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MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS - SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 54
GOSPER COUNTY, NEBRASKA

Compiled from various District 54 documents (school censuses,
treasurers' reports, meeting minutes, checkbook stubs, etc.)
by Carol Page Tilson

The K-8 District 54 school house was located northwest of Elwood.

NOTE:  Because of the declining number of rural students, District 54 officers in 1944 suspended classes, contracting to send their students to the Elwood Public Schools (District #1).  Classes were resumed in the 1950s, but the school house no longer exists.


DISTRICT 54 OFFICERS:
1908-1950

DISTRICT 54 TEACHERS:
1906-1943

Director:
1908-10: Joseph Morgan
1910-18: George C. Rice
1918-19: J. A. Morgan
1919-20: E. M. Wildman
1920-25: H. S. Maxwell
1926-27: Walter C. Houser
1927-31: Guy W. Salisbury
1931-37: William Schwenniger
1937-50: Guy W. Salisbury

Moderator:
1908-10 Swain Martin Tilson
1910-11: Burt Courtright
1911-12: J. H Courtright
1912-13: Clifford Tilson
1914-15: H. S. Maxwell
1918-32: Clifford Tilson
1932-35: Bert Dunbar
1935-38: William H. Ihfe
1938-41: Clifford Tilson
1941-44: Frank Morgan
1944-45: Mrs. Frank Morgan
1945-46: Walter Lierman
1946-50: Homer Haney

Treasurer:
1908-15: R. D. Corder
1915-18: ? (not available)
1918-21: E. A. Nott
1921-23: James Morgan
1923-30: J. A. Morgan
1930-42: Claude Corder
1942-50: Clifford Virgil Tilson

1906-07: Magnus Halker
1908-09: Mary Chambers
1909-10: Martha Chambers
1910-11: Hazel Best
1910-11: Ethel Wilson
1911-12: Amy Council
1911-12: Alice Curtis
1912-13: F. S. White
1913-14: Leslie Lewis
1914-16: Edith Wade
1917-18: Florence Way
1918-19: Madgel Yoeman
1919-20: Hattie Schroeder
1920-21: Margaret Millen
1921-23: Edith Wade
1923-24: Harold Parkyn
1924-26: Iva E. Dyer
1926-28: Alice Heckenlively
1928-30: Helen McGraw
1930-32: Ethel Halker
1932-35: Ruth Marie Nelson
1935-36: Gladys Halker
1938-39: Betty Hanson
1939-41: Birdeena Utterbach
1941-42: Phyllis Pahl
1942-43: Verna Walberg

Some School District 54 Class Rosters (Reconstructed from Report Cards)

1926-27
Student, Age, Grade

George Tilson, 12, 8th
Vera Tilson, 11, 7th
Mildred Salisbury, 10, 6th
Russell Tilson, 9, 4th
Robert Salisbury, 7, 3rd
Vera Corder, 7, 2nd
Mardelle Tilson, 6, 2nd
Faye Corder, 5, 2nd
LaVern Von Loh, 6, 1st
Alice Heckenlively, teacher

1927-28
Student, Age, Grade

Vera Tilson, 12, n/g
Harold Majors, 12, 7th
Mildred Salisbury, 11, 7th
Russell Tilson, 9, 5th
Robert Salisbury, 8, 4th
Vera Corder, 7, 3rd
Mardelle Tilson, 7, 3rd
Faye Corder, 6, 3rd
Wayne Majors, n/g, 3rd
LaVern Von Loh, 7, 2nd
Betty Tilson, 5, Pr.
Irvin Corder, 5, Pr.
Alice Heckenlively, teacher

1928-29
Student, Age, Grade

Mildred Salisbury, 12, 8th
Russell Tilson, 10, 6th
Robert Salisbury, 9, 5th
Mardelle Tilson, 9, 4th
Vera Corder, 10, 4th
Faye Corder, 8, 4th
LaVern Von Loh, 8, 3rd
Irvin Corder, 6, 2nd
Betty Tilson, 6, 1st
Helen McGraw, teacher

1933-34
Student, Age, Grade

Harry Ihfe, 13, 8th
Martha Ihfe, 12, 8th
Irvin Corder, 12, 7th
Edward Dunbar, 13, 6th
Betty Tilson, 11, 6th
Lloyd Dunbar, 12, 6th
Bill Remmenga, 11, 5th
Norma Corder, 9, 5th
Keith Dunbar, 10, 5th
June Tilson, 9, 5th
Ruby Ihfe, 9, 4th
Ivan Schwenninger, 9, 4th
Barbara Tilson, 8, 4th
Inez Corder, 8, 4th
Alvin Dunbar, 8, 3rd
Melvin Dunbar, 8, 3rd
Ella Ihfe, 6, 2nd
Donna Courtright, 7, 1st
Betty Hibbs - withdrew
Phyllis Hibbs - withdrew
Dean Hibbs - withdrew
Dewayne Von Loh - withdrew
Gailord Von Loh - withdrew
Ruth Marie Nelson, teacher

