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Harper in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Harper Independent School District

Harper Independent School District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, March 14, 2017
1. Harper Independent School District Marker
Inscription.  In 1884, Frank Harper, J.A. Rogers, E.C. Hopf, and W.P. Bowers met to organize a school for the growing Harper community. Mary and J. A. Rogers, Jr. sold two and a half acres to school trustees, and in 1885 a one-room frame school was built with donated labor and materials. In 1906, voters established the Harper Independent School District and a new limestone school building was completed. By 1908, Harper began absorbing other local schools, with the first being Pocket School District No. 34, and continued to be the leader in education in the area. Between 1908 and 1912, trustees continually faced monetary shortfalls and the school year was shortened several times due to lack of funds. However, through creative management, determination and community donations, Harper schools always reopened to serve the community.

Mary D. Rogers sold additional acreage for school expansion in 1930. Several schools consolidated with Harper in 1940, and additions to the school, completed by 1942, were built through the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). In 1943 five acres purchased from Ed Kensing allowed expanded student activities. The school
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Photographed By Larry D. Moore, March 14, 2017
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introduced a number of new activities in the 1940s, including six man football played on cleared pasture land or in the rodeo arena of the community park. At several times throughout its history, the school district was asked to join the Kerrville or Fredericksburg districts, but all requests were denied. Harper Independent School District was once one of dozens of rural schools in Gillespie County. Today, it is now one of three remaining school districts in Gillespie County, serving also portions of adjoining Kerr, Kimble and Mason Counties.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16502.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 30° 18.011′ N, 99° 14.558′ W. Marker is in Harper, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 290 and Ranch to Market Road 783, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 290. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23122 US-290, Harper TX 78631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the McDonald Massacre (approx. 0.3 miles away); Harper Community Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. James Lutheran Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Dowdy Tragedy of 1878 (approx. 11.7 miles
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away); Sunset Cemetery (approx. 11.9 miles away); St. Peter Lutheran Church (approx. 12 miles away); Squaw Creek Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 12.4 miles away); Spanish Road to Santa Fe, 1808 (approx. 12.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harper.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 28, 2022