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The Kansas Heritage Server would like to thank Bob Mills (email@example.com) for contributing this information on Marshall County Schools.
Attached is the list of Marshall County School Districts. I will send a Marshall county map (1886 about) by quadrants (in next mails) to help locate original locations of the schools. I have copies of these maps for almost all counties. I tried to reduce the quality to save space, but then you can't read the SD#'s. If it would help for me to send a CD, let me know and I'll send via snail mail. I am on DSL and can send via the net, just not all at once. Bob Mills
Marshall County Map (1886)
3 Blue Rapids
8 Elm Creek
9 Blue River
14 Irish Creek
18 La Grange
23 New Salem
28 Flint Hill
31 Cottage Hill
32 Valley View
36 Blue Valley
37 Game Fork
38 Pleasant Valley
41 Snipe Creek
42 Home City
47 Pleasant Hill
49 Mt. Pleasant
49 Pleasant Valley
50 Little Timber
52 St. Bridget
55 Prairie Ridge
58 Deer Creek
59 Pleasant Ridge
62 Prairie Gem
64 Fawn Creek
77 Prospect Hill
77 "Poverty Knob"
78 Grande View
82 Pretty Prairie
91 Pleasant Prairie
93 Mt. Hope
96 Green Valley
100 Pleasant View
110 Prairie View
111 Brush College
117 West Point
118 Stony Point
119 Lily Creek
124 Prairie Center
125 Pleasant Hill
126 Pleasant Ridge
131 Mount Hope
131 Sunny Hope
141 Red Top
142 Cedar Ridge
Reves School 1920-21 is located in the North East corner of Rock Creek Township (Section 1, Township 7, Range 9) in Pottawatomie County, KS. The teacher (my aunt) on the right side, is Edna Veda Mills-Plummer. She was born February 14, 1898 and since she was about 17 years old, this photo was taken about 1915. One of her sons (Bernard Leslie Plummer) and two of her grandchildren (Ted Plummer and Gwen Ann Plummer-Harris) still live in the area.
Barrett_SD1_a - I don't know the date of the photo, but the teacher, at the right, is Mettie Riser (Elliott).
Barrett_SD1_b - class photo was taken about 1886. My great uncle Joel Ebenezer Mills is standing in the front row as indicated by the X. The photo is taken in front of a wood frame building, which may be the front of the photographer's office. The original wood framed Barrett School building was replaced by a stone building in 1871.
Barrett_SD1_c - class photo was taken about 1921. The little smiling girl with the ribbon in her hair near the center of the back row is a dear cousin (Marjorie Anna Mills-Larson) who grew up to teach in this and other Kansas schools. Her teaching career began when she was about 17 until she quit teaching "Except in 1951 when I was paid more for taking the national census than to teach."
Front Row -Harold Mills, Wray Mills, John Hidy, Carroll Mills, Bob Jones, Robert Jones, Owen Jones, Paul Jones. Second Row - LaVersa (Versie) Jones, Arlene Hidy, Nellie Hidy (later Fairchild), Geneva Johnson, Elnora Lockas, Dorothy Jones, Marian Jones, Anna Hodges, Mary Louise Jones, Bessie Hidy. Back Row -Viola Lockas, Lenora George (later married Dean Potter)--teacher, Emma Hodges, Marie Locas, Marjorie Mills, Ed Parmentier, Issac Hidy, Bill Parmentier.
Barrett_SD1_d - is a current photo of the Barrett School located in Marshall county, KS just south of the old town of Barrett. This photo was taken from the main road that ran through the town. The original wood frame school building was built nearer the Black Vermillion river in 1858 and first used in 1859. This limestone block building was built in 1971 as one room and the second room was added on later.
The town was originally called Barrett's Mill and was formed around the (wood) sawmill owned by A. G. Barrett. The town (and the school) is located south of Frankfort, KS. The town was disband in about 1959 as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir, since it was located in the lakes flood plane.
Before railroads and modern highways, the Oregon, California, and Mormon trials passed through the area of Barrett, KS. Before highways were named with numbers and letters, the "White Way" through Frankfort and Barrett, was marked with white paint on trees, rocks, fences, etc. to indicate the correct road leading west. An automobile dealer in Frankfort is still named "Whiteway Chevrolet."
Barrett_SD1_e - The room to the right (north) included a small raised stage ('bout a foot) on the north side of the room. A curtain is across the front of the stage (shown in photo Barrett_SD1_f) and the room was used as an auditorium as well as a class room.
