The Richland County – Shelby Chapter
Of The Ohio Genealogical Society

 
- - - VERNON / CATTEY SCHOOL - - -
Sharon Twp., Richland Co., School District # 3
(Built in the Summer of 1879, closed about 1918)
 
 
(photo courtesy of Mrs Paul Gosser)
 
Vernon or Cattey School in the Early 1900s
 
 
Mrs. Paul Gosser kindly allowed the use of the above picture and supplied
the names of those people appearing in the picture.
 
Left to right: Stella Finnegan (Teacher), Ralph (Boobie) Fisher, Oleiva Gwirtz,
Clarence Fisher, Edna Fisher, Wilfred Weaver, Ed Sifferlin, Agnes Sifferlin,
Albert Gwirtz, Leo Weaver
 
 
 
School Location and Early Neighboring Landowners.
 
 
1873
Map
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1896
Map
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Location:  South side of Rt. 61 (Sharon Twp garage location - removed in the 1970s)
 
 
This School was named for the Cattey Family who owned property adjacent to the
School, and for the fact that it was located just west of Vernon Junction. Vernon
Junction was named for the junction of two early railroads, the Cleveland,
Columbus, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis (which passed through Shelby),
and the Mansfield, Coldwater, and Lake Michigan.
 
An interesting bit of information came from an article in an 1877 issue of
the Shelby News. The district #3 school was referred to as the "French" school.
A speculation could be made that this name may have been another way of
referring to the French - descended Cattey Family who immigrated from the
Alsace, Lorraine, portion of France.....
 
 

 

 

Vernon Junction ca. 1873 (1) 

 Vernon Junction ca. 1896 (2)
 
The town was started not long after the M. C. & M railroad was completed.
At one point, there was a hotel, a depot building, several small stores combined
with a group of dwellings.
 
In the early years (early 1850s to early 1860s), the school directors in this district
were often Peter Mott, Solomon Mott and John McMahon (families shown on
the 1873 and 1896 maps above). Peter Mott was born in Germany, immigrated
to the US, and married Victorene Cattey, a daughter of Alexis and Katherine
Cattey. The Cattey family immigrated to this country from France.
Peter Mott died in 1862 and is resting in the Sacred Heart Cemetery,
in the Bethlehem Settlement, near Shelby, Ohio
 
John "Eugene" Cattey was elected to 3 year terms as a School District # 3 director.
He continued to serve the School District #3 through the 1890s.
 
By the early 1880's Clara V. Cattey began teaching in the District # 3 school
and continued to teach in this and other Sharon Twp. districts well into the
1890s. In late 1896, Bennett Cattey began teaching in District # 3 and continued
to serve in districts # 3 and # 6 into the early 1900s.
 
 

Vernon / Cattey Class of 1903
 
Photo - courtesy of Mrs Paul Gosser
(Click for a larger view)
 

Class Members:
 
Front row (left to right):
(Standing) Harvey Cattey, Ray Mott, Eulalia Mott; (seated) Unknown, Ernest Wright,
Unknown, Billie Gosser; (standing) Clarence Fisher, Hilda Fisher
 
Middle section (left to right):
Irene Mott, Ralph Fisher, Minnie Mott, Unknown, Unknown, Ollie Bishop,
Stella Finnegan - teacher
 
Back Row (left to right):
Charles Biglin, Maude Cook, Claude Fisher, Unknown (in front), Elizabeth Gosser,
Ramey Frish, Lena Palletier
 

Vernon / Cattey Class of 1905?
 
Photo - courtesy of Mrs Paul Gosser
(Click for a larger view)
 

Class Members:
 
Standing - extreme back (left to right):
Clem Till, Harry Sutter, Hilda Fisher, Edna Fisher, Lew Purdy
 
Middle row (left to right):
Billie Gosser, Lizzie Gwirtz, Gusty Laubie, Nellie McMahon, Corlis Biglin, May Purdy,
Ramey Frish, Veronica Gwirtz, Glenn Nelson (in back), Clarence Hartz, Pete Gwirtz,
Stella Finnegan - teacher
 
Front row (left to right):
Park McMahon (standing), Ralph Fisher, Stella Hartz, Claude Fisher, Liddie Frish,
John Fisher, Carl Hartz
 

Vernon / Cattey Class of 1907?
 
