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THE ONE ROOM SCHOOLS OF MONROE COUNTY, OHIO – 1808 - 1957

 

 

HISTORY SUNSBURY TWP. KINDERGARTEN

--Elsa (Crooks) Harper

 

Perhaps the most exciting and challenging experience of my thirty-seven year teaching career was helping to organize and plan the first Kindergarten in the Beallsville School under the supervision of Mr. Henry Prichard, then Superintendent of Beallsville School.

It was during the summer vacation. I was approached by Mr. Prichard and asked if I would help formulate, organize and teach a class of this type at the opening of the next school year.   I was thrilled beyond words, and accepted without hesitation.

This was at the time the new town of Wilson came into being and Mr. Prichard had sensed the need for a program of this sort in this fast-growing community, which had come as a result of the location of the new industry along the river.

During the ensuing weeks, I started making plans. I spent many hours in surrounding libraries, reading every book available related to this field of education. I also signed up for some correspondence courses to broaden my knowledge in preparation for the coming year. I had many consultations with Mr. Prichard where we discussed evolving plans and made selections of materials.

Finally, in September of the school year of 1957-58 the doors to the first Kindergarten in Beallsville, as well as the first in Monroe County, were open. I don't know who was more excited on that day - the children, Mr. Prichard, or I.  There were twenty-one five year olds who were escorted to the doors with their mothers. Some came tripping gaily in, while the shy ones held on to their mother's hand.

I must admit - I was a very nervous teacher that morning as I greeted each one with a smile, took a little hand into mine and led them about the room showing them all the interesting things therein. Their little faces soon lit up with eagerness and anticipation. Each time a tear formed in my eye and a lump formed in my throat, for I was so happy.

Since the families in Wilson came from various sections of the United States, and one little girl had lived in South America, we had children with various cultural backgrounds, and experiences which made for varied related classroom experiences.

We would take imaginary trips to some far-away town where these children had been. Our own community children came from our mining and agricultural area which was a fascinating world to those from far-away areas. The little girl from South America stimulated thought and further discussion within the class.

The "show and tell" time brought us a world of material from the country all about us. We learned mannerisms, expressions, and a few Spanish words from our South American country.

The parents of the entire community were without a doubt the greatest. Our budget for this project was not too great, but what these wonderful parents contributed in the way of games, dolls, furniture, dress-ups, etc., made up for everything.  They helped with parties held at holiday time and gave of their time, also.

So, I must say, this venture proved a genuine success, and was to me the most rewarding I ever had.

 

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SUNSBURY TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS IN MONROE COIINTY, OHIO

 

Our beloved County was once known as the "dark hills of old Monroe." This is not true today. We like to think of it as a country of a thousand hills and a thousand dales, beautiful beyond words. It was formed from parts of Belmont, Guernsey and Washington Counties on Jan. 29, 1813. It was named for James Monroe who was President of the United States of America from 1817 to 1825.

People from Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland came through an unbroken wilderness to make their home here. They came to this section because of the cheap virgin soil, rich hunting grounds, an abundance of timber with which to construct sturdy homes, and with the strong desire to live under the Northwest Territory Laws.

The Ordinance of 1787 contained these four provisions:

1. Slavery prohibited

2. Schools encouraged

3. Freedom of worship

4. A Bill of Rights granting civil Liberty to the Citizens

 

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It was no wonder that our Forefathers came here to make their homes. Most of us are justly proud of our heritage. The County's first settlement was near the mouth of Sunfish Creek about 1799. Later three other small settlements were made.  The first was made near the present town of Beallsville in 1812. The first cabin was built by John Linn and Abner Barrert.  The first child born here was Joshua Barrett, son of Abner and Anna Barrett.

The first Election was held on John Linn's farm about one mile west of Beallsville in 1819 or 1820. It was told that 11 votes were cast at that time.

Sunsbury Township was organized on June 24, 1819. It contained 28¼ sections.  This land lies on the high ridge dividing the waters of Captina Creek on the North and those of Sunfish Creek on the South. The summit of this broad ridge is smooth and comparatively level. The southern slope is roughened by the tributaries to Sunfish Creek. These small streams have

made many deep and rocky channels down over the hillsides.

