Genealogy and History
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Cedarville High School
Pupils entering this school are given a four years' course including preparatory, and on completing this course, as prescribed by the Board of Education, are prepared to enter the college at Rockford, Beloit, etc. This affords an excellent opportunity to young people who desire a high school education, and who wish to take advantage of home influence and low board. A preparatory course of one year has been prepared for those pupils from other schools, who can not readily enter the High School Department. Tuition per year: High School, $24; grammar grades, $20; intermediate grades, $16; primary grades, $12. Laura E. Hahn, Principal ~ Sophia Shultz & Mrs. J. G. Hahn, Assistants [Unknown Newspaper, December 26, 1894; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
The Cedarville schools, second to none in the county, are progressing nicely. Parents should be on guard and see that all their children of school age are in attendance every day. The young people will only have this opportunity once; a good education is the only gift from the parents that cannot be lost of thrown away. Education is a more important factor in the success of this life than ever before. [Unknown newspaper, November 23, 1898 - contributed by Karen Fyock]
A Private Boarding School for boys in grades one through eight, has been in operation as an elementary school here since 1913. The school has an enrollment of 50 boys coming from as far as California and North Dakota. The school is known nationally for its program of instilling good study habits, the individual training offered, and the opportunity for a pupil to advance as rapidly as he is able. The faculty consists of six instructors. The main building is one of three buildings on the spacious 10-acre campus. The Dakotah School, which retains the original spelling of the community, is also known for its excellent remedial reading program, according to Harold K. Baltzer, headmaster for the past 37 years. [Unknown Newspaper/Date; Contributed by Melissa Crusinberry]
Defiance school, also known as Robey school, will hold its second annual homecoming at the schoolhouse on Sunday May 28, 1939. All former teachers, scholars and residents of the district are invited. At noon there will be a picnic dinner and a program will be given in the afternoon. (Freeport Evening Journal 19 May 1939)
On the last day of school in 1892, children at the Eder school south of Freeport came dressed to have a picture taken and some brought their dolls. Because the picture taken that day by John L. Wareham, commercial photographer, has remained so clear, it was possible for Mrs. Henry Klever to identify all the children. The old school, made of native stone, was replaced by the Brick school. The one-room school with eight grades provided the basic education of many a successful farmer, salesman, and business executive, at least five teachers, one minister and one doctor. The teachers were the four Boehland sisters, now Mrs. John (Ella) Wagner, Mrs. William (Edith) Fonken, Mrs. Henry (Minnie) Klever and Mrs. Arthur (Anna) Bissinger; and Miss Anna Roth who taught at Center School as well as at the Eder School. Three families sent four generations to the Eder School. The generations are; Jacob J. Burkhardt, his son Albert, grandson Allen, and great-grandchildren Sandra and Dianne; George M. Burckhardt, his son Fred, grandchildren Ruth and Robert, and Great-grandchildren Grant and Mark; and Mrs. John (Rose Molter) Ross, her son Fred, grandson Jerry and great-grandson Jimmy. Three other families, including the Eders, on whose farm the school was built, sent three generations there; Henry Eder, his son Edwin, and grandchildren Willard and Florence; Mrs. Klever, her son John and grandchildren John Jr. Connie, Gary and Sherry; and George Burckhardt, his son Jacob G., and his grandchildren, Dorothy, Esther and Kathryn. Philip J. Bardell has the oldest record of the Eder School board of trustees, which starts in 1857 with payment of construction bills and an order of "lumber for desks." So apparently the original stone school was built that year. The brick building which replaced it in 1892 served until two years ago last June, when it closed for the summer and was not reopened. After annexation of the area to Freeport School District 145, the pupils were transferred to Center School. The brick School building was sold at auction last summer with its site. [Unknown newspaper, Nov. 19, 1959; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Freeport High School
Class of 1916 -- 50th Reunion 1966
The 50th reunion this weekend of the Freeport High School class of 1916 is bringing back Freeporters from Texas, California and nearer states.
