Pella Chronicle

Days Gone By

May 20, 2011

Looking back at the one room school

Pella — According to the official teacher records, Black Oak was located in the south east corner of sec. 6 of Liberty township.  It  was consolidated into the Attica school district before 1920.

The Marion County Historical Society has the souveneir booklet which a very young looking J. W. Van Benthuysen distributed to his pupils on March 14, 1902.  This would have been at the close of the 2nd (or winter term) of that year.  His pupils inlcuded Abraham, Gustavis and Edward Allen; Lynford Cade; Anna, Nora, Cora, May, Carroll, and Horace Davis; Jessi and John Ellis; Lottie, Mary and Ralph Hart; Lena, Beth, and Dwite Rose.

MCHS has another souvenir booklet given by Mrs. Rosa Smith to her pupils who attended during the 3rd (spring) term from April 10 to June 2, 1905.  Many of the same surnames appear and added to the list are those of Butterfield, Coop, Carter, King, Marshall, McGruder, Rhodes, and Simmons.

In the picture to the right we find teacher Cora B. Davis, who was listed as a student in the souvenir booklets of 1902 and 1905,  has now become the teacher. Note that the little girls  legs are well covered with  black stockings and high top shoes while the two little boys in the front row are casually bare foot.   

Teachers were Clara Davidson 1886, C. D. Applegate 1895, P. Edgar Adams 1896, C. W. Conrey, T. L. Conrey 1898, L. D. Bane, Art Betterton 1899, W. H. Leamime  1900, J. W. Van Benthuysen, Nina Pringle 1902, Lizzie Snyder, S. M. Rogers, Rosa Smith 1903, Rosa Smith 1904, Merle Brownfield, Helen McConahey 1905, Mrs. Rosa Smith 1906, Myrtle L. McArthur, Anna Ridnouer 1907, Anna Ridnouer, Dora Rice 1908, Cora B. Davis 1909, Ve Lola Blair, Eva Marshall 1910, Bertha Brenniman, Bessie Williams, Eva B. Marshall 1911, Alice Holden, Eva Hutchings 1912, Christina Moffatt, Cora Rankin, Maude Martin 1913, Marjorie Cooper 1914.

Please continue to contact me with information/pictures about the remaining country schools of Marion County at  641-628-4716 or

Text Only
Days Gone By
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide