Students and Parents
Generally children walked no more than 1 to 2 miles one way to school. Roughly each square mile there was a portion of land set aside for a schoolhouse, but final school placement was determined based on the amount of students within the surrounding area that it would serve. Mr. Jones donated land for the placement of the Lower Fox Creek School with the stipulation it would revert to the landowner if the school ever closed.
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)
Pictured are two former Lower Fox Creek School students. Ann Adkins and on the right is her younger sister, Josephine, 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.
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.
Last updated: February 24, 2022