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Armstrong Schools

Information about Armstrong schools and a listing of graduates of Armstrong High School for the years 1896, 1920, 1925, 1952 and 1955.


Dolliver Schools

Includes photos and listings for several graduating classes from Dolliver High School beginning with the graduating class of 1913.


Estherville Schools

Information about Estherville schools and a listing of some graduating classes from Estherville High School. Also, a listing of Estherville Jr. College faculty.


Gruver Schools

A listing of the graduates of Gruver and Lincoln-Central high schools from the first class of 1924 to the last class of 1993. Also, a photo of an early Gruver school.


Ringsted Schools

Photos and a listing of high school graduates from Ringsted High School for the years 1922-1930.


Swan Lake Township Schools

Photos of schools, students and listings of students including the Bervin, Bolstad, Pitkin, Swan Lake and Thomsen schools.


High Lake Township, School #10

high lake school, emmet county, iowa

July 12, 1997--two Sesquicentennial signs erected commemorating the school. The school was last used in the early 1950s. Family names found on the sign include: Ray Dahl, Ole Egeland, Dave Huntley, Francis Johnson, Art Kaltved, Nels Osher, Jeffrey Olson, Clarence Skattebo, Lewis Rustad, Louis Isakson, Otto Swalve, Conrad Refsell and Dan Fitzpatrick.


Marian Willey's country school, 1937-1938 (location unknown)

Country School, 1937-1938

Submitted by: Doreene Hansen, Emmet County Museum volunteer, photo held at the Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex.


Emmet County School Teachers, 1923

Center Township Denmark Township Ellsworth Township
Anderson, Anna Anderson, Emma Ankrum, Vera
Brogan, Kate Bonnicksen, Esther Bromley, Margaret
Christensen, Hannah Christensen, Lizette Flindt, Ella
Eldred, Beth Hanson, Ruth Jensen, Doris
Fisher, Vera Wensel, Grace Klein, Laura
Fox, Alice High Lake Township Staggs, Mary
French, Beatrice Berge, Olivia Waters, Hazel J.
Juhl, Dorothy Clark, Velma Iowa Lake Township
Lynch, Margaret Gilbert, Luella Foye, Ruby
Wold, Mae Mahan, Mildred Petersen, Anna
Emmet West Olson, Esther Sullivan, Anne
Bibow, Liola Olson, Frances Verbrugge, Nellie
Martens, Alice S. Refsell, Alice Twelve Mile Lake Township
Jack Creek Township Refsell, Olga Anderson, Pearl B.
Anderson, Irene Steward, Frances Benesh, Bessie
Bosold, Margaret Thorndyke, Mrs. Josephine Benesh, Lillian
Gardner, Vesta Swan Lake Township Herke, Susie
Hamilton, Mae Burno, Hazel Wright Hildreth, Cora
Kelly, Helen T. Burrell, Grace Olson, Myrtle
Quinn, Cleo Felkey, Ruth A. Squier, Ilda A.
Yessler, Dorothy   Thompson, Mayme
    Thoreson, Sylvia V.

Hoprig Schools

The first public school in Hoprig was held in the kitchen of Mr. Blair. Maggie Blair was the teacher. In the fall of 1904, a school house was built in Hoprig. Charles S. Nourse was the teacher in the new school. The school had an enrollment of 26 students at that time. The teacher, Mr. Nourse, lived in Estherville and walked to work in the fall. When the weather got too severe he stayed with families in the community.

1904 Students

Birkland, Alva Bryan, Marguerite Masters, Katie
Birkland, Florence Fritz, Edna Masters, Roy
Birkland, Gunice Fritz, George McDonald, Hazel
Birkland, Lawrence Fritz, Virgil Oaks, Mac
Blair, Carrie Jensen, Amelia Peterson, Alvin
Blair, Nellie Jensen, Flora Sprague, Mabel
Bosold, Hattie Ketchen, Francis Weir, Jesse
Bryan, Gertrude Ketchen, Willie Weir, Mamie

Bagan School

bagan school

Photo caption: This rural school, two miles north of Dolliver, was not called the Bagan School for nothing. There are five Bagans in the picture, one of them, Dennis Bagan (far left), father of Estherville's Earl Bagan. It might well have been called the Moltzen School, since there are four Moltzens pictured. One of them is Clara Moltzen who lives at 817 N. 8th St., Estherville, the person who supplied this old picture. She is pictured third from the right. the picture was taken about 1900. No one ever owned up to breaking that glass over the door.

