Interview with James Bash
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

LET ME STOP FOR A MINUTE AND THINK ABOUT THIS. ACTUALLY WHEN YOU LEFT FARMVILLE, DID YOU SEE THE BEGINNINGS OF THESE PLANS FOR THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS? I MEAN DID YOU SEE PEOPLE WHO, ORGANIZING THEMSELVES, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW A COMMUNITY ORGANIZES.

James Bash:

Well, there was an informal group of people who finally constituted themselves as the board of directors of the Prince Edward, what came to be the Prince Edward Academy and there were a lot of volunteers who were seeking contributions and pledges, I, if I—my memory doesn't fail, in the neighborhood of $200,000. They thought they would need $200,000 to start the school and they were not going for the money at that point in time, merely the pledges. As a matter of fact at the, that May meeting that I referred to before, that late May meeting held in Jarmen Auditorium there was some activity at that time going for pledges. People were going for pledges, and even contributions of money to support the private school. It was not really envisioned, I don't think, it was not really envisioned that these pledges would ever have to be called, I may be wrong about that, but I don't think they really went into it with the idea they'd ever have to call in the pledges. Nevertheless, the pledges were sought and there's one little funny anecdote associated with that. We, my family and I lived on the outskirts of Farmville, in the county outside the city, town limits, and one lady was making the rounds and she came to our house. I was not home. My wife was home. She was invited in and she told all about, told my wife all about the necessity for the private school and how it would be handled and I suppose filling in the cracks of unknown administrative processes and so on in her own mind. Any rate, she finally said, "Now I'd like to put you down for an amount of money, what can I put you down for and what is your name?" And she said, my wife said, "My name is Mrs. James Bash," upon which the lady did the backstroke out the door. There were some funny things associated with it but were, since then amusing, but at the time were rather dreadful.