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Gillett Graduation - 1907

This eighth grade class graduated in Gillett in 1907. In the back row, from left, is Truman John, Ralph Brahmer, Mr. Schwartz and Elmer John; front row Minnie Brummer, Guy Gale, Emerald Welch, Martin Pipenberg and Beatrice Brummer. Photo courtesy of Galen Winter, Shawano.
Researched and contributed by Cathe Ziereis
Gillett Graded School - 1908

The entire student body and faculty of Gillett Graded School pose in front of the school building. 
Photo courtesy of Galen Winter, Shawano.
Researched and contributed by Cathe Ziereis

2nd School built in 1884
later became a blacksmith shop

First Schoolhouse - Gillett 

The first school in Gillett, located on the corner of North Elm and W. Main was literally a  "little red schoolhouse."  Built in 1865, it was more than a  school, it was a community center. On Sundays, whenever a circuit preacher came through, church services were held in the school.

The first town elections in  1868 were held in the schoolhouse. It was  the site of many gatherings, usually attended by everyone in the community. This little red building served  the community in its many capacities until 1884  -  when a larger schoolhouse  was built on South Elm. The little red schoolhouse was moved up near the new school and became the Emile Thibaudeau Blacksmith Shop and later a woodshed. 

contributed by: Marilyn Freitag

"After living in Clintonville for a year and eight months Emil and Minnie Leaps Thibaudeau bought two acres of land in the little city of Gillett, Wisconsin in Oconto County. They built a frame house, then moved an abandoned school house to the land. The first floor was used as a blacksmith shop. In 1905 the roof of the school was raised to provide a paint and storage shop for wagons and sleighs. The bell tower of the school was removed and made into a 'playhouse' for the children: Della, Gordon, and Raymond."


The new Gillett High School  
addition was added to the graded school.

1909 Gillett High School 


Photo contributed by: Marilyn Freitag

1948 Gillett Graded School first grade students:

front to back starting at left 

Row 1: Delores Linzemeyer, Nancy Ellis, Carol Rusch, Dennis Cota, Soren Sorlie, Lyle Wetzel

Row 2: Marilyn Freitag, Shirley Kirkhoff, Carol Klawitter, Patsy Wilson, Curtis Runge

Row 3: ? Erickson, Carol Krause, Diane Kohn, Edwin Winkler, Janet Gordon, Maryellen Smith

Row 4: Peter ?, Marcia Muth, Gary Olson, Harold Wilson, Wayne Kruschke

Row 5: Barbara Van Hoof, Nanette Nienstedt, ? from Holland, Dennis O'Connor, Lizette Tollner ? from Holland

Teacher is Mrs. Gallagher from Oconto Falls

built 1923
"Per History of Gillett: The present high school building was scheduled for completion during the summer of 1923 but was not quite ready when September came. Moving came sometime in November of that year, and each child piled his arms full of books and took the first of his daily walks west of Main Street to the present location."
special thank you for this infromation to:

Nancy R Smith
~ Volunteer
Gillett Area Historical Society
A Non Profit 501 (c) (3)  Organization

1930s Gillett High School

1984 Gillett High School with additions