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of ducks stopped to feed in the myriad lakes of the area. When I was a
boy Herman and Walter Saffran, George Farlinger, Martin and Thorvald
enjoyed the sport of duck hunting with my father. At that time the
of ducks was 25 and many mornings my father and his friends returned
their limit from Crooked lake.
lakes and streams in the Town
of Armstrong contained a fabulous store of fish. Black bass, northern,
blue gills, and perch could be had with little prowess. Trout in
numbers filled the crystal clear spring fed streams. A fisherman, man
boy, could fish the small stream that runs on the outskirts of our town
and in a quarter mile stretch catch 25 or more brook trout ranging in
from 8 to 18 inches.
prodigous gifts of the forest;
fish, fowl, meat and berries, supplemented the table fare that our
settlers were able to raise. A meager menu oft times became a bountiful
different our landscape looked
when Sigurd Sandberg once posed with his prize of the forest! This
is courtesy of Mrs. George Millie Johnson
Importance of Eduducation
vaule of education to the first
settlers was evident, for although these pioneers worked from dawn
after dark and were hard pressed to find the wherewithal of a meager
they established a 'place of learning1 for the area's children long
there was a town to be named Mountain.
building that was part of an
old lumbering camp was chosen to serve as the school house and a young
girl by the name of Ella Mentor came from Omro to teach the classes
in this one room log cabin structure. Miss Mentor's brother was working
in a lumber camp here so in her acceptance of this teaching position in
this wilderness country of northern Oconto County, she knew she would
at -least one familiar face upon her arrival.
first students were the children
of Thomas Me Alien; John, William, find Lizzie, and Ed Rabe whose
lived on the Eldred farm just north of them on the Oconto River. As
young teacher set to teaching them the basic requirements in achieving
an education, no school buses, janitors, nor hot lunches assisted in
daily schedule. Books were highly valued and discipline was strict, and
the children truly appreciated this opportunity to attend school. The
from daily chores at home enlightened their spirits as they made their
daily trek to school, and so becfime a place to meet new friends as the
population began to grow in the next few years.
1887 Fred Bartz and his family
had settled on the land near this school and others like the family of
A.C. Frost and James Hines added to the enrollment so a new school was
built on an acre of land to stand accross from H.M. Baldwins General
picture taken of this school
house reveals a building with ship lap covering with a grand cupola and
bell atop the roof to signify this structure as a place of learning for
here the children of this growing community were sure to receive the 3
R's of their American education.
school built in 1887 would
serve the communitj for the next 21 years to be known as the Mountain
of District No. 1 of the Town of Armstrong.