Stanton Twp School Buildings


Stanton No. 1
Section 11, Stanton Township

Stanton Township # 1 was located in the northeast corner of Section 11. After the school was closed, it was eventually moved to the John Murphy farm located in Section 10 of Stanton Township. The old school house served many purposes on the Murphy farmstead through the years but in 2000 the structure was torn down and burned.

This was the second old country school house that found a second home on the John Murphy farm. The other old school structure came from Section 3 of Stanton Township [Stanton No. 2] and is currently in excellent repair, and is being used to store a collection of antique tractors.

~Researched by Dennis Wolf, September 22, 2007


Stanton Township # 2
Section 3

Stanton Township # 2 was located in the southwest corner of Section 3, which is currently farmed by the John Ahlers family.

After the school closed, it was eventually moved to the John Murphy farm located in Section 10 of Stanton Township. The old school house is still on the John Murphy farm, where son Patrick Murphy uses the building to store a collection of antique tractors. The building has been given a new roof and siding in the last number of years and continues to play a role in the Murphy farmstead.

~Researched by Dennis Wolf, September 22, 2007

Stanton No. 4 School House


Country Schools at Plymouth County Fairgrounds

Stanton No. 5 School House

Stanton School No. 5 was moved to the fairgrounds in June of 1981 from six miles south of Le Mars at the junction of county roads K-49 and C-44.

It is not known exactly when the school was built but the property was deeded to the school district in 1883 by John and Mary Gosting. The building was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Ron Carley.

Classes were held until the last class of 1957-58 which was taught by Mrs. Edward Kehrberg of Le Mars. Students included Don Denniston, Donald Kounkel, Jackie Powell, Donald Niehus, Ronald Ruden, Gerald Hodgson, Kenneth Ruden, Steve Fishcher, John Lippke, Patricia Ruden Staab, Betty Foscher Schenzel, Rodney Hodgson, Becky Murphy Stadlman and Peggy Ruden Wurth in grades K through 6.

In 1981 the wood carvers were in the building.

The Le Mars Wasmer Post, American Legion 241 decorated the saloon in 1982 with sections of the bar being donated by Doc Utesch and the back section came from Brunsville. The old piano was donated by Gerald  Hoss. Pictures of soldiers and many other items were donated by Legion members.  The first committee was Bob Lubben, Jim Rolfes, Doc Utesch and Leonard Slice.

They serve soft drinks such as  Shirley Temples, Roy Rogers, Doc Holidays and Duke Waynes. Peanuts are furnished and chess, cards, checkers and sing-a-longs make for entertainment in the saloon.

They were first to fly a flag and donated flags for the village in 1984.

Money earned is used for Scholarships for Kids and other youth organizations.

This building became in bad repair and had to be torn down and was replaced with a new building by a Remsen group. 

Submitted by Mrs. Ruth E. Peters

Stanton No. 8

Oscar W. Schulz inherited the property (Sec. 33) where the schoolhouse was located from his Uncle Herman Schulz. Oscar and his bride-to-be had the old school house renovated and remodeled into their first home together. The renovation work began in the summer of 1961. Oscar Schulz married Judy Knudsen on 25 Aug 1961. The remodeling was not completed until December. Oscar & Judy moved in on Dec. 7, 1961.

The remodeled school house was used as a residence until the late nineties. At that time Judy Schulz sold the building and the building was moved into LeMars. This is a photo of the building in LeMars--last house on the north side of Hwy 3 as you drive West out of LeMars. The garage is not part of the old school building; it has been added on to the original building. [Photo taken by Linda Ziemann, September 2007.]



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