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PESA History

History of the Petrolia Schools:
 
 
Two accounts of the History of the Petrolia Schools are attached below. Also, attached is an introduction to the History of German Families from Russia in Clay County.

One History of Petrolia Schools is "Through The Century at Petrolia Schools" which was presented by Mrs. Lucille Glasgow at the June 2000 PESA Reunion. Many remember Mrs. Glasgow as a Petrolia school teacher. She retired from public schools and is now involved with the Clay County Historical Society and the 1890 Jail Museum and Heritage Center in Henrietta.
 
The Second account of the History of Petrolia Schools is provided by Ms. Wanda Helm, a PHS graduate and long time school district employee. 
 
PHS Trivia:  In 1912, do you know how many years of schooling the state of Texas required students to successfully complete to graduate?  Answer.
HIstory of Petrolia:
Historical accounts of Petrolia, Byers, Charlie and Dean communities are available at the Handbook of Texas online
 
HIstory of Clay County:
 
William Charles Taylor, a Petrolia graduate, wrote A History of Clay County for his Masters Degree Thesis in 1969. Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, Tex.).--Dept. Of History.--Masters Thesis. It was published in 1972 by the University of Texas Press in Austin. 
 
J. P. EarleHistory of Clay County (Henrietta, Texas: Henrietta Independent Press, 1897). 
 
William Clayton KimbroughA History of Clay County (Master of Arts Thesis, Hardin-Simmons University, 1942).  
 
William Clayton Kimbrough, "The Frontier Background of Clay County," West Texas Historical Association Year Book 18 (1942). 
 
Byers and Petrolia shared history. For many years before Byers consolidated with Petrolia ISD, the two schools were arch rivals on the playing courts and fields. The two communities share a common history.
 
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Accessing the PESA Directory
 
Once you have completed the registration in the PESA online Directory, you will receive a login ID and Password which provides you with access to the records of PESA members who have also registered. We suggest and recommend you keep the login ID and password in a handy safe place, but if you misplace it, simply send an e-mail to pesamail@ibitz.net.
 
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