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Wayside in Roberts County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Wayside Community

 
 
Wayside Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
1. Wayside Community Marker
Inscription. Settlers came to this locality in 1876. The county was organized in 1889. Pioneer school district no. 5 originated by court order in 1890 to serve this area with schools known as Tallahone, Poole, and Wayside, taught usually in homes. In 1914, Frederic Foster of New York gave this 2-acre school site to the county. The district bought materials, and patrons erected this 28 x 36-foot schoolhouse, painting it red. It soon became the focus for the community - site for elections, church services, and other activities, as well as housing the Wayside School. The trustees in 1914 were James A. Poole, J. M. Story, and Earl Talley.

Despite enrolment fluctuations caused by drouths, oil booms, and other economic factors, Wayside prided itself on scholastic excellence. Beginning in 1929, high school students were transferred by bus into Pampa, Wayside District paying their tuition. In 1933-1934, all grades were transferred - an arrangement used until 1950, when Wayside consolidated with Pampa.

White Deer Land Co., successor to original donor Frederic Foster, then deeded the red schoolhouse for continuing community use to trustees Paul Caylor, R. E. Montgomery, and J. T. Roberts. Current trustees are C. W. Osborne, J. T. Rogers, and Jack Sloan.
 
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission
Wayside Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
2. Wayside Community Marker
. (Marker Number 5729.)
 
Location. 35° 38.115′ N, 100° 57.285′ W. Marker is in Wayside, Texas, in Roberts County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 70 and Farm to Market Road 282, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 70. Touch for map. Marker is on the southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Miami TX 79059, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peter W. Gray (approx. 6.8 miles away); First Methodist Church of Pampa (approx. 6.8 miles away); Gray County Courthouse (approx. 6.9 miles away); Combs-Worley Building (approx. 6.9 miles away); 1934 Pampa Post Office Building (approx. 6.9 miles away); First National Bank in Pampa (approx. 6.9 miles away); Vittorio Emanuel von Brunow, M. D. (approx. 6.9 miles away); Pampa City Hall (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Education
 
Wayside Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
3. Wayside Community Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 9, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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