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Sunny Dale School - Dist #26 - Sand Creek Township
(also part of Dist #71 & 82)

District #26 was organized May 8, 1886. It disorganized January 6, 1946, and became District #77, then this district disorganized and became #82. District #82 and #Jt.18 unified in 1965, and then became part of 225 (Meade.)

The first school in District #26, was the Two-Mile School commonly known as the "Little Red Schoolhouse." It was located, on the section line between the homesteads of Thomas J. McKinney (section 35) and H.L. Woodruff (section 34) T34-R26.


FROM THE BACK OF THE PHOTO: The writing on the school picture is that of my father-in-law, George W. McKinney. This school was the school his father and siblings attended BEFORE there was a Sunny Dale School and it was known as the little RED School. Mostly Woodruffs, McKinneys and possibly Umbargers would have attended it. It was located on the fence line between the Woodruffs and the homestead of George's grandfather, Thomas J. McKinney. Sunny Dale School as you know it was build much later. The Jalma post office was located about 1/2 mile north of the little red school house. Sunny Dale School was later built about a mile or a mile-and-half west of the Jalma post office. Sunny Dale was located west of the Jalma post office.

at left:
a note from Gloria McKinney who shared this photo with us.

Surnames of students attending Two Mile were: Butler, Curtis, McKinney, Smith, and Woodruff.

This cut from the 1909 Meade County Plat Book shows the location of the Sunny Dale School as well as the Little Red Schoolhouse or Two Mile School. (that name undoubtedly came from the creek that ran just south of the school.)

This modern-day map shows where the schools were in relation to roads and where other schools were located. As you can see these schools were pretty close to the Clark County line in the southeast corner of Meade County.

Our best guess is that the Sunny Dale school was built around 1906, on the SW/4 of the SW/4 of Section 27-T34-R26. The district unified in1965, but the last teacher listed in Sunny Dale was the term that ended the spring of 1958. For over 50 years this building not only served the school district, but was the hub of community activities in the southeast corner of Meade County.

Sunny Dale schoolhouse was used as a community building for ice cream suppers, oyster suppers, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas programs,  and the Literary Society. It was also on the Methodist church circuit for several years in the early 1900's. It was used for church and Sunday School in the early 1920's. Sunday School at this time was started by Mrs. Charles McKinney from Englewood and it continued there until the school closed. Even after the school closed, the building was still used for several years as a community center for Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas programs and elections.

The Meade County Historical Society acquired the school in 1977, and it was moved to their "farm lot" a half block south of Hwy 54 on Pearlette St., then in 2016, it was again moved to the lot just north of the Museum on North Meade Center. The building is now a museum exhibit to be enjoyed as a tribute to all the rural schools that dotted Meade County from the 1880's to the 1940's and beyond.

Surnames of students going to Sunny Dale (#26)would have been:
Alexander, Austin, Brown, Butler, Cagle ,Carlson, Chandler, Cook, Covalt, Craig, DeVore, Ediger, Edwards, Embrey, Epp, Fuhrman, Greenstreet, Haepe, Haney, Horner, Hughes, Kelley, Kimes, King, Little, Mayberry, McKinney, Moore, Murphy, Painter, Powell, Reinert, Rogers, Shepherd, Smiley, Stacy, Stalder, Stith, Thiessen, Ware, West, Whetstone, , iens, Woodruff, and Woods.

Surnames of students going to Sunny Dale (#82)would have been:
Cornelsen, Bailey, Dunn, Ediger, Finlay, Fuhrman, Gowens, Greenstreet, Gumpenberger, Johnson, McKinney, Painter, Reinert, Rogers, Specht, Whetstone, and Woodruff.


TWO MILE       Craig  Vona  1926-28
LAST FIRST YEARS   Pemberton  Ana Mae  1928-29
Watkins Vesta 1886   Tillery  Blanche  1929-31
Griffin O. P.  1886   Landrum  Anna Mae  1931-32
Watkins Vesta  1886   Thomas  Anna  1932-33
Dickerson Elizabeth  1890-91   Harper  Norma  1933-35
Petefish  Laura   1892-93   Baragree Alice 1934-35
Wilkins Ollie  1893   Harper  Norma  1935-36
      Wyatt   Elizabeth  1936-37
SUNNY DALE     Carttar Velma 1938-39
Butler Martha J.  1906-07   Hildebrand  Grace  1937-38
Hughes  Susie  1907-11   Carttar Velma 1938-39
Thompson Etna 1911-12   Lyon  Katherine  1939-40
Stephenson  W.  1912-13   Nobel  Bessie  1940-42
Cole Ralph & Roy 1912-13   Robinson  Marjorie  1942-44
Hughes  Susie  1913-14   Rogers  Lydia  1944-45
Howe Irene   1914-15        
Walker  Simeon H.  1915-17   DISTRICT #82    
Haskins  Jennie  1917-18   Rather   Helen Elaine  1945-46
Etling  Hallie E. 1918-19   Powell  Stella  1946-47
Haver  Myrtle  1919-20   Thiessen  Lilly Ann  1947-48
Haigh  Mattie 1920-21   Enns  Edna  1948-49
Lewis  Gertrude  1921-22   Dirks  Lois  1949-51
Plymale  Era 1922-23   Enns  Richard  1951-52
Holdeman  Helen  1923-24   Allen  Catherine  1952-57
Haver  Mary  1924-26   Jones E. Frances   1957-58


Sunny Dale school girls in 1927:

Irene Greenstreet, Daisy Haney, Gladys King, Alma Haney, and Mary Greensteet.



Pete Greenstreet by Sunny Dale School


Daisy Haney at a Sunday School picnic.

Sunny Dale School

back row: Norma Harper Feldman (teacher), Bernice Woodruff, Joe Woodruff, James Powell, Esther Powell.

middle row: Betty Horner, Kenneth Woodruff, Margaret Woodruff, Bernard Woodruff.

front row: Phyllis Woodruff (a visitor), Dale Lewis Woodruff.

Sunny Dale School

l to r: Diane Ediger, Marvin Cornelson, Patty Furman, Jack Painter, Jean Painter, Fern Furhman, Dorothy Specht Carol Furhman, Laura Belle Specht, Donald Ediger, Joetta Ediger.

Sunny Dale School
guess as to date would be 1906-08

Back row: Osa Hughes, Clay west, Ollie McKinney, Walter McKenny, Mrs. Susie Hughs Docker, Roy Chandler, Genevieve Hughes, Hurley Woodruff.

front row: H. Dale Woodruff, Wallace West, Mildred Hughes, Iona McKinney, Mary Hughes, Juanita Woodruff, Dora Hughes and Harvey Woodruff.



Diane Ediger & Dorothy Specht


Dorothy & Laura Belle Specht

Marjorie Craig. Frances Craig, Pete, Mary & Irene Greenstreet, Alma Haney. Last day of school ... Vona Craig, teacher.   Laura Belle Specht, Joetta, Diane & Donald Ediger, Marvin Cornelson
Sunny Dale School as it stands today on the lot north of the Meade County Historical Museum, Meade, KS.



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