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  Sobieski School
Town of  Little Suamico
Oconto County, Wisconsin

Now being used as Little Suamico Town Hall

Photo contributed by:
Jill Gondek 
Taken 2010

Photo contributed by:
Jill Gondek 
Taken 2010

Article contributed by:
Larry Grady

(transcribed from the 1953 news article below)
Stiles and Sobieski Schools
Featured In This Week's Article On Co. Schools

This is the fifth of a series of articles prepared by the Oconto County Teachers Association to promote better public relations in the schools of Oconto County.


Sobieski — School District No. 3 of Little Suamico was organized in 1894. Loretta McDonald was the first teacher at the one-room school one mile North of Sobieski Corners. Her wages were $25, and the enrollment was 26. Mrs. George Grosse, Little Suamico, was the only other teacher at this school. The first schoolhouse is now the home of the Milton McDowells.

The new school site, 3/4 mile west of Sobieski Corners, was voted on in July of 1903. The first school was built by the Forrestal Bros., Oconto, in 1903. Blanche Whitcomb was the first teacher. The board included H. A. Whitcomb, McGregor and C. DeLano.

In 1911, the enrollment had grown so that a second room was needed. By 1912, two brick rooms were added on the old wood building. The teachers were getting about $55 a month from a board consisting of John Hernet and Richard Krause. The third member is not known.

Two years of high school were added in 1925. The old Post Office, owned by Richard Krause across the street, was put to use.

Teachers were H. A. Pelky, Miss Melcher (Mrs. Hidde), Mr. Ward Gillett, and Florence Pelky (Mrs., Ray Truskowski). The enrollment! of the entire school was about 160. Four years later the high school closed.

The opening of a Polish Parochial school in 1928, brought the enrollment in the public school down so that in 1932 with an enrollment of 8, it became a one room school again. Miss Mary Pomperovitz (Mrs. Nelson) was the teacher.

Enrollment increased by 1939 so that it was necessary to use the second room again.

Today's enrollment is 67. The board includes I. J. Galikowski, Andrew Vollmer and Tony Mielcarek. Mrs. Celia Milewski, Krakow, teaches the primary room, and Miss Rosemary Neumeier, Oconto, has the upper grades.

This year the district has expanded to include District Number 5 and part of District Number 4. Children outside the radius of 2 miles are transported.

Water was put into the school last year. A new oil furnace was installed this year.