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Prairie - Gem School - Elk Falls, KS
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N 37° 22.415 W 096° 11.678
14S E 748410 N 4140009
Quick Description: Friends Of Elk Falls meets third Monday of each month at p m at the Pershing Prairie Gem School Weight Watchers meet every Thursday at p m for ...... - Winfield Courier
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2015 7:42:17 AM
Waymark Code: WMNGB2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Big B Bob
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Long Description:

County of school: Elk County
location of school: 10th St. & Montgomery St., Elk Falls
Plaque erected by: friends of Elk Falls
Marker erected: 2002

Plaque on School Text:

Pershing / Praire [sic] / Gem
School House
District #26
Elk County, Kansas
1879 - 1944
Originally located 2 miles west of Elk Falls
Moved in 22002
By Friends of Elk Falls
Plaque donated in Loving Memory
Edie Baker

The old school is a museum now, used as a meeting place for the Friends of Elk Falls, and housed the outhouse collection and is only open during the Great Outhouse Tour & Contest every Friday before Thanksgiving.

"A 40 foot inflatable obstacle course will be provided for the kids by Elk Konnected and Elk County, a craft show at the gym, the quilt show at Calvary Chapel, Homer Allison’s outhouse collection at the Prairie Gem Schoolhouse and the open house at the Elk Falls Pottery. In a sneak peek of things to come, Elk Falls Pottery will be having their first open house at their future location at the Rock Garden north of the highway." ~ Elk Falls Outhouse Tour

"The matter of the education of the youth received early and liberal attention by the settlers of Old Howard County. No sooner were there a sufficient number of children within easy distance of each other than there were means provided for their instruction. Districts thus became organized as the necessities required, so that as early as October, 1872, there were 118 organized districts in the county, 113 schools, and 1,069 pupils enrolled.

"The division of the county in 1875 severed also the schools, and in 1879 Elk County alone numbered seventy-four organized school districts with an enrollment of 2,181, requiring the employment of eighty- eight teachers.

"For the year 1882, the report of the County Superintendent shows the following:
"The number of children in the county of school age, 4,150. Of these 2,025 are males, and 2,125 are females. There are seventy-five schoolhouses in the county, and four districts that have no schoolhouse. Three graded schools in the county, these being at Longton, Grenola and Howard City. There were eighty-two certificates issued during the last school year.

"The endeavor of the citizens of the county to add to the efficiency of the schools is zealous and unremitting. Greater care is now being taken, year after year, to have none but competent teachers employed, and incompetent men are now excluded from the office of County Superintendent; the aim being to elect only such as are properly qualified for the discharge of this, the most important of official positions. The standard for the qualification of teachers is being gradually promoted, County Institutes being held annually for the drill and preparation of teachers in the latest and most improved methods of school work." ~ History of Elk County

Original or Re-creation?: Original

Year the school first opened.: 1/1/1879

Year the school closed.: 1/1/1944

Is the schoolhouse still open as a school?: no

ontgomery St. & 11th St.,
Elk Falls, KS USA

Web Address (if available): [Web Link]

Does the school offer 19th century classroom reenactments or day camps?: no

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