School is right around the corner! Soon, backpacks will be full of brand new #2 pencils, colorful notebooks and erasers of every shape and size. Lunchboxes will be stuffed of sandwiches, pudding cups and other goodies. Teachers will be preparing activities and assignements for their students while parents schedule like crazy to keep up with their kids’ games, meetings, and school plays. While it was very different back in the 1900s, it’s no doubt that teachers, students, school staff, parents and even retailers felt the school jitters. Let’s take a glimpse back in time and see the history back-to-school craze in Madison County and its surrounding areas.
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1. Photo Submitted. Portrait of Samuel J. Perry, the first superindendent of schools in Madison County c. 1800. He was elected when he was 75 years old. Perry was also a judge, surveyor and postmaster during the War Between the States. He also served as Florida Senate Secretary in 1856.
2. Photo Submitted Principal Simon A. Kinsey, Jr. poses at his desk at Madison Elementary School in 1965. Kinsey was principal from 1952 to 1965.
3. Photo Submitted “Back to School” display in the shop window of Turner’s Your Store in Marianna, Fl., c. 1900s. C. Davis Turner, a citizen of Marianna, Fl. since 1921 was the owner of Turner’s Your Store along with his brothers, Harris and Louis. Turner’s Your Store was a small chain retail store that specialized in clothing for men and women in Madison, Live Oak, Tallahassee, Perry, Monticello, Quincy and Defuniak Springs.