From Texas will come Orville Borchers, who recently retired as dean of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex., and his wife.
Dean Borchers has held state and national office in music organizations and has served on the U. S. State Department Committee on Foreign Cultural Relations.
Mrs. David C. Abston, the former Ella Reedy, and her husband, a retired naval officer, will come by train from San Diego.
Miss Rose Philips of rural Cedarville, who recently retired as head of the biology department at Sheboygan High School in Wisconsin will have as her guest Mrs. Ruth Countryman Mock, who is driving East from California with her daughter and grandchildren.
Henry Kunz and his wife of Palo Alto will be guests of the W. E. Dildines here.
The former Dorothy Cardin, now Mrs. Robert Hemphill, will be accompanied by her husband, owner of his Hemphill World Cruises and Travel Service. As her husband's assistant she has been at least five times around the world and 10 times to Europe. The Hemphills will be the guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. K. Seitz. Mrs. Laura Murdaugh Ennenga, widow of William Ennenga, who was also a member of the class, is coming from Sioux City, Iowa. Rev.
Dewey Eder and Mrs. Eder will come from Camp Hills, Pa. [Transcribed by Karen Fyock - 1966 clipping]
King's Daughters Childrens Home
Ten years ago (April 18, 1928) next Monday the King's Daughters Childrens Home, North Harlem Avenue, became a reality. In celebration of the anniversary an open house will be held Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:30, to which the public is invited. An address of welcome will be given by Mrs. Helmuth K. Seikel, president of the board and A.J. Stukenberg, chairman of the advisory board will speak informally. Musical numbers will be included and refreshments served. Executives of the home are asking for pound donations and it is hoped the people of Freeport will be generous in making gifts of fresh food stuff, canned goods, jellies, preserves and staple foods. The home is the outcome of the Settlement Home and for years before it was built it was the goal of this group of loyal women, members of the different societies of King's Daughters' who gave much time to planning and working, encouraged by men who also believed in it. After the sale of the Settlement Home building the women went to work with a will. A.J. Stukenberg was general chairman of the campaign which put on the drive for funds to buy a suitable location and build the home to care for Protestant children. The campaign opened June 1, 1926 and took exactly a week to raise the necessary sum which was first put at $25,000. The surprise donation of $2,500 from Senator Wm. B. McKinley was one of the joys of this strenuous week, but small donations came from rich, poor, young and old living in Freeport and Stephenson County. At the close of the week $27,500 had been pledged. After the lot had been selected and the building was nearing completion, W.T. Rawleigh generously contributed a check for $10,000 which lifted the weight of worry from the shoulders of those in command and the home went on to a splendid finish.
The executive board of the campaign were: Mrs. F.L.Furry, Presiden; Mrs. Susan B.Rowley, first vice president; Mrs. E.E. Clawson, second vice president; Mrs. F.A. Raubenheimer, secretary; Mrs. J.J. Rosenstiel, treasurer; Mesdames, J.B. Crawford, G.P. Ewing, Homer Scofield, Margaret Caldwell, E.M. Harrush, Guy Mitchell, Scott Deaner, D.G. Smith, S.S. Jourdan, Thomas H. Liggett, A.C. Knorr, Fred G. Thomas, Charles C. Seyfarth, Ben Jannsen, Miss Mary Swanzey.
The advisory board was A.J. Stukenberg, president; Harry E. Stahl, secretary; Dr. B.A. Arnold, H.B. Hartman, H.A. Hillmer, A.H. Stevenson, Ira Miller, Ezra Morse.
The cornerstone of the new home was laid July 24, 1927 and on the 17th of April 1928 the King's Daughter's Children's Home was dedicated, many pastors taking part in the services. Among this group were Rev. Edward Burgl, pastor of the Oak Avenue church, Rev. W.F. Rex of the Englis Lutheran Church, Rev. Irving A. Fox pastor of the First Baptist Church, and Dr. Ernest Wray O'Neal pastor of the First Methodist church who gave the dedicatory address.
