Kansas One Room
School House Project

Dodge School -- Reno County

The Kansas Heritage Server would like to thank Dorothea Clymer for contributing this article and the photograph of Susan Jordan which is solely her property.

I am presently working on the Richard Broadwell project. Meanwhile, I have some information which you may find interesting for the One-room School Project. I mentioned to you that Dick Broadwell had three aunts who taught in one-room schools. The following is from a yellowed newspaper article glued to the front inside cover of a very old cabinet photograph album. It not only connects one teacher with a specific school but names an additional three schools which are not on the Internet one-room school house list for the county. All four schools were in Reno County.

"Kansas Day was celebrated by several public schools but we were not permitted to attend. We have reports from a number but have not the space to give all. The Lincoln school had afternoon exercises, and about forty visitors present. No. 53 gave an evening entertainment. South Hutchinson school gave an afternoon program. We give below the report received from the Dodge School which is being taught by Miss Sue Jordan one of Reno county's most popular and able teachers. The school room was handsomely decorated with flags, pictures, and the motto of Kansas. The exercises were good and appropriate to the occasion, the pupils showing the result of careful drill. Visitor"

Unfortunately, the article is not dated, but the Broadwell, Jordan and Stuart (all related) families immigrated to Hutchinson, Kansas about 1873 and Susan B. Jordan died in Hutchinson 25 November 1897. She was born January 11, 1856, the fifteenth of sixteen children born to Henry B. and Kesiah (Hall) Jordan. The eldest eight children were born in Athens, Menard County, Illinois but their father died in 1864 in Macon County, so it seems likely that it was probably Susan's birth place as well. It is believed that the educations of the eleven surviving children took place in Illinois. One older brother who became a physician, received his education at the State Normal School and a letter of recommendation by the county superintendent of schools confirms that an elder sister was also educated in Illinois.

Enclosed is a photograph of Susan Jordan which is solely my property. Susan Jordan never married and has no descendants. You have my permission to use this material and to edit it as is necessary for the project's needs.

Saturday, October 13, 2001 8:11 PM

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