The images of this souvenir booklet were contributed
by Mary Baker who also supplied the following information:
This school was located about four miles east of Gray
Summit, MO facing Highway 100, near Alt Road (as it is called today). Mary's
great-great-grandfather, Chris Alt, came to America from Germany around 1850 and
settled in the Oakfield area. He saw a great need for a school in the community
so he donated one acre of ground for the one-room school house.
This school was first known as Oakfield Academy and was later renamed Oakfield
One teacher taught grades one through eight. In 1946,
Mary entered first grade at Oakfield. There were seven students in the entire
school that year. During her second grade year, there were ten students. She
transferred to Pacific School District the following year. A year or so later,
the Oakfield School was consolidated with the Gray Summit School. Mary recalls
that County School Superintendent O. E. Burke used to visit the school
periodically. During the time her father and his siblings attended the school,
Mary's grandfather John J. Schuster was president of the school board from 1916
to 1920. Mary added that all of the Schuster names are relatives of hers, aunts,
uncles and cousins.
Thank you, Mary, for your contribution!