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Decatur County Schools

History of Decatur County Schools, 1915

The township maps below are from the "Decatur County Quilt" located at the Decatur County Historical Society Museum in Leon, Iowa. Locations of Decatur County's rural schools are included in these maps. If the school doesn't have a link, I don't have any additional information for that school.

If you would like to add to these pages, contact the county coordinator - link is at left - "Contact Us."

Maps courtesy of Bob Bixby.

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Richland Twp.

1. Brick

2. Glenwood/Cashen/Conwell

3. Dunham/Denham

4. Daughton

5. Grand River County

6. Comstock (Union)

7. Foland (Liberty)

8. Westerville

9. Grand River (Town)

   1917 Public School Sovenier

   probably Grand River School

 

Long Creek Twp.

    1. Woodard

    3. Good Hope

    4. West

    5. Round Knoll

    6. Hawkeye

    7. Hazel College

    8. Elm Grove/Goin

    9. Spring Valley

        Van Wert (Town)

 

        

 

Franklin Twp.

    1. Lone Star

    3. Hollingshead

    4. Popcorn

    5. Center

    6. Lillard

    7. Wilson

    8. Fairview

        Weldon (Town)

        Franklin Twp. Schools

 

 

 

Garden Grove Twp.

    1. Garden Grove (Town)

    2. White Oak

    3. Gospel Ridge

    4. Tick Ridge

    5. Pleasant Ridge

    6. Leroy (Town)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand River Twp.

1. Jefferson/Funktown

2. West Elk (King)

3. Centennial

4. Elk (Union)

5. East Elk

6. Center

7. Diamond

8. Welcome
 
 
 

Decatur Twp.

    1. Decatur (Town)

    2. Woodmansee

    3. Pleasant Hill

    4. Stone

    5. Washington

    6. Wells

    7. Hickory Grove

    8. Lone Star
 
 
 

Center Twp.

    1. SunnySide

    2. South White Oak

    3. Crown

    4. Franklin

    5. Pleasant View

    6. White Hall

    7. North White Oak

        Franklin/Old Dunkard

        Leon (Town)
 

High Point Twp.

    1. Spunky Ridge

    2. Pleasant Hill

    3. Bradney

    4. High Point

    5. Reynolds
        Brant, closed 1922
        Rocky Paint/Point
          closed 1920

        MacAlister/McAllister
 
 
 
 

Bloomington Twp.

1. Baker

2. Battle Hill

3. Bathe/Tuskeego

4. Bloomington Center

5. Wion/Sweet Creek/
    Cracker Box

6. Scott

7. Zion

8. Happy Hollow
 
 
 
 
 
 

Burrell Twp.

    1. Jack Oak

    2. Rauch

    3. Terre Haute

    4. Valley

    5. McNeil

    6. Center Hill

    7. Hill

    8. Union Ridge

        Hagen

        Round Top

        Davis City
 

Eden Twp.

    1. East Eden

    2. Soper/W. Eden

    3. Welcome Ridge/Welcome

    4. High Briar

    5. Hard Scrabble/Mushroom/
        Coe

    6. Eden Center

    7. Brush College/Brush Creek

      8. Buzzard Roost/Orphans
 
 
 
 
 
   

Woodland Twp.

    1. Riddle (No. 9)

    2. Beavers/Iowa Beavers

    3. Burr Oak Ridge

    3. Scratch Eye

    4. Ireland

    5. South Woodland

    6. Gnat Ridge

    7. Pleasant View

    8. Charm

    9. Woodland
 
 
 

Fayette Twp.

2. Barr/Spurrier

3. Black

4. Evergreen/Green

5. Athens

6. Greenville/Brenizer

    Hastings

    Pioneer/Welcome

    Amish School

    Lamoni West Side

    Lamoni East Side

    Lamoni Schools

New Buda Twp.

    2. Jackwood/Stringtown

    3. New Buda

    4. Bethany/Togo

    5. Bonnett

    6. Liberty
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hamilton Twp.

    1. Boothtown

    2. Vine Oak

    3. Holden

    4. Scott

    6. Oak Seminary

    7. Moffett

        Pleasanton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Morgan Twp.

    1. Elm

    2. Pioneer

    3. Union

    4. Fairview

    5. White Oak

    6. Morgan Center
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Unknown Schools:

    Franklin Twp.?, ca. 1912

    Decatur County, year unknown

    Boothtown?, ca. 1912

    Lamoni?, ca. 1914
 
 
 
 
Miscellaneous Items:

        Teachers' Exams, 1897

        Class of 1897 Entertainment

        Common Schools Commencement, 1917

        Manual Training, 1917

        Ringgold-Decatur Study Center, 1917

        State Flags to Schools, 1922
 

NOTE: During 1975 and 1976, The Leon Journal-Reporter ran a series honoring Decatur County's history
in conjunciton with the Nation's Bicentennial festivities.
Many of the newspaper clippings - if not all - which are included above came from these articles. ~ SRB

Decatur County Normal School

A normal school was a two-year institution designed to train and certify high school graduates in preparation to enter into the teaching profession. It's purpose was to establish teaching standards or norms, hence the name 'normal school.'

Decatur County's Normal School opened in 1880/1881 at Garden Grove with Profressor R. A. HARKNESS in charge with two assistants. Enrollment in 1913 was 610 scholars. 

There was also a Lamoni Normal School.

In March of 1897, 22 Decatur County residents took an examination which was preliminary to obtaining their teaching certificate.

Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa

Sisters Marietta WALKER and Minnie WICKES, along with Brother W. A. HOPKINS donated land which, with the 26 acres of land purchased by the RLDS Church from Brother HOPKINS, provided 66 acres located in the southeastern portion of Lamoni for a college site. Due to the gentle slope of this site, the school was named Graceland College. The corner stone of the present-day administration building was laid with elaborate ceremony on November 12, 1895. The building proper was dedicated on January 1, 1897. Graceland College became a 4-year college in 1960, and Graceland University on June 1, 2000.

 

 

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Decatur County's Teachers


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1912    1919-20    1923    1924 - 1957

John C. Duffield's Students, 1903 - 1912

Grand River Teachers 1899-1910


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