the 13th in a series of articles
sponsored by the Oconto County Teachers Association
to promote better public relations in the schools of our county.
The articles were found in the scrap book of his late mother.
The Abrams school was a one room school in its beginning as long ago as 1875. The teacher that year was Mr. B. C. Wolter of the City of Appleton, who received $60.00 per month for a nine months term. The first school board was as follows: Mr. B. C. Waldron, Clerk; Mr. A. C. Lovell, Director, and Mr. Horace, W. Waldron, Treasurer. The first county superintendent was Mr. H.W. Gilkey.
The following is an excerpt from the notes of the meeting called to order on August 26, 1878: Quote: "Meeting called to order by B. Barker. Clerk's report of the last meeting agreed and objected to by Mr. A. C. Lovell, exposing the dileterry conduct of the school board in not binding the teacher to stay at the school house from twelve until one of the clock at noon, which Mr. Lovell claimed was the hour that all mishaps, misdemeeners, misfortunes, misconduct and mischief occurred. Great tumult and some confusion and finally the house came to order. "I certify that the above is correct record of the proceedings of the annual meeting held at this school house this 26th day of August, 1878." In the year 1893 a small school house was constructed for the sum of $373,75 to accommodate the primary department. Furniture for said schoolhouse amounted to $68.75. First primary department was taught by Miss Jennie A Major, nine months at $25.00 per month. Due to overcrowded conditions in the small schoolhouse, and also in the large schoolhouse a two-room addition was made to the larger building. Thirty years later another room was added to accommodate the ninth and tenth grades. This was discontinued at a later date.
At present the school is being operated as a three room school, with an enrollment of ninety-two pupils. The teaching staff is as follows: Margaret Johnston, promary; Janette Reed, intermediate; Ray Pankratz, upper grades. The present school board members are as follows: Helen Ellner, clerk, Louis H. Bohl, treasurer, and Ben Rickel, director.
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