Copy of newspaper clipping found at the Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex.


Maple Hill Schools

Maple Hill Consolidated School, 1916-1917

Bunt, Blanch
Burkholder, Alice (Mrs. Ed McKean)
Burkholder, Mae (Mrs. George McKean)
Gage, Edna (Mrs. Glen Stevens)
Gilbertson, Grace (Mrs. Clyde Sanborn)
McKean, Ruth (Mrs. Chris Jespersen)

Information obtained from documents held at the Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex, Estherville, Iowa.


Spring Term 1888, District #3

Emmet Township, Emmet County

Teacher Mrs. Rosa Kuhler Anderson, recorded the following students as attending classes in District #3, Emmet Township, Emmet County, Iowa for the Spring term running from April 23, 1888 to July 13, 1888.

Edith Luckart, age 14 Stanley Luckart, age 8
Cleo Luckart, age 13 Irving Luckart, age 6
Blanche Luckart, age 9 Dannie Tuttle, age 11
Agnes Luckart, age 6 Hans Lee, age 9
Lily Tuttle, age 9 Peter Smithsburg, age 14
Dollie Tuttle, age 6 Alfred Halverson, age 11
Anna Lee, age 8 Augustin Anderson, age 6
Bertha Halverson, age 13 Sophia Halverson, age 6

Source: Teacher's Daily Register. Original at Emmet County Historical Museum, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa.

Contributed by: Diane Lavender.


Spring Term 1901, Morton School, also called Sunnyside #3

Ellsworth Township, Emmet County, Iowa

Teacher Leulla Reymore, recorded the following students as attending classes in School #3, Ellsworth Township, Emmet County, Iowa for the Spring term running from April 15, 1901 to June 10, 1901.

Pearl Willey, age 13 Martin Romsa, age 8
Dot Willey, age 12 Taylor Morton, age 8
Anna Keaton, age 11 Owen Morton, age 4
Mae Keaton, age 9 Wittie Wittern, age 10
Sadie Keaton, age 4 Jim Keaton, age 6
Mollie Wittern, age 8 Oscar Rugative, age 12
George Romsa, age 14 Benjamin Rugative, age 9
S. Romsa, age 12 Ray Sharar, age 12

Source: Teacher's Daily Register. Original at Emmet County Historical Museum, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa.

Contributed by: Diane Lavender.


Sunnyside School, 1914-1915
Section #24, Denmark Township

sunnyside school, emmet county, iowa

Front row, left to right: Harold Jensen (?), Wm Madsen, Harold Jensen(?), Helene Jensen, Helen Partlow, Severina Jensen (Anderson), Carol Mathiesen (Petersen), Marie Madsen (Heerdt), Ella Kyhl

Submitted by: Doreene Hansen, Emmet County Museum volunteer, photo held at the Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex.


Peter Gaarde farm school, 1908
1.5 miles south of Halfa

Peter Gaarde School, Denmark Township

Front row, left to right: Margaret Myklebust, Ruth Beckjordan, Herman Jorgenson, Elsie Madden, Elmer Myklebust, Jennie Nelson, ??? Jorgenson
2nd row, left to right: Andrew Thompson, John Thompson, Niels Nielsen, Lulu Beckjordan, Harry Nelson, Fred Thompson
3rd row, left to right: Alta Kohl, Ella Nelson, Mrs. Marie Thompson, Mrs. Sarah Madden Bannister (teacher), Alma Kohl, Hattie Beckjordan

Submitted by: Doreene Hansen, Emmet County Museum volunteer, photo held at the Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex.