided (and persuaded me) to sneak into this very old abandoned church that had a truly menacing feel about it. We get inside the church through a badly rotted side door and it's just littered with old church books and other books and junk all over the floors. We walked into a room in the back of the altar that had a short pannelded door. Inside it had a hidden staircase that led up to a very dusty and musty pipe organ chamber. One of my cousins decided to climb one of the tall wooden organ pipes. As he made it 1/8 of the way up the pipe snapped off , falling and crushing a bunch of smaller metal pipes! My cousin though it was cool. He didn't get hurt. He ended up showing off his kickboxing skills by crushing rows and rows of the metal organ pipes. He was wearing cowboy boots and busted up several of the organ pies with just a couple of kicks. I remember there being these huge louvered shutters up there and we were flinging them open and closed until they jammed open. I didn't really participate in any of my cousins' antics, but I'll admit it was fun watching them busting up those old organ pipes.

  8. Dear Mr. Cahal,

    Thank you very much for posting these photos for us to enjoy…brings back a lot of memories.

    One minor correction if I may…in your Jewell Valley gallery…photo's 24, 27, 28 and 29 at Whitewood are of the former Jewell Smokeless Coal Corporation's "Coronet Jewell No. 1" operation, which had no connection to the Island Creek Coal Company or it's Virginia Pocahontas Division.

    Island Creek Coal's Virginia Pocahontas No. 1 operation was over closer to Oakwood, just east of the coke plant on VA Route 638. From wha I am told it's currently in the process of being dismantled.

  9. The school did not close in 1975! I was in sixth grade that year and it remained open until 1980 when grades 1-8 were absorbed into the old Gary High School building after Mount View High School opened in the fall of 1978.

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