This is the Kindergarten and Fraternal Hall of Dallas Mill Village.
Epworth UMC 1922
Epworth UMC 2006
Fifth Street Baptist, 1909
Jackson Way Baptist Church, 2006
Dallas Church of Christ, 1907
East Huntsville Church of Christ, 2006
Another center of activity in the life of the village was the Y.M.C.A.
YMCA Building, circa 1922
Gathering with friends and family was a central part of Mill Village life. Below is a ladies social event (probably a shower) at Jennie Mae Routt's Home at 310 Halsey Avenue, Circa 1950:
(Editor’s note: From a former student who knew Mr. Simms, we learned the correct spelling of his name as well as his initials.)
Here is a photograph of Violet I. (Mrs. H.C.) Kennamer and Mike Archer in a picture made in the school's side parking lot in 1959.
Students on school grounds (North Dallas Avenue in background); date unknown.
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Do you remember when the picture was made and do you recognize anyone in this picture?
This headless picture at the entrance to Rison School is special because it's the only picture we have of a patrol boy. The headless Patrol Boy has been identified as Don Wynn. The young man standing in front of him on the steps is Melvin Ward who was the captain of the patrol. Melvin attended the 2005 Rison-Dallas Association reunion.
The following photos show the inside of classrooms at Rison School. The first photo appears to have been made in the home economics room as evidenced by the food stored in the bookcase in the background. We have learned that this picture was taken in Mrs. Lee's 6th grade class during the class Christmas party in about 1960. The room mothers are standing. The girl seated with her head turned to the rear is Carole Rousseau who lived on Stevens Avenue.
This is a photograph of a first grade class Christmas party in 1960.
This is Mrs. Lee's class in 1960.
In two of these photos one can clearly see the entrance to the cloak rooms.
A group of children on the grounds of Rison School at a birthday party in about 1954. Collins Wynn is in the rear in the middle just peeking over another child's head. His brother, Don, is in the swing on the right of the photo wearing the striped shirt.
Do you know the missing names?
Below you will find some quite interesting photographs concerning Dallas Mill, which provided the livelihood and certainly touched the lives of everyone living in the Rison community in those days.
The Dallas Mill Spinning Room, 1922
(The man on the left is Emmett Schrimsher; the other man is unidentified.)
The Dallas Mill Card Room, 1922
The Dallas Mill Leading Store, 1922, C. E. Barnes, Prop.
Left to right: John Lee Wilkerson, Will Primm, and Mr. C.E. and Mrs. (Myrtle Fears) Barnes
Both signs on either side of the meat case in this photograph say "Better Meats, Cleaner Meats, Quicker Service," presumably owing to the expenditure of $1,000 "for an icebox to keep your meats wholesome," as seen in the ad below!
Another picture of the inside of Claude E. Barnes' store - 1925
at Fifth Street and Halsey Avenue
Left to right: Claude E. Barnes, John Lee Wilkinson, R.C. Carter
Mr Barnes was a Candidate for Sheriff of Madison County in an election that was probably held around 1924 or 1925. Below is a copy of his Campaign Card, along with the text of his platform found on the back of the card. Mr. Barnes did not win the race for Sheriff.
Prompt service on all papers, civil and criminal.
To investigate and answer all calls, regardless of time or weather.
Old Age Pension, Unemployment Insurance, Social Security.
Cooperate with our best citizens for advancement and betterment of our county.
Giving the deserving man or woman the right to make bond, without throwing them in jail.
To put the sheriff and his deputies on salary basis and abolish the fee-grabbing system.
All deputies to be men or women with good recommendations, as well as bonded.
Elect me your sheriff, and I won't carry a gun.
CLAUDE E. BARNES.
Larkin Hartwell Barnes, father of Claude E. Barnes
Advertisement for the Dallas Leading Store, 1922
Advertisement for the Huntsville Times, 1922
Advertisement for the W. R. Rison Banking Company, 1922
NOTE:While at Rison School, Coach Fred Knight said, “I not only teach and coach at Rison School, but I also live on Rison Avenue and bank at the Rison Bank!”
The following images are from the 1932 Rison Year Book.
And here are two advertisements from the 1932 Rison Year Book:
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