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Berry O'Kelly School in Franklin County NC

Berry O'Kelly School in Franklin County NC

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 11:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Davis
My grandfather (Jonas Davis Jr 1894-1963) was from Franklin County. We are trying to figure out how he learned his trade as a plasterer and how he spoke several languages which was unusual for a black man during this time. It is possible that he attended the Berry O'Kelly school which taught agricultural & industrial arts in Franklin county. Does anyone know where I can find a roster or have contaact info for their alumni association? The school opened in 1910 & closed in 1966. Any info that anyone can give me is appreciated.

Re: Berry O'Kelly School in Franklin County NC

Posted: 14 Oct 2011 9:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
I gave a call to an elderly cousin of mine who is a retired school administrator in Franklin County. The name Jonas Davis didn't ring a bell for him (he's 87), and when I told him he was a plasterer, he said he remembered most of the plaster work being done by "the Hawkinses". However, he was familiar with the Berry O'Kelly School, but said it is just outside of Raleigh, not in Franklin Co. (I think he said near Jefferson.) He said that the last he knew, it was being used by the Highway Patrol as a training site. He also mentioned something about a deaf and blind school being there. Perhaps you could contact the State Police to follow up and see if they might know where the effects of the school are now. :)

Re: Berry O'Kelly School in Franklin County NC

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 4:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
The Berry O'Kelly School is located on Method Road in Raleigh, Wake County, NC.

Re: Berry O'Kelly School in Franklin County NC

Posted: 25 Apr 2013 2:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Berry O'Kelly School, Method, NC
Berry O'Kelly High School was located in Method, NC. It closed in 1966. However, there is an active alumni association and I am the president. Give me as much information as possible and I will try to get info on the person you referenced.
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