HISTORY OF EDUCATION IN PASCO COUNTY

Seven Springs School

Seven Springs School
Left: the former schoolhouse before being moved; right: the library addition has been added to the museum.

This page was last revised on Aug. 9, 2015.

The exact date on which the Seven Springs School opened is not known. In July 1913, school board minutes show Grace L. Gray appointed as the teacher at the Seven Springs School. (This is presumably Grace Leona Gray (b. 8 Apr 1887, Kent, Mich.; d. 16 Nov 1932, S. C. She was living in Zephyrhills in 1916 according to her father’s obituary.)

School board minutes of Sept. 22, 1914, have: “Board rejected bids on Seven Springs school and instructed it built in connection with the Elfers job.” On Nov. 27, 1914, it named G. H. Boring a supervisor of the Elfers and Seven Springs buildings. School board minutes of Jan. 4, 1915, show that the board voted to have W. I. Porter & Co. insure the Seven Springs building for $1500 for a period of five years. Apparently the school operated in 1913-14 in some other building, and the current building was completed in late 1914 or early 1915.

The school was located on the east side of Little Road, south of the Anclote River. According to Patrick Eddie Russ, the school was about two or three lots north of the Seven Springs Villas entrance. Doyle Frierson, grandson of Willie Maude Frierson, recalled that the school was “four or five hundred yards south of the Anclote River.”

According to Florida Cracker Days in West Pasco County, the school was built inadvertently on property owned by T. J. Witt.

School board minutes of Feb. 3, 1916, show that the board refused to allow the McNeal children to attend the Seven Springs School and live in the Elfers district.

A directory for 1915-1916 shows Mrs. B. O. Baker as the teacher, with a Sumter Co. certificate.

School board minutes of July 3-5, 1916, show Cephas Geiger (b. 1895) as the teacher at Seven Springs. Information about Geiger is here.

School board minutes of Aug. 19-20, 1918, as printed in a newspaper, indicate that Miss Felta Davis was appointed the teacher at Seven Springs.

On Sept. 13, 1918, the Dade City Banner reported, “The Seven Springs school began on Monday last with good attendance. Miss Davis of Tampa, with a splendid record as a teacher, is principal this year.”

School board minutes of Nov. 4, 1918, as printed in a newspaper, indicate that Julia Rae Baker was the teacher at #38 Seven Springs.

School board minutes show from April 1920 show payment to teacher Inez Roseborough at Seven Springs School no. 38.

On Aug. 8, 1924, the Dade City Banner reported, from school board minutes, “On account of the construction work on the road between Odessa and Elfers making transportation impossible between those two points for the time being, the school at Seven Springs was re-established and an additional teacher to take care of the high school pupils at Odessa was authorized.”

The Seven Springs school apparently closed in 1925.

In 1925 the school building became the residence of Thomas J. Witt (1871-1943). (The photo at right shows Annie and Sweetie Witt. The parents of the Witt students are shown as Henry Witt, and later, Mr. and Mrs. J. Bosely.)

In 1927 Ed Frierson bought the property from his mother and it became the home for Frierson and his second wife, Willie Maude Frierson, according to Cracker Days. Their children had attended the school.

In 1980, Mrs. Frierson sold the building to Alex and Dorothy Acey.

In May 1981, the Aceys donated the building to the West Pasco Historical Society and in October 1981 it was moved to Sims Park, where it now serves as the historical society's museum. A library addition was built in 1992.