Photo - courtesy of Mrs Paul Gosser
 
(Click for a larger view)
 

Class Members:
 
Front row (left to right):
Carl Hartz, Gertrude Tracht, Ernest Wright, Ramey Frish, Lydia Frish,
Glenn Nelson, Lydia Hartz
 
Back Row (left to right):
Billie Gosser, Stella Finnegan - teacher, Harry Sutter, Clem Hill, Elizabeth Gwirtz,
Henry Biglin, Stella Hartz
 
 

 
- - Some Vernon / Cattey School Teachers - -
 
   

1853 - 1854

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1854 - 1855

  James M. Parker

1855 - 1856

  .

1856 - 1857

   E. L. Hufford / Angeline Crouse

1857 - 1858

  Catherine Kerr / Isaac A. Myers

1858 - 1859

  .

1859 - 1860

  S. Collingwood / Amy J. Buckingham

1860 - 1861

 W. R. Carnahan / Mary Will

1861 - 1862
 

1862 - 1863

 Sarah A. Pierce

1863 - 1864

 Cornelia A. Kerr - d/o Robert & Abigail

1864 - 1865

Henry J. Breckwell

1865 - 1866
 

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 1876 - 1877

Miss Mary Crall - d/o David & Mary 

1877 - 1878

.

1878 - 1879

Edward Goldsmith / John W. Cook

1879 - 1880

Edward Goldsmith / Elmer A. Forbes / Jennie Finnegan 

1880 - 1881

 Katie Gosser / John A. Garver

1881 - 1882

Julia Gosser / John A. Garver 

1882 - 1883

Charles Goldsmith / B. D. Sipe

1883 - 1884

Clara V. Cattey - d/o Peter Eugene & Catherine

1884 - 1885

Clara V. Cattey

1885 - 1886

Clara V. Cattey

1886 - 1887

 John W. Cook / Vida Buckingham

1887 - 1888

John W. Cook / Clara V. Cattey

1888 - 1889

O. O. Sheeley / Clara V. Cattey

1889 - 1890

O. O. Sheeley /Miss Ollie Orewiler

1890 - 1891

O. O. Sheeley / Ollie Orewiler

1891 - 1892

Ollie Orewiler / Charles Douglas / Viola Molder

1892 - 1893

J. C. Kerr / Clara V. Cattey

1893 - 1894

 Clara Cattey / J. C. Kerr

1894 - 1895

 Mary Price / J. C. Kerr

1895 - 1896

 Mary Price / J. C. Kerr

1896 - 1897

 Margaret Smith / Bennett Cattey

1897 - 1898

 Margaret Smith / Harry Orewiler

1898 - 1899

 Bennett Cattey / Harry Orewiler

1899 - 1900

Bennett Cattey

1900 - 1901

Bennett Cattey / Harry E. McGinley

1901 - 1902

 Stella Finnegan - d/o Richard & Sarah

1902 - 1903

 Stella Finnegan

1903 - 1904

Stella Finnegan / Harry Hartman

1904 - 1905

Charles Smith

1905 - 1906

Stella Finnegan / Margaret Smith

1906 - 1907

Stella Finnegan

1907 - 1908

Stella Finnegan

1908 - 1909

Stella Finnegan

1909 - 1910

Rena Finnegan - d/o Richard & Sarah

1910 - 1911

Rena Finnegan

1911 - 1912

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1911 - 1912

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1912 - 1913

Ozra Kerr

1913 - 1914

Mary Heffelfinger

1914 - 1915

Aug. 17, 1914 - School Suspended (small enrollment) *

1915 - 1916

School Suspended (small enrollment) *

1916 - 1917

School Suspended (small enrollment) *

1917 - 1918

School Suspended Indefinitely
 
* Students were transferred to Gamble and Finnegan Schools.
(1) Map originally appeared in the Andreas Atlas Map of Richland County. Ohio - 1873
(2) Map originally appeared in the Rerick Brothers County of Richland, Ohio Atlas - 1896

 
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