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Stone School - District #21 - Odee Township

The original Stone School was built of gypsum and stone in 1886. It served the surrounding community as church as well as school for several years.

The school is located in the SE/4 of the E/2 of Sec. 10, T34/R28. To build the school local farmers took turns hauling stone... a load of stone would be provided and they would build on the school until it was gone... then another patron would haul a load of stone. Lumber used had to be hauled from Dodge City. The school was built "by subscription," meaning money was provided by the neighbors who planned to use it.

Stone School served a five mile radius from the site. It was turned over to District #21 in 1890, when the school and Lutheran Church separated because of the building of Red Bluff Church a mile or so south.

This excerpt from the 1909 Meade County Plat Map shows district #21, the location of Stone School and the Red Bluff Church This more modern map shows Stone School's relation to other schools in the area and the Meade State Lake.
Teachers at Stone School:  
Schmoker Carrie 1886     Bohling   Hattie  1918-20
Campbell Carrie 1888     Morton  Florence 1920-22
Glass W. E.  1889     Lawson  Josie  1922-23
Sencenich Nellie G.  1890     Adams   Helen  1923-24
Schmoker Carrie  1891     Cordes   Viola  1924-26
Schmoker Ella  1893     Bohling  D Edna  1926-28
Martin Maggie 1896     Keltner   Pauline  1928-29
Petefish Sallie  1896     Smith  Margaret  1929-30
Borger Clause 1896     Robinson  Esther  1930-31
Cordes John 1896     Barragree Murriel W.  1931-33
Pane Dave       Wyatt  Elizabeth  1933-34
Esbach L.       Barragree Murriel W.  1934-35
Butler   Martha 1903-04   Lawson Stella M. 1935-36
Danks Otsie  1905     Harper  Norma  1936-37
Deck Nettie   1911-12   Seyfert Melvina 1937-38
Pennington Mary  1912-13   Hesser  Wreatha 1938-39
Overton Marion  1913-14   Kissel  Oneita  1939-40
Mayme  Finkle  1914-17   Johnson  Mable  1940-43
Bethurum Isabel N.  1917-18   Dykstra  Lucille  1943-44

 

Surnames of students attending Stone school would have been: Blankley, Bohling, Brandt, Brinckman, Burnett, Converse, Dykstra Everly, Feldman, Fetters, Friesen, Glancy, Godschalk, Gruempken, Heskett, Hilst, Johannsen, Klotz, Lothan, Maelzer, McFall, Meierdierks, Meyer, Miller, Porter, Porterfield, Rhodes, Ross, Ryan, Smith, Stewart, Tonhoff, and Wuerdeman.

We have a good record of students from 1914 on, but for the earlier years there should be more names.

Some students rode their horse to school.

Notice the corrals next to the school building.

The original Stone School was used until the end of the school term in 1917. It was replaced as a school by a new building located 1/4 mile east of the site of the original Stone Schoolhouse. The new building was also known as the Stone School although it was a frame building which was later moved to Meade.

 
An early look at the Lutheran Cemetery located south of the Stone School George Buck was instrumental in the restoration of the old school in the 1970's.
   

The following is adapted from a story by Mayme Lewis in the book,
Pioneer Stories of Meade County 1985 -
copyright Meade County Historical Society

Stone Schoolhouse

      A stone building erected in the early part of 1886, still stands on a hill 13 miles south of Meade on Highway 23, at the intersection of Road 18 & AA Road. In that early day the government wanted the land settled and would give the land to any who were willing to come this far west to live. German Lutherans were among those who accepted the offer and they decided on the land in what is now Odee Township.
       As soon as they were settled on their claims they thought of a church building and a school house. They decided to construct a one room building which could be used for church and school. This met their need for a time but when more settlers came it was necessary to build a church as the small school house was too crowded.
       They built a nice frame building, called the Red Bluff Church, in the valley along Crooked Creek and later built the parsonage. Years later a Lutheran church was built in Meade and the one in the valley was torn down and the lumber was used to build the parish hall. The parsonage in the country became the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gerd Meierdierks.
       Many families moved on farms in the school district and it was necessary to have a larger school house so one was built just east of the Stone School. The children who had attended Stone School and their parents still have fond memories of the literaries and other good times they had together even though crowded in the small room.
       Drinking water was hauled by the children or carried by pupils or teacher. Coal was hauled from Meade for the large stove, which stood in the center of the little room. Stone School was kept in good repair by the capable and interested board members.
       Stone School patrons and pupils as well as people in adjoining districts were interested in literaries, so many pleasant evenings were spent together with adults and children presenting "pieces" and songs.
       School has not been held in the the little Stone Schoolhouse since 1914, but George Buck and many helpers repaired and redecorated this old landmark in the 1970's, so it stands as a reminder of the good days that have passed.
      

 

A souvenir of the Stone School in 1924, Helen  Adams, teacher.

 

An auction was held on Monday, May 20, 1946, for the purpose of dispensing with the Stone schoolhouse and all it's fixtures.

The building was described as a 24 x 36 ft. schoolhouse. Also for sale were 2 good outbuildings, old barn 14 x 28, teacher's desk, 15 double pupil's desks, globe, teachers chair, 4 chairs, furnace, good set of maps and case, piano bench, table, several wall pictures, water cooler, reference books, 2 bookcases, phonograph, 4 sections of blackboard and numerous other articles.

 

 

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