Shady Hill School Teachers


Carl Miller and Gertrude Dye

Carl Miller, known affectionally by his students as Doc Miller, was a stabilizing influence among both teachers and students. Doc Miller always had a nickname for most of his male students. He called me Doc Johnson and he called Rolland Marshall Chief Justice Marshall. Although I never saw this happen, other students told me that he would often make the boys who were unruly stand at the blackboard in the 8th grade class room and stick their nose in a hole in the blackboard. He was sweet on Miss. Dye and they spent a lot of time together.

Gertrude Dye. What can you say about her? She was a loving 1st grade teacher and liked by all of her students. Having red hair, she could get very fiery with you if you got out of line.


Teachers 1945-1946

Mr. Olis Brown, (principal), Miss. Gertrude Dye, Mr. Carl Miller,
back row; Mr. Tom Forshey, Mrs. Julia Michaels, Mrs.Clarice Roberts


Teachers 1947-1948

Mr. Carl Miller, Miss.Gertrude Dye, Mrs. Betty June Melrose (Stephans),
back row; Mrs.Julia Michaels, Mrs.Clarice Roberts, Mrs. Helen Smith, Mr. Dallas Sulivan, (principal)


Teachers 1948-1949

Mrs. Shahan, Mrs. Julia Michaels, Mrs. Roberts, Miss. Gertrude Dye
back row; Mr. Carl Miller, Mr. Dallas Sulivan, Mr. T. C. Forshey


Glen Melrose came to Shady Hill in 1951 and took over for Doc Miller. Glen must have been in charge of physical education because he taught the boys a lot of physical exercises and was instrumental in getting the boys interested in playing softball. His daughter, Mary Jo was in our class. Her brother, Wayne, was in the third grade and her sister, Bonnie, was in the first grade. Glen was very well liked and a very good teacher. His grandson, Wayne's son, Mike Melrose, works at State Electric and I see and talk with him all the time.

Mary Jo Melrose


Miss Pauline Cline

Pauline Cline was the 2nd Grade Teacher from 1950 through 1954. We moved from the farm in 1954 to 12th Avenue in South Parkersburg and Miss. Cline's sister lived just across the street from us and I used to see Miss Cline often. Her sister's son, Mark Powell, a few years later, worked at State Electric and I know him very well.

Mr. Sulivan served as the principle of Shady Hill School from the school year 1946-47 through the school year 1948-49. He was a very student friendly teacher who was always available to the students. As a result, he was very liked and respected. His salary in 1947 was $2277.00 for 9 months and in 1948--$3168.00 and in 1949--$3222.00. This was $358.00/month for nine months which at that time was pretty good wages. I graduated from college in 1962 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and started in at $425.00/month. Of course that was for 12 months but it gives you an idea of what wages were back then.

Mr. T. C. Forshey, or as the students privately called him, Tom Cat Forshey, taught at Shady Hill from 1946-1948. He was a very talented fiddle player and would occasionally play it at a school function. He drove a 1930 Model A Ford coup to school and lived, I think, out Sam's Creek Road.

Mrs. Julia Michaels was a very stern disciplinarian. She would crack your knuckles with a ruler if you got out of line and was handy with the paddle. She was a very good teacher. When my mother was lying in state at the Franklin Funeral Home in 1992, my brother Don noticed that there was also a lady by the name of Julia Michaels lying in state in the next room. We investigated and found out that it was our former teacher and I had worked at Dupont with her son.

Mrs. Clarence Roberts taught at Shady Hill from 1946-1955. She was very liked by all her students and was a very good teacher.

I don't remember Mrs. Shahan very well.

Mr. Shomo                         Mrs. Hudson                Mrs. McIntosh

Mr. Shomo came to Shady Hill in the fall of 1950 as the new principal. He taught here through 1955. He was pretty rough on me!

Mrs. Hudson was our music teacher beginning in 1951 and was a very good teacher.

I'm not sure what Mrs McIntosh taught but she was the girls chaperone on our trip to Washington DC.

The teachers would rotate from classroom to classroom teaching different subjects. The students would remain in their homerooms.