One early school at Big Fork was called "the Shed School" because it was located on land owned by a Mr. Shed. Remember the Sheds (Shedds) were early settlers from Georgia. Later this same land was bought by Washington Himer Smith. Wash Smith was an early schoolteacher. When a young man he burned and permanently injured his arm fighting fires during the Civil War. He needed another way to make a living besides farming so his parents sent him to Atlanta for more education. He had a farm and taught school in Big Fork. He earned about $30.00 a month for teaching. He was one of the first to teach at "the Shed School" located southeast of "downtown" Big Fork on what is now Highway 8. The simple, board building sat on a hill and had glass windows. The benches were made of split logs.
Free school was held during three months of summer and sometimes a subscription school was held in the winter. When it was a subscription school, the parents would pay a certain amount per student.
|Dilbeck & Putmans were among this group above taken about 1910.|