More School District 54 Class Rosters (Reconstructed from Report Cards)

1936-37
Student, Age, Grade

Keith Dunbar, 14, 8th
June Tilson, 12, 8th
Inez Corder, 10, 7th
Barbara Tilson, 10, 7th
Ruby Ihfe, 11, 7th
Ivan Schwenninger, 11, 7th
Alvin Dunbar, 11, 5th
Melvin Dunbar, 11, 5th
Donna Rae Courtright, 9,. 4th
Ella Ihfe, 9, 4th
Roberta Courtright, 7, 3rd
Verna June Dunbar, 8, 3rd
Rex Tilson, 6, 2nd
Phyllis Decker, teacher

1937-38
Student, Age, Grade

Ivan Schwenninger, 12, 8th
Inez Corder, 11, 8th
Barbara Tilson, 11, 8th
Ruby Ihfe, 12, 8th
Donna Rae Courtright, 9?, 5th
Ella Ihfe, 9, 5th
Roberta Courtright, 8?, 4th
Rex Tilson, 7, 3rd
Lawrence Courtright, 6, 1st

Phyllis Decker, teacher

1938-39
Student, Age, Grade

Barbara Tilson, 13, 8th
Donna Courtright, 12?, 6th
Roberta Courtright, 10?, 5th
Rex Tilson, 9, 4th
Lawrence Courtright, 7, 2nd
Elaine Salisbury, 6, 1st
Betty Hanson, teacher

1939-40
Student, Age, Grade

Donna Courtright, 13, 7th
Roberta Courtright, 11, 6th
Lawrence Courtright, 8, 3rd
Elaine Salisbury, 7, 2nd
Birdeena Utterbach, teacher

1940-41
Student, Age, Grade

Rex Tilson, 11, 6th
Elaine Salisbury, 8, 3rd
Birdeena Utterbach, teacher

1942-43
Student, Age, Grade

Rex Tilson, 13, 8th
Elaine Salisbury, 10, 5th
Harlan Gydeson, 9, 5th
Verna Walberg, teacher

School Censuses:  The information provided on these censuses varied from year-to-year, as well as from one enumerator to another.  The names of all "children" 5 to 21 years of age were required.  It was recommended that names of those under 5 be provided, but not required. Few younger children are given.  Later forms requested birth dates as well as ages.  There are some instances when an older "child's" spouse also was enumerated in a household.
1914: Census Report of Director to County Superintendent
for school year beginning second Monday in July, 1914:
R. D. Corder
John, 20
Herbert, 18
Earl, 16
Bartley, 14
Preston, 11
Belle, 8
Gladys, 5

J. H. Courtright
Nettie, 20
Sadie, 12
Hobert, 8
Clara Wood/Ward?
Floyd Gardner
Roxie, 5

Mrs. Maxwell
Lela Wade, 20
Ray Wade, 18

Frank Morgan
Marion, 10
Alpha, 8

Joseph Morgan
Joe, 18
Ray, 15
George C. Rice
Jesse, 18
Phebe, 14
Vernae, 7

Andrew Schwinning
Louy Sohn, 20

Elmer Tilson
Marie, 5
Percy Haworth, 16

Matt Woehrle
Mary, 20
William, 18
1916: Census Report of Director to County Superintendent
Joseph Morgan
Joe, 20
Ray, 17

R. D. Corder
Hurbert, 20
Earl, 18
Bartley, 16
Preston, 13
Belle, 10
Gladys, 7
James Morgan
Kenneth, 12
May, 11
Maria, 9
Viola, 7

J. H. Courtright
Sadie, 14
Hobert, 10

Mrs. Maxwell
Ray Wade, 20
H. E. Hertz
Claudia Hertz, 15
Sebelia, 13

Matt Woehrle
William, 20

Elmer Tilson
Marie, 7

Henry Hansen
Otto, 17
Maggie, 15
1918: Census Report of Director to County Superintendent
Joseph Morgan
Ray, 19

R. D. Corder
Earl, 20
Bartley, 18
Preston, 15
Belle, 12
Gladys, 9
James Morgan
Kenneth, 14
May, 13
Marie, 11
Viola, 9

Geo. C. Rice
Phebe, 18
Vinae, 12

J. H. Courtright
Sadie, 16
Hobert, 12
H. E. Hertz
Claudy, 17
Sebelia, 15
Noted on form:
H. E. born Illinois, wife is Emma

