New School House At Metz
A new schoolhouse now stands where the former one was consumed by fire. Although modern in every feature, with it's furnace and light, and no doubt up-to-date in every particular, where for comfort it will of course outdo its predecessor, yet we cannot be feel it can not exactly fill the vacancy as did the dear old school house which held so many sacred memories.
It stood for most a third of a century, near the average life of an individual, in our midst, where many began a life, which was as a steppingstone to success. More than a quarter of a century ago when the method of grading rural schools was in its infancy, the first class, consisting of five girls and boys were the first to receive diplomas from beneath its honored roof.
One of those is the first teacher now in the new building. Besides the benefits derived in an educational way, for more than thirty years it served the community for church purposes and many, many are the untold blessings it has left in our midst, until superseded June 14, 1911, by our new church for which our community is so thankful, and resulting much from the efforts put forth within its walls.
Along with its memories of joy there comes sacred memories of sadness, as many to whom our thoughts revert when our hearts bounded with joy, now are with us in memory only, and we recall the dear old school building as the last place where we once beheld the face of our lost loved ones.
Thus mingled with the sad, yet sacred memories will ever be cherished days of happiness and usefulness, as our thoughts carry us back to our old school days at Metz. May the memories of the new building and its occupants be no less sacred, but its blessings more complete. ~ Newton Daily News
Final Year For Building
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