Besides the pledges of money for building, many gifts were donated for the furnishing of the home, such as victrolas, dining room buffet, a piano, electric lamps, electric washer, hall clock, crocheted rugs, beds, quilts, draperies, etc. For nine years this home fourished under the superintendency of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mayer who looked after the physical as well as the spiritual needs of the children entrusted to their care and it was with much regret that the chilrens home saw them depart to take up similar work in Florida. [From the Freeport Journal, 14 April 1938]
LENA SCHOOL -- THE FIRST
While preparations are being made to construct a large addition to the Lena community high school building, citizens of this section have revived an interest in the history of schools which were built and attended by some of the early settlers of this community. Much of the present school building is being razed to make way for a new addition which is to be constructed with the aid of funds being dispensed at Washington under the public works administration program. Work has progressed rapidly on this project and now only the bare walls of the two lower stories on the east, south and west sides of the building remain standing.
In connection with the tearing down of portions of the old school building in which at least 1,700 boys and girls have received their education, and from which there have been more than 550 graduates, a history of the Lena schools from the time of the first log school house built in 1840 up to the present date is of interest. The facts have been gleaned from interviews with those citizens who have been residents of Lena for many years.
The first school house was a log structure built in 1840 by S. F. Dodds, grandfather of Mrs. Meda Schemerhorn, on his farm. This structure was left standing and forms a part of Miss Sarah Hudson's residence. Some of the logs can be seen along the stairway. As far as can be learned, no one is living here now, who studies 'readin', 'writin', and 'rithmetic' in the little log schoolhouse, which was one of the first in the county. Arthur Allen writes from Los Angeles, Calif., that he started to the little log school in 1847. Miss Maria Pickard was one of the teachers in that building.
A stone schoolhouse was constructed by S. J. Dodds a few rods south of the other one on the spot where Charles Rohde's rock garden and fish pond are now located. This was in the early fifties, about the time that Mr. Dodds laid out the village of Lena. It is interesting to not in this connection that one of the enactments in the laying out and selling of the lots stated that if liquor was ever sold on any of these lots, the property should go back to the Dodds' estate. Amanda Garman Jones, Maggie Seckler Crotzer, Mina Beckler Crotzer, of Pearl City; Meda and Nettie Schemerhorn, Frederica, Mary and ......... of others who are residing in Lena today, attended school in the first stone school house. Mrs. Alfred Jones says, "I came to Lena from Pennsylvania eighty years ago and started to school in the stone school house. I don't know how many pupils there were, but I know we were crowded. All the Lena children were there. I was nine years old. "Rev. Mr. Johnson, the Presbyterian minister, was my teacher. Later he was assisted by Miss Mathilda Allen. A Mr. House soon took Rev. Johnson's place. We outgrew this building in a little while, and an old, weather-beaten frame structure was brought from somewhere and placed between our school and the Methodist church, the oldest church building in Lena School was conducted in the church basement for part of the grades later, but I can't remember much about that.
We smarter ones were moved into the frame structure and James Goddard was our teacher. A Miss Blodgett soon afterwards became the teacher of the lower grades. Then we had fun. It wasn't long before notes were traveling back and forth, then Mr. Goddard would leave quite often, after telling us to be good and we would watch him go over to the other school house. He later was appointed principal of a new stone school erected on the south side of the village in the late fifties, the same building now operated as a poultry house by Lampert and Stahl. Miss Blodgett was chosen as his assistant there, and later they were married. Mrs. Jones says, "I graduated from the little frame school and then taught for seven terms, my first school being the Manney, about four miles north of Lena." N. B. Heth, who passed away in Lena a number of years ago, was one of the teachers at the south side stone school. Margaret Rhodes, for many years a citizen of Lena, was a teacher in the north side stone building.
