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This work is a result of being interested in school history and the work done earlier by the Retired Teachers Association of Henry County in 1976 in response to the Bicentennial Celebration in the United States.   Mr. Cecil C. Pryor, a friend and colleague of mine, as we were both teaching at Kewanee High School during this time period, was the co-coordinator for the 1976 project.
     The one room rural school existed from about 1840 to 1952 in Henry County as it did in most other Illinois Counties.   Consolidation of schools started in a large scale in the late 1940’s.    The graded school existed in larger communities of the county in the late 1850’s.  I find it amazing that 160 schools were in Henry County in 1860 as reported in the 1860 Holmes Henry County Plat.
      The time period of this book is from 1857 to 1869, which is covered by the reports of visits to the schools by various Henry County Superintendents.    Another work now in progress is the later period from about 1900 to the end of the rural schools in Henry County.  This is difficult because many people know the names given to various schools, but the county usually went by district numbers.   In 1902 the numbering system changed and each school was given a district number starting with 1 and ending with 187; others were given numbers higher as a way to keep up with schools being consolidated.
    
     This work could not have been completed without the information from newspapers and records of the Henry County Regional Superintendents Office.  In addition, I spoke with students who attended these rural schools and also to a few teachers, both who have interesting tales to tell.  Thanks to my wife for making many trips to libraries and other places to help gather information.
     Hopefully, this work will keep part of the rural school system alive and refresh some memories.  Perhaps some will find a relative or person they might have known in this system of education.

Steve Morrison, President


2016 MEETINGS


Everyone is Welcome!

The Henry County Genealogical Society program for August is Bud Aupperle, Subject: Currier & Ives China.
It will be a very interesting program. See you Monday August 22 at 1:30 at the Kewanee Library.

Sept 26 Maryann Wherry Ken Norcross files, "History of Western Township"

Oct 24 Cleta Riggins, topic Witches

Nov 28 Roger Engstrom William "Baby Doll" Jacobson, from Orion Area, Baseball player for Detroit, St Louis, Philadephia, Boston & Cleveland

 

EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ENJOY EACH AND EVERYONE OF THE PROGRAMS.