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West Union in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

West Union Grammar School / West Union Grammar School

 
 
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By Brian Scott, April 8, 2013
1. West Union Grammar School Marker
Inscription.
West Union Grammar School
West Union Graded School, also known as West Union Grammar School or West Union Elementary School, was built here in 1923-24. In 1922, trustees purchased 4 acres from Marvin Phinney for a new school to replace an earlier frame building. This two-story brick school was ready for the opening of the 1924-25 school year with Jerome Douglass as its principal and 5 teachers for about 100-150 students in grades 1-6.

West Union Elementary School
Miss Clara Smith taught here for more than 40 years, from the mid-1920s until the school closed in 1969. She usually taught two or more grades a year and was also West Union's last principal form 1949 to 1969. The town of West Union purchased the school from the Oconee County School District in 1969, leasing it back to the district for office space 1971-1981.
 
Erected 2013 by West Union School Preservation Association. (Marker Number 37-18.)
 
Location. 34° 45.733′ N, 83° 2.347′ W. Marker is in West Union, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (State Highway 11) north of Sangamo Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Union SC 29696, United States of America.
 
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By Brian Scott, April 8, 2013
2. West Union Grammar School Marker
At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walhalla (approx. 1.2 miles away); Newberry College (approx. 1 miles away); Oconee Heritage Center (approx. 1.6 miles away); Duty, Honor, Country (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Silver Rose (approx. 1.6 miles away); Combat Infantrymen Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away); Oconee County Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Colonel R.T. Jaynes (approx. 1.6 miles away); Patriot's Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gen. John A. Wagener (approx. 1.7 miles away).
 
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1. Walhalla Realtor offers to buy old West Union Grammar School. The West Union Town Council asked its new attorney Paul Aaron on Tuesday to review a proposal from Walhalla Realtor John Powell to purchase the now-vacant West Union Grammar School. (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Demolition of old West Union Grammar School on hold for now. The old West Union Grammar School, literally one vote away from being demolished, may have found new life. (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. West Union awaits clearance for demolition of old school. Permission from the state is all that stands between West Union's clearance of a long-standing nuisance to make way for a community farmers market. (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. West Union settles long-running historical marker dispute
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By Brian Scott, April 8, 2013
3. West Union Grammar School Marker
. A long-running dispute has been put to rest with the City Council agreeing to the placement of a marker for a historic school on the verge of being torn down. (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Group unveils West Union School historical marker. The building itself is now gone, but the unveiling of a historical marker for the West Union Grammar School ended a long effort to celebrate and note the school that was the scene of some area residents' fond memories. (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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By Brian Scott, April 8, 2013
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 25, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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