Barrett_SD1_f - The curtain (still in place) has an ad for the "J. E. Mills Store." That store, which was located on the north west corner of block 18 of Barrett, KS, was begun by my great grandfather (Ebenezer Mills) who came to Marshall county, KS in 1856, later owned by my uncle (Joel E. Mills).
Barrett_SD1_g - Road to the Barrett School. The school is on the National Register of Historic Places, but is constantly in need of repair (as are most other old Kansas Schools). The School is owned by the Jones family.
Barrett_SD1_h - Photo of the class room through the old glass window. Reflection of the grass and streaks might make this photo a little artsy for some, but I liked it.
Photos of Ebenezer Mills and Caroline Barkes-Mills taken about 1862-63. The couple came to Kansas from eastern (Belmont) Ohio as part of the "Freestate Kansas" program. Ebenezer enlisted in the Union army in 1861 and fought at Cane Hill and Prairie Grove, Arkansas. They are buried in the Barrett, KS cemetery. Photo is property of Don Mills a grandson.
Harmony- In Murray township, School District No. 99. This photo is in the Marshall county Historical Museum in Marysville, Marshall county, KS.
Cunningham School - In Logan township, School District No. 83. This photo is in the Marshall county Historical Museum in Marysville, Marshall county, KS.
Antioch School - In Wells township, School District No. 7. This photo is in the Marshall county Historical Museum in Marysville, Marshall county, KS.
Auld School- Was located in Vermillion township, School District No. 34. The building is no longer standing, but this photo is in the Marshall county Historical Museum in Marysville, Marshall county, KS.
Interesting notes from the scrap book of Caroline Barkes-Alderman (called Carrie) who lived with her aunt Caroline Barkes-Mills and attended school at the Barrett School. She was born in 1879.
"Barrett School Teacher was a Miss Anna Calanan in 1887. I am trying to get copies of these photos.
Photo - Curries 1st School Teacher Miss Anna Calanan.
Carrie Had bronichal trouble every winter that I never got to go to school till I was 8 yrs old so I was ancious and delighted to think I was getting to go to school. I was not long mastering first reader and all that went with it.
But we had a Catholic for a teacher she had taught 2 terms at this district befor this but concealed the fact that she was Catholic till this term. She refused to use our Protestant song book which they were use to using in the school so she sent away and got a book of school songs to formilliar tunes & among them was one to the tune of Yankey doodle.
My Auntie was very strict and for reasons all her own would not allow me or her children to sing even the tune and promised me a whipping if I did (& Miss. Anna as teacher) requested we must call her, promised me a whipping if I did not sing & I sang Yankey doodle & there wasn't a Dandy in it. And spilled the beans that she was a Catholic, & I never got a licken neither at Home or at School. But she almost lost her job over it.
(2nd teacher Anna Campbell.)
Photo - Mrs Alice King
Mrs. Alice King was my 3rd teacher. She boarded at our House. I loved her dearly. She was a fine woman, and a devout Christian and tried to treat us all right. But on Feb. 5th she got her clothing a fire in the evening after school and before help could reach her, her cloths were all burned off & she died that night about 1-o'clock. So we had no more school that term.
4th teacher was Laura Fisher, nothing like Mrs. King. She was another grass widow, but we could not prize her, for she played sweet on every bodys Husband sweet heart and even some of the big boys in school. But O - oh - you kids look out she was anything else but sweet to them. She taught 2 terms & the last was worse than the first.
Joe Piaett, was my next teacher I got. We got along quite well with him he was just a single fellow was a good teacher and most of all the children liked him & all seemed to get along fine & learned more than we had in the same length of time from any of the others. Any time he wanted to win any of us to do something he would draw us a picture of an Angel. I never have met any one else that could draw a face like he could we would sure work for him when he would say he would draw us an Angel.
My next teacher was John Auld. He was married had a wife & three small children. He drove to school every morning about 6 miles he was the best teacher I ever had. Steady, earnest, sincere & thorough. A man that tryed to do right by all. He taught 2 terms there his ability as a teacher was far beyond the others and his last term was my last term. It almost broke my heart to think I had to quit But about 2 or 3 wks Before school was out my Aunt informed me I had to quit school & stay at home and help her. So I had to bid good by to school day's which I regret even to this day. But the Memory's of them last few years I shall never forget.
Saturday, February 7, 2004 6:25 PM
Spring Valley -- Geary County
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