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Boyer (Marshall) School - Dist. #35 - Meade Center Township

District #35 formed in September of 1886, and was active until it consolidated with District #25 in the fall of 1916, to form the new District #69.

We have no photos of this school, only scant public records and tidbits of family histories. The schoolhouse was located in three different places during the life of this school... the first one being in the SE/4 of Sec 8-T33-R28. The second location was in the SW/4 OF THE NE/4 OF SEC.18-T33-R29. Eventually it ended up in the NE/4 OF THE SE/4 of Sec 13-T33-R28... just east of what is now Meade State Lake. (see maps below)

It was sometimes called Boyer, sometime Marshall, familiar names, both in the list of school officers and land ownership, and the first three teachers were named Boyer.

Surnames of students in District #35 were: Adams, Boyer, McPheter, Neese, Russell, Senger, and Vogt.

This is a map made by splicing two pages together out of the 1909 Meade County Plat Book. Dist. #35 school was still shown in 1909, in Sec 13-T33-R29 (circled). The two green stars show where the other two locations of the schoolhouses were. We have highlighted the Boyer land (just south of which the first schoolhouse was located... this was probably a sod house), and as you can see, the second location is on Marshall land... this was said to have been a wooden building. In those days the schoolhouses were very similar structures and built on skids so they could be easily moved.
This modern-day map shows how Dist.#35 (at its last location) relates to other schools around it as well as the Meade State Lake... which at that time would have been known as the Turkey Track Ranch. The stars note the first two locations.

Note the location of Dist. #69 (where this district merged in 1916)... just a mile north of the original location of #35.



Boyer Meda 1891-93
Boyer Gertrude 1904-05
Boyer Ethel 1905-06
McDowell Sadie 1913-14
Dalgarn Kay 1914-15
Spratt Bertha 1915-16
Hughbanks Mrs. Lon 1916-17


We have a lot of missing years in our teacher's list between 1893 and 1904 and between 1906 and 1913.

From the Edward H. Boyer history:

Meda taught school in a sod school house on the flat just east of the present Meade County State Lake. In 1889, she rode horseback and sister Gertie, coming six years old, rode back of the saddle to school. There was some excitement at school one morning when one of the children discovered a bull snake lying on the sod just under the eaves of the roof. The big boys herded it outside and dispatched it.

(This story sounds like the schoolhouse was a sod house.)




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