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OCONTO COUNTY SCHOOLS
— It was picture taking time at the Degantown school when the
Times-Herald photographer and Co. Superintendent of Schools Russell
O'Connor stopped at school. The entire enrollment is pictured outside
the school with their teacher. Mrs. Moede, and Mr. O'Connor.
THE GANG'S ALL HERE !
The bell was on a post
just outside the door. The first teacher's
salary was $20.00 a month, and room and board were furnished them. The
school term consisted of seven month—a winter term and a
One of the first School Superintendents was Mr. McKinley from Abrams.
He walked from school to school and sought lodging at the farm homes.
The early log cabin house was replaced around 1880. The new building
was built on the present school grounds. It was painted red and had but
three windows. In 1895 a belfry was added. Many years later another
room was added making it a two room school. In 1931, two teachers were
engaged to teach, as the enrollment had grown. Some years later it
became a one teacher school again.
past year the enrollment was such
that facilities were inadequate
and it was necessary to convert to a state graded school. Much
remodeling was done and many improvements added. The work was started
in late 1953. The original room has been completely remodeled, by
adding a new linoleum tile floor, plaster wall board of a lovely shade
of green, new lights, new book shelves, and much new equipment and
furniture. A utility room was added tO house the oil burning furnace; a
water system was installed supplying both hot and cold water.
— Several of the pupils of the Degantown school are pointing out
items of interest on their bulletin board to Mrs. Eldor Moede, their
A new front entrance has been built and a new door leading to the
outside was put in both rooms. Plans are also being made to remodel the
primary room next year.
Our school board members are Mr. Howard Westphal, clerk; Mr. Irwin
Heaney, director; and Mrs. Rudolph Delzer, treasurer. Mrs. Ralph Heaney
and Mrs. Erwin Heaney clean the school. Our teachers this year are Mrs.
Beverly Hegeman, lower grades, and Mrs. Myrtle Moede, upper, grades.
Various portions of this school history were supplied by Mrs. Ernest
Wesley, Mrs. Albert Delzer Mrs. Elsie Delzer, and Mr. Em-mett
Johnson of Oconto Falls.
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