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those days if a child was to come home from school with reddened
or a slightly elongated ear lobe, they problbly went back to school the
next day with a sore bottom as well !
role of teaching was not an easy role to fulfill in educational aspects
either. The community placed full responsibility on this person's
abilities, and a child was not expected to be promoted unless that
knew his lessons well. Courses of instruction were to be repeated until
improvements in the report card showed justifiable grades for promotion
into the next year of study. A child who failed to pass was considered
a failure on the teachers part as well, for the child had not been
from the eighth grade was in receiving a well learned education, and
eighth grade diploma signified this as a grand achievement and accompli
those students wishing to further their education beyond eight years of
learning, the school in Mountain was able to provide courses of
in attaining two years of higher learning. Many of the settlers in the
Town of Armstrong were able to give their children this education,
that they had a place in which to stay/ or were in walking distance of
the school. Many chose to ride a horse into town rather than walk/ so a
shed was used on the Sever Anderson farm next door to the school yard
to tether their horses for the day.
1914 the Mountain School was enlarged to provide for a full four year
of high school. This building was then entitled the Union Free High
the first of its kind in the state of Wisconsin, for this school was to
be maintained and funded by the taxpayers within the borders of the
of Armstrong. Upon inspection by state officials after two years of
the Union Free High School was declared as one of the best schools in
Union Free High School
picture is courtesy of Lester McAllen.
settlers in the Town of Armstrong created the schools in which our
would continue to receive a free and fair education. The town of
not only overcame a devastating fire in the rebuilding of their school
in 1905, but now made it possible for their children to be rewarded
a high school education in this school to sit atop the hill in Mountain
school in 1989 serves to educate Kindergarten through Eighth
. In 1948 the high school was closed due to a shift in the population.
Those not of this community decided the enrollment no , longer called
the high school classes to be held at this school.
the local residents, almost to a man, opposed this decision, state
and Suring District officers eliminated the Mountain School District at
a meeting held at the school house.