Longtime School

By Floyd Burleson

The first Longtime Schoolhouse was built about a mile from the mouth of Hampton Creek near where the old Earse Copeland place was located (where Delmar Ply now lives) .

I was told by Virgil Stonecipher that his father told him a number of times how the school got its name. It seems not long after it was built Jasper Casey, a Primitive Baptist preacher (sometimes called a Hardshell Baptist), started preaching in the schoolhouse. On Sunday when they would have the morning services at the eleven o'clock hour he would sometimes preach until one or two o'clock so some of the people got to calling them the Longtimers and this was how the school became known as Longtime School.

In about 1920 the Hall School closed. This school was located on Hampton Creek near where Skyline Road crosses the creek. Part of this school dissolved into the Bruno School District and part into the Longtime School District. At this time the Longtime School was rebuilt in a new location nearer the center of the district. It was located farther up the creek a little over a mile down a hollow west of Tom Stoke's place (where Clarence Richardson now lives) and about a half mile east of the creek.

Reprinted with permission from Treasured Memories of a Beautiful Place in the North Arkansas Ozark Hills by Floyd Burleson, copyright 1989.