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OCONTO COUNTY SCHOOLS
by: Larry Grady
(transcribed from the news article below)
Brick School District No. Jt.
6 Pensaukee and Abrams
The Brick School is located about three miles south of Brookside and
three fourths of a mile East of County Trunk J.
During the past six years the attendance has been between 33 and 39
Early records were destroyed by fire, but the old settlers say the
first school was built in 1870. The bricks came from the brick yard
East of the school on what is now the Geil farm. An old Treasures's
book which dates back to 1875 gave some information.
The clerk in 1875 was W. W. Delano. The teacher Miss L. Delano received
$140.00 for the year of seven months. The records show as many as three
teachers taught during a term. The first teacher to teach a full term
was Hattie Bellingham in 1878 at1 $20.00 per month.
Double seats were purchased in 1878. Also $2.00 was allowed per year
for cleaning the school
Painted black boards were purchased for $4.00. The attendance was very
large .We were told between 65 and 100 children attended school.
The school was called the Brookside School District No. 6 up to 1887.
The board voted to furnish free texts until 1905 when the children 'had
to buy their own, because only $5.00 was allowed for supplies.
Three dug wells and two drilled wells have supplied the water. The
drilled wells were drilled in 1910 and 1951.
Slate boards were purchased in 1906 for $16.06. The record shows that
$200.00 was raised each year for expenses.
The first building was heated I by a box wood stove costing $11. 50 for
slove, pipes and freight. In 1 1914 a jacket stove was installed.
In 1885 the board voted to have a nine month school term. There is
mention of the board attending a Softool Board Convention in 1905 for
the first time.
In 1915 free text books were voted in again. New single desks were
bouglit. The first record of $1,000.00 was raised for expenses.
The first building was razed in 1920. The new building had a full
basement with furnace, and chemical indoor toilets. These were removed
and put outside in 1925.
In 1937 the building was wired for electricity, and a steel roof put on.
Between the years of 1945 to 1952 the school purchased a radio, a
piano, a hot plate, a film strip projector, new blonde desks, I new
green chalk boards, an electric clock, and a blower for the furnace.
The floors were sanded and sealed. The building was painted last
summer. The school is well supplied with up-to-date texts and supplies.
The present school board members are: clerk, Mrs. Orville Westcot:
director, Mrs. Clarence Thome; treasurer, Mrs. Delano Moody. The
teacher is Mrs. Mary Papenfus.
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