Building demo recalls loss of earlier school
1911 poem reflects sentiment from loss of previous building
The 1922 Pierce City High School demolished this week replaced the Baptist Bible College building, which served as the high school until it burned on Jan. 21, 1918. That fire could not be fought due to a frozen fire hydrant.
George W. Palmer, from the Class of 1911, wrote a poem at the loss of the school, published in the Pierce City newspaper. Its thought may be echoed in the minds of its students as they watch their building fall. The poem was saved in the scrapbook Ione Miller made for her 1917 yearbook, preserved in the Harold Bell Wright/Pierce City Museum. The poem reads:
“Farewell Old PCHS”
Farewell! Alma Mater!
Our eyes with tears are red,
Thinking of the joys we had
With you in years long sped.
So long! Dear Old High, so long!
To all that's good and true;
Forever in our memories
There'll be a place for you.
We can't forget the lessons
We learned within your walls,
The echoes of the laughter
That resounded thru the halls.
From you we learned our English,
Our Latin and Chemistry,
Our Algebra and German
And Ancient History.
The master's old familiar desk,
The gong beside the door,
The winding stair — the study hall
Alas! They are no more.
No more from on the campus
Shall we look with pleasing eye
Upon your stately grandeur
As in the days gone by.
Our hearts beat fast with sorrow
As we saw the mighty blaze
Destroy the life, of you, Old Pal,
Our Friend of better days.
Of all the happy boys and girls
Who've sat within your rooms,
Some to distant lands have gone
And some lie in their tombs.
Goodby! Dear old school, goodby!
We wept to see you go.
No dearer pals than you and we
As the years would come and go.
They say another school will stand
Where you have stood so long.
And children of the future
Will sing its praise in song.
But you have stood the test, Old Pal,
And though you've had your day
Because of you, we'll dare and do
And sing your praise alway.
A photo gallery of the demolition, including the final wall on July 10, appears at: https://www.monett-times.com/gallery/33144