Allamakee co. IAGenWeb Project - School Records
updated 06/10/2016

Evergreen School
Section 2, Post township


Evergreen school, Section 2, Post twp.
1886 Warner-Foote Plat map, showing the location of the Evergreen school
(image captured from HistoricalMapworks.com)

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Evergreen school children, ca spring 1955
The school was closed, and the building auctioned off August 4, 1955.

Evergreen school children, ca1955

Front row: David Hagemeier, Jerry Starkey, Janice Starkey, David Lawson, Larry Gelo, unknown boy (possibly Alvin Linville), John Roffman, Marion Brainard

2nd Row: Janice Wittenberger, Karen Beall, Janeen Lawson, Linda Gelo, Sharon Coates, ?Janice Lawson, George Brainard, John Wittenberger, Larry Gruel, Richard Beall

3rd Row: Mrs. Reincke (teacher), Beverly Starkey, Shelby Gelo, Frank Wittenberger, Robert Beall unknown boy (*possibly Frederick Heins)

~Source: scan of original photograph
~Contributed by David Hagemeier

* 6/10/2016 from Bob Beall: "The person in the far right back row is incorrectly identified as Robert Beall. I don't know who he is, it may be Fredrick Heins as he did go to the Evergreen school, but I don't know if he is the right age for the photo."

~Note: if you can positively ID the boy in the white shirt & dark jacket (front row), please contact the Allamakee coordinator

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Evergreen school students
October 1953
Teacher, Mrs. Iva Reincke

Karen Beall
Richard Beall
George Brainard
Marian Brainard
Carl Coates
Sharon Coates
Russell Enyart
Larry Gelo
Linda Gelo
Shelby Gelo
Larry Gruel
David Hagemeier
Frederick Heins
Clinton Lawson
David Lawson
Janeen Lawson
Karen Lawson
Beverly Starkey
Janice Starkey
Jerry Starkey
Frank Wittenberger
Janice Wittenberger
Johnny Wittenberger

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Miscellaneous Items

Fred Beedy came down to Evergreen school house on the invitation of Miss Purman, the teacher, and took one of the finest groups ever seen of 52 scholars and 10 visitors.
~Postville Review, August 5, 1893
~Note: Fred Beedy was a photographer. It's possible that a copy of the group picture he took in 1893 still exists..... if you have a copy or know where one might be located, please notify the Allamakee co. coordinator.

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Miss Tierney, teacher of the Evergreen school, wants the prize for the largest ungraded school in the county, having 57 scholars on the register and more to come.
~Postville Review, December 24, 1897

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The Julius Krousie family, living out on route two, Postville, had a contest all of its own that has just been definitely settled to the satisfaction of all concerned. Earl and Eunice Krousie, students in Evergreen school, were the best spellers and when the tests were given to decide which one should represent their school in the county spelling contest, the battle for supremacy raged on for weeks without a decision. Last week, however, Earl won out over his sister and will represent Evergreen school at the Waukon contest to be held Saturday, April 8th.
~Postville Herald, March 2, 1933

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Dr. Kiesau of Postville was called to the Evergreen school last Wednesday, where he vaccinated twenty pupils against smallpox. Mrs. Russell Enyart is the teacher of this school.
~Postville Herald, February 22, 1934

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Mrs. John Dundee, Mrs. Jess Uhl, Mrs. Frank Roffman, Mrs. Milton Helgerson, Mrs. Herbert Miene, Mrs. Martin Vickery, Mrs. Julius Krousie and daughter Helen, Mrs. Herman Nuehring and Oliver, Mrs. Arthur Ricker and sons, Mrs. Geo. Brainard and Bernice, Mrs. Melvin Helgerson and Elizabeth, and Viola Miene enjoyed the Thanksgiving program and lunch at the Evergreen school on Tuesday afternoon, where Vera Stieber is the teacher.
~Postville Herald, December 6, 1934

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A new 4-H Girls' Club was organized in Post township in the Evergreen school district. The following were enrolled: Virginia Kalke, Barbara Brainard, Janice Brainard, Laura Coates, Hazel Marie May, Esther May, Eunice Krousie, Marian Gelo, Margaret Gelo, Iva Phipps, Mae Phipps and Leota Phipps.
~Postville Herald, April 30, 1936

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We have completed our eighth month of school. Our school will close May 22 with a picnic on the school grounds. We are proud of the successful little program of a few weeks ago. From the money we earned, we purchased a lamp and a water can. A recent entertainment brought a new bulletin board. Miss Peterson has been having three interesting contests: spelling, reading and citizenship. Virginia Kalke was awarded an autograph book. The pupils have all enjoyed writing in it. Robert Krousie got an aeroplace book for winning in spelling. The citizenship contest is between the boys and girls. We hope the best side wins.
Esther Peterson, teacher
Reported by Barbara Brainard
~Postville Herald, May 7, 1936

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Evergreen school in Post township, Esther Peterson, teacher, was awarded first place in the floats at the Waukon corn day festivities last week. There were 31 floats entered in the parade.
~Postville Herald, October 12, 1939

