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Dallas County School Hall of Fame

Eva Marie Glor
Exceptional Educator-Inducted 2016


Wayne Rieschel
Distinguished Graduate-Inducted 2016


Roma Durington
Distinguished Graduate-Inducted 2016


​Ethel Williams
Exceptional Educator-Inducted 2015

Miss Ethel Williams loved teaching and her students. She helped students in many ways that others did not know including buying books and clothing for students, as well as loaning her car to someone to go to a job interview. Miss Ethel Williams attended elementary and high school in Urbana, Missouri. She also attended Missouri State Teachers College. At that time credits were divided into three terms which included a term in the summer. Within 14 months she had earned her 60 credits which was all that was required to teach at the time. Her first teaching job was at Tunas, Missouri where she taught all grades to 63 students. Her beginning salary in 1931 was $30 per month. She felt the amount that teachers received was not nearly as important as what she got back in gratitude and satisfaction from the success of her students. Miss Williams was a teacher for 49 years in Tunas, Urbana, and Verona, Missouri where she later became a principal. She returned to Urbana for one year and then taught the business practice at Buffalo High School where she remained for 34 years. She was also the secretary to D. A. Mallory, the superintendent. She retired in 1979. She was every bit a politician. She could go around every question and never give you an answer. She was very precise and wanted her students to be, also. She was very generous but frugal. Everyone loved Miss Williams. She always had a smile. Miss Williams is remembered by many who she influenced as their teacher and who followed her in becoming a Dallas County School secretary. Miss Williams died in 2007. 

Pruitt Miller
Exceptional Educator-Inducted 2015

Mr. Pruitt Miller, exemplified the phrase Bison pride. He was protective of his school and treated it as his own. He was very proud of his school. Mr. Miller grew up on his family's farm in Elkland, Missouri area. He actually did not graduate from high school. During his senior year, he was drafted, quit school, and entered the Marines. When the war was over, Mr. Miller returned home. He wanted to go to college but he didn't have any money and didn't get admitted to Missouri State Teachers College, known today as Missouri State University. So, Mr. Miller wrote a letter to President Harry S. Truman sharing his desire to attend college. Somehow that letter made its way to Missouri State Teachers College and he was admitted under the GI Bill. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree. He began his education career as a teacher, coach, and principal of Charity School. After 19 years at Charity, he became the principal of Mallory Elementary. Serving in this role for 26 years, he must have been reluctant to hand it over to someone else. He wanted the students to succeed and do their best, and his teachers. He was good to his staff and took care of his faculty. He expected loyalty tot the school and to himself. He retired in 1993, after 45 years as a Dallas County Educator. Mr. Miller served in many leadership roles in educational organizations. He was very active in his free time with the American Lung Association. Mr. Miller also took pride in many hobbies including woodworking, bee keeping, hunting, gardening an tending to his purple martin houses. Many hold find memories of the time Mr. Miller was their principal and miss him since his passing in 2012. Mr. Miller's wife Viola, also did all of her teaching in the Dallas County School District. They shared many memories during their marriage of 62 years, raising two children, Marilyn and Curtis, in the Dallas County Schools. 



Sally Shantz

Exceptional Educator​-Inducted 2015

Ms. Sally Shantz was the reason many students mastered their multiplication tables, Missouri history, and all the verse from Joyce Kilmer's Trees. Her students practiced their penmanship; remember four times five, and her saying "there will never be a poem lovely as a tree," or that a rat in the house might eat the ice cream spells "arithmetic." She began class every morning with her students reciting the pledge of allegiance and saying a prayer. A colleague recalls being in her classroom when a particularly troubled boy was being carted off to the principal after acting out. Ms. Shantz, softly and sincerely said to the student "remember, I love you." Ms. Shantz began her career in education after completing just 3 years of college when she was hired at Buffalo to teach a group of 53 students in the fourth grade. Her class included three sets of twins. After that year, she returned to Drury University to complete her Bachelor's degree in education. Upon completion she returned to Buffalo to teach the sixth grade to the same group of student she had taught two years earlier. She married in 1954 and raised two sons, Joe Ben and Bobby in Dallas County Schools. The boys were hugely successful football Bison and later became Arkansas Razorbacks during their college years. As she grew up, her parents owned Copper Greenhouse. She graduated from Buffalo High School. In a teaching application from 1954, she wrote in response to a question about why she wanted to be a teacher: " I am very much concerned over children and their education and care. I have worked in a greenhouse practically all of my life and I realize that every plant has to be given special care and watched to see that it gets the proper attention that it needs. So it is with a child, each one is an individual person and must be treated as such if they do get the proper care and attention they need. I believe my best qualification for this job is my love for children and my desire to see them grow and become well rounded individuals." She was also known to always have little quotes to share, such as: "If your day is hemmed with prayer, it is less likely to unravel." "If you see someone without a smile, give him one of yours." "A smile in the window of your face tells every one that your heart is at home." After 28 years of teaching in Buffalo, she taught 7 years in the Springfield school district before her retirement. 


