Both entered the first grade at the old Maple Hill Grade School in September 1927 and both graduated from Maple Hill High School in May 1939. I have several photographs of them taken during those years.
The old, two-story frame Maple Hill Grade School was built in 1904 as both an elementary and high school. The elementary students held class on the first floor and the high school students on the second floor. Both ate lunch and played in the large basement rooms of the old grade school.
Maple Hill grew in population and built a new, brick high school building in 1921. The old frame elementary school continued to serve the community until it was razed in 1952 to make way for a new, brick, one-story elementary school and gymnasium. The brick high school building continued to serve the community until it was consolidated with Alma, Kansas schools in 1968. So Tim Clark and Lucille Corbin went to elementary school in the old, two-story frame school building and attended high school in the new, two-story brick building.
This is a photograph of the old, two-story, frame school building in Maple Hill, Kansas. It was built in 1904 on land donated by George A. Fowler, who was one of Maple Hill's founders, and at one time owned the Fowler Ranch, which later became the Tod Ranch, then the Glunt Ranch, and finally the Brethour Ranch. This photo was taken by Emma Jeanne (Flattre) Adams (Mrs. Warner) and was used for their Christmas Card. This was the south entrance. There was a large center hallway with four rooms on the first floor and four on the second floor. I believe that my cousins, Charles M. and Bonnie (Thomas) Mitchell were the last custodians before it was razed in 1953. The author attended school there from 1951 to 1953. I still remember the peculiar "smell" of the building, which I assume was caused by putting linseed oil on the floors.