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Springfield Township - Brockway # 9

Contributed by Evelyn Baker


The article below has been written by Evelyn Baker concerning one of Springfield Township's long ago schools, known as Brockway #9. This article was originally posted on March 15, 2001, and the following information was included in the preface to the article: "This school apparently opened sometime around 1870 and closed in 1926. The building was apparently torn down shortly after it closed, and according to Evelyn, even Springfield Township's oldest residents do not have a picture of the school. However, Evelyn will continue to search for a picture of the school, and/or some of the teachers and students."

Since that time, additional information has surfaced, including a picture of the school, and information that a private residence is today in existence on the school site, with parts of the original school incorporated into the residence. All of this new information is presented on a page entitled "Brockway School #9 - 2003 Update"

If anyone has additional information about the material presented below, please contact Evelyn.


Brockway School # 9

written by Evelyn Baker

March 2001

Brockway School #9 was one of about 12 district schools when it open about 1870. The school was located on the corner of Nye Road and Old Middle Road, just east of the Nickel Plate subway, and one mile north of the Springfield Town Hall.

In 1872, there were 12 district schools in the township, with an enrollment of 388 students. Average attendence was 273. Poor roads and inconvenience of student transportation prompted the school boards to build several one room buildings throughout the district.

The 'Kid Hack' or 'Kid Wagon' is believed to be the first public transportation of students in Pennsylvania. The first driver was Elmer Strong. He owned the farm wagon & built in crude seats, a roof that gave some protections from the elements, and side curtains used in stormy weather. In the winter, he transferred the wagon bed to a bobsled. It was then filled with straw & heated soap stones. The rides to and from school became a sleigh ride. He submitted the history of the student wagons to the Pa. Dept. of Education and was informed that the Springfield enterprise was the earliest on record in the state.

Finances alloted for the schools was $2459.63. Length of the school term was 4 months. There were 22 teachers employed in the district and they were paid $10 a month at the end of the term.

Brockway School closed in 1926 and students were sent to both West and North Springfield Schools.

Here is a table listing the teachers at Brockway School #9.

Years taught The Teachers Birth - Death Residence
       
1870 - 1875 Mr. McKendree   Springfield Twp., Pa.
1885 - 1886 Clara Wilson Brown - 1936 West Bangor, N. Y.
  Edith Mallory Cameron 1872 - 1924  
  Etta Case Eagley - 1946  
  Carrie Mershon 1867 - 1940 West Springfield, Pa.
1890 - 1891 Jennie Waldo Becker - 1939  
1891 - 1892 Viola Maynard - 1964 Girard, Pa.
1892 - 1893 Louie E. Haebeggar    
1893 - 1894 Fred M. Nye 1874 - 1932 Springfield, Pa.
1894 - 1896 Unknown    
1896 - 1897 Glenn J. Sherman 1876 - 1959 Junction City, Kansas
1897 - 1899 Viola Maynard - 1964 Girard, Pa.
1898 - 1899 Alice Maynard Brenholtz - 1953 Girard, Pa.
1899 - 1900 Anna Colt - 1958 Millvillage, Pa.
1900 - 1901 Inez M. Zimmerman Fenton 1880 - 1970 Sharon, Pa.
1901 - 1903 Edna Edwards - 1943  
1903 - 1904 May Eldridge Thayer - 1964 Conneaut, Ohio
1904 - 1905 Charlotte Stebbins Eisaman 1883 - 1973 East Springfield, Pa.
1905 - 1907 Mary Howland 1886 - 1911  
1907 - 1909 Florence Lewis 1888 - 1970 Conneaut, Ohio
1909 - 1910 Florence Randall Stacey   Miami, Florida
1910 - 1911 Rada Randall Eldridge 1891 - 1981 Girard, Pa.
1911 - 1912 Louise Gould Whitney 1891 - 1988 West Springfield, Pa.
1912 - 1914 Clinton C. Shumake 1891 - 1964 Conneaut, Ohio
1914 - 1915 Rachel Diehl Christman - 1973 Erie, Pa.
1915 - 1916 Lois Skinner Wright 1896 - 1985 West Springfield, Pa.
1916 - 1917 Mary (Haggerty or Harvey) Martin   Jacksonville, Florida
1917 - 1919 Unknown    
1919 - 1921 Hazel Barker Gray 1895 - 1976 East Springfield, Pa.
1921 - 1923 Marion Joiner Wheeler   West Springfield, Pa.
1923 - 1924 Ruth Shuster Tapola - 1956 Conneaut, Ohio
1924 - 1926 Marion Walbridge Howland 1906 - 1988 West Springfield, Pa.
 

Listed as other teacher

   
Unknown years Margaret Snyder    

The first Brockway school reunion was held in 1950 at the Township Community Park in Girard. The oldest student attending was Anna M. Diehl, Wesleyville, who began school in 1871. Mrs. Hazel Southworth was elected President & Glenna Steenberg Ocshier was elected Secretary / Treasurer.

Students & spouses to later attend reunions:


Sources: Files of Glenna Steenberg Ocshier, Sec./Treas.; Conneaut News Herald; Springfield Cemetery Book; Erie County Library Obituary Index; Book "Turn of the Century" by E. Strong; and several local phone calls to the above families and to Lyrel Wegmiller, retired tax collector and Springfield Twp historian; and to Velma Eagley, retired post master and Springfield Twp historian.


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