NORTH FORK DISTRICT No. 1 School
The RURAL SCHOOL pictured in the Democrat-Radio's continuing
series is North Fork township District as it appeared in about
1915. Comment from readers who attended the school are
invited, and the recollections will be published in next
week's issue of the D-R.
Coordinator NOTE: If you have memories of this school or any
other school in Delaware county, and would like to share them,
please email me and I will
add them here or make a special page for them.
Section 2-SE on map for Trenkamp farm.
NW point-corner, section 12
FORK NO. 1 SCHOOL IS RECALLED BY H. G. TRENKAMP
"This school, North Fork District No. 1, is what I was waiting for,"
said Henry G. Trenkamp of New Vienna, in a long letter recalling
school days at the rural school which was pictured in last week's
"I believe the main upkeep for it was social doings -- mainly box
socials. On one occasion I well remember, one lady's box went up to
twenty dollars. The said part was the girl refused to eat with him,
so he said, "Don't worry, I will get rid of it." He went back where
there were some (boys) that didn't get one, and he passed it out to
"On these parties they had to have an auctioneer, a prominent farmer
three miles south, John Ketchen, got the job, and the teacher was
"On many of these socials they netted around a hundred dollars which
in those days the people in this district thought was a lot of
"The pupils in this school were for a few years half Methodist and
the other half Catholics, but it seemed as though none even thought
anything about that-- no vice segregation in this district."
Mr. Trenkamp said two pupils had to get the water every morning from
the Charles Nichols farm to the south, now the Albert Deutmeyer
The fuel, he said, "was mainly wood brought over in pole or cord
wood length. The some neighbor who had a saw rig would cut it in
stove lengths. The stove in my days was a round heating stove five
feet high and two feet in diameter. The fist ones that were there in
the morning started it, and the wood was cut generally in the fall.
There was a good size wood shed south. During recess, the pupils
piled it full for the winter and generally kept a few days supply in
the entrance in school. Those are days I won't forget too easily. It
was lots of fun. Nobody knew what evil was."
Mr. Trenkamp said, "I knew this school since I was born in 1901. It
was attended by the Mr. and Mrs. Henry Trenkamp family. The school
was on the northwest corner of their property."
Teachers he remembered were: Charles Harvey, Mary Callahan from
Dyersville, Pauline Parmenter, Anna Mahulka and Theresa Wuchter. Of
the later, he said, "She walked the four miles every morning and
afternoon; sometimes someone took her along for a ride.
Families he listed as attending the school were his father and
mother and whole family, Anton Meyers, Lawrence Whiting, Clem
Wilhein, Fred Binning, Joseph Cooksley, Otto K. Flacher, Anton
Recker, Fredinand Tholes, Martin Arens, Henry Timmer, Albang,
Gerhard, Tagaier, Frank Schlichmann, Nick Elenz and Joseph Becker.
|Those students also attending this school were:
Thomas Ganser, Edward Ganser, Irene Ganser, Leo Ganser (1893
through1906) and possibly their father, Nicholaus Ganser and
his sister, Anna.
Nicolaus's daughter, Irene Ganser Lapka of
Leola McPherson SD stands in front circa 1939.