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Town Schools

Harpers Ferry


New Albin


Rossville - see below in Jefferson twp. school records

Waterville - see below in Paint Creek twp. school records



Country Schools
Note: locations given may be approximate

Miscellaneous country school records & photos
Center township
  • Center No. 1
  • Center No. 2, Section 7 & 8
  • Center No. 3, NW portion of Section 20 (1886 & subsequent plat maps)
  • Center No. 4, east of Elon, approx. 1 mi., over the section line of Section 31, in Section 32 (1886 & 1903 plat maps)
  • Center No. 5, Section 15
  • Center No. 6, Section 33, slightly SW of Elon on the Waukon-Elon Rd. (1886 & 1903 plat maps)
  • Center No. 7
  • Center No. 8
  • Rural school notes, 1933 - Center twp. schools & other twp. schools
Fairview township - do you have any records or photos to share?
Franklin township
French Creek township
Hanover township
  • Hanover No. 1, Section 9 (1886 plat map) and Section 10 (1903 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Hanover No. 2, Section 29 - Photo
  • Hanover No. 3, Section 23 (1886 & 1903 plat maps) and Section 14 (1917 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Hanover No. 4, Section 26 - Photo of school children ca1930/1931
  • Iowa River School, Section 5 (not on 1886 plat map, appears on 1903 & 1917 plat maps) - photo/info. needed
  • Vosse Vagen School - Section 6 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed

Iowa township
Jefferson township
LaFayette township
Lansing township
Linton township
Ludlow township
  • Ludlow No. 1, SW corner of Section 1 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 2, SE corner of Section 4 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 3, Krumme school, Section 6 - School children photo - 1889
  • Ludlow No. 4, SE corner of Section 18 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 5, NE corner of Section 21 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 6, NE corner of Section 23 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 7, SE corner of Section 26 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 8, SW corner of Section 27 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 9, NE part of Section 31 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • German Presbyterian Parochial School, north central Section 9 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Franklin, Ludlow & Post twp teachers, 1942 - A list of the schools by name & their teachers

Makee township
Paint Creek township
Post township
Taylor township
Union City township
Union Prairie township
Waterloo township


Other Schools, Colleges, Universities


School Tid-bits

The Winnebago Mission School

Eastern Iowa's Indian School

Ninety years ago In the days when white settlers were swarming into the newly-opened Black Hawk Purchase the United States government was conducting an' experiment in vocational education in what is now Allamakee county, Iowa. Along with reading and writing and arithmetic the Indian boys received practical instruction in farming and the girls' in sewing. The story of the government's attempt to equip the Winnebagoes with the tools of civilization is told by Bruce E. Mahan in a recent number of The Palimpsest published by the State Historical society of Iowa. The school, a substantial, two-story structure of stone, was located on Yellow river, about six miles up stream from the Mississippi, and approximately ten miles from Fort Crawford. Rev. David Lowey, a Presbyterian minister who had been appointed teacher for the Winnebagoes by President Andrew Jackson, opened the school in the spring of 1835 with his wife as his assistant. At first few pupils came, but later the attendance grew slowly but steadily, necessitating an increase In the teaching staff. A granddaughter of Rev. Lowry writes: “Zachary Taylor, then commandant at Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien, and his wife and daughter used to come over and have dinner at the mission and once Mrs. Taylor brought my grandmother a setting of turkey eggs.” "My grandmother was quite successful in handling the little savages and when they got unruly with the other teachers they were sent to her. They all loved her and sometimes her room would be so crowded with Indian children sitting on the floor and everywhere there was scarcely room to walk." The removal of the "Winnebagoes from western Wisconsin and eastern Iowa to their new home in the Neutral Ground resulted in the abandonment of the school on Yellow river in 1840. It was reopened near the present site of Fort Atkinson, la., and there the government continued to instruct the Indian boys and girls until the Winnebagoes were removed from Iowa to Minnesota in 1848.
~Davenport Democrat and Leader, January 5, 1925
~Contributed by Cindy Bray Lovell


The First Allamakee co. Schools

The first school in the county, other than the one started by the U. S. government at the Old Mission, was opened in Postville. It was in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Post, in the summer of 1848. But the first school house was built at Hardin in 1849. Early in the fifties Reuben Smith, builder of the Old Stone House in 1857, opened a school house on his farm, to which he admitted children of the neighborhood and for whom he hired a teacher.
~Undated newspaper clipping
~Contributed by Mary Durr


Association of Teachers

In 1888, the principals and superintendents of the Fourth Congressional District formed an association. Some well known names appeared in that group, such as John B. Knoepfler, of Allamakee County, who succeeded Mr. Sabin at the end of the latter's first term as State superintendent of public instruction, and Edwin G. Cooley, later Chicago's superintendent of schools.
~Northwestern Iowa, Its History and Traditions 1804-1926
, Vol. 1, by Arthur F. Allen
~contributed by Roseanna Zehner

Punishment by Teachers

Miss Ada Buemer was a pupil in a school in Allamakee county, Iowa. Her health was not good, and her father sent a request to the teacher, Mr. Migner, that she be excused from school afternoons and from studying algebra. He refused to excuse her from algebra. A few days after she was present in the morning, when Migner called for her excuse for absence the previous afternoon, to which Ada replied she had brought an excuse for all afternoons. He replied that she must bring an excuse. She responded: "I brought you an excuse for all afternoons from my father." He replied: "None of your sass, or I will take the hickory to you," reaching for it. She said: "Don't strike me." He thereupon gave her severe punishment, producing marks which remained two months. He sent her to her seat, saying: "Do you understand me now?" She replied: "No, Sir, I do not," not knowing for what she was punished. On the day previous he compelled her to appear in the algebra class. She said she supposed she supposed she was excused from algebra, and had not prepared for the lesson. He told her she was not excused.