Remembering to keep this beautiful setting in mind it's time to turn the attention toward the education of the children and young people of the long ago and those of the here and now who call Sunsbury Township their home.

In early times subscription schools were very common. The parents paid one dollar per scholar for a term of three months. The teacher boarded with the families for the length of time warranted by the number of scholars from that particular family.

The story is told that a teacher had to sign an agreement to treat his pupils at Christmas or New Years time. If he refused, he was barred from the schoolroom. If he were the first to arrive they would smoke him out by climbing up on the roof and covering the chimney. If he still refused they would duck him in the creek. Needless to say the teacher usually treated and in addition to that he gave the children a half day holiday in which to play games of their own choosing.

The first school in the Township was a subscription school with a Mr. Rogers serving as its teacher. It was about one mile south of Beallsville and boasted an enrollment of eight scholars. All early schools were small one-room buildings and were for the instruction of limited grade subjects, only.

The first public school that was taught in Sunsbury Township was started in 1837. It stood on ground donated for that purpose by Israel D. Riley. In later years the Dextar schoolhouse was built on the same site. The first teacher was Samuel Lemley.

By the by more public schools came into being, namely; Labelle. Trembly. Beallsville. McDougal. Oak Grove. Ohio Valley. Ozark, Paine and Ringgold. According to Caldwell's "Atlas of Monroe County" published at Mt. Vernon, Ohio in 1898, all the schools went by number instead of names. No-l was located on the G. W. Griffith farm between Jerusalem and Beallsville.  No. 2 on the H.R. Watson farm near Ozark. No. 3 at Beallsville (?). No· 4 on the Sarah A. Trembly farm. No. 5 on the Ebenezer Taylor farm. No. 6 on the H. Smith farm. No. 7 on the John Headley farm. No. 8 on the N. A. Hayward farm. It should be noted that they were all placed within walking distance of the children's homes for which they served.

Later these numbers gave way for the definite names by which they were known.  A brief history of each will be given here.

 

Labelle - located close to the present Arley Johnson home.  Rev. Richard Perkins' mother, Lena Taylor Perkins, went to school there as did her seven brothers. Two of them became teachers, namely Emmett and Everett Taylor.

Vernon Hayward was once a teacher there as were Mont Rush, Al and Ferd McDougal.

 

Dexter - Located at the start of Atkinson Run. Carlos Mellott and family built a new house on this site and are presently living there. Some of the teachers were Josie Hayward, Alberta Price, Ray and Mel Morris.  Rev. Richard Perkins spent his first grade year there. Hattie Phillips went to this school also.  The building was offered for sale by the Board of Education to the highest bidder in 1934.

 

McDougal - Situated near the home of Ferd McDougal. He together with Arthur Willison, Herman Bach, Melba Carpenter, Isie Riley, Mabel Harper and Herman Paine served as teachers there, also Vernon and Sarah Jeffers.  Herman Paine initiated the first hot lunch program at McDougal School to be found in Monroe County. This was in

1938. This school was closed in 1945.

 

Oak Grove - A Griffith family lived nearby this school. Located between Ozark and Beallsville.  Quoting from "The Voice" December 1896 we get some idea of who attended this school. "Month ending Nov. 7, 1896: pupils enrolled, 21; average daily attendance, 17; pupils absent but one day, 3; visitors, 2; those perfect in attendance: Sallie Carle, Elta V. Hutchison, Charles Keesor, Roscoe W. Keesor, Merle Hutchison, Chester H. Gibbons, Vernon Sumption and Walter Carle. Katie Arnold, teacher. It closed in 1914 with Mrs. Josie Hayward as teacher that year.

 

Ohio Valley - Once located on Brock Ridge on the Charlie Book farm. It was moved from that place to a site near the Grange Hall on the Russell Carle farm. The building was too wide to go through the gates so fence, had to be laid down in its path as it journeyed through the fields to its new home.

 

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Howard Blattler and Alice Milligan were two of the teachers at this school. Homer and Billy Rucker were students there.

After its closing Russell and Wanda Roberts Weekly fashioned it into a home for themselves. It still stands at the Junction

of Route 556 and Clover Ridge.

 

Ozark - Located on the Forrest Eberle farm. Earlier it had been known as the Roy Watson place.