Lawrence Holt

Distinguished Graduate-Inducted 2014


 

Mr. Lawrence Holt was, to many, the friendly face that welcomed people to Buffalo and Dallas County.  A lifelong resident of Dallas County, Mr. Holt had careers in both education, business, and the ministry.  Lawrence had been part of the Holt Monument Company since 1943, when he began working with his father.  He purchased the business in 1954 and in 1996 chose to go into the ministry for the United Methodist Church, where he served as pastor at a number of churches.  Upon retiring as a full time pastor, he continued to work as a minister emeritus, serving as a mentor and substitute pastor.  He was active in what seems like all organizations within Dallas County, but, was exceptionally dedicated to the Dallas County Historical Society, the Dallas County Lions Club, Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce, Toys for Tots, Relay for Life, JayCees, Odd Fellows, the Dallas County 911 Board, and the Boy Scouts of America.  Before his death in 2013, Mr. Holt was a member of the Dallas County Schools Hall of Fame selection committee and was the unofficial historian of Buffalo High School.  Mr. Holt was always dedicated to making Buffalo a better place, for example, he was dedicated to adding sidewalks within the community for the safety and health of the community. 

 

Roy & Ollie Scott

Exceptional Educators-Inducted 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Scott were both highly respected and dedicated teachers.  Mr. Scott had a teaching career of 50 years in Dallas County Schools, ending his career as a Business and Driver's Education teacher at Buffalo High School. Mr. Scott was also a farmer and dedicated Free Mason..   Mrs. Scott had an elementary teaching career that lasted over 40 years, during which she taught at Buffalo Elementary School, Benton Branch, London Smoke and Windyville schools.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Scott were graduates of Windyville High School and both earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.  Upon their deaths, the Scott's left a sizable contribution to the Dallas County R-I School District.  In fact it is the largest scholarship fund maintained by the school district.  The money left to our school districts by the Scott family was used to establish the Roy. W. Scott Memorial Scholarship which continues to help graduates of Buffalo High School as they pursue a college education. Because of the size of this scholarship fund, the Scott Scholarship will be awarded to graduates of Buffalo High School for decades into the future.  Roy Scott had died over 30 years prior to his induction into the Hall of Fame and Ollie Scott had passed on nearly 20 years prior to her induction.   Their only child, Roy Richard Scott preceded them in death and they had no other direct decedents.  It is a tribute to the Scotts that their former students would remember them and pay tribute to them, decades after their deaths, by selecting them for admission into the Dallas County Schools Hall of Fame as Exceptional Educators. 


Jack Shewmaker

Distinguished Graduate-Inducted 2014

 

Mr. Shewmaker was born and raised here in Dallas County and lived a typical rural Missouri childhood of the 1930's and 1940's.  He married his high school sweetheart Melba, and after they both graduated from Buffalo High School, Jack went on to greatness in the business world.  Mr. Shewmaker was always considered a "young man on the move" and was "always looking forward".  After starting a career in business in Springfield, Mr. Shewmaker's big break came in 1970 when Sam Walton hired Jack as one of the two district managers of Walmart.  One of the most innovative thoughts in Walmart history came in 1974 when Mr. Shewmaker developed the "Everyday Low Prices" strategy of Walmart.  He also coined the company's well-known term "Rollback". His initiative helped set Walmart up for decades of skyrocketing growth.   He brought satellite communication to Walmart, where inventory and sales data would be available instantly.  He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Walmart in 1978, where he shaped a Walmart culture that focused on ethics within the operation. He retired from Walmart in 1988 and served on the Walmart board for 20 years. Mr. Shewmaker and his wife Melba never forgot Buffalo or Dallas County and they made funds available  to build and maintain the beautiful Shewmaker Center on the Buffalo High School campus, where the official Dallas County R-I Schools Hall of Fame is located.

