Pella Chronicle

Days Gone By

February 11, 2011

Looking back at the one room school

Pella — The Newbern school district is tucked into the far southwest corner of Marion County.  The last building that served as a school was converted into a house.  The building was moved north to 1056 80th Ave., Knoxville.

At the request of Ransome Davis, Newbern was surveyed on Sept. 9, 1861. The town was named by Mr. Davis from a town In Indiana by the same name (Pioneers of Marion County by Wm. M Donnel)

In April 1874 the Knoxville Journal reported that a  normal school opened last week and scholars seemed interested. (normal school was an instructional school for persons desiring to become teachers.)

On Nov. 28, 1888 the Newbern correspondent wrote,  “Our school teacher was tardy last Monday morning.”  (Doesn’t that make a reader wonder why?)

In  February 1889 we learned that  Miss Rodgers met with an accident coasting which disabled her for two weeks.

In the spring of 1892 the correspondent observed that there is some talk of building a new school house as the present one is in a total wreck.”

According to the Sept. 15, 1900 issue of the Journal,  “Mr. V. M. Beardon while going to his school was thrown from his horse and badly hurt and not able to assume his school duties on Monday.  His sister Anna taught in his place.”

Mary Maitre sent me the following information from the Dallas-Melcher History 1855-1982:  Pupils in the term ending Feb. 22, 1907 were Pearl Hancock; Hazel, Johnie, Ferne, Clyde and Noah Bonebrake; Amy Norris; Harold Hunnerdosse; Ora and  Osa Rose, Ruth Victor; Carrie, Glenn, and Blanche Gardener; Elsie, Mildred and Charlie Sargent; Bertha Inbody; Lester Riggs; and  Edna Mae Victor. (Some of these children are probably in the 1905 picture above)

During the Depression years it was impossible for some children to go on to high                                                                                                                                   school when they finished the eighth grade so they returned to the Newbern School for another year rather than drop out of school.  

Bob Colbert who was employed by The Chronicle a few years ago told me than when he attended school at Newbern the students helped prepare the noon meal, learning such skills as peeling potatoes.

Teachers included  Miss Ella Howard 1873, W. A. Graves, Ed Mathena 1886,  David Hodson, Miss Dickey 1887, Miss Mary Rogers 1888, Cora McCorkle 1889, J. H. Curtis  1890,  Mr. Curtis, Miss Mary Wilson 1891, Miss Eva Gardner 1892, W. N. Groves  1893, Miss Rosella Riggs 1894, Mrs. Emma Bearden 1895, Emma Bearden, Lora Morrow, V. M Bearden 1896, Albert Crosby 1897, E. P. Brightwell, Kate E. Dinwiddie, Miss Emma Bearden, V. M. Bearden 1898, Kate Dinwiddie 1899, V. M. Bearden 1900 , Kate Dinwiddie, V. M. Bearden 1901, Lulu Gibbons 1903, Lulu Crawford 1904, Mattie J. Porter, Rena Riggs 1905, Rena Riggs 1906, Della Hunnerdosse, S.J.O.G. White  1907, C. Ella Fetters 1908, Emma Smith, Laura Mason 1909, Laura Mason 1910, Maude Caswell, Minnie McDonnell 1911, Maude Caswell 1912@, Kathryn Norris 1914, Nellie Newman, W. E. Wellons 1915, Margaret Cuthbertsen 1916, Florence Newman 1917, Minnie Mcdonnell 1918, Amy Norris 1919, Violet Barton 1920-21, Gerry Newman 1922, Mrs. Anna Graves 1924, Mabel Kerton 1925, Etha Mason 1928-31, Esther Brown 1932, Jennie Oxenrider  1933, Martin Van Dyne, Kathleen Wilson 1934, Max A. McCarty 1935, Wilma Crawford 1936, Darrel D. Needles  1937-38, Betty May Calhoun 1940, Mable Kirton 1943.

Please contact me at 641-628-4716 or helenboertje@iowatelecom.net with information about other country schools in Marion county.

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