THE SCHOOL BEGINS
A school was started in Butterfield on October 5, 1902, with Katie Beeler as the teacher (Record, 1902) and five pupils, all from the Shockey family (Beeler, 1903). Carpenters were at work on a new school, although it was delayed because of a lot of rain. Phillip Shockey, an Adventist evangelist/farmer/photographer, began placing advertisements in the Southwestern Union Record for families to move to his 160-acre farm and attend the school (Shockey, 1902). In 1903, May Henry became the teacher and in 1904 she had eleven students (Record, 1904). The school closed about 1905 (SDA Yearbook, 1907).
A New School in 1951
In 1951, the school reopened and a new school was built for the 1951-1952 school year (Record, 1951). That year, Marie Arthur was the teacher with fourteen students (Report, 1951). For the 1958-1959 school year, Ruby Edwards was the teacher with nine students. The school closed at the end of the 1959-1960 school year (Report, 1959).
Four Oaks Christian school
In September 1981, a school was reopened in Malvern with Ruby Edwards as the teacher. This was called the Four Oaks Christian School (Elder, 1982). That same year, the Malvern church purchased eleven acres and a house on Division Street in the city of Rockport to build a new church and a school (Elder, 1982). The congregation began worshiping in their new church in 1985. In 1987 a new wing was added to the church to house a church school (Cate, 1996). The Four Oaks Christian School closed at the end of the 1989 school year. In 2005, plans were made to reopen the school. A teacher and an aide were hired and students were accepted but some decided to attend other schools so the school has not reopened since 1989 (Minutes, 2005).
(1902, Oct. 27). Southwestern Union Record, p. 2.
(1904, Jan. 4). Ibid., p. 2.
(1907) Yearbook of the Seventh-day Adventist Denomination. Washington, D. C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association.
(1951, Jun. 13). Southwestern Union Record, p. 2.
(1951, Sep. 17). Teacher’s Opening Report. Shreveport, LA: Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of SDA.
(1959, May 27). Teacher’s Closing Report. Shreveport, LA: Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of SDA.
(2005). School Board Minutes. Shreveport, LA: Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of SDA.
Beeler, Katie M. (1903, Jan. 5). Southwestern Union Record, p. 2.
Cate, Leora. (1996, Jul. 1). Ibid.,p. 18.
Elder, W. H. (1982, Jan. 21). Ibid., p. 7.