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The Post township spelling contest was held at the Myron school last Friday afternoon. Virginia Kalke of Evergreen school was the fiinal winner. She will go to Waukon to the county spelling contest on March 30.
~Postville Herald, March 20, 1940

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Oran Engelhardt and Laura Coates, students at Evergreen school in Post township, have been placed on the honor roll of 8th grade rural school children graduating in Allamakee county on May 28th, according to County Superintendent Lois Grimm.
~Postville Herald, May 21, 1941

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Commencement exercises for rural eighth grade students of Allamakee county will be held in the Waukon high school on Wednesday, May 26, at two o'clock. Among the graduates to receive their diplomas are Bernice Brainard, Evergreen school, Post township, who is on the honor roll of the class.
~Postville Herald, May 19, 1943

The Evergreen school in Post township is paying Miss Ella Williams of Waukon $90 per month to teach the Spring term, the highest salary ever paid by a rural school in Allamakee county.
~Postville Herald, March 22, 1944

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Ralph Prescott is wielding the birch in the Evergreen school for his sister, Belle, the regular teacher, who is ill in her home here.
~Postville Herald, April 25, 1945

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A.B. Cook will teach the Evergreen school this winter.
~Postville Herald, September 26, 1945

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Donald Roffman of Evergreen school was a contestant in the spelling contest held at Waukon Saturday afternoon.
~Postville Herald, March 26, 1947

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Doris Ann Lawson won first place in the spelling bee held at Evergreen School.
~Postville Herald, March 16, 1949

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Eighth graders from rural Allamakee county schools wrote their eighth grade examinations in Postville last Tuesday. Among them were Marilyn Bray, Keith Roffman and Arthur Hagemeier from Evergreen school.
~Postville Herald, May 14, 1952

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Water being used for drinking water for the nine one-room schools was tested by the state this fall. The water being used by five schools was found unsafe for drinking purposes. These were the four schools in Grand Meadow township [Clayton county] and the water from the well at the Evergreen school. The teachers for these schools are carrying water from town, and are being supplied with chemicals that can be placed in the water to assure that it is safe for drinking purposes. The pupils in Evergreen school are enjoying the new text books; also the music with Miss Dougherty. Shelby and Linda Gelo have returned their dental cards.
~Postville Herald, October 28, 1953

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Linda Gelo had a birthday last week and treated the whole school to popcorn balls. Carl Coates, an eighth grader, treated his classmates and the other children to candy bars. The first graders are beginning to read in their first grade reader entitled, "On Cherry Street." Second graders are learning how to cut objects into parts which are called 's and 's. They use small flannel boards to show this so they can see that two halves make a whole thing. Third grade is learing the 2's multiplication tables.
~Postville Herald, February 3, 1954

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The third graders have had a new experience in writing letters in ink to their relatives, and sending them. They are waiting for answers to them. Wednesday, Mr. Cook brought out a science kit and the seventh and eighth rades performed experiments with the batteries, tubes, magnets and etc. They proved air has pressure, what causes a door bell to ring, how to make an electro-magnet and several other experiments. George Brainard, the only pupil in the fourth grade took a reading achievement test and got a perfect score. The following pupils had birthdays during March and brought treats to their classmates: Frank and Janice Wittenberger, Larry Gruel, George Brainard and Larry Gelo. Mrs. Reincke and Shelby Gelo each brought a gold fish for their classroom so they have something to make the room more interesting.
~Postville Herald, April 7, 1954

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There are 21 pupils in the Evergreen School this year and all grades are represented. Johnny and Janice Wittenberger have returned their dental cards. Students have formed a Current Events Club and elected new officers fro one month: President, Johnny Wittenberger; vice president, Larry Gruel; secretary, Clinton Lawson; editor, Shelley Gelo. Each pupil pays his dues for each month, then they will decide what to do with the money.
~Postville Herald, September 29, 1954

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From the Evergreen school we have a report of three recent birthdays: Frank and Janice Wittenberger and Larry Gruel. Alvin Linville has scarletine and will be out of school for at least two weeks. Enrollment has jumped another notch, as Gordon Brainard has entered their kindergarten.
~Postville Herald, March 23, 1955

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Evergreen school teachers

Note: the dates shown for the teachers are not all-inclusive of terms taught.

Clarence Wood, unknown dates
Ed. Brainard, 1881
Miss A. Harris, 1882
Miss May, 1883
Mattie White, 1886
May Jones, 1891
Miss Purman, 1893
Mabel Johnson, 1895
Mary Tierney, 1897
Hayes Van Gorder, 1899
W.J. Ivory, 1899
Kate McGourty / McGorrety, 1909
Marilla Amundsen, 1932
Adeline (Smith) Enyart, 1933-1934
Vera Stiber, 1934
Esther (Peterson) Sweat, 1936-1939
Millard Helgerson, 1941
Ella Williams, 1944
Belle Prescott, 1945
Janice Brainard, 1945
A.B. Cook, 1945
Iva (White) Reincke, 1954-1955

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Anyone wishing to share Evergreen school photos, student rosters, names of teachers or other information about this school, please contact the Allamakee coordinator.

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