I went to Indiana Central College at Indianapolis for 12 weeks course that summer. [Rochester Union-Spy, Friday, October 29, 1875] PLEASANT GROVE ACADEMY [Kewanna, Indiana] Pleasant Grove Academy, at Kewanna, will open Monday, August 31, 1874, and continue twelve weeks - - - common branches and algebra. An examination for teachers' license will be held in our school building, by the county superintendent, Oct. Teachers she met at the Teacher's Institute were Vernie Bowen, Verna Hazlett, Beatrice Olmsted, Ray Bish, Angie Conn, many others.
I received my permit to teach and my first school was Perry. 1918 I drove a horse and buggy about five miles and put the horse in the barn at Jim Whybrew's. That winter the flu epidemic was bad and school was closed for a while. Weills, who taught the north Pin-Hook school last winter, was elected to teach it again this winter. A normal class will be formed for the benefit of those who expect to teach. Opal gave a program in October on James Whitcomb Riley's poems: "Little Thomas Tailholt", "I Was Born in Indiana", "New Year's Day at Willards", and of course, "Little Orphan Annie" with its famous line, "The goblins well get you if you don't watch out!
Recollections by Mary Ward Smith: I went to Perry school in 1914 to 1919. (The Medical Center is being built on the south side of Ditmire-Zimmerman funeral home.
Teachers were Ray Bish, Beatrice Olmsted Hendershot, Truman Ward and Esther Green Tanner. Rickett's tin shop stood where the Medical Center is now.) Opal paid 50 cents a week for her room and provided her own food from the farm such as ham, eggs, and potatoes. Hanson usually cooked the noon meal so they could eat and hurry back to school.
There it was used as a residence for the George Polley family, then Robert Yelton, later Charlie Coughenour's widow.
Originally the school was located on Levi Gamby's farm and was also called Gamby's school.
It closed about 1900 and was moved a half mile north to the corner of 550N and 750W on the north side of the road.
The Ward children brought me a note from their mother one day asking me to stop at the house as she wanted to talk to me. When I stopped, she asked me to stay overnight with them some night. Smith delivered a very impressive sermon, last Sunday evening, at Perry's school house. " She can still recite some of the poems from memory nearly 60 years later. They carried water from the Andy Rentschler farm (John Myers lived there then) as the school had no well.
Henry Becker was county superintendent and he visited one afternoon. [Rochester Union-Spy, Friday, October 18, 1878] Rev. [Rochester Sentinel, Saturday, December 20, 1879] PIN-HOOK SCHOOL [ - - - - - ] The Pin-Hook school is progressing finely. There were trees back of the school and the children liked to play there. The sale of the Pole Cat school building, and ground on which it stands, took place at Trustee Russell's office Saturday afternoon as advertised.
It was closed about 1918 and is now used as a barn on Fred Ditmire's farm. Bertha attended Leiters Ford High School, graduating in 1914. Teachers were Kerch Robbins 1903, Arthur Fry 1904, Grace Anglemeyer Bookwalter 1905, Elmer Reed 1906, Myrtle Morts Bevelheimer 1907-08 and Thomas Enyart 1909. Minnie Wagoner was her teacher 1908-09 and Angie Conn Enyart 1909-10.
Pupils I remember were the Whybrew family, James, Frank, Chester and Grace Whybrew Zartman; Frances Heyde, Cora Brown Knauff, Luther Wylie, Argos and Ivy Brown, Carl Emery, Mabel Emery Vernon; Esther, Edna, Elizabeth and Paul Emery; Hazel and Ralph Edgerton, Ruth Krathwohl Sutton, Esther and Bernice Krathwohl, and Kenneth Miller. [Rochester Union-Spy, Thursday, August 6, 1874] Pleasant Grove Academy at Kewanna will open Monday, August 31, and continue twelve weeks . Ray Bish was her teacher in the eighth grade Opal took the eighth grade exams and was the third highest in the county. Bish tried to talk Opal's parents into sending her to high school, but at that time high school students were not allowed to ride the hack so it would mean walking or staying in a room in town (Fulton).