Pella Chronicle

Days Gone By

September 9, 2011

Looking back at the one room school

Pella — Fairview School

Red Rock twp. sec. 5


One of six schools in the county named Fairview,  this one was so far north it had a Monroe address.  It appears to have stood in about the middle of  sec. 5 along what is now 85th Place, a road running north to the county line road.  

A picture inside the school was taken when Sadie Mullins was teacher.  She taught at different times beginning in 1906 and ending in 1922.  From the bobbed hair of the girls, I would guess this picture comes from the 1920s.  

Teachers were  Miss Mary A. Reed  1881, Miss Connie Patchen 1885, Alice Elrod 1889, J. T. Curtis  1893, Ada Jordan 1895, Nellie Van Maaren 1896, Vada Roush, Dora Waddle 1898, Mary Kain 1899, Mary Templeton 1900, Ed Templeton, Mary Templeton 1901, Mary Templeton, Laura Bahaner 1902, Sadie K. Mullins 1903, Claudia Henry, Mabel Bush, Lola Mullins 1904, Lola Mullins, Alice Ferrurne 1905, Sarah K. Mullins 1906, Jessie Clark, Sadie K. Mullins 1907, Sadie K. Mullins, Nora Alexander 1908, Nora M. Alexander 1909, Nora Alexander, Lois Kutz 1910, Lois Kutz, Sadie A. Coulson  1911, Dorothy Erb, Francis Coulson, Sadie  Coulson 1912, Hazel Nell  F., Avis Ham 1913,  Vela M. Moore, Sadie K. Mullins 1914, Ruth Hamilton, Lucile G. Murphy 1915, Eva James, Hazel Sweeny 1917, Kate Erskineg Smith 1918, Laura Taggart 1919-20, Velta Brock, Sadie Mullins 1921, Sadie Mullins 1922, Hazel Neff 1924-25, Elizabeth Kane 1926, Florence Templeton 1927-28, Mrs. Bessie R. Headlee 1929, Josephine Templeton 1930, Dorothy Kool 1931, Marjorie Kane  1932, Genevieve Rees 1933, Hazel Timmins 1934, Miss Catherine Tonda 1936, Ruth Hart Perkey 1935, Marie Kingery 1937-38, Ellen Robinson 1939-40, Mrs. Helen Shaffer De Haai 1941, Florence O’Melia 1942-43, Gladys Bowens 1944, Mrs. Florence O’Melia 1945, Arthur Coding 1947.

Polk twp. sec. 18

On its original site at approximately 901 135 Ave, now in Knoxville twp. a picture of the school building was taken by Carol Nollen for his book of Marion County School houses published in 2004.

According to a 1923  Knoxville Journal article, there were 55 trees on the school yard, quite a contrast to its last days surrounded by farm machinery in a bare farm field.

According to the school record books during the years 1926-29, each teacher comments about how easy this school was to teach yet none stayed more than one year.

Teachers were  Miss Ruckman 1883,  Mable Ayres, May Jones 1895, Flora Jarman 1896, Ella Decker 1898, Mary Rogers, Minnie Dickey 1899, Minnie Dickey 1900, Jacquetta Wright, Lula Crosby 1901, Mary Greenaway, Lucinda Marshall 1902, Myrtle Stentz, Alta Poffinburger 1903, Josephine Tucker, Ada Houser 1904, Meryl Sterling, Bessie Stine 1905, Eva Nutter, Tressa L. Fry 1907, Tressa L. Fry 1908, Arminda Ferguson 1909, Mabel Dickey, Grace Metz 1910, Edith Hughes 1911, Rena Reese, Frank Crawford 1912,  Lucile Tysseling, Helen Cooper 1913, Robert McGraw 1914, Grace Toom 1915-18, Mrs. Anna Slattery 1919, Mrs. Anna Slattery, Mrs. Ruby Davis 1920, Hazel Harkins 1921, Nannie Hyatt  1922,  Virgie Anderson 1923-24, Suzanne Shinlow, Curtelia E. Ridpath 1925, Grace Toom 1926, Marie Beebout  1927, Mrs. Etha C. Moon  1928, Mrs. Anna Anderson 1929, Malvina Neely 1930, Ruby Penland 1931-32, Mabel Dykstra  1933, Erma Slocum 1934, Erma Rowley 1935, Vione Hendrix 1936-38, Ellen Robinson, Anna Ruth Beary 1939, Anna Ruth Beary 1940,  Ruby Ver Steeg 1942-44,  Marilyn Crozier 1945, Bonnie Jean Nichols 1947, Mrs. Garneth Hill 1948-51.

No one from either of these two schools has contacted me with information about their history or their  personal experiences.  Still not too late to be represented in the book. helenboertje@windstream.net or 641-628-4716.

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