Today I'd simply like to share with you two of several photos that were recently shared with me by Wayne and Charlene Woodward of Seneca. Well, their address is Seneca anyhow. They actually live south of the community of Dessa on Y Highway.

Today I'd simply like to share with you two of several photos that were recently shared with me by Wayne and Charlene Woodward of Seneca. Well, their address is Seneca anyhow. They actually live south of the community of Dessa on Y Highway.
I've written a bit about Dessa over the years and received some good information from some kind folks. These two photos are of the old Dessa School. The schoolhouse was once located across the road from the Dessa store. Although the vacant store building is still standing at the northeast corner of Y and Quince Road, the schoolhouse is gone. My understanding is that it was actually moved up the road a few miles to Westview School, which Dessa consolidated with (technically the districts consolidated in 1926, though grades one through eight apparently still had classes at Dessa at least through the 1930s). The old frame Westview schoolhouse burned in 1941 but whether or not that included the old Dessa schoolhouse, or if it had even been moved to Westview by then, I don't know.
The two Dessa photos seen here are from 1929 and 1938. It would appear they were taken at opposite ends of the schoolhouse. The teacher in the 1929 photo is Chris Adams, according to the book “From Buzzard Glory to Seed Tick: A History of the Schools of Newton County, Missouri”, where the photo also appears. None of the children are identified, though from this particular copy it seems that someone had drawn lines to certain faces and wrote the names down on a separate attachment that is no longer included with the photo.
Although none of the children are identified by name in the 1938 photo, the sign the kids are holding in the picture says their teachers that year were Wray Bedwell and Marvine Matthews. At the top, as you can see, someone later wrote “Remember this Old Year”.
I'll share some more of the photos next week, courtesy of the Woodwards.

Wes Franklin writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.