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Read Township Country
Additional information or photos of any of the Read twp. schools is welcome. If you have something to share please contact the Clayton co. IAGenWeb coordinator. Unless otherwise indicated, the information on this page was compiled by S. Ferrall.
Denmark Independent School - The 1886 Warner-Foote plat shows a school located adjacent to the Clayton co. Poor Farm and the County cemetery in Section 7. A newspaper article about county schools printed in The Clayton County Register, February 18, 1954 gives the following information about this school: "...research through deed and abstract records of the county yields the [following ] information ... Denmark school, in section 7, township 93, Read township, lies just south of the Clayton county Home and is one square acre that was conveyed to the district by Gottlieb Gaiser on November 11, 1885. The date is Armistice Day now, but it was not so then."
School Report of Denmark school, Read twp., for month ending Dec. 27, 1907. K.H. Knudson, teacher.
Number of days taught - 19
Number of pupils enrolled - 21
Average daily attendance - 18
Number cases tardiness - 0
Number neither absent nor tardy - 9
Those neither absent nor tardy were Mahalia Kahlbaum, George Kahlbaum, Hilda Lemke, Lucy Lemke, Elsa Maehl, Alma Byeer, Frieda Kalke and Meilo Kalke.
~Register and Argus, Thursday, January 23, 1908
School report, Denmark school. Lulu Larson, teacher.
No. of pupils enrolled - 19
Average daily attendance - 17
Number neither absent nor tardy - 13
Names of those neither absent nor tardy: Mildred Ihde, Lewter Lembke, Irene Glawe, George Wilker, Valmah Glawe, Hulda Kalke, Lorine Wilker, Lester Hoth, Helen Kruse, Inez Maehl, Florence Lembke, Carl Byer and Eunice Staack.
~Elkader Register, Thursday, January 15, 1925
Center Independent School - The 1886 Warner-Foote plat shows this school located in the center of Section 9, just east of Clayton Centre.
See also: Clayton Center school, photos
Hanover Independent School - The 1886 Warner-Foote plat shows this school located in the northern part of Section 21.
Report of the school taught in the independent district of Hanover, for the term ending July 6th, 1883. Julia Downey, Teacher. Roll of Honor:
~Elkader Register, Fri., July 20, 1883 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson
Erin Independent School - The 1886 Warner-Foote plat map shows this school located near the southwestern boundry of Section 28.
Motor Independent School - The 1886 Warner-Foote plat shows a school located in Section 7, across the Turkey river and southwest of the village of Motor. A newspaper article about county schools printed in The Clayton County Register, February 18, 1954 gives the following information about this school: "...research through deed and abstract records of the county yields the [following ] information ... the Motor school in section 7, township 92, Read township, is a one-acre lot located in heavy timber about a mile north of Communia and just south of the platted but non-existent village of Motor. It was conveyed by John Boyle on January 28, 1871. This school apparently has always been protected by a natural windbreak. Located on the bluff above the Turkey river, the school is still closely surrounded by virgin timber. The school has not been used for many years, principally because there have not been enough children in the area to keep it open."
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