1947 would be the last year for school board members
Jay Doxtator and Frank Rackett. Frank Rackett was in his 40th year on
the school board, and in 1948 would leave his house, furnishings intact,
and move to St. Louis, MO, to live with a niece, Gertrude Rackett,
until he died in 1959, at the age of
95. Jay Doxtator was on the school board in 1929 already. How much
earlier, if any, is unclear at present. Frank Bartels was on the
school board since at least 1916.
The long tenures of these school board members probably reflects a bygone era. Active in their community, they also reflect a time when people might live in the same house for 50 years or more, and work at the same job their entire life. Already today those factors are at best but memories.