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Virtual Tour Lower Fox Creek Teachers

1916 school picnic

Lower Fox Creek School picnic with students and parents

Students and Parents

Nineteen students of the Lower Fox Creek School and their parents are pictured. Included are the Ericksons, Adkins, and Brouse families. This photograph was taken between 1916-1919.

Ann Adkins is the girl in the front row on the far left with the "skirt being pulled by little sister Josephine. Walter [Adkins] is the brother holding the greyhound dogs." Oral history quote from Ann Adkins Kern.


The Teachers of the Lower Fox Creek School
(Information from the Chase County Register of Deeds)

Year Taught
Name of Teacher
Salary& Students
1884
Dora Peer
$35.00 per month
1885
Roy Hacket
1886
Mrs. Gus Walsh
1887
Minnie Ford
1888
Ada Baker
1889
Maude Johnston
1890-91
Hattie Jeffrey
$35 per month -
19 students ages 5-20
taught 28 weeks
1891
Carrie Breese
1892
Iva Jackson
1893
Effie Thomas
1894
Nellie Sanders
1895
Amie Daugherty
1896
David Wood
1899-1900
Heffie Chensey
1901-1903
Mattie Daugherty
1902
Adah Hunt
1904
Eulah Finley
1905
Carrie Noyes
1906
Alda Crawford
1907
H.A. Rose
1908
Rose Kramer
1909
Etta Anderson
1910
Mable Armour
1911-1914
Nellie Robert
$40 per month in 1914
1911-1915
Elaine Johnson
1916
Bessie Lewis
$40 per month salary
9 students
ages 8 - 19
1917
Gladys Rockwell
1918-21
Emogene Humphrey
7 students, ages 5,6,7,10,11,and 14 - taught 32 weeks
1921-22
Ruby Hacker
9 students, ages 6,8, 9,11,12,and 13 - taught 32 weeks
1923
Mrs. Gertrude Bacon
1924
Mary Glanville
3 students ages 8,11, and 12 years - taught 32 weeks
1925-26
Clara Winsor
$80 per month salary
6 students ages 9 - 20- taught 32 weeks
1926
Grace Gardner * see photo below
$80.50 salary, 3 students ages 6, 11, and 13 for 32 weeks.
1928
Six students sent to Cottonwood Falls for school
1929
Marguerite Erickson
$80.00 per month in 1929

 
former students

Pictured are two former Lower Fox Creek School students. In this photo on the left is Ann Adkins and on the right is her younger sister, Josephine. They attended this school from 1916 - 1924.

What Ann and Josephine remember most about their school days was the strict discipline. There was no giggling, whispering, or talking out loud unless the teacher spoke to you. They also remember the school yard catching on fire one year. The students formed a bucket brigade from the cistern to the fire and managed to save the school.

 
former teacher Grace Gardner

Grace Garner taught at the Lower Fox Creek School in 1926. She had only three students; Verna Gordon - age 13, Doris Erickson - age 11, and Bernice Erickson - age 6 years.

 

Did You Know?

Southwind Nature Trail at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

A single blade of big bluestem might have a root system descending over 8 feet underground. This is deep enough so that the plant will emerge in the spring even without rainfall. Big bluestem grows abundantly on the Southwind Nature Trail.