At first it was a two-room frame building but became a one room school in 1934. Many years ago it was the meeting place for the members of the Ozark Church of Christ.

Some of the teachers were Susie Bruin, Cleo Menkel, Mel Morris and Clyde Watson.

 

Paine - Located between Jerusalem and Ozark on the Billy Paine farm near Adair Station. A new building was erected but it was not used too many years. Herman and Harold Bach also Clyde Watson were teachers there.

When it closed the pupils were given a choice of attending either Jerusalem or Beallsville Schools.

C. W. Paine purchased the schoolhouse in the spring of 1938. E. W. and Henry Christman bought the acre of ground upon

which it stood.

 

Trembly - Located on Trembly Ridge west of Beallsville. C. W. Fraley lived there for many years. Some of the teachers were Josie Hayward, Susie Bruin, Dale Odin, Ferd McDougal, Herman Bach and Bessie Rutter.

According to "Backward Glances" of 1922 these pupils were enrolled: Arnold Cross, Ermel Cross, Harlen Mellott, Frederick and Freda Glatzer, twins, Maggie Smith, Opal, Robert, Etta Mae and Annie McElroy, Lizzie and Lissie Mobley, twins, Effie Crouse and Nettle Morris: C. F. McDougal was the teacher.

The school closed in the spring of 1939 due to lack of State Aid Funds. The building was wrecked and the lumber was

used in the construction of the Vo-Ag building in Beallsville.

 

Ringgold - Located on the N.A. Hayward farm on Headley Ridge. Mrs. Blattler told me that Howard was teaching there when they were married. She also said they could soon celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Some other teachers were Ferd McDougal, Harold Turner, Lissie (?) Mobley, Emmett Taylor. Stella Pugh and Martha Adair.

Closed on Aug. 17, 1934 and the pupils were transported to Beallsville that autumn. Lumber from the razed building was used in the construction of the Farm Shop in 1939.

Mrs. Katie Decker attended literary and cake walks at the old Ringgold schoolhouse.

 

Jerusalem - It should have brief mention here because the eastern part of the village lies in Sunsbury Township.

The first one room building was located on the old Jesse Peterman farm; the second was made into a home now occupied by Richard Fluharty and family; the third was a four room two story structure; and the fourth was a three room, hall, and laboratory schoolhouse.  It was built in the summer of 1920. At the present time it serves as a Community and Recreation Center.

At first Jerusalem existed as a rural school; then as a three teacher grade school; next with two added years of High School instruction. This was followed by three years of High School for a few terms. Upon its closing the High School students were transported to Sunsbury Rural High School.

In 1956 the 7th and 8th Grades were bussed to Beallsville and in 1958 the Elementary pupils became a part of the Beallsville Grade School.

 

Beallsville - At first the buildings were small and for Elementary children only. Soon after the ending of the Civil War a large two-story brick building was constructed in the town. It included rooms for High School instruction and a Charter was granted to them in 1895.

A summer Normal School was held there for a few terms. Among the would-be teachers attending these sessions were Margaret Schumacher Riesbeck, Susannah Bruin and James A.Moore. Sr. 

Quoting the Beallsville School Statistics for the year ending on Aug. 31. 1881 we learn:

 

Amount of Money received

$ 1,420.00

Paid to Primary Teachers

290.00

Paid to High School Teachers

450.00

Value of School Property

2.500.00

Number of Primary Teachers, ladies    

2

Number of High School teachers, gentlemen

1

Number of School Buildings          

1

Number of Rooms                

3

Average wages of lady teachers per month

19.00

Average wager of gentlemen teachers per month

56.00

Number of pupils enrolled

151

 

 

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Over a period of time advancement was made from a Third to a First Grade High School. In 1935 they applied to the State Board for permission to operate a Junior High School. It was known as the 6-6 plan.

Additions were made to the present building in the years of 1928, 1956, 1965 and 1967.

Some highlights showing the educational progression of the Beallsville Schools through the years are -

1. 1935 Board of Ed. applied to State for 9 months term.

2. 1937 Name changed from Sunsbury Rural to Beallsville Village Board of Education.

3. 1945-46 Miss Gertrude Watson hired as Hot Lunch Manager.

4. 1946 - Adams Township hired Everett Henthorn to transport their children to Beallsville.

5. 1954 Driver Education Training started.

