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Oconto County, Wisconsin



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 a and a woodshed.  contributed by: Marilyn Freitag


The new Gillett High School 


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
Photo contributed by: Marilyn Freitag