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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Family Photos: School Days

Monte DeRay Bryan, about 1919

DeRay Bryan, my father's older sister, was a teacher in Texas. She graduated from Seymour High School in 1920 and attended Simmons College in Texas. I know that she taught in Baylor County. She taught third grade at the Seymour Grade School in 1924, but I don't know if she taught at other schools in the area. DeRay was teaching in Lamb County (Amherst) at the time of her mother's death in 1927. By 1928 she was in Borger, Hutchinson County where she taught first at Weatherly and later at West Ward.  DeRay remained in Borger and taught until 1941. 

Pictures of DeRay and some of her young students at one school are below. The school name and location is unknown. Some of her students wrote their names on the back of the pictures. If you recognize this school please comment or send me an e-mail ( 

Some students wrote their names on the back of this picture:
Leta, Beulah, Delina, Cecil, Lays, Mary, and Thelma

Mary and Cecil was written on the back of this picture. Notice a horse and rider in the background at the right and a horse and buggy in front of the school. 

On the back of this picture is written Beulah, Leta, Thelma, Mary, Delina. The names were written by individual students. Note that there are only two girls in this picture. 

My Aunt DeRay is the young woman between the two girls. 


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