6. 1957 Primary Grades moved from the Old Grade Building to the High School.

7. 1959 Lane Building sold to Carl Kinzy.

8. Beallsville Board accepted the Washington Local School from Belmont County Board of Education.

9. 1962 Bookmobile visits from the State Library Service Center were accepted.

10. 1965 Operation Head Start came into use.

11. 1965 Golf instruction initiated.

12. Grade School Building sold.

13. 1966 Teacher Aides employed.

14. ? Became a member of the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

 

These innovations came under the guidance of County Superintendents Ed C. Feioch, John Nelson, E. G. Nelson, J. C. Christy, F. L. Pollock, Samuel H. Dillon. Dr. Donald Cobb, Delvin Devore. Henry Prichard and other able men.

Some Principals who gave unstingily of  their talents and time were such educators as Harold Nichols. John Castilow, Henry Prichard, Fred Abel, James Campbell, Frank Dumas, Edward Shephard, Clarence Massey, William Workman, Ross Pugh, Dr. Charles Johnson, Myron Harmon. Harry Straight. Timothy Haught and Larry Reich.

Among the students who have gone out from Sunsbury Township Schools may he found lawyers, doctors, educators, ministers, missionaries, Congressmen, merchants and many others who have ranked highly in their chosen professions.

As of today Beallsville serves as the Hub of the educational wheel which serves a large Switzerland of Ohio School District. It includes northern Monroe County and several Belmont County Townships. Without these vital spokes of the wheel - namely the former small rural schools and Beallsville's own colossal efforts - it would have been very difficult for Sunsbury Township to have been able to offer the wonderful educational opportunities of this present day and time.

 

Sponsored by the Monroe County Retired Teachers Association in conjunction with the BiCentennial Celebration of 1976.

 

In compiling the materials for this paper, I am indebted to Viola (Gertler) Simeral, Josie Hayward, Gertrude Watson, Sarah Jeffers, Hazel Rucker. Katie Decker, Gladys Fair, Hattie Phillips, Elsa Harper. Alberta VanDyne. Sarah Gibson. Gladys Smith, Lola Tremblay, County Supt. Delvin Devore and members of his office staff, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Blattler, Myrta Baker, Roy Mercer, Richard Perkins, and last, but not least, Mrs. Leonard Green, who served as typist for me.  Everyone gave their help so willingly, even mentioning others who might be able to help in research.

I am indeed grateful to each one of you.  If I have omitted anyone's name, I am truly sorry.

 

Elizabeth (Moore) Thomas

Date -January 14, 1976

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SWITZER TOWNSHIP

 

Blum School - was located on Boltz Ridge now County Road 37 about four miles from Clarington on ground now owned by Charles Gasser. This school was closed in 1923 and the building purchased and torn down by Wesley McDougal of Clarington.

 

Jenni School - was located on Janni Ridge now County Road 81 on ground now owned by Olive Nippert. This school closed in 1944 and the building purchased by Paul Zink. The last teacher there was F. D. Mallett.

 

St. Johns - located on the hill above St. Johns United Church of Christ was closed in 1951. The last teacher there was F. D Mallett. Carl Bigler bought the building in 1952 and Jack Hammond now owns the land on which it once stood. This site can be reached by taking County Road 25.

 

Mt Vernon - still stands. It is now used as a voting place for Switzer Township residents and a township hall. It was purchased by the township trustees in 1952 for the rum of $200.00. The Dry Ridge Road intersects with State Route 556 at the point where this building stands.

 

Ohio Valley - was about five miles from Beallsville on State Route 556 and closed in 1940 with Lucille Gasser being the last teacher there. Russel Weekly bought the building and converted it into a dwelling. Gary Baumberger now lives in the

house from which was once Ohio Valley School. Delmas Moore now owns the land on which it stood.

 

Centenniel - was one of the first to close with the elimination of the one room schools in Switzer Township. This was

about 1919. Bert Fraley and Fred Knuchel bought the building. The land is now owned by Bert Fraley, and can be reached by taking Township Road 200.

 

Blair Run - a few hundred yards off of State Route 7 about four miles north of Clarington closed in 1941 with Fred Pfalzgraf being the last teacher there. The ground is now owned by the State of Ohio.