The north side stone building was torn down by Robert Schemerhorn about forty years ago and the stone used by him for the foundation of his house, the one where Charles Rohde now resides Mrs. Crotzer says, "The schools were not graded much in those early days, the pupils chose their own subjects. Many of my school mates dropped out after going to the poultry house building for a while, because no plans were made for us to graduate or receive diplomas. Only a few of our class entered the large brick building on Mason street when it was completed in 1869. This building contained two basement rooms, four other grade school rooms and a large high school room. All of the pupils were moved into the new quarters, and all the space was needed, especially that for the great school. As a sidelight, Will Keifer's father, Christopher Keifer, did much of the mason work in the construction of the building now being taken down, and his son also a mason, is helping in removing the old building, and will help in the erection of the new high school. Mrs. Fred Uhe (nee Emma Bitts) of Charles City, Iowa, in recalling that memorable day in the year 1869, says,"We formed in line outside of the new building, and I was the first to enter."
The first superintendent was Nathan Ford. His assistant was a Miss Howell. They were later married. Mr. Ford passed away in Rockford some years ago, where he opened a music store after retiring from teaching. Mary Rust was the first primary teacher in the building of 1869. She afterwards married Dr. Cary, a practicing physician in Lena. One of Lena's residents starting to school in 1872 says, "I had two primary teachers, Lydia Farrell, and a Miss Kellogg. I can just recall a German parochial school held in Amity Lutheran church about 1872 and 1873. Sarah Grossman was the teacher. C. B. Shoesmith began school in 1873. Belle Fitzgerald, Sue Naramore, Charles Hayes and Clayton Hauser were some of his classmates. He recalls that Edward Wirick was his grammar school teacher, and Professor Fordyce, George Howell and Milton Naramore, were his high school instructors. Mrs. A. Jones has a picture of the school and grounds taken about 1880.
A picket fence is shown all around the grounds, which seem to be very pretty. Her son Bert Wire, then a lad of about fifteen years, is standing on the highest peak of the building. Speaking of the grounds, a high school student of about forty years ago relates: "The grounds at that time were beautiful, and rare trees were planted each Arbor day by the teachers and pupils. The first graduation class in 1872 consisted of three members: Mattie Boynton (Knudson), Ames, Ia.; Julia Pickard (Herrick) deceased; Maggie Seckler (Crotzer), of Lena. There were no more graduates until 1877, and then only one; Eva Blodgett (Noon), Sumner, Iowa. After two years, the class of 1879 was composed of four members: Matie Hall (Page) (Blackman), Boston, Mass.; Nellie Hall (Seise) deceased; W. J. McEathron, Omaha, Nebraska; M. O Naramore, Chicago. From 1879 on, there were graduates each year, only four or five at first, but gradually increasing in number. Since 1925, the classes have averaged about twenty. Lena high school became Lena community high school in 1828. At that time, the annex, just west of the main building was purchased to provide the necessary space. In the days just prior to the completion of the building now being rebuilt, it was found necessary to hold school in three buildings at.............. So it is at present. The first four grades are situated in the dining hall at the camp ground, grades five to eight are in the Catholic hall, and the high school grades in the Amity Lutheran church basement. Some of the classes are held in the annex. Everybody is looking forward to the completion of the fine new building early in the fall. [May 1934 clipping; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Manny (Gooseneck) School - Reunion 1939
Preparations are being made for the annual Manny school reunion, to be held on Sunday Sep 3, at the schoolhouse. All former teachers and students and the residents of the district, are invited to attend, enjoy the pot-luck dinner at noon and the fine program that has been arranged.
