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HISTORIC OCONTO COUNTY SCHOOLS

Knowles School 
6504 County Road E
Town of Abrams
Oconto County, Wisconsin

built 1901

Conversion to a private residence had begun
and was abandoned at this point
but elements of the original school building are still present.

Photo by Tom Rymer
Times Herald
December 1977



Photo 2007
Private Residence

Private Residence

Photo by Tom Rymer
Times Herald
December 1977



 contributed by:
Laurie J. Wieber-Martins

More photos and information would be appreciated by Laurie.
Knowles School Grades 1-8 Graduating Class of 1956
 
Front Row: Peggy McDermid; Linda Clapper; Laurie Wieber; Glenn McDermid; Mary Jo Gold; Arthur Wieber; Leslie Clapper; Paul Salnick; Camille Wieber.
 Second Row: Elaine Wieber; Leon McDermid; Barry Clapper; Laurie Salnick; Donald Kuchek, Orville Bonk; Darlene Salnick.
 Back Row: Billy McDermid; Joyce Kuchek; Laurie Gold; Gary McDermid; Bryan Clapper; Monte McDermid; and Miss Irene Bushmaker (teacher).


The one-room school house was in town of Abrams, Wisconsin. The school was located on County E actually at the end of the road now called Sandalwood Road - the school's name was "Knowles". I think it was named after the governor, but that cannot be proven... it was what my father told me. He also went to the school when he was a boy.

The photo was taken in 1956 and our (Wieber) family obtained the photo because the school was closing. I am almost 100% sure The teachers name was Miss Irene Bushmaker. She later married and became Mrs. Irene Demith. She relocated to Lena, Wiconsin.
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Article contributed by:
Larry Grady

(transcribed from the 1953 and 1954 news article)

This is the 4th in a series of articles
sponsored by the Oconto County Teachers Association 
to promote better public relations in the schools of our county. 

The articles were  found in the scrap book of his late mother.

On April 27, 1901, a meeting was held at 8 o’clock at the home of Mrs. S.A. Johnson in the town of Pensaukee. It was held to select a plot of land to build a school house in the town of Abrams which was to be District No. 8. The meeting was called to order by Mr. W.S. Parkinson. It was decided that the school be located on the SE corner of the SE quarter of Section 20. This is located about four miles northwest of Abrams. The cost of this building was to be about seven hundred fifty dollars. The board members elected were: Mr. C.N. Knowles, Clerk; Mr. Wm. Kickhafter, Treasurer, and Mr. W.S. Parkinson, Director.

The last day of September that same year school began. It was to be held for a period of seven months. There were three months before the holidays, then a two weeks vacation, and then four months before summer vacation. Their first teacher was Miss Francis Tupper, who received twenty-five dollars a month. The furniture in school was made by the men of that district. Their stove was the old jacket type stove which burned wood. Wood was bought from fifty cents to one dollar and a quarter a cord. The person selected to do the cleaning was given three dollars and fifty cents for the term.

The children had to buy their own books the first year, but the second year the district started to buy them. The value of the library was around three dollars the first few years.

The total number in the district was one hundred twenty-two. Sixty-five of these were children between the ages of four and twenty years.

In 1936 electricity was put in the school, up to that time it was lighted by lamps. The old fashioned wood stove was replaced by an oil burner this fall. There isn’t any hot lunch set up, but the children heat soup and bake potatoes on the top of the stove. The water is obtained from a well, the same as it was years ago. The school has a physical education program planned for three days a week.

At present there are twenty-one children attending this same school under the supervision of Mrs. Violet Buss. The present board members are: Mr. Frank Bonk, Clerk; Miss Betty Howaniec, Treasurer; Mr. Andrew Hornick, Director.


 

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