Guy K. Stump

A Dedicated Educator

 

   Guy Kindig Stump was born in 1902 near Stuarts Draft.  He walked to elementary school at what is now Springdale Mennonite Church.  For a time he rode in a horse-drawn buggy to Stuarts Draft High School which was located in a building adjacent to what is now the Old School House Restaurant.
      Guy was in a graduating class of eight--seven young ladies and Guy.  Graduated in 1922, he attended Bridgewater College for two years.  In 1924 he began his teaching career at the school in Sherando as a principal as well as teacher.  His responsibilities included teaching fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grades, firing the coal stove and sweeping up the building all for seventy dollars per month for seven months.

      In 1926, Guy moved to the Stuarts Draft system where he was made assistant principal in charge of the grade school and seventh grade teacher.  On one occasion his class numbered fifty-five students.  After this, he became principal of Wenonah Grammar School in Waynesboro.
      Returning to Bridgewater College, he graduated in 1934. Soon after graduation, Guy married Eva Wampler and returned to teaching at Stuarts Draft where he was named principal in 1945.  When the county high schools were consolidated into Wilson Memorial High School in 1947, he turned down the chance to be principal at Wilson preferring to stay within the Stuarts Draft community.  He continued as principal of the elementary school until the 1964-65 school year, when he returned to teaching seventh grade.  He retired after the 1970-71 school year.

      In addition to his education career, he was an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and raised black Angus beef cattle on the family farm until his death in 1990.

      The tradition of education was important to Guy and his family.  His wife, sisters, son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter chose to be teachers in the Augusta County School System.

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