The cafeteria for the Hickory Flat school (located in Benton County, north Mississippi) was constructed by the National Youth Administration in 1939. If you wonder what the building looked like as constructed, just look below. Other than the center double doors of the entrance (perhaps to enter the cafeteria?) and the door to the right (possibly one of two exits–my guess boys to one side and girls to the other) and that side and rear windows have been filled in, pretty much the same.
Even better, want to see what the inside of a school cafeteria looked like in 1939? Kind of like today, only smaller and with fewer employees.
Mississippi laid claim to fame in 1936 as having not one “single through-state paved highway when Governor White took office in January, 1936” but by 1939 just before this school cafeteria was built, boasted “three completed traffic arteries from border to border (“Road progress in state reviewed.” October 7, 1938, p. 6, Biloxi Daily Herald).
Two stretches, one 8.6 miles from Holly Springs to Hickory Flat and 11 miles east of New Albany, are the only unpaved sections on United States 78 from Memphis to Tupelo to Fulton. The two links are now being paved, with the 15.8 miles from Fulton to Alabama line ready for paving.
By 1939, the big news was:
…agricultural agents from Hickory Flat, Myrtle Grove and Potts Camp, have 62 Future Farmers of America boys in Biloxi for this week…They made the trip of 373 miles by school buses, coming over paved roads all the way. (“FFA Boys Here, July 26, 1939, p. 3, Biloxi Daily Herald)
The cafeteria building remains in use by the Hickory Flat schools, although most likely as an office space or classroom. It most certainly is no longer the cafeteria. Wonder what the inside looks like now?