Program to present Mill Spring School history, life growing up in rural Polk Co.

Published 11:13 am Tuesday, September 6, 2022

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The Polk County Historical Association’s program for September 13 will feature a guest panel of folks who attended Mill Spring School. Those former students plan to share stories about their classmates and teachers, and what their childhood was like during those years. Panelists will be from both the Mill Spring and Pea Ridge communities. Scheduled speakers are Judy Arledge, Norma Jean Bowyer, Ray Hudson and Rachel Ramsey.


Life in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s was much different than we see today. Come learn about growing up in rural Polk County. The program will cover how school was different and share information about their families. Mill Spring School housed grades 1 through 12 until 1960 when Polk Central High School opened. After that time it provided schooling up to the 8th grade. This dynamic panel should present both an interesting and entertaining presentation.

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The program will be presented on Tuesday, September 13 at 2 p.m. inside the Polk County Historical Museum. The museum is located in downtown Columbus at 60 Walker Street. The program is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend.


Submitted by John Vining