As noted in the July 26 post "The School Iron Built", Shelby Iron Works constructed, staffed, and equipped the first school in the Shelby community.
Above is a letter from Vanderbilt University to iron company officer C.J. Hazard regarding the search for teachers. The letter is dated September 11, 1883.
"At this period of our scholastic year, we cannot assist you in obtaining such a teacher as you desire. None of our students will leave their work here to enter upon the conduct of a school.
At the close of our session we are able to meet very satisfactorily all requests similar to yours."