Thomas Grove School - District 127
This photo [above] was purchased on Ebay by RCGS member, Darren McMannis. According to a 1956 newspaper article the school was built in 1886 and located 5 1/2 miles north and 1 1/2 miles east of 30th and Plum. Namesakes for the building and its district were the Thomas brothers, who settled the county’s first homestead. They came here from Salina, by-passing better land to settle near a big spring, a grove of cottonwood trees and bountiful grassland. The school was later built on their property and they were among the first board members. In 1956 a new structure was built behind the original 1-Room schoolhouse and until then the old school had never been rebuilt since its construction.
The back of the photo [above] is inscribed: To Clarice Mae from Carrie. The front of the photo has the following writing: Thomas Grove School. Carrie Forrester Hutch.*
The photo below is what the school looked like in 1956 when it was replaced.
*I found a Carrie Forrester in the Reno County census - indicating she was born about 1898. Any descendents still around?