The records of Manny, (Gooseneck) school date as far bas as 1861. Names found on the poll books of that year are Abriel, Gunsaul, Abraham Weaver, Benjamin, Riskel, John A Van Epps, James B. Viele, Daniel Rice, James Dunn, Enoch Babcock, William Allen, Israel French, Thomas Fair, William Houser, Suther See, Gabriel Manny, Pels Manny, Jos. Van Epps, John Nunn, Thomas Nunn, Henry Porter, Robert Sisson, Isaac Swart, Solomon Stoner, John Shoemaker, Silas Oleson, Jos. Taylor, Albert Van Epps, C. Haverly Van Epps, Anthony Walkters, Hoffman Wilsey and Jacob Younger.
In 1872 the schoolhouse which stood about 1/4 mile south of the present school site, burned down. For a time school was held in what was known as the old Van Epps house, which stood between Charles Kahl farm and Fred Merkle's farm, until the new building was ready. In 1927 another new building was erected, with modern improvements and Miss Laura Neimeyer of Freeport had charge. Three of those first grade pupils, Betty Mae Schultz, Clara Timmerman and Betty Solace, were graduated from Lena High School in 1939.
Entering Lena high school as seniors this year from Manny school are Robert Schulz, Iva Albright and Raymond Stabenow. Miss Bonita Brandt, of Winslow is in charge of the Manny school for the year 1939-40 [The Freeport Journal Standard 25 August 1939]
Mrs. Uva Mays, Orangeville, retired last week at the close of school, after having taught for 31 years. Mrs. Mays attended Green County Teachers College two years and received her Bachelor's degree at Wisconsin State University, Platteville. She also had 22 hours toward her Master's degree. She taught four years in Green County and the past 27 years in the Orangeville School District, including Mount Pleasant School, Brush Creek School and the junior high school in Orangeville. Mrs. Mays says teaching is much harder work in this day and age than when she first started teaching. Her future plans are indefinite, but she enjoys reading and traveling. She would also like to start taking ceramics, and her daughter, Mrs. Darwin (Darlene) Morhardt of Lanark, has promised to teach her to knit. Mrs. Mays also has three grandsons. The Orangeville Education Association presented her with a sterling on crystal bud vase. The last day of school, the women faculty members and office personnel held a coffee and gave her a cosmetic case and a necklace. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1971 clipping]
McConnell's Grove School
List of children attending McConnell's Grove School: Lizzie Price, Mitty Dively, Lucy Dively, Rachel Shippy, Cora Furray, Frances Hawley, Katie Riess, Frank Hartsong, Myron Scott, Lee Barker, Dudley Shippy, Cornelius Shippy, Joseph Shippy, Luther Shippy, Elm. Stemm. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - June 12, 1879]
Mt. Hope School - Buckeye Township
Our school has been doing very well for the first month. The first week we did not have very many scholars, but they soon gathered in. Now we have twenty-six. Chas. H. Addams of Cedarville, teaches our school. He taught it last winter. We all like him very much. We have a very interesting school, and consider it about as well advanced as any country district school in this county. We all try to improve our time during school hours, studying and reciting lessons, and enjoying ourselves during intermission at playing ball and other innocent amusements. Among those who have not missed any days during this month are as follows: Ella Gingrich, Bertha Fager, Lydia Werner, Blanche Hutchison, and Edna Hutchison. We have not had many visitors so far, but hope the folks will come. We would try to make it pleasant for them. [A Little Girl - Undated Scrapbook Clipping]
Mount Hope Jottings
To The Editor - We were all glad to read the few lines in last week's paper stating the school was in a good, general prospering way. The attendance was very good all winter. Last Friday the school was small there being only seven pupils in attendance on account of rain and bad roads. There is but one of the pupils that have not missed a day all through the term, and it is Hutch Rutherford. The teacher is taking a very interesting part in teaching the girls how to write. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping]
Pleasant Hill School
District 4, Oneco Twp.
