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OCONTO COUNTY SCHOOLS
Lincoln School Building
City of Oconto
The first Lincoln School in Oconto was built on Jones
Avenue between Washington Street and Adams Street.
It was built in 1869
when Oconto was incorporated as a city and money was appropriated for
two new schools
The Second Lincoln School Building
Originally located at the corner of Jefferson & Arbutus in
Oconto. The building was moved to 201 Jefferson Street once it was
aquired by St. Joseph's Parish in 1907 and became
the Parish Hall.
Source Mary Beth Jensen
When the second Lincoln School was built the first was
moved on Adams Street just west of the school property and used as a
house. It is still standing.
The second Lincoln School was built in the same place as the first. In
1907 it was condemned for use as a school and sold to St.
Joseph’s parish. It was moved to Jefferson Street and Arbutus
Avenue. It served as St. Joseph’s parish hall for 45 years
and razed in 1952.
The third Lincoln School was made of brick and again built on Jones
Avenue. Classes were discontinued there in the late 1980s. It was razed
in the early 1990s.
Photo below contributed by:
Lincoln School #3
"I attended Lincoln School
from kindergarten through 5th grade when my family moved away. I went
back to look for the school last year and learned that it closed and it
has been torn down. It was a beautiful school with high ceilings in the
classrooms on the 1st and 2d floors. Gorgeous wood stair cases going
from 1st to 2d floor. Four classrooms on the 1st and 2d floor with stair
cases in the front and rear of the building. There was a large open
area in the center of the 1st and 2d floor with wooden floors and wood
paneling. The 2d grade classroom was in the basement and the lunchroom
was in the basement - those rooms had low ceilings and were not as nice.
There was a lovely old horse chestnut tree toward the rear of the
school - beautiful fall leaves and chestnuts. Big windows in the
classrooms and ante-rooms for each classroom where we hung our jackets.
Big bust of Abraham Lincoln on the first floor."
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