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Owen Grove No. 3 School
Owen Grove Township, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

Back Row, Left to Right: Frances DUNBAR, Blanch CURRAN, Ruth GROVER, teacher Miss Pearl RUNYAN, Lucille CARLE, Grace CURRAN, Wilber GROVER, Forest GROVER, Harold DORAN.

Front Row, Left to Right: Lucille CURRAN, Jessie DUNBAR, Iva DORAN, June DUNBAR, Thelma DORAN, Edith BOWEN, Reva HANSEN, Stella DORAN - a guest, Loretta CURRAN.

Seated: Margery STORCK, Alice DORAN.

Pupils not pictured: Clifford DORAN, Ben CURRAN, Charles SHARP, Lloyd MORRIS, David SHARP, John CURRAN and Charles GROVER.

The picture was taken on a very windy day - it's plain to see.

Recalls The Past

Pearl RUNYAN, now Mrs. Ray FULK, P.M. Park, Clear Lake, taught the Owen Grove No. 3 school in Owen Township for three years. This picture was taken in her first year, 1921-22, when there were 22 pupils.

Each morning school opened with the reading of a certain chapter or verse from the Bible, choisen by the pupils and read by the teacher. This was followed by prayer.

Weather permitting, all went outside for flag raising and pledging allegiance, after which daily lessons were begun.

A hot lunch was served at noon cooked by the older pupils. Dishes were washed and dried by the younger ones.

A 4-H Club was started under the guidance of Roy (Pat) O'DONNELL and the school was standardized.

It now stands on the North Iowa Fairgrounds, placed there through the courtesy of Leigh CURRAN, who attended the school through the eighth grade. His father, John CURRAN, was school director.

SOURCES: "Lookin' Back" The Globe Gazette, Mason City IA

Submission by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2011



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