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Swan Lake Township Schools
Emmet County, Iowa

Bolstad School
Swan Lake District #6 and later #3

Now located at the Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex, 1720 3rd Avenue South, Estherville. The school was built around 1900 and restored by the Society. Donated to the Historical Society by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson.

Bolstad School Students, Swan Lake Township, Section 32. School picnic by West Swan Lake, date unknown.

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


Swan Lake School
Built 1881, classes held until 1942.

Copied from photo held at the Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex.


Swan Lake School Sold at Public Auction Saturday

The Swan Lake school house which has not been used for a number of years was sold at public auction Saturday to M. L. Owens of Dolliver for $260. The coal house was purchased by Robert Woods for $50 and the bell in the school house was sold for $16 and was donated by William Harvey, Jr. to the church in Gruver.

The Swan Lake school house is believed to have been built in 1881 and was located three miles southeast of Gruver. At one time the church at Gruver stood beside the schoolhouse and the bell in the school house was rung on Sunday morning as a call to worship. Later when the railroad was built through Gruver, the church was moved to the north edge of town.

Equipment in the schoolhouse, which included pictures, lamps, seats, an organ, looking glass, swing and benches were sold to a number of individual purchasers.

The total amount of the auction sale was $341.50. James Rainey was clerk at the sale and William Foshier was auctioneer.

Source: Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; June 22, 1944.


Ole Bervin School, 1912
Swan Lake Township, Section 27

Bervin School, Swan Lake Township

Teacher: Helen Welsh
Students: Joe, Alma, Antone and Teddy Bervin

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

CC Note:  Ole Bervin family enumerated in 1910 federal census in Swan Lake, Emmet, Iowa.  Age of children in 1910 census is as follows:  Joe (10); Alma, enumerated as Elma E. (8); Antone, enumerated as Anton E. (6); and Teddy, enumerated as Theodore (4).  All were born in Iowa.