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Allamakee county
School Records Index

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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

Sources used for the locations: 1886 Warner & Foote plat, 1903 Waukon Standard plat, 1917 Waukon Standard plat & the 1917 Anderson Publishing Co. plat; and various other sources as credited on the individual pages.

Miscellaneous country school records & photos
Center township - all pages updated or new in August!
Fairview township - do you have any records or photos to share?
Franklin township
  • Franklin No. 1, just south of the section line of Section 36 (1886 plat map) this school does not appear on subsequent plat maps
  • Franklin No. 2, may be aka Forest Mills school, Section 9 - photo
  • Franklin No. 3, Red School, Section 15 - photos & some history
  • Franklin No. 4, SW part of Section 21 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Franklin No. 6, a short distance south of Smithfield in Section 24 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Franklin No. 7, Cherry Valley, Section 19 - photos of school & schoolchildren and other info.
  • Franklin No. 8, NW corner of Section 5 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Franklin No. 9, near the center of Section 12 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Franklin No. 10, Section 33 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
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
  • Lansing twp. No. 2 - Shown on the 1875 Andreas Atlas and 1886 Warner-Foote plat in Section 20
  • Calhoun school, Lansing twp. No. 3 / Church (Churchtown) school - 1875 Andreas Atlas in Section 30 & 1886 Warner-Foote plat in Section 32 - 1905 report card * Photo of schoolmates, ca 1915
  • Lansing twp. No. 4 - Shown on the 1875 Andreas Atlas and 1886 Warner-Foote plat in Section 26
  • Lansing twp. No. 5 - Shown on the 1886 Warner-Foote plat & 1903 Waukon Standard map in Section 15
  • Van Coulee / Van Cooley school Lansing twp. Section 12 - Photo & Carrie Reed 1891 report card Updated! September 2019
  • Lansing twp. No. 7 - Section 28 on the 1903 Waukon Standard map

Linton township
  • Egan school, Linton twp. No. 1 - in the south of Section 2 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Linton twp. No 2 - NW corner Section 7 (1886 plat map) - - photo/info. needed
  • Figgie school, Linton twp. No. 3 - SE corner Section 29 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Sixteen school, Linton twp. No. 4 - Section 16; Photos * Teachers 1906-1958 * Students 1930-1958
  • Suttle Creek school, Linton twp. No 5 - Section 19 along Suttle Creek (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Linton twp. No. 6 - Section 26 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed
  • Linton twp. No. 7 (location unknown)
  • Linton twp. No. 8 - Section 25, on the southern border with Section 26 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed

Ludlow township
  • Ludlow No. 1, SW corner of Section 1 (1886 & 1917 plat maps) - misc. info.
  • Ludlow No. 2, SE corner of Section 4 (1886 & 1917 plat maps) - misc. info.
  • Ludlow No. 3, Krumme school, Section 6 - School children photo - 1889
  • Ludlow No. 4, SE corner of Section 18 (1886 & 1917 plat maps) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 5, NE corner of Section 21 (1886 & 1917 plat maps) - misc. info.
  • Ludlow No. 6, NE corner of Section 23 (1886 & 1917 plat maps) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 7, SE corner of Section 26 (1886 & 1917 plat maps)- misc. info.
  • Ludlow No. 8, SW corner of Section 27 (1886 & 1917 plat maps) - photo/info. needed
  • Ludlow No. 9, NE part of Section 31 (1886 & 1917 plat maps) - photo/info. needed
  • German Presbyterian Parochial School, north central Section 9 (1886 plat map) - photo/info. needed

Makee township
  • Elk school, SW corner of Section 27, at the intersection of Sections 27, 28, 33 & 34
  • Fan school, SE corner of Section 26, at the intersection of Sections 25, 26, 35 & 36 - photos & history
  • Hanson school, Section 22, north central area - photos New! September 2019
  • Howard school, Section 8, center of the section
  • Lycurgus school, Section 2, northwestern part, on the Church road - history & photos of school / school children
  • Makee school, Section 18, not far north of the section 19 boundry
  • Paulk school, intersection of Sections 20, 21, 28 & 29 on Village Creek

Paint Creek township
Post township
  • Unknown country school - Postville area - 1906 photo, might be the Minert school
  • Empire school, in SE corner of the NE corner of Section 31, 1 mi. NW of Postville (1886 plat map)
  • Evergreen school, Section 2 - photo & misc. items
  • Hardin school, Section 36 (1886 plat map)
  • Highland school,Section 8 - Students 1923
  • Minert school, Section 21 - Photos, school, school children and more
  • Myron school, Section 3 - misc. info.
  • South Grove school, Section 35 (1886 plat map)
  • West Grove school, Section 23 - history & misc. other records
  • Woodland school, Section 20 (1886 plat map)

Taylor township
Union City township
Union Prairie township
  • Stone School, Union Prairie No. 2, aka Rock School - SW corner Section 10, where Sections 9, 10, 15 & 16 intersect (1886 Plat & 1964 Title Atlas Co. Plat where it is called the Rock School) - Photos & brief history Updated! July 2019
  • Eells School - NE section 27, approx. mile west of Mt. Olivet cemetery (1886 Plat map) - Photos & brief history Updated! August 2019
  • Emmett School - SW section 21, where Sections 20, 21, 28 & 29 intersect (1886 Plat map & 1964 Title Atlas Co. Plat) - photo of the school
  • Helming School - Section 34, north-central just south of the border with section 27 (1886 Plat map & 1964 Title Atlas Co. Plat) - photo & misc. items Updated! August 2019
  • Pleasant Ridge School, aka P-ridge/Pea Ridge/Patterson Creek school - Located west bountry of Section 12 - Daily Registers 1901-1905, photo of the school & photos of school children from various years Updated! August 2019
  • Southwest School, aka Southwestern Bell school - SW corner of Section 29 at intersection of sections 29, 30, 31 & 32 (1886 Plat map & 1964 Title Atlas Co. Plat) - photo & misc. items
  • Union Prairie No. 5 - NW corner Section 17, where Sections 7, 8, 17 & 18 intersect (1886 Plat map)
    Union Prairie No. 6 - Section 8 (1917 Plat map)
    No. 5 & No. 6 are the same school. Photos & misc. history
  • Union Prairie No. 8 - NW corner of Section 5, on the border of Section 6 (1886 Plat map)

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

1932 - Eulalia Klingbell Champion Speller
Eulalia Klingbell of Postville Public School won the honor of being the best grade school speller in our county. Ernest Kolsrud of Center No. 7 won second place, Iva Phipps of the Waukon Public School third place, and Walter Keenan of Jefferson No. 4 fourth place, A large crowd listened in on the contest. All the contestants proved to be good sportsmen. Each represented his school and township as well as could be expected in the face of a new experience. Wm. F. Shafer and C. A. Palmer presented the winners of second, third, and fourth place with tickets to the Arthur H. Rackett Concert with High School Band and Waukon Drum and Bugle Corps to be given at the opera house, April 8th. Our county champion will take part in the state contest at Des Moines on the afternoon of May 7th. Congratulations and Best Wishes, Eulalia!
~Postville Herald, April 7, 1932
~transcribed by Aubrie Monroe

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