The Richland County – Shelby Chapter
Of The Ohio Genealogical Society

 
- - - WILL SCHOOL - - -
Sharon Twp., Richland Co., School District # 5
Original school built in 1855, last school built ca. 1877
(currently a residence)
 
 
 
 
 
School built abt. 1877 - photo Fall 2000
 
 
 
School Location and Early Neighboring Landowners
 1873
Map
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1896
Map
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Location: South Side of Stein Road, West of State Route 314.

WILL SCHOOL

The Will school was named for the family of Valentine Will, who was born
February 02, 1802 in Baden, Germany. Valentine married Elizabeth
(Koch) Cook, born January 15, 1805 in Baden, Germany.
 
Valentine and Elizabeth immigrated to this county and settled in Bedford
County, PA. where they started their family. In May of 1833, two months after
the birth of their son Peter, they continued their westward movement and settled
in Sharon Twp. Richland County.
 
The Will homestead was located in the East 1/2, of the Northeast 1/4 of
Section 31, in Sharon Township. Their log dwelling was constructed just
west of where the Will School is now located. The 1873 map (above) shows
the approximate location of the log dwelling and it's postion on the land
then owned by Henry Weidner where the Will School is located. The
structure (probably log) shown on the 1873 map, was replaced by the
current brick School House in about 1877.
 
The land for the Will School was originally donated to the "Sharron"
Township Board of Education in April, 1855, when Wendel Widener leased
1/4 acre for a public school lot for the purpose of "maintaining a common
school". This lease was made at the time of construction of the first school
on this site. This 1/4 acre lot was part of the 80 acres that Vanderlin Widner
purchased from David Jordan in 1836. Jordan was the original land
purchaser in 1833. In 1877, Wendel Wiedner's son Henry, increased the
amount of land leased to the Sharon Township Board of Education to 1 acre.
This was probably in preparation for the construction of the brick structure
currently occupying the site.
 
Valentine and Elizabeth Will, were the parents of nine children, three sons
and six daughters. At least two of the children taught at the Will School,
Peter in 1858, and Margaret in 1863. Valentine Will was elected a
School Director for 3 years in District # 5 in 1854. He was a director,
when in March of 1855, a certificate was issued for the construction of a
new school house in School District # 5 for the amount of $287.37.
This school house was probably the one shown on the 1873 map, above.
 
Valentine Will died on July 04, 1855 and is buried in the Nazor - Schwartz
Cemetery. Elizabeth died on December 08, 1893 and is buried beside her
husband.
 
Peter Will, born March 19, 1833 in Bedford County, PA. married Matilda
Humphrey in January of 1857. On May 2, 1864, Peter enlisted in Co. F, 163rd
Regt. O. V. I. and served until mustered out in September, 1864 when he
returned home. Peter and his family spent about 4 years in the late 1860s in
Indiana, before moving back to Sharon Twp. He purchased land beside
John Myers (East 1/2 of the Northwest 1/4 of section 11), next to the Myers
Church and school.
 
Peter and his wife were the parents of six children, four sons and two daughters.
One of their sons, Irvin E. Will, taught at the Will School during the school year
1880 - 1881.
 
Will School Pictures & Souvneirs
 
   
 
Will School Class 1920 - 1921
 
 
1921 Souvenir & photo - courtesy of Margaret Molder / Crays and Helen Weaver / Crall
 
 
Will School - Classmates of 1920 -1921
 
#1 Carl Hoover, #2 Kenneth Smith, #3 Victor Weaver, #4 Ross Gantzler,
#5 Sylva Hoover, #6 Frances Fry, #7 Curtis Hoover, #8 Irvin Smith
#9 Ray Weaver, #10 Helen Weaver, #11 Pearl Gantzler, #12 Hazel Gantzler
#13 Ruth Wolf - Teacher, #14 Esther Feik, #15 Rhea Belle Klinkle
#16 Florence Feik, #17 Margaret Molder
 
 
Will School Class 1927 - 1928
 
 
Photo May 1928 - courtesy of Harley Barber & Maude Barber / Lybarger
 
1927 - 1928 Class Members
 
Front Row (L - R): Fern Clabaugh, Harold Hoover, - - ale Pack,
Gladys Clabaugh, Agnes Sutter, Opal Moore
 
Back Row (L - R): Mary Sutter, Margaret Hoover, Mary Pack,
Claude Barber, Maude Barber
 
This and the following pictures were contributed by Harley Barber, who was
given the pictures by Maude Barber / Lybarger. Some of the markings on the
pictures are not clear and for this reason the names are not complete. If you
can identify any of the people in these three pictures, please contact us or
Harley Barber HayBarber@aol.com
 
   
  " Little Friends"
Photo - courtesy of Harley Barber & Maude Barber / Lybarger
 
The photo on the left may be more of the 1927 - 1928 Class. The picture on the right
was labeled "Little Friends" and could possibly mean that these are the younger
brothers and sisters of the class members and were just visiting for this occasion.
 
