to The Handbook of Texas Online, there were two schools in Novohrad
as early as 1882. One school was for Bohemian children and the Grieve School was
for German children. I did not find any details on the Grieve School except that
at some point it was consolidated with the school at Praha,
located in Fayette County. The other school at Novohrad
eventually consolidated with the Moulton
school district sometime during the 1950s and for the most part, the town ceased
The following article appeared in a 1933 issue of the Lavaca
County Tribune and gives some interesting information about the Grieve School
at that time. So far, I have not found any data as to how much longer the school
survived. The story below has not been edited and is featured as when first published.
The Tribune, Jan. 31, 1933 –
The Grieve School
was established at the same time that the Novohrad School began. This was in 1882.
The Bohemians established the Novohrad School and the Germans started the Grieve
School as a result of some rivalry between the Germans and the Bohemians of this
The school was named for Mr. Henry Grieve because he permitted
the school to be located in the southwest corner of his pasture.
E.O. Meitzen was the first teacher of the school. He was followed by Mr. F.J.
Pesek, and Mr. Pesek was followed by Mr. Alois Morkovsky. At one time the school
was known as the Pesek School, because of some error.
The school trustees
were very obliging to teachers during this age. On one occasion, the teacher employed
had but an elementary certificate issued by Fayette County, and was not eligible
to teach the Grieve School which was located in Lavaca County. So the trustees,
not to be outdone by this fact, moved the school house from the southwest corner
of the Grieve pasture to the northeast corner of the same, in order to place the
school in Fayette County so that a favorite teacher would be eligible to teach
This was in 1892. The building was placed just six inches over the
line in Fayette County. Then in 1907, a severe storm blew the building completely
back into Lavaca County where it has stood ever since
At this time the
school had two sets of trustees (one from Fayette County and one from Lavaca County).
The Lavaca County trustees were: F.J. Pesek, John Foitek, and John Zapalac. The
Fayette County trustees were: John Migl, Joe Hajek, and Charles Nesrsta.
Citizens promoting the earliest school in the Grieve community were: Messrs. Grieve,
Fojtik, Pesek, and Hildebrand.
Land owners of the Grieve School District
are: H.B. Grieve 274.66 acres; Mrs. F.J. Pesek, 167 acres; John Fojtik, Sr., 222
acres; Chas. Zapalac, 100 acres; Adolph Zapalac, 80 acres; John Kristinek, 120
acres; Joe Kristinek, 120 acres; Chas. Kristinek, 100 acres; F.J. Okruhlik, 40
acres; F.H. Pesek, 41 acres; F. Janek, 107 acres.
A list of the Grieve
school trustees and teachers follows:
Teachers from 1882 to 1933 were: E.O.
Meitzen, F.J. Pesek, Wm. Eilers, A. Morkovsky, E.H. Gillar, J.W. Stevens, Gussie
Franta, Mary Olsovsky, Marie Mozisek, John Krhovjak, Frances Klimitchek, George
Kocian, Jim Parma, John Robinson, Margaret Seger, Edward E. Darilek, Alberta Hull,
and Ben Kocian. Trustees from 1882 to 1933 were: John Zapalac, John Fojtik, F.J.
Pesek, H.B. Grieve, John Kristinek, John Muska, Willie Grieve, and Jim J. Kocian.
July 27, 2012 column
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