Pella Chronicle

Days Gone By

June 11, 2010

Looking back at the one room school

Cedar Valley - Indiana twp. sec. 27

Pella —  

Cedar Valley school was a few miles west of Marysville.  The name Cedar Valley refers to its location near North Cedar Creek.  Old maps show it to be on the southern border of sec. 27 with Cedar Creek to the north, placing it somewhere along the present day road called 168th Place.  This school was also known as the “frog pond school” although there was no pond nearby, maybe some puddles left after the creek flooded the valley.  Enough for frogs.
A Knoxville Journal of 1891 reports that Lizzie Hall closed school with dinner, dialogues, declamations etc.
In February 1894 the Knoxville Journal says that the school board has bought a flag which floats on a 30 foot pole.
I talked with Halene King about this school which she attended through 6th grade.  Her brothers Howard and Harold also attended Cedar Valley.  Their father farmed the creek bottom which was often flooded.  Although he never had a crop failure, she recalls him wishing for a shower to wash the mud off the corn leaves after the water receded.
Sometimes Cedar Creek flooded the road and students would have to walk home through the fields.  “We had school if the teacher could get there,”  she said. When the snow was deep father would walk through the pasture to make a path to school.”
Others attending this school in the late 30’s and early 40’s were children of the Ross, Pearson, and Bennett families.  The Ross twins, Willa and Wilma, were in her class.  Halene especially remembers teachers Echo Hukill because of her unusual name and Stanley Gullion because he was a very young man.  Years later he would tell her it was his first teaching job and he didn’t know anything about teaching school.  (No one learns more in the classroom of a beginning teacher than the teacher!)

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