 
Will School Class 1940 - 1941
 
 
Photo courtesy of Donald Swanger
 
1940 -1941 Class Members:
 
Front Row (L - R): Robert Schunuerer, Carol Pfleiderer, Donald Swanger,
Virginia Patton, Delores Stults, Lloyd Furr
 
Second Row: Bill Swanger, Robert Pfleidner, Wilbert Furr, Doyel Cutnaw,
Jeannie Thompson, Mildred Snavely
 
Third Row: Leroy Stone, Richard Swindel, Richard Pfleiderer, Lowell Cutnaw,
James Furr, Delores Glower, Patricia Dell
 
Back Row: Joe Clabaugh, Glenn Swanger, Mervin Glower, Ardeth Hartman,
Mildred Swanger, Katie Rudd, Edna Furr, Faye Stults
 

Teachers: Leon Lantz & Mrs Barnhouse
Bus drivers: Glenn Hartman & Harry Chew

Will School Teachers:
 
   

1853 - 1854

.

1854 - 1855

Henry Wiggins

1855 - 1856

.

1856 - 1857

Emeline Wagner / Benton D. Michele /George W. Moore

1857 - 1858

Peter Will

1858 - 1859

L. Nunnamaker

1859 - 1860

John Yenner

1860 - 1861

Frances Kerr / W. H. Shepherd

1861 - 1862
 

1862 - 1863

Margaret J. Woods

1863 - 1864

Martha P. Woods / Margaret Will

1864 - 1865

William McAlvaine

1865 - 1866

 Isabelle McDonald
   
   
   
   

 1876 - 1877

 Mattie Palmer

1877 - 1878

.

1878 - 1879

 G. D. Wheeler / Franklin J. Laser

1879 - 1880

Franklin J. Laser 

1880 - 1881

 Sarah M. Roberts / Irwin E. Will

1881 - 1882

Alice Crall / D. B. Sipes / B. D. Sipes 

1882 - 1883

J. J. McKnight / Oliver C. Marriott

1883 - 1884

 R. Elmer Kerr

1884 - 1885

 R. Elmer Kerr

1885 - 1886

C. H. Stone

1886 - 1887

 J. C. Kerr / Ella H. Stone

1887 - 1888

 J. C. Kerr / Ella H. Stone

1888 - 1889

J. C. Kerr (John) / Ella H. Stone

1889 - 1890

L. H. Neville / Anna Crall - d/o David & Mary

1890 - 1891

B. F. Williams / Luella Hawk

1891 - 1892

Luella Hawk / R. Elmer Kerr

1892 - 1893

R. Elmer Kerr / Ida E. Sipe

1893 - 1894

 R. Elmer Kerr / Ida E. Sipe

1894 - 1895

 L. H. Beam

1895 - 1896

 L. H. Beam

1896 - 1897

 M. M. Hunter

1897 - 1898

 R. P. Bricker / Musi Crown?

1898 - 1899

R. P. Bricker / Duey Wise

1899 - 1900

Duey Wise

1900 - 1901

George W. Coble

1901 - 1902
 

1902 - 1903
 

1903 - 1904

  Margaret Smith / Bessie Post

1904 - 1905

Rena Finnegan - d/o Richard & Sarah

1905 - 1906

Rena Finnegan

1906 - 1907

 Mary G. Rogers - d/o Andrew J. & Mary

1907 - 1908

 Gertrude Ruse / Rachel Brubaker

1908 - 1909

 Rachel Brubaker - d/o Burton & Sarah

1909 - 1910

Edith McBride / Helen Boone

1910 - 1911

Meusie Crouse

1911 - 1912

Bertha Ritchie

1912 - 1913

Bertha Ritchie

1913 - 1914

Meusie Crouse

1914 - 1915

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

1915 - 1916

School Suspended (small enrollment) *

1916 - 1917

School Suspended (small enrollment) *

1917 - 1918

?

1918 - 1919

 Iva Creveling / Bonita Lykins

1919 - 1920

Esther Scherer / Ruth Wolf

1920 - 1921

Ruth Wolfe / Rhoda V. Walters

1921 - 1922

Rhoda V. Walters * *

1922 - 1923

Catherine Sprague

1923 - 1924

 Catherine Sprague

1924 - 1925

 LaVerne Rose

 1925 - 1926

 LaVerne Rose

 1926 - 1927
 

 1927 - 1928
 

 1928 - 1929
 

 1929 - 1930
 

 1930 - 1931
 

1931 - 1932
 

1932 - 1933

 .

1933 - 1934

 .

1934 - 1935

.

1935 - 1936

Cathryn (Sprague) McKinney

1936 - 1937

 Cathryn (Sprague) McKinney

1937 - 1938

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1938 - 1939

.

1939 - 1940

.

1940 - 1941

Leon Lantz & Mrs Barnhouse

1941 - 1942

H. R. Cutnaw

1942 - 1943

Ray Fauber / Gertrude Majors

1943 - 1944

Gertrude Majors

1944 - 1945

Gertrude Majors

1945 - 1946

Gertrude Majors

1946 - 1947

Gertrude Majors

1947 - 1948

?

1948 - 1949

?

1949 - 1950

?

1950 - 1951

Cathryn McKinney

1951 - 1952

Cathryn McKinney / Berdena Ervin
 
* Students were transferred to Gamble and Finnegan Schools.
 
* * In the 1921 - 1922 school year, a surrey was purchased from Mrs. John H. Frank
(Margaret Klinkle / Frank) to be used as a school wagon in Will School district.
 
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