Pleasant Hill, District #4, is in Oneco Township, It is bordered on the north by the Wisconsin State line, on the east by Sylvan School Dist., and Eldorado to the west. The school building stood and still stands (now a residence) on the south east corner of a farm that was a land grant issued by President Polk on March 1, 1848. The farm was the Warren place, then Yarger, and about 1884 was purchased by Absalom Fahr (my grandfather). The first school building was destroyed by fire. It was called Red School. A Methodist Church was built adjacent to the school property on the south west corner of the Ben Barmore farm. A high board storm fence encircled this church area and served as a shelter for the horses on winter days as they stood blanketed and waiting for the worshipers. This fence, plus the old church building, made excellent hiding places for Run Sheep Run in later years. The church was built about 1888; the school was already there. The school room had a platform on which the teacher's desk was stationed. Back of this was a door that opened to the "library", a closet type place with several shelves for books. Two halls led to the outdoors, one for the boys and one for the girls. There small rooms were equipped with stalls for clothing and the dinner pails. A stove was the heating system, and there was no plumbing. The double desks were changed for nice, shiny singles about 1915. Lighting was inadequate, so the east wall was made a wall of windows. Later a basement was dug, the floor cemented, a furnace installed and plumbing, something not usually found in the one-room country school.
Jake Barmore was an early teacher, probably 1885 or '86; and Brooks Yarger a few years later. Spelling Bees between Eldorado and Pleasant Hill were enjoyable events. Both schools held box socials and many a romance was encouraged by the purchase of a beautifully decorated and well-filled box. Often the selling price was much higher than it's worth because somehow the secret was revealed as to who owned which box, and if the owner was a popular young lady, there was a conspiracy to prevent her boy friend from buying it. One teacher encouraged debates, and some very lively ones were held. Sometimes the parents were the debaters, and occasionally the debate carried over into the following week.
During World War I several of the children from pro-German families created a few problems and also tended to cause a violent wave of patriotism. The county Superintendent would visit once a year, and everyone, including the teacher, were on their best behavior. A school nurse visited too, checking of teeth and other health matters. Brushing of teeth was emphasized and tubes of Colgate were given. Occasionally the contents were eaten before the tube reached the home. The early school building served both as a school and a meeting house. The Dunkards held services one week and the Methodists the next. The people were of German, Yankee and Pennsylvania descent, sturdy, honest and dependable. They took their school seriously and tried to make it one of the county's better schools. [Written by Lola Fahr Wohlford of Hot Springs, Arkansas in January 1979; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Pleasant Prairie Alumni Present Play Here
Pleasant Prairie academy alumni association gave its first play in the life of the organization in the academy gymnasium Monday evening. Heretofore the association has sponsored banquets and picnics in conjunction with festivities at the end of each school year. Although weather conditions were uncertain, a capacity house filled the large auditorium. The play chosen was a royalty play and a comedy-farce entitled "Grandma Gets Going" by B. Butler. The cast was chosen from alumni members; the role of "Grandma" was played by Mabel Meyers Haan whose rendition smacked of professionalism, although Mrs. Meyers has only appeared in former academy class plays; "Grandpa" was played by Walter Fosha, who has always won much applause for his part in character roles both in academy and college plays; Esther Decknadel and Kenneth Greenfield, in the roles of mother and father truly presented conditions as found in some of the modern homes of today; their children, played by Arleen Bawinkel Hannah and Walter Kruse, and their friends, played by Marjorie Wessels, LeRoy Rademaker and George Hayunga, are young people dealing with problems of modern youth and all were excellent portrayals; Sarah Heeren played the role of a neighbor very well completing the cast. Much praise is due Miss Kathryn Kroesche who directed the cast. At the annual business meeting and election of officers, held in the SIlver Creek Reformed church parlors Tuesday evening, the following officers were elected: Glen Kilker, president; Mabel Meyers, vice-president; Pearl Manus, secretary; Arlene Ross, treasurer. Receipts from the play were $172.80. As our project for this year we have voted to buy a new power mower using the old motor which is still in good condition.