Migner was arrested for assault and battery, and before a Justice of the Peace was fined. He appealed to the District Court, where the decision of the Justice was affirmed. He appealed to the Supreme Court, where the cause was determined at the December term, 1878, and remanded for rehearing. It came back to the Supreme Court, at the recent term, where the decision of the lower courts was affirmed. The Court holds:
-That punishment with a rod, which leaves marks or welts on the person of the pupil two months, or much less time, is immoderate and excessive.
-In no case can the punishment be justifiable unless it is inflicted for some definite offense which the pupil has committed, and the pupil must understand for what the punishment is inflicted.
-If the rules of school require certain studies at particular hours, and the parent may not excuse therefrom, the teacher can not resort to whipping for failure of a pupil to pursue such studies at the hours fixed.

The remedy is by expulsion. Flogging girls 21 years old by big men veated with a little brief authority will not find much favor in the Supreme Court of Iowa, or any other Court. A big whip hung up in a school-room is the best evidence in the world that the teacher is not fit to teach school and govern pupils. The time has passed for attempting to educate the mind by brute force
~Winona Daily Republican; Winona, Minnesota; March 14, 1879
~contributed by Sharyl Ferrall


Graduate Student

Orville Carl Schultz, 1915-16, residence: Postville, Iowa. Born at Postville. Iowa, Oct. 29, 1892; earned B.Sc. at Iowa State College in 1915. Research Assistant in Botany, Rutgers College.
~'Catalogue of the Officers and Alumni of Rutgers College'; Rutgers College, Association of the Alumni, 1916, pg 313 ~contributed by S. Ferrall


George Bachelder Poem is Published, 1950

A poem by George Bachelder, Postville high student, has been accepted for publication in "Tepies", a publication of the Iowa Tuberculosis and Health Association. The poem centers around an animated TB germ which strikes down a man who knows nothing about the disease. The title —"He Didn't Understand"
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 1, 1950
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Eldo E. Kluss, Ford Model "A" School exam, 1928

Can you pass the exam!! Can you pass the exam?

The Ford Motor co. wrote a letter to F.C. Ruckdaschel, employer of Eldo E. Kluss, giving Kluss' exam results. A copy of the test questions & answers was included. Click either document to read the exam questions, the letter & some background info. about E.E. Kluss.

~source: original documents
~contributed by S. Ferrall, great-granddaughter of F.C. Ruckdaschel

Margaret Gelo, 1936
Margaret Gelo

Allamakee co. Spelling Bee Champions

1927 - Washington, June 24 (by the Associated Press) - Product of a small rural school, 13-year-old Dean Lucas of Congress, Ohio, today has the title of national spelling champion and a prize of $1000. Lucas, who is in the eighth grade in his town of 150 population, last night "spelled down" 13 girls and three boys to win the championship which is annually conducted by 17 leading newspapers. The word "abrogate" gained him the victory which Ralph Keenan, of Waukon, Iowa, aged 13, failed to spell. Keenan took second place and a $500 prize. Minerva Ressler, 12 years old, of Lancaster, Pa., took third place. All the contestants had won regional contests before their participation in the national championship. Lucas was sent to the contest by the Akron Beacon-Journal; Keenan by the Des Moines Register, and the Ressler girl by the Lancaster New Era.
~Ogden Standard Examiner [Utah], June 24, 1927
~contributed by Sharyl Ferrall

1936 - Best County Speller. Margaret Gelo [pictured at left] of Jefferson No. 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gelo, won the 1936 Allamakee County spelling championship at the eleventh annual  "bee" held March 28th.  Margaret was runnerup in the written contest, and in the finals spelled down Jerry Cahalan, to be crowned the eleventh champion.  Margaret and her teacher, Mrs. Marilla Amundson, will go to Des Moines to take part in the finals for the state championship April 18th.
~newspaper clipping
~contributed by Janet Koozer

1938 Kiwanis sportsmanship trophies

1938 Kiwanis sportsmanship trophies

Reading from left to right in the above picture, taken by R.H. Hintz, President of Lansing Kiwanis Club, are Fred Schafer, who presented the Kiwanis sportsmanship trophies: Paul Jordan, New Albin; Clara Ellen Gronna, of the Waterville championship girls; Leo Sebastian, Postville boys; and Sup't B.H. Graeber, also of Postville, representing his girls team, who won the sportsmanship trophy award, as did the New Albin boys.
~Allamakee Journal, Lansing, IA, 1938
~contributed by Errin Wilker