The above photo is of a Sunday school class gathering at Ward Community Church likely many years after the Sunday School classes at Five Mile stopped meeting. I have not been able to find a photo of the Sunday School class at Five Mile if one exists.
The Five Mile Sunday School Class was a project sponsored by the Ward Community Church. It was located at the head of Five Mile, in the section then known as Number 6. The weekly gatherings took place from 1927 to 1929 and were attended by nearly 100 people each week. The specific location is being researched but this was near Ward, WV community in Kanawha County.
A man named Leck Jones ( I don’t have Leck’s given name, I believe Leck is a nickname) was asked to help organize this effort by a large group of people who lived in sections Number 2, 5, 6 and Dead Man’s Hollow. Leck took the measure well in hand and was the backbone for the program. This effort would ultimately serve Ward Community Church well since many connected with the main congregation at the church after the Sunday School program at Five Mile ended after work became scarce in and around Ward and many families left the area.
Leck Jones traveled every Sunday on foot in all kinds of weather (which is saying a lot since the weather there can be a big challenge in the winter months) from his home which was reportedly quite a distance from Five Mile. The location isn’t specified except to say he lived in the house that Clifton Elswick would later occupy in the mid 1950’s and that it was a “very long walk”.
Besides Leck Jones there were others named in the success of the program at Five Mile. Ollie Harrison taught a class and served as an assistant to Leck. Cody Bess offered his singing talents to support the gatherings and Ollie Hedrick is another name noted for helping at Five Mile Sunday School.
The full names of the Sunday school teachers were not given in the 1984 Ward CommunityReunion book which is the source for this overview, they are named as follows: the mother of Dallie & Mallie Landers, Mrs. Howard Martin, Mrs. Denver Bess and Mrs. Frank Bailey. If you know the full given names of these individuals and any other particulars about the little Sunday School at Five Mile please share here in the comments field under this article. Our genealogy enthusiasts will appreciate it.
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