Oak Grove School

Rural Schools of Kalamazoo County > Alamo Township

Location: (District #6) - section 23, west side of Ravine Road near Owen Drive

District organized about 1876. Built that year on land donated by John Kitzmiller, and known for many years as Kitzmiller School. Burned in the spring of 1935, but rebuilt by fall. In the 1890 atlas, it appears slightly farther south on Ravine, so there may actually have been three buildings. This district consolidated with Tamarack and Twin Lakes Districts in 1955. Probably last used for classes in 1960.

Teachers

1898-99 Edith Snover
1925-26 Mildred Hutchins
1927-28 Ruth Rhodes
1929-30 Emma Garrison
1930-32 Emma Garrison Kisinger
1932-35 Marie Haffenden
1935-38 Ruth Reynolds - also taught at HackleyTamarackTwin Lakes Schools.
1938-39 Muriel Cronkhite - also taught at Hackley School.
1939-40 Violet Smith - also taught at Twin Lakes School.
1940-41 Bertha Webster
1941-43 Roselda Brewer
1943-44 Jean Cross
1944-45 Lois Krieger
1945-46 Jeannette M. Fron - also taught at Hackley School.
1946-47 Helen Stickel
1947-48 Florence A. Warnement - also taught at Finch School.
1948-49 Muriel Cronkhite - also taught at Hackley School.
1949-50 no teacher listed, but not listed as closed
1950-51 unknown
1951-53 Mary Egan - also taught at Evergreen and Alamo Valley Schools.
1953-55 Mary Egan Mott

Compiled by Catherine Larson, Local History Specialist, Kalamazoo Public Library, 1999. Mapped October 2008. Last updated 7 March 2012.

Sources

Books

Alamo Township, most northwest corner of Kalamazoo County, Michigan: past and present

  • Snow, Florence
  • Published by the Author, 1958
  • H 977.417 S67, page 45

Articles

"Alamo Center School closes doors on 87-year history"

  • Kalamazoo Gazette, 5 June 1960, page 15, column 2

Maps and atlases

Illustrated atlas of Kalamazoo County [Michigan] with early and present history of Kalamazoo County

  • Sauer, William C.,
  • Wm. C. Sauer, 1890
  • History Room atlas case, left shelf #1

Standard atlas of Kalamazoo County, Michigan

  • Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1910
  • History Room atlas case, left shelf #1

USGS topographic map for Kalamazoo County, 1918 (Kalamazoo Quadrangle)

  • History Room map case, left drawer #1

Files

Teachers' and school officers' directory, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 1925-55 (title varies)

  • Shelved in a pamphlet box with H 379.774 K149 (History Room Storage)