Teachers and Students

1914 Ollie Danielson Paul Johnson (7), Sweetie Witt (6), Effie Stephens (8), Marguerite Johnson (11), Ernest Stephens (12), Dolphas Stephens (17), Paul Frierson (6), Milton Steveson (11), Gertrude Steveson (9), Hildah Frierson (8), Paul Frierson (5), Herbert Frierson (5), Sweetie Witt (5), Tony Stephenson (21), Doris Johnson (4), Walter Whitley (5).
1914-1915 Ollie Danielson Paul Johnson (7), Sweetie Witt (5), Vivian Martindale (8), Carmen Martindale (10), Effie Stephens (8), Marguerite Johnson (11), Ernest Stephens (12), Dolphas Stephens (17), Katie Stephens (16), Paul Frierson (5), Herbert Frierson (5), Hildah Frierson (8), Lillie Sermons (3 or 13), Ellen Sermons (8), George Sermons (15), Milton Steveson (11), Gertrude Steveson (9).
1915 B. O. Baker Herbert Frierson (6), Hilda Frierson (8), Paul Frierson (6), Doris Johnson (5), Sweetie Witt (6), Paul Johnson (8), Effie Stevens (10), Ernest Stevens (13), Marguerite Johnson (12), Dolphas Stevens (18), Charlie Stevens (20), Tony Stevenson (22), Uel Dixon (13), Archie McNeill (17).
1917 Louise Leach Marguerite Johnson (14), Herbert Frierson (8), Paul Frierson (8), Hilda Frierson (10), Sweetie Witt (8), Doris Johnson (7), Guy Strickland (14), Effie Stevens (12), Ernest Stevens (15), Paul Johnson (10), Grace Frierson (6), Merle Brannan (6), Milligan Stevenson (8), Mable Baker (11).
1918 Louise Leach Marguerite Johnson, Hilda Frierson, Sweetie Witt, Doris Johnson, Grace Frierson, Muriel Brannan, Effie Stephens, Paul Johnson, Paul Frierson, Herbert Frierson.
1919 C. Geiger Marguerite Johnson, Doris Johnson, Paul Johnson, Effie Stephens, Ernest Stephens, Hilda Frierson, Paul Frierson, Herbert Frierson, Grace Frierson, Sweetie Witt, Bergie Pratt, Wetzel Pratt, Gray (?) Pratt, Carl Pratt, Ruby Edenfield, Owne (?) Edenfield, Eugene Edenfield.
1919 Felta Davis Muriel Brannon (7), Doris Johnson (8), Gracie Frierson (7), Sweetie Witt (9), Hilda Frierson (11), Annie Witt (..), Effie Stephens (12), Paul Johnson (11), Paul Frierson (9), Herbert Frierson (9), Ernest Stephens (17), Ruby Edenfield (17), Eugene Edenfield (13), Elmer Clark (18), Myrtle (?) Nettles (8), Herbert Burgess (6), Lawrence Nettles (9), William Nettles (..), Fay Anderson (..), Fay Burgess (9), ..wne Edenfield (10), Jessie Clark (13), Clifford Anderson (12), Irene Clark (16), Leonard Anderson (9).
1919-1920 Inez Roseborough Iva Anderson (6), Fay Anderson (7), Linton Anderson (10), Clifford Anderson (13), Muriel Brannon (9), Herbert Frierson (10), Paul Frierson (10), Gracie Frierson (8), Hilda Frierson (12), Paul Johnson (12), Doris Johnson (9), Effie Stephens (14), Earnest Stephens (17), Sweetie Witt (10), Annie Witt (6), Ruth Frierson (4).
1919-1920 Inez Roseborough Iva Anderson (6), Muriel Brannan (9), Herbert Frierson (10), Paul Frierson (10), Gracie Frierson (8), Hilda Frierson (12), Paul Johnson (12), Doris Johnson (9), Effie Stephens (14), Sweetie Witt (10), Annie Witt (6).
1920 Hazel Nason Hilda Frierson (13), Herbert Frierson (11), Paul Frierson (11), Sweetie Witt (11), Gracie Frierson (9), Annie Witt (7), Earnestine Bowen (7), Iva Anderson (7), Muriel Brannon (10), May Jewel Logan (6).
1920-21 Hazel Nason Paul Johnson (13), Hilda Frierson (13), Herbert Frierson (11), Paul Frierson (11), Sweetie Witt (11), Doris Johnson (10), Grace Frierson (9), Annie Witt (7), Earnestine Bowen (6), Iva Anderson (7), Muriel Brannon (10), May Jewel Logan (6).
1924 Prudence Pearell (?), Ruby Eiland Gracie Frierson (13), Ruth Frierson (8), Rose Frierson (7), Bertha Frierson (6), Annie Witt (11), Nita Witt (8), Wilma McNatt (9), Hattie Crosby (9), Herbert Frierson (15), Leon Clark (11), Alton McNatt (10), Daniel Crosby (11), Mitchell Hope (6).
1925 Ruby Eiland Gracie Frierson (14), Ruth Frierson (8), Rose Frierson (7), Bertha Frierson (6), Annie Witt (11), Neita Witt (8), Wilma McNatt (9), Leon Clark (11), Alton McNatt (10), Mitchell Hope (6), Eva Belle Miller (12), Gladys Miller (6), David Miller (9), Elizabeth Eiland (9).

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