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 Degantown School

Oconto County, Wisconsin

Degantown — 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 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 spring term.

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.

Times-Herald Photo
Degantown — Several of the pupils of the Degantown school are pointing out items of interest on their bulletin board to Mrs. Eldor Moede, their teacher
This 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.

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.