 

North Pole - stood on Township Road 207 and closed in 1923. The last teacher there was Edna Helbling. Andy Krock purchased the building in 1937. Paul Lehman now owns the land on which it once stood.

 

Zonker - on County Road 64 closed in 1930 with Lucille Gasser as the last teacher. Julius S. Tauffer now owns the land on which it stood and Fred Pfalzgraf purchased the building. For many years two building stood here. One housed the lower grader and one the upper, however, about 1900 or in the early 1900', one building was removed.

 

Grandview - on Blattler Ridge closed in 1947 with Howard Blattler being the last teacher there. The building was sold to Sterling Gates in 1950 and Walter Rine now owns the land. County Road 38 passes the spot on which it stood. In addition to being used a, a schoolhouse it was also used as a church with services being held regularly by the Methodist minister from the Bethel-Zion Circuit conducting the services.

 

Switzer - on County Road 25 served as both an elementary and a high school. The ground on which it stood was purchased from John Kaiser for $5.00 and the building was erected and served as an elementary school until 1922 with William Miller as the last teacher while it served in an elementary capacity. In the fall of 1922 it became a 3 year high school with J. C. Christy as teacher. It ceased operation as a high school in 1929 with Percell Mallett as the last teacher. The township trustees purchased the building from the board of education in 1938 for $100.00 and used it to house road maintenance equipment until the spring of 1975 when the building was sold to Fred Smith. The new building directly across the road replaces this garage and storage house. The land on which it stood is still owned by the township trustees.

 

Written by Lerter C. Lehman

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THE FORMER SCHOOLS OF WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (MONROE COUNTY)

 

Before the turn of the century, Washington Township, Monroe County, was divided into approximately thirteen districts, each one having a one-room elementary school. The first were constructed of logs with fireplaces for heating. Later these buildings were constructed of stone and wood. We still have one stone school house standing of which we shall speak later on. (Byers).

Most of these buildings were furnished with "pot bellied'' stoves which used coal for fuel. Each fall the teacher was furnished with a coal bucket, a broom and a box of chalk.

A teacher was chosen who had a strong right arm for these schools, because the pupils often ranged from mere children to adults.

These schools often had an enrollment of forty and fifty pupils and more. All grades were taught in one room. Pupils walked to school as busses were unheard of. Of course, no hot lunches were served and pupils carried lunch pails.

The morning and afternoon periods were broken by a fifteen minute recess or more in which time, pupils and teacher played upon the playground together.

While these schools may not be looked upon by today's standards as excellent, yet they filled the need for the times, and much excellent education was obtained. Many of our teachers, yet living attended one of these schools, taught in them and have happy memories of those days.

 

Way, Byers and Low Gap Schools -- Of all these buildings, only a few still stand. Way School near Whitacre's store is in excellent condition. The only remaining stone school house still standing (there were two) is Byers on State Route 26 near Graysville, Ohio. The other stone school house was Low Gap which was torn down. It was located near the Low Gap church on State Route 26

near Rinard Mills, Ohio. The only other remaining wooden building other than Way is the Mann located on Greenbrier Road east of Graysville. The building is in bad need of repair.

 

Number one, or Merrill's Ridge was located on the ridge west of Rinard Mills. The first building burned and was replaced by a second across the road which has since been converted to a dwelling.

 

The Haney school was originally located at the top of Haney Hill south of Whitacre's store. A new building approximately one-half mile south replaced this one. It no longer stands.

 

The Hubbard school was located between Pleasant Ridge church and Rias Run.

 

Beech Grove or Straightfork was located on Straight Fork Road west of Graysville, Ohio.

 

Summit Hall was located on the hilltop west of State Route 26 near Rinard Mills.

 

The Bell School was located on the hilltop east of Knowlton Covered Bridge off State Route 26.

 

Oak Dale School was located southeast of Whitacre's store on a township road. It has since fallen in.

 

Harmon Ridge was located on Harmon Ridge east of Graysville, Ohio.

 

Thompson Ridge was located on Kinney Ridge Road east of Graysville. The original building stood on the side hill above the Foreaker farm near Muskingum Creek. Later the building was moved farther west toward Graysville. This building was demolished and a new one constructed on Kinney Ridge Road toward Graysville.

