Grand Prairie School

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Western Michigan University Photograph, WMU-P-1417 
Location: (District #3 Fractional) - Section 7, southeast corner of Grand Prairie Road and Drake Road (12th Street).

Established about 1856. “...its original school outlasted all other one-room schoolhouses in the county.”

Teachers

1925-27 Mrs. Sarah Bourner

1927-35 Mrs. Bertha Smith

1935-36 Wilma DeYoung

1936-39 Mrs. Molly