Pella Chronicle

April 21, 2011

Looking back at the one room school

By Helen Boertje
The Chronicle

Pella — One of six schools in the county named Fairview, this school was located on the southern edge of sec 29. The school was on the north side of  that short section of Virigina St. which connects 20th pl. with 30th pl.

I talked with former student Robert Gruebel who graduated from high school in 1951.  He was  a bus driver for the Melcher Dallas system for many years.   There were 12-15 children in school when he attended  Fairview.   Teacher Aletha Shore stayed with his family during the winter and he walked across fields with her to get to school.  The students called themselves the Fairview Cardinals and published  a newsletter each month called the Cardinal Chatterbox.

Teachers were Carrie Bert  1889, Kate Dinwiddie 1893-94,  Kate Dinwiddie, V. M. Bearden 1895, V. M. Bearden, Emma Bearden 1896, Roy M. Porter 1898, G. W. Morrison 1899, Katie Dinwiddie 1900, Katie Dinwiddie 1903-04,  M. C. Campbell 1905, Bertha Clingan 1906, Sarah Write, Chester A. Metz 1907, Mattie Porter 1908-09, Pearl Maddy, Juno Caffrey 1910, Mabel Bush, Oneida Badgley, Bertha Williams 1911, Kate Dinwiddie, Laura Mason 1912, Vera Crippen 1913, Nellie Neuman 1914, Mamie Chambers 1915 ,Velma E. Wilkins, Pearl Bonifield 1916 Laura Mason 1917, Amy Norris 1918, Genevieve Harding, Luella Wright 1919, Clinna Duncan 1920, Beulah Hawkins 1921, Ila Parks 1922,  Mabel Kirton 1924, Amy Norris 1925, Faye Stuart 1926, Cleo Poush, Hester Hazen 1929, Myrtell Durham 1930, Marjorie Murray 1932, Mary Carson 1933, Miss Lavon Abrahamson 1934, Wilma Crawford 1935, Irene Hancock 1937, Raymond E. Shore 1938-39, Kenneth Mitchel 1940, Arlene Crowley 1941. Aletha Shore  1942-44, Clinna O. Duncan 1945, Clinna Duncan 1947, Clinna Duncan 1949-54; Clarice Taylor 1955, Mrs. Anna L. Graves 1956.

I would espcially like to find more information and pictures about the Fairview schools in Franklin township.  I have some of pictures of the Fairview schools in Red Rock and Polk  townships but I need additonal information about them. Contact me a 641-618-4716 or helenboertje