 

Washington Township had two, two-room structures: Graysville, which has been replaced by Graysville Elementary School and Rinard Mills, which is now occupied by Rinard Mills church.

Written by: Glenn Piatt and Harold Kinney

 

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WAYNE TOWNSHIP

By D. E. Highman

 

In the beginning the territory of Wayne Township was divided into six districts for educational purposes, one school in each district, one teacher for each school in each district, and the children of each district were assigned to the school in the district. About the beginning of the twentieth century (1900 to 1910) eight one room schools were built and a township board of education was created to govern the schools. This board consisted of three members and a clerk.

 

Dougherty School

The Dougherty School was built on land obtained from the farm of Edward Dougherty and the name Dougherty School was probably derived from the many families of the name who lived in the nearby vicinity. It was located about 350 feet east of Stats Route 26 approximately 6 miles south of Woodsfield on a lane leading back to the farm of S. W. Steed. Some of the teachers who taught there were Garfield Dougherty. Oliver Dougherty, Daniel Wire Dougherty, A. E. Cline, Lawrence Litten, Violet Scarbarough, Jay R. Highman, D. E. Highman, and Chauncy Umpleby.  No information is available as to what happened to the building.

 

Willison Run School

The Willison Run School was located about five miles south of Woodsfield on Township Road 102 Willison Run. It is about .4 mile northwest of State Route 26. The land on which the schoolhouse was built was formerly owned by Barney Dougherty or his son Steven Dougherty. I. F. Shafer is the present owner of the land. When the school closed in the 1930's the building was bought by Lloyd King and the lumber was used to build his home on Route 26. Some of the teachers who taught there were: A. E. Cline, lona McMullen. Louise Martin, Lila Rinard, John Shafer, Paul Dougherty, Mrs. E. G. Nelson, Lawrence Litten, I. F. Shafer, Marguerite Suittor, D. E. Highman, and John Paulus. The school closed after the Wayne Consolidated School was built in the latter part of the 1930's.

 

Walnut Hill School

The Walnut Hill School was located about .8 mile from Moose Ridge County Road 45. The land was formerly owned by John Moose. When the building was no longer used it was purchased by Whet Shafer who later sold it to Merle Coss.  The lumber was used to build the home in which Mr. Coss now resides on Conner Ridge. Harry Bright owns the land on which the building once stood. A beautiful large maple tree now stands in a·meadow beside the road where the school house stood. The only teachers I can recall who taught here were Iona McMullen and Taylor Strickling.

 

Edwina School

The Edwina School was located about ¼ mile from Richfork Road leading in a northerly direction from Richfork to Moose Ridge. The old schoolhouse is still standing and was remodeled into a dwelling and is now occupied. The building is now owned by Anne Scully. When the building was built the land was owned by Hattie Dougherty, the wife of Edward Dougherty. Some of the teachers who taught here were: A. E. Cline, I. F. Shafer; Hendershot. Jay Highman and D. E. Highman.

 

Morris School

The Morris School was located about 600 feet from Richfork Co. Road 17 on the Smith Hill which is Township Road 662 leading up to County Road 77 on Barber Ridge.  Nothing remains at the old location except the casing where the water well stood. The location is almost hidden by trees. I cannot say what happened to the building. Some of the teachers who taught at the Morris School were: Lena Kestner, May Nash, Hayden Dillon, Melissa Orange Smith, Walter DeVoe, I. F. Shafer, and John Paulus. The land on which the school was built was obtained from El Cronin. Today the land is owned by Nova Christman. The building was purchased by Barney Bott and used for building material.

 

Huffman School

The Huffman School is located on County Road 17 known as Richfork. This is in the northwest part of the township. The building is located about 100 feet from County Road 17 on the right side of the road going west. The building is being used by the farm owner, Terra Vickers, as a storage place for hay. The land or farm on which the building was built was formerly owned by Lewis Stowe. Some of the teachers who taught at Huffman were: Melissa Orange Smith, A. E. Cline, Ray Coss, and Charlie Smith.

 

 

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Hartshorn Ridge School

The Hartshorn Ridge School was located about 3 miles west of State Route 26 on County Road 12 on the left ride of the road going west. The old building was torn down and used by Clifford Hines to build a chicken house. The land was formerly owned by John Hartshorn and today is owned by Eugene Hartshorn. The Hartshorn School was used for several years as a center for the Hartshorn Garage. Teachers who taught there were: Clifford Mobberly, G. N. Devore, Jay R. Highman, and D. E. Highman.

