School Consolidation
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Benron
N 46° 46.505 W 091° 23.203
15T E 623163 N 5181433
Quick Description: Historical marker near Port Wing
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 2/27/2010 9:38:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM8ABG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
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Long Description:
As the 20th century began, logging operations were in full swing in this area and the small log schoolhouses could not handle the increasing number of students. Some classes were held in churches but additional facilities were needed.

T.N. Okerstrom and James C. Daly conceived the idea of consolidating the rural districts and establishing a larger school with free transportation. It was a new idea and there was resistance but after numerous meetings and much planning, a new school building for the consolidated district was completed in January 1903.

S.A. Baxter was principal, with a salary of $70 per month, and teachers May Kinney and Nettle Trolander each received $40 per month

So far as is known, this was their first school district in Wisconsin to provide free, tax-supported transportation. Canvas covered, horse drawn wagons or sleighs, known as "school rigs" were used for this purpose.
County: Bayfield

Location: Park

MarkerID: 145

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