... Edna Aukes, retiring president [Contributed by Karen Fyock from an Undated Clipping]
Two rural school children in Stephenson County had perfect records for eight years, having been neither tardy of absent. They are Alvera Brick, Van Brocklin school and Bette Lou Diemer, Tammany School. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated clipping]
Third Ward School
The burning of the Third Ward school and looking at the ruins stirs the old memory box as I think back of the good old days in years 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892 and 1893, that I was then attending that school, then known as the "Bloody Third" on account of so many fights that were indulged in by the boys.
The teachers at that time were Miss Sara Barnes, Miss Eliza Murphy, Miss Emmerette Davis, Miss Lizzie Murphy, Miss Grace Hayes, and Miss Frances Darrah, Miss Frick was special German teacher. Prof. Trannah taught singing, Prof. C. C. Snyder was superintendent of schools, and I recall that Mr. Cochran was president of the board and used to visit school two or three times a year.
The old school was overcrowded so they built a frame annex that faced Liberty street, which contained two rooms that housed the seventh and eighth grades. When the old building was remodeled a number of years ago this frame building was removed. During recess, before and after school, we used to play in the Third Ward park. In those days there were no walks, no fountain, benches, flower gardens, etc.; it was just an open square with its scattered trees.
In summer the boys played baseball, while the fall games were the old fashioned football, which was played with a round rubber ball. Sides were chosen, there was no limit to the number of players; the object of the game was to kick the ball through to opponents goal. The goal lines were Williams street and Park avenue, as they were named then. Later in the season when the ground became frozen we played shinney, the boys using a tin can or square block of wood as an object to batter around. Many were the wonderful shinny sticks the boys possessed and we recall many a whack on the shins as the cry went forth "Shinney on your side!" Tonight as I sit smoking before the fireplace the faces of many of the boys who went to the Third Ward school and used to play in the park pass before my eyes. Some have passed to the great beyond, others are scattered over the world and many still live in Freeport.
Do you remember Lalon Hayes, Jimmy Meacham, Howard Kintzle, John Place, Walter (or "Pat") Place, Will Lichtenberger, "Dutch" Voight, John Smith, Art Flachtemeier, Fist Hillmer, Charley Best, Art Nuunamacher, Chas. Betts, Eddie Carroll, George Carroll, Billy Halen, Fred Koehler, George Loveland, Eugene Rohkar, Allie Cohn, John Henney, John Wright, Billy Walz, Al Clark, Billy Farley, Fred Lakemacher, Billy Hoebel, Matt and Bill Clancy, Tom Foley, Billy Keyes, Fred Palmer, Frank Bannerman, George and Walter Pfender, Frank Secker, Chas. Faerber, Edwin Walz, Art Herbig, Fred Bloom, John Schmich, Art Schmich, George Wilcoxon, Bert Dana, Lynn Griffith, ___Becker, Billy Frick, Frank Raubenheimer, Archie Timms, Chas and Alvin Pfeiffer, Billy Wagner, the Crissman brothers, John Dittman, Fred Burkhart, Albert Karcher, John Ritchie, Joe and Torrey Gund, Don and Chas. Courtney, Walter Erfert, Phillip Hoffman, Eddie Moore, "Hookey" Smith, "Sock" Baier, Fred Schilling, John and Andrew Tracy, Pat Kerrigan, Frank Putnam, Frank Plowman, Eddie Doerr, Billy and Malcom Ford, Bobby Brine, "Shine" Reed, Dan and Jerry Reardon, John Manion, Billy Bennethum, Walter Bookman, Jake and Arthur Boos, John Coyle, Billy Brandt, Eddie Arno, Ed Luettig, Dan and "Shaker" Brown, Charley Darrah, "Red" Deckler, Frank Clark, Lloyd Holmes, Ward McLees, Philip Murphy, Charles and Art Nieman, Billy Osborne, Fred Boedeker, Chas. Steffen, Ed Strohacker, John Toelle, Frank Wetzell, Eddie and Al Emrich, Billy Kasten.