 

Anna Stearns

Exceptional Educator-Inducted 2013

 

When she was nominated to the Dallas County R-I Schools Hall of Fame one of her former students wrote, “Miss Anna’s students were the most important thing in her life.  She loved us all very much and we could feel it everyday”.   Miss Stearns lived most of her life in Dallas County and taught in Dallas County schools for over 45 years.  She completed her grade school education here in Dallas County at Rice School.  She began her career in the one room school houses of Dallas County teaching at Victory School, Cowden School, Crescent School, White Palace School, Reynolds School, Macedonia School, Prairie View School, and Lone Rock School.  She was County Superintendent of Schools for Dallas County from 1939 until 1947, at a time when women Superintendents were hard to find in Missouri.  She also served eight years as elementary school principal in Buffalo.  One of her former students has said, “if you were ever sent to Miss Stearn’s office when you misbehaved, it was a very long walk”, but she was always fair and she had high expectations for all of her students.  She was a graduate of the Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (now known as Missouri State University) and she held many teaching certificates.  She was truly a pioneer woman educator in Dallas County.  She came to Dallas County in a covered wagon with her family from Kansas at the age of seven.  They settled on a farm near Buffalo, where she spent most of her life.  When she retired in 1962 the city declared the day “Anna Stearns Day” in recognition of her many accomplishments and service to the entire county. She loved many things, including gardening and poetry, but most of all she loved children and teaching.  She always tried to inspire children in their education and is remembered as a motivator of young minds.  She married late in life and spent her final years in California, but, her influence is still felt here in Dallas County schools.   It is a tribute to her powerful influence on her students that 51 years after her retirement and exactly 100 years after she began her teaching career at Victory School here in Dallas County, that she was nominated by her former students.  We are proud to induct Mrs. Anna Stearns-Sweaney into the Dallas County R-I Schools Hall of Fame as an Exceptional Educator.
 

 

John W. Dull

Distinguished Graduate-Inducted 2013

 

An exceptional example of Bison Pride, John Dull has risen through the ranks of the Dallas County R-I School District.  His life within the school district began during his sixth grade year when he moved to Buffalo.  He was a graduate of Buffalo High School in 1949 and is a very proud member of the Missouri State Basketball Championship team during his senior year, the first state championship in school history.  That, in itself, was a memorable accomplishment.  At the time all teams in Missouri played against each other, there were no classifications based on size.  That championship team, with Mr. Dull as a member, defeated Kansas City Rockhurst High School by a score of 57 to 44, at a time when Rockhurst High School had a larger high school enrollment than the population of all of Buffalo.   In May of 1952, Mr. Dull entered the United State Army with the Airborne Paratrooper program in Fort Benning, Georgia.  During his time in the service of our country, Mr. Dull married his wife Leota and later had three sons, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  After being discharged he returned to Southwest Missouri State University and then transferred to Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.   In February, 2013 Mr. Dull was inducted into the Northeastern State University Athletic Hall of Fame.  He started his teaching career in 1957 at Halfway High School and then moved on to Skyline High School.  He was hired as Buffalo High School Principal in 1969, then moved on to be Principal of Buffalo Junior High and became district Athletic Director.  Mr. Dull retired from the school district in 1992, but, Mr. Dull’s service to the community did not end with his retirement.   In letters of nomination to the Hall of Fame is a long list of his commitments to this community including his work as a basketball official, as a volunteer and member with many civic organizations, a dedicated servant of his church, and as one letter noted he is a “Master at Hay Hauling”.  One letter of nomination for Mr. Dull says, “he is an excellent example of what a great citizen should be”.  We are blessed to be in the presence of this outstanding graduate of Buffalo High School John Dull, and we are very proud to induct John W. Dull into the Dallas County R-I Schools Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Graduate on this his 64th anniversary of his graduation from Buffalo High School.