Ben (?) Sandy
Verner, 10
Aileen, 8

Lyle Nott
Wayne, 5

*1920: Census Report of Director to County Superintendent
*Students' names not listed.
Mrs. D. Corder
Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Corder
Mr. & Mrs. H. S. Maxwell
Mr. & Mrs. Bert Courtright
Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Tilson
Mr. & Mrs. E. M. Wildman
Mr. & Mrs. C. V. Tilson
Mr. & Mrs. Ashby
Mr. Joe Morgan
Mr. Ray Morgan
Mr. & Mrs. Noras Courtright
Mr. & Mrs. John Corder
Mr. & Mrs. Victor Haney
Mr. Geo. Archer
Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Nott
Mr. Earl Tilson
1921: Census Report of Director to County Superintendent
Note: Birth date recorded; not age.
L. K. Ashby
Charlie, 3/10/02
Ruby, 10/04/05
Earl, 9/29/10

C. E. Corder
Harold, 12/24/01

Martha Corder
Belle, 3/19/06
Gladis, 2/08/09
Rex, 7/30/11
Preston, 8/21/03

J. H. Courtright
Sadie 1/29/09
Hobert, 6/14/07
Victor Haney
Victor, 9/30/02
Sebelia, 4/7/03

James Morgan
Kenneth, 1/21/04
May, 9/5/05
Marie, 12/8/06
Viola, 3/23/09

E. A. Nott
Wayne, 11/23/19
Wilma, 10/30/14

George C. Rice
Vina, 8/26/06
C. V. Tilson
George, 10/2213

Earl Tilson
Gertrude*, 4/20/02
*Not child but wife,
Gertrude Remmenga Tilson

Elmer Tilson
Marie, 2/20/08
Vera, 12/26/15
1923: Census Report of Director to County Superintendent
for school year beginning second Monday in July, 1923

* Free High School Tuition paid for this student 1 Jun 1923.
Mattie C. Corder
Belle, 3/19/06
Gladis, 2/8/04*
Rex, 7/30/11

J. A. Morgan
Kenneth, 1/21/04
May, 9/5/05
Marie, 12/8/06
Viola, 3/23/09
C. V. Tilson
George, 10/23/13
Russell, 9/20/17

Elmer Tilson
Marie, 2/20/08
Vera. 12/26/15

Geo. Rice
Vina, 8/26/06
J. H. Courtright
Hobert, 6/14/07*

Frank Westfall
Earl, 3/30/15
Elva, 8/30/17

A. E. Hollinger
Lloyd, 1/18/10
Faye, 7/25/11
Helen, 7/13/13
Lyle, 9/6/15
Maxine, 9/15/17
1924, 1926, & 1927: Census Report of Director to County Superintendent
* Free High School Tuition approved for student 5 Jun 1925.
1924
Mattie C. Corder
Bell, 18
Gladys, 15*
Rex, 13

J. A. Morgan
Kenneth, 20
May, 19
Marie, 18
Viola, 15*

C. V. Tilson
George, 11
Russell, 7

Geo. C. Rice
Vina, 18*

J. H. Courtright
Hobert, 17

Elmer Tilson
Vera, 9

Walt Houser
Ruby May, 12
Stella Amelia, 10
Floyd Harley, 6
1926
Students listed by:
name, birth date, age


Mathe Corder
Rex, 7/30/11, 15

Claud Corder
Vera M., 11/30/18, 8
Fay M., 10/9/20, 5

Walter Houser
Ruby May, 4/1/12, 11
Stella A., 10/31/14, 12
Floyd H., 9/18/18, 8
Francis H., 7/16/20, 6

C. V. Tilson
George, 10/22/13, 13
Russel, 9/20/17, 9
Mardelle, 7/10/20, 6

Elmer Tilson
Vera E., 12/26/15, 12

Ray Wade
Lynn R., 12/2/20, 6
Keith V?., 9/26/22, 4
1927
Martha C. Corder
Rex, 7/30/11, 16

Claud Corder
Vera M., 11/30/18, 9
Fay M., 10/9/20, 6
Irvin, 4/2/22, 5

Earl Tilson
Betty Ellen, 12/26/22, 5

C. V. Tilson
George, 10/22/13, 13
Russell, 9/20/17, 9
Mardelle, 7/10/20, 7

Elmer Tilson
Vera, 12/26/15, 12

Guy Salisbury
Mildred, 7/15/16, 11
Robert, 9/19/19, 7

Bert Courtright
Hobart, 6/14/06, 20
Ruby, 9/1/06. 20

J. A. Morgan
Viota, 3/23/09, 18
Wm. Jorges, 11/21/06, 20
1927
Other Resident Taxpayers

(no children listed)
Alvin Svensen
Wm. Schwenniger
Henry Meyers
Clifford Rayburn
Earl Corder
Preston Corder

***
Not on census but on grade cards:

Wayne Majors, no age given
Harold Majors, 12

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