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Atwater School - District #8 - Cimarron Township

Atwater School was organized in March of 1886. It was disorganized January 5, 1946, and became District #75. Later it was disorganized again and attached to District #51... then unified as part of 226.

It was located in the southeast quarter of Sec. 34, T33-R29. The boundaries of the school district changed over the years, but the school remained in the same location, long after the town of Atwater was abandoned.

At the north end of an area known as the "Irish Flats," this little school served as a community center for a large group of immigrant farmers, mostly German Lutherans who settled heavily in this area. Sunday school and church were regularly held at the Atwater schoolhouse.

Surnames of students who attended Atwater were: Adams, Bonham, Burnett, Byrns, Carrell, Cochran, Cordes, Feldman, Griffin, Haddox, Heskett, Hesman, Hunter, Kolb, Lauderdale, Mein, Mohler, Nolting, Potter, Rhodes, Scott, Sexton, Sturm, Sumpter, Vanderpool, and Wickizer

 
The map above, taken from the 1909 Meade County Platt book shows district 8 as well as the location of the school and town of Atwater.   This is a modern road map showing Atwater and it's relation to the Meade State Lake.

TEACHERS

Kolb, Maggie

1886-87

 

Shore, Fred 

1925-26

Sencenich, Nellie

1891-91

 

Smith, Margaret H 

1925-27

Kolb, Maggie *

 

 

Cochran, Jessie 

1927-29

Kragh,Helga 

1905-06

 

Bohling, Josie

1929-30

Carrell, Clara 

1911-14

 

Ford, Fern 

1930-31

Murphy, O.F. 

1914-15

 

Davidson, Jessie

1931-32

Bromwell, Clara 

1915-16

 

Vogt, Irvin 

1932-40

Carrell, Clara 

1916-20

 

Welk, Sophie

1940-41

Veatch, Emma 

1920-21

 

Davidson, Jessie 

1941-42

Hickey, Mrs. Ed 

1923-24

 

Cordes, Opal 

1942-44

Craig, Mary 

1924-25

 

Vanderpool, Iva 

1944-45

 

 

 

Weaver, Phyllis  

1945-46

 

 

 

 

 

* In the Jacob Kolb family history we learn that Maggie Kolb taught at the Atwater school for  eleven years. Since we have few records to confirm these missing years, we assume she taught in most of them.


FROM THE BONHAM FAMILY STORY:

My grandfather's claim was south of the present State Lake and east of the late Jake Kolb home now the Irvin Vogt home. Here on the claim or near it was Sand Creek where the water was better than usual and if there was no water in the creek there was always water a few inches below the surface. After grandmother arrived, looking over the claim and noting the good water she remarked, "This is a good place to be, at water." So here they stayed and called it Atwater. A post office was established here and served the community for a number of years, also a school house was built where they had church and Sunday School. The Kolb's filed on a claim just west of the Bonhams' and lived there until their death.


 FROM THE JACOB KOLB FAMILY STORY:

As was mentioned, mother taught 11 years, all in the home district. "The Atwater School District 8" which was organized soon after they came to Meade County. The school house was made of sod, and the seats were piles of sod with boards laid over them. I remember her telling us that every so often the big boys would sway back and forth and upset the whole seat.

 

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