May 24, 2017: I actually got back to working on rural schools this week... just finished Evergreen... also known as the Cole School. We only have sketchy information on this school, but I still managed to come up with an interesting page. I just counted the school districts we have on our map and they number 51 so I'm not quite half way... but still lovin' the work!
May 9, 2017: Updated the site today. I updated all three of the main cemetery database files, Graceland, Plains, and Fowler. Also had made some changes to Bell Meade and Highland schools... can't remember what now, but watched as my program uploaded new info. We are right in the middle of SCHOOL TOURS at the Museum so... busy, busy, busy. Hope to get back to my school pages soon.
March 28, 2017: Looks like I haven't posted for awhile, but I have been busy on the rural schools. I have added Dist 27, Lakeview, Dist 29 and Prosperity witch is Dist 30... I must be about half-way through! It's been a lot of fun working on the schools and I have learned a LOT! We are still looking for pictures and school souvenirs from all the rural schools, so let us know if you have something we don't have.
February 21, 2017: Hi History Lovers! I'm back in the swing of things and hoping I can pay a little bit more attention to the website. I just made some changes to the Belle Meade School page. Larry is going through all the Meade County obits one by one looking for veterans information. He left me a copy of the obit from Iva Grim Stalder who had attended, and later taught at, Belle Meade. It was a great little story and clarified some facts about the school... mainly pinpointing it's two different locations and the fact that it disappeared for a little while. So... I changed the map... changed the page... and added Iva's story at the bottom. Time to get to work on the next school!
January 21, 2017: Wow... it's been awhile since I posted. We have been busy planning the Annual Meeting and Banquet for the Historical Society to be held February 4th in Plains. This is always an exciting time... be sure and join us!
October 25, 2016: Ever forward... I just finished Sunny Dale School, District #26. Whew! This was a big one... this school was one of the last ones to close in Meade County and has quite a history. Enjoy.
October 11, 2016: Greetings history lovers! If you haven't gotten your fill of the old country schools, I have a new one for you... the Black School, District #25. I also tweaked some of the other school district files with information from the sale bills when they were sold out. Larry had been in the newspaper microfilm and printed a bunch of the ads out as well as some news articles that told who got some of the buildings. These include Fairview, Five Mile, Longview & Stone.
September 27, 2016: I found another school district that didn't have a common name, but apparently existed for awhile. This school was two miles north of the town of Pearlette in Fowler Township. Don't have much but check it out.
September 21, 2016:Been working on rural schools again. This time I posted Century School, District #23. Alma found one of Arlie Friesen's articles from the 1990"s... Arlie was a student at Century and wrote a delightful little story about his days there.
September 15, 2016: Working on still more country schools. Just posted Valley Grove or Minerva School, District #22. Check it out!
September 7, 2016: I've been working on the next rural school... District #21, Stone Shool. This was fun for me for the German Lutheran people that settled what was known as the "Irish Flats" were my people. This original little building is still there... I guess when these folks built a school they built it to last!
August 30: Been adding to the school file... our dear friend, Alma Regier, was the teacher at Fairview in 1956-57, and she shared two more great photos with us... check them out at the bottom of the page.
August 27: I just posted another school, this one is the Blair-Graham School, District #14. This school eventually turned into the Plains grade school, but operated as a rural school until they started busing students to Plains in the early 1920's. The history is somewhat short, be do have one on this little school. I also finished with the Angell School, District #15. I hope you're enjoying the school stories... sure is fun!
August 23, 2016: Hello history lovers... I have a great new post for you! David Todd, who is the husband of Linda Cheney, is the Cheney family's "historian." He just sent us a great story on the Blizzard of 1948. The two girls who met their fate in that blizzard were Linda's aunts, and David used several family stories and newspaper accounts to create a very touching story of that chilling event. Well worth the read.
August 16, 2016: My how time flies! Looks like I haven't posted for awhile. I just got through updating the cemetery files for the three major Meade County cemeteries: Meade, Plains and Fowler. I've been working on the Angell School, but I'm not quite done. Stay tuned.
July 27, 2016: I just read a great article that Larry had typed up for us by E.E. Innis. I have put this story in the family files. This really cleared up some things for me on the schools... especially the school called the Randloph or "Lickskillet" school. I had them as Grandview, but they were actually names associated with the Highland school. I had to make some changes to those school's pages. This new-found knowledge also gave me a photo for the Highland school. I highly recommend the Innis story... great history!
July 6, 2016:I've been working on schools again. I just posted Grandview, Dist. !2. This school was about 4 miles south and 1 mile west of Fowler. I also posted District 13, a school district that only lasted a few years.
June 15, 2016:Wow... don't know where May went! I added the Highland rural school today. Highland was about 5 miles south of Fowler. We don't have any photos of this school... if anyone out there does, we would sure appreciate getting one. :)
April 12, 2016: I just added a cute old clipping from the Meade newspaper in 1945. It pictures all the rural school teachers of that year. Katherine Borger gave the clipping to Alma Regier who gave it to the Museum. Katherine (Blehm) Borger is one of the teachers.
April 6, 2016: I added another school today, Atwater... District #8. This school (and town) was a coupe of miles south of the lake... right on the west side of Hwy 23. This school ran right up to 1946, but we only have one old photo of it. Sure would like to find more.
March 22, 2016: I just posted Longview School... District #7. This school is really a mystery... it was Longview, Clearlake and Seminary... does anyone know what the difference was?
March 8, 2016: Well I just posted another rural school. This is District #5, Five Mile School. We don't know much about this school and if we have a photo, we don't have it identified. In doing this story I find that Vashti Painter (Seybert) went there... wish I would have known that earlier... I'm sure she could have identified the photo!
February 16, 2016: Wow.. I've been a.o.l. for awhile from the website. I spent some of January in the hospital so that's my excuse! I just posted some photos on the Fowler Hospital page. Merle Cheney brought these to me last year and I just never got them posted. Would love to see some photos of this house "back in the day."