 

 

 

 

Jane Shewmaker Hale

Distinguished Graduate-Inducted 2013

 

 
Jane Shewmaker was born here in Buffalo and attended twelve years of school here in what would become the Dallas County R-I School District.  While she was in school, Jane was active in sports and played on the volleyball and softball teams and was a junior and senior high cheerleader.  She was a class officer and was in band and glee club and acted in class plays.  She has a talent for writing and she wrote, directed and performed on KBFL, the Buffalo High School radio station.  After graduation Jane married Bob Hale and they raised four sons on the family farm north of Buffalo.  Jane has always been an enthusiastic Bison fan and has hosted many Bison teams in her home and businesses over the years.  In 1971, Jane worked with the student council and other graduates to activate an alumni association for Buffalo High School.  Over the years, Jane retained the office of president.  The Active Committee of Alumnus held their meetings in the Hale home, later on the high school campus, and finally on their own property near D. A. Mallory Elementary School, where they built the Dallas County R-I Alumni Headquarters.  Through the efforts of Mrs. Hale and many Active Alumnus Committee members a high school alumni association evolved that other high schools continuously seek to emulate.  Many know Mrs. Hale as “The Firecracker Lady” because of the Hale family fireworks business in which Jane is still active.  She is a distinguished businesswoman operating Hale Sportswear and the Time Out Café, which is decorated with many items that celebrate our Bison Pride.  Mrs. Hale is also a noted author of several books and wrote the weekly column, “Buffalo, As I Remember It,” for over twenty years.  No matter what she has done in life, as a business person, a spirited fan, a school supporter, or as an author, Jane Shewmaker Hale strives to give credit to the place she’s lived her entire life, Buffalo, Missouri.   She is still a cheerleader not only for this town, but, for this school district and she is a dependable supporter and volunteer for all Bison causes.  We are proud to honor Jane Shewmaker Hale with her induction into the Dallas County R-I Schools Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Graduate.

 

 


Lendol Dean Condren
Exceptional Educator-Inducted 2012

 
 

Mr Condren began his teaching career in 1954-55 after graduating from college, however, Mr. Condren jokes that he realized early he had made a mistake and resigned after the first year.  He went on to work for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company before he returned to teaching and coaching in Dallas County in 1958.  Mr. Condren began teaching at Buffalo High School in 1965 and taught Math, Driver's Education, and helped with extra curricular activities.  He served as assistant principal and athletic director in later years.  He retired in 1990 after 25 years at Buffalo and 33 years in education.  Members of the selection committee remembered Mr. Condren as a kind, honorable, and caring teacher and assistant principal.   Many told stories of Mr. Condren's patience and "nerves of steel" as a driving instructor.  Most of all he was remembered as someone that students could trust and talk too.  Mr. Condren has written, "I was blessed with great people to work with and great students thru the years.  I enjoyed the "kids" and missed them when I retired.   I hope in some small way I helped them have a better life."  His induction into the Hall of Fame is a tribute to his dedication to the children of Dallas County R-I Schools.


Mary Idylle McKown
Exceptional Educator-Inducted 2012

Miss McKown was born in rural Dallas County in 1898 and lived here most of her 97 years.  Miss McKown was very proud of her family's role in being some of the earliest settlers of Dallas County.  Miss McKown ironically graduated from Buffalo High School twice.  In 1915 when she first graduated from Buffalo High School the school had only a three year curriculum so when a fourth year curriculum was added in the 1916-1917 school year, she returned to school and graduated for a second time.  At the time of her graduation teachers were not required to be college graduates, however, Miss McKown pursued her degree at Springfield Teachers College (now Missouri State University) while she was teaching in one room school houses around the county.  She graduated from college in 1926.  She later received her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri.  Her first teaching job in Dallas County was in 1916-1917 at Chicago-New Liberty School.   She later told friends after her first day of school as a teacher she cried all night and resolved to never teach again.  She went on to teach at other schools in Dallas County including Gammon, Kelly, Long Lane, and Cowden (where she earned $85 per month and taught 68 students in grades one through eight).  Her high school teaching career started in Collins and she later taught high school in Urbana, Willard, Greenwood and Bois D'Arc.  She returned to Buffalo High School in 1937 and taught history, English, psychology and special education.  She was named principal of Buffalo High School in 1945 and served in that position until 1952 when she became the first school librarian.  She retired in 1964, however, she remained very active in the community until her death in 1996.  She is remembered by her students as a kind and caring teacher, principal and librarian who held learning in the highest regard.  She was also known to have a great sense of humor.  One of her students recalled asking Miss McKown why she never married and she joked with the class that she wanted the girls to get married and train their husbands well then she was going to steal them away.  Miss McKown once said, "my greatest pleasure in teaching was to look in the face of a child and see him learn".