I wonder where they all are and what they are doing. Can the girls of those days remember who they played "Jackstones" and skipped the rope with? [Freeport Journal Standard Dec. 9, 1926; Submitted by Karen Fyock - Third Ward Graduate)
White School House
The White school house site, located at the southwest corner of W. Stephenson street and S. Globe ave, was sold Saturday by school trustees to H. W. Johnson, head of the Johnson High Test Oil company of this city. The property was bid in by Mr. Johnson at $4,750. His was the only bid. Mr. Johnson stated today that the property would be used for residence purposes. He plans to build a home for himself on the site but will probably not erect it until next year. Mr. Johnson's statement dispelled the rumors that the property would be used for the erection of an oil filling station. The deed will be consummated this week and it will be stipulated that the property is to be used for residence purposes only. Of the money received from the sale $3000 will be paid by the board to Michael Haren for the property which the board is buying from Mr. Haren as a site for a new school in that section of the city, This was voted at a special election held several weeks ago. There's an interesting history connected with the White school house that is recalled by some of the pupils who received their first instruction at this school, now one of the city's most desirable residential sections, but at that time strictly a country school. The White school house was built in 1854 and Albert Hart was the first teacher, He was followed by Mr. Lumbard, Mary Watson, Alice Babcock and many others. Mrs. Thomas Best (Mary VanDyke) who passed away this winter, was one of the early teachers. Three of the pupils of those early days, Mrs. Clinton Furry (Alma Pope), W. Clark street; Mrs. Richard D. Dirksen ( Elizabeth Watson), Prospect Terrace; Mrs. Ella Middlekauff (Ella Witter), are living in this city. Members of the Pope, Watson, VanDyke, Schofield families were numbered among the first pupils enrolled, and the late Rev. Thomas Sweet, Methodist minister, attended as a boy. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - April 4, 1931 clipping]
A Stephenson county land mark, the "little White school house," on a small tract of land at the southeast (?)corner of West Stephenson st. and Globe ave., is soon to disappear. Used as a school site for more than 50 years, but abandoned 15 years ago when the city grew around it and its pupils were transferred to city schools, the tiny school building has remained unoccupied while succeeding boards debated over and over what disposition should be made of it. Recently the matter of utilizing the place as the location for a new school building was voted on, but patrons of the district decided on another site and approved its sale for other purposes. Saturday afternoon it was sold to Harry W. Johnson, head of an oil company, for $4,750. The new owner will build a residence on it next year, he indicated. [Contributed by Karen Fyock; 1931 clipping]
Cedarville: The village schools are open with Mrs. J. G. Hahn, principal; Miss Laura Hahn, intermediate, and Mrs. George Springman, Mrs. James Nafe, janitor. How is that for woman's suffrage - it's all right. [September 12, 1892 clipping - Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Cedarville: The school board have engaged the following teachers for the school year commencing Sept. 4: Prof E. F. Smith, principal; Miss Laura Hahn, intermediate; Mrs. Blanche Springman, primary. [unknown newspaper, 19 July 1893 - Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Harvey Nafe is teaching the Fairview school in Waddams township. [Unknown newspaper, 16 November 1898 - contributed by Karen Fyock]
Attending Dad's Day Saturday at Normal where their children are students at the State Teachers College were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Groesinger, whose daughter Darla is a sophomore; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Mitchell whose son Douglas is a freshman and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Croffoot whose daughter, Jill is a freshman. Others attending were Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Wick and daughter Valerie and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Piefer. [The Stephenson Farmer 19 October 1961 Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Winners of the literary contest held Friday night were Fay Gillenwaters first in oration; Esther Olthoff first in dramatic declamations; Elaine Gassman first in humorous declamations; Mildred Boop first in vocal; Mary Louise Schroer won in verse reading with no competition. These students will represent Pearl City in the county contest at Dakota on March 29. [Freeport Journal-Standard, 05 March 1940]
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