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Busby -- Elk County


The Kansas Heritage Server would like to thank Pamela D. Niles (p2niles@sktc.net) for contributing this information.


There is a one-room stone schoolhouse located in Busby, Kansas. (Busby is a ghost town, a crossroad consisting of a number of homes). The schoolhouse is still there, in the southwest corner of the crossroad; although it's exterior has been stuccoed over and it's used as a town hall. It was built by stonemason Gust Anderson, a prominent politically-active Swedish immigrant who lived just north/northeast of Busby and he built several prominent homes in the Longton area during the 1870-1890s. A old photo clearly shows a stone engraved plaque inlaid above the front door as customary, but the stucco exterior has obliterated it. The building does not look to be more than a 24x34. It is "School No. 8" on a plat from c1900. It is in Painterhood Twp., Sec 1.
(the original stone school image) of Busby school, "in Busby"     pix courtesy of "Elk County.....a narrative history" pub 1979---
 
--I was just given this book as a housewarming gift.  It provides us with SCHOOLS info I (as an outsider) would not have known.
 
pg. 117;  a history of Busby school follows.  Says date & contractor name obscured ... (it has been stuccoed over as I've  previously reported.)  
It says early teachers were : MINTE NICHOLS, VIE EARLY, GEORGE SHARP, FRANK ORGAN, ED ADAMS. 
 
I will send on pgs. 47-48, listing Elk Co schools & teachers as known (in 1979)...
 
 
Pamela D Niles
Longton
 
 

Saturday, April 5, 2003 3:52 PM



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