Fairview School - 1927
photo and information provided by Ruth Bardot
Note: This was scanned from a St. Clair Chronicle microfilm printout. If you
have the original photograph, please contact us so we can post a better
believe these names are listed right to left instead of left to
Front Row: Lawrence Girardier, Richard
Girardier, Elizabeth Schlipp, Frieda Schoeneman, Earl Marcrander, Albert
Schlipp, Robert Schoeneman, Anna McKean, Thelma McKean, Hertha (sic) Dodson
and Edna Wideman.
Middle Row: Frank McKean, Catherine McKean, and Lucile
Back Row: Floyd McKean, Floyd Dodson, Arnold
Evilsizer, Curtis Peacock, teacher Mrs. Mertie Pickering, Ellen Girardier,
Marie Girardier, Audra Peacock and Ruth Dodson
accompanying article explained that Mrs. Pickering, was born in Kansas in
1879 and moved to Franklin County with her parents in 1907. She taught 15
terms at Fairview beginning in 1916. After she had taught four years, she
and her husband, Luther, decided to homestead in Alberta, Canada but found
the weather too severe and returned the following year, after which she
taught another eleven years. She also taught other Franklin County schools.
The Fairview District was re-organized into the St. Clair district.
At the time the newspaper article was printed, January 16, 1967, Mrs.
Pickering was 87 years old. She had no children. The article states the
photograph was 40 years old at the time so it could be from the 1926-27 or
1927-28 school year.