 

Oden Ridge School

The Oden Ridge School was located on County Road 48 approximately 1½ miles west of State Route 26 on Conner Ridge.

It was located on the left ride of the road going west. The land was formerly owned by G. W. Drake and now by G. N. Devore.  When the school was closed due to consolidation, the building was purchased by John Suittor and was used to build the home where Arthur Kinney now lives.

 

MEMORABILIA

 

Going back to the period prior to the one I am now writing about - -During the school year 1900-1901 my wife's aunt, Hazel Kessor, showed my wife and I a souvenir presented to her by her teacher. N. E. Oden. It contained the names of the school board members and the names of the scholars of Oden School at that time. I am copying a sample of this souvenir

so that you may read it - - -

 

Some of the teachers of Oden School were: A. E. Cline, Bethel Scarborough, I. F. Shafer, Jay R. Highman, Lawrence Litten, G. N. Devore, Violet Scarborough, and D. E. Highman.

 

Souvenir

 

Oden School

 

School District No. 3

 

 

Wayne Township

 

Monroe County

 

Ohio

 

 

1900 – 1901

 

 

 

Presented by

 

 

 

N. E. Oden, teacher

 

 

School Board

 

Joseph Oden

 

 

 

 

 

James Highman

 

 

 

 

 

James Lowe

 

 

 

 

Scholars:

Clark Cronin

Loney Highman

Clifton Highman

Otto Highman

Oscar Highman

Jacob Highman

Knox Highman

Harry Highman

Bethel Scarborough

Davy Williams

Delbert Highman

Sylvester Highman

Blaine Drake

Billy Williams

Hazel Keeser

Edna Highman

Ivy Drake

Mary Keller

Stella Cronin

Ethel Keller

Grace Drake

Alta Highman

Hazel Williams

Catherine Drake

Serepta Williams

Rush Williams

Nora Williams

Olive Williams

Gussie Lowe

Anna Lowe

Mary Highman

Inez Highman

Ida Lowe

Hazel Lowe

Blanche Cronin

Loney Highman

 

Written by D. E. Highman

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LEE TOWNSHIP

Ridgeville School 1897

 

 

Wealth

The Eighth Grade Graduate

I own so much, I'm so very rich,

Horizon to horizon is my special niche.

I own the glitter of ice, the crunch of snow,

Sun-sparked icicles dripping tears below,

Morning mist lingering over the hills,

Water laughing merrily in the rills,

The sun glinting on a spider condominium,

White clouds, blue skies, bluer delphinium.

The distance colorfully purpled and blued,

Daffodils and violets evening dewed,

Fluttering butterflies and windblown petals,

The smell of applebutter in big black kettles,

Teasing wind fragrant with spicy treasures,

How I enjoy those God-given pleasures!

Friendships and family, starlit heavens above,

But the greatest wealth I possess

Is the gift of God's love!

 

Dreaming in the schoolroom I wonder

What unknown fate, dew-pearled

Will carry me into the world

My hopes and dreams unfurled.

 

The windows, protective and restrictive,

Seem to mist with memories

Of secrets shared, and prophecies,

Poignant pain and ecstasies.

 

Has the discipline of guided learning,

Bringing glimmers of life's spring

And hopes for the beckoning future,

Shaped me to be subject or king?

 

As my image appears in the window,

I wonder what I really am.

Will my life just be empty promises,

Or can I fulfill my dreams for man?

 

by Virginia Stahl

by Virginia Stahl

 

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HANSON SCHOOL

Submitted by Dorothy (Miracle) Willison, Teacher

 

 

 

SWAZEY SCHOOL

Submitted by Esther (Miracle) Thompson

 

 

 

KNOB SCHOOL

Submitted by Miss Mary Baker

 

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[Transcriber’s Note: The above crest decorated the back of this book titled: “The One Room Schools of Monroe County – 1808 – 1957”   Text within the book indicates that the occasion for this book prepared by the ‘Retired Teachers’ Association was the Bicentennial of the U.S. Declaration of Independence]

 

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