Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Baseball Team, ca. 1905. Cobb and Nichols School, Dresden TN

The American College and Private School Directory, vol. 8, 1914, listed the Cobb and Nichols School of Dresden, TN as a non-sectarian school.  Charles H. Cobb (husband of Marion Moran) and J.W. Nichols were the principals.

This photo of the baseball team dates to about 1905.  I don't know the names of any of the players, perhaps someone will recognize a relative, but the two men in suits are J.Walter Nichols (left) and Charles H. Cobb (right).

Charles H. Cobb was the son of Thomas D Cobb and Elizabeth Adeline Johnston.  He was born June 27, 1876, in Tennessee.  He lived most of his life in Union City with some time spent in Dresden. In 1900 he was teaching school and living at home with his father and a sister, Birdie.  Cobb and Nichols attended Vanderbilt University together. About 1904 they formed the Cobb and Nichols School in Dresden.

Dresden Enterprise, July 29 1904
Miss Pearl B. Matthews of Trenton has been elected to Conduct the primary dept. of Cobb and Nichols school here in Dresden.

Cobb married Marion Agnes Moran, youngest daughter of J.W. Moran and Sophia Gunn, October 3 1905 at the Methodist Church in Dresden.

Dresden Enterprise, June 1 1906
The Dresden Dramatic Company had receipts amounting to $67 at Greenfield last Friday.  The money will be applied to payment of a new piano at the Cobb and Nichols School building.  They performed at Huntingdon Monday to a full house also.

Dresden Enterprise, June 8, 1906
Miss Pearl Mathews, primary teacher at Cobb and Nichols, gave her students a picnic which was hugely enjoyed by the little fellows.

The Hickman Courier, Aug 3 1906
The Cobb and Nichols School of Dresden, Tenn.
Every citizen of Dresden is justly proud of having in this community an institution so ably managed, doing a class of work so superior, possessing an unexcelled faculty, as the Cobb and Nichols Training School, Chas. H. Cobb and J. Walter Nichols, principals.  Both these young men are graduates of Vanderbilt university, where they were specially prepared for training school work, and that is just what their school here is--a training school in the fullest and most complete sense of the term.  This has been clearly demonstrated by the work of this school during the past two years and today we are rejoiced to say to the public that the outlook for a successful opening this fall is most encouraging.
The pupils that have gone out from the Cobb and Nichols school are its best advertisement, if any it need other than its high-class, thorough work.  The boys and girls who come to Dresden to attend school are taken care of by the faculty and are admitted into the best homes of our town; they are made to feel welcome and at home, as it were, and the faculty sees to it that they do not loaf around the streets neither night nor during the day.--Dresden Enterprise.

The Hickman Courier, Aug 10 1906
The students of the Cobb & Nichols School are required to stay in their rooms at night to study, nor are they allowed to loiter on the streets during day.
The Cobb & Nichols School is a training school, pure and simple, no catchpenny methods, no (ab)normal courses.

In 1907 Charles and Marion Cobb had a child, daughter Carolyn Elizabeth Cobb born April 27 1907.

From Volume 8, Vanderbilt University Quarterly:
'04--Charles H. Cobb, B.A., who has been for three years with J.W. Nichols, of the same class, in the Cobb and Nichols School at Dresden, Tenn., has entered upon the practice of law in Union City, where he has become junior partner with Judge Swiggart in the firm of Swiggart and Cobb.

Cobb continues practicing law but by 1930 is listed as the proprietor of a rain coat factory.  His wife Marion committed suicide in 1934.   In 1936, Cobb married Ottis Leone Luton. Their son, Charles H Cobb Jr, was born in 1937.   Charles Sr died in 1951.

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