Dillard A. Mallory
Exceptional Educator-Inducted 2012
 

Mr. Mallory was born in Wright County and graduated from Hartville High School.  His teaching career, however, began even prior to his graduation when he earned his first class county teaching certificate as a sophomore in high school at the age of 16.   He began his teaching career in a one room school house in Wright County and served as elementary school principal in Hartville, and was Superintendent at Grove Spring and Verona before becoming Superintendent at Buffalo in 1944.   When he first arrived in Dallas County, students attended 57 different, independent school districts.  The Buffalo district was a small one with the school district boundaries mainly being the city limits.  Within two decades of his leadership the school district evolved from a country town school to one of the premier school districts in the state, earning a "Triple –A" rating from the state and serving most of the students in Dallas and eastern Laclede counties.  He was known statewide as a progressive educational leader who was able to build a strong school district on a frugal budget.  He was honored many times in his career and his leadership brought great fame to our school district.  In 1963 he was named by the Governor to the Missouri Academy of Squires and in 1964 he earned the Freedom Foundation's American Educator Medal.  He also earned the National Education Association's Pacemaker Award and was honored as a "Pioneer in Education" by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  In 1984 Mr. Mallory was honored by Drury College with an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree.  Often when we recount one's contribution to any endeavor we look at the growth of numbers, buildings, and curriculum.  In recounting Mr. Mallory's contributions these measures do not tell the whole story.  Mr. Mallory's real contributions are found in the lives of the thousands of students who learned in his citizenship classes and who listened to his Monday morning assembly discussions.  His primary goal was that all students become contributing citizens.  He is remembers by students and staff for his wise council, his admonitions to do their best, and his kindness shown to all students.  A former students said of Mr. Mallory, "he liked us, in fact he loved us, and we could feel that love".  Click here for video presentations that feature more information about Dillard Mallory.   


Edwin "Eddie" Matthews  
Exceptional Educator-Inducted 2012

Eddie Matthews was a native of Polk County and was a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University.  Mr. Matthews didn't start out to be a coach.  He was teaching science at Morrisville High School during World War II when teachers, especially coaches, were scarce.  The Superintendent of Schools asked him to add coaching to his duties.  Mr. Matthews accepted the challenge and his scientific approach to coaching soon turned the team into a top contender.  Mr. Matthews came to Buffalo High School in an unusual way.  His team from Morrisville were playing in a tournament in Buffalo.  The Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Mallory, was so impressed by the gentlemanly behavior of the boys from Morrisville that he made it a goal to meet Mr. Matthews.  When they finally met a few months later, Mr. Mallory told him "we need a new coach and we think you're the man".  Coach Matthews came to Buffalo High School in 1945 and the basketball team won their first state basketball championship under his direction in 1949.  When writing about the 1949 championship game the Springfield newspaper headline read, "David Swats Goliath".  At a time when all teams played against each other and there were no size classifications, Buffalo High School defeated Kansas City Rockhurst High School by a score of 57 to 44.  Rockhurst High School had a larger high school enrollment than the entire city of Buffalo at the time.    After leaving Buffalo High School in 1953 Mr. Matthews went on to coach on the college level at Southwest Missouri State University.  Coach Matthews was here for only 8 years, but, his family recall that he said many times his years in Buffalo were the happiest of his coaching career.  He is remembered by his players and students here in Dallas County R-I School District for being an honorable and respected gentleman both on and off the court.  Grown men are often brought to tears when they talk about the character of the man nearly 60 years after he left Buffalo High School.  


Many members of the Dallas County R-I Schools Hall of Fame are featured in video oral histories recorded as part of our video history project.  You can view these oral histories by clicking here or clicking on the "History of Dallas County Schools" in the left hand column of this website. 
 

About the Dallas County R-I Schools Hall of Fame

In 2012 the Dallas County R-I School Board of Education established the Dallas County R-I Schools Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame is designed to recognize outstanding alumni, former staff, or exceptional supporters of the Dallas County R-I School District.  Nominations for the Hall of Fame may be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools at any time, however, the formal screening process will begin in January of each year with the formal induction ceremony to be held at the Buffalo High School graduation which is held each May.  The official Hall of Fame is located in the lobby of the Shewmaker Center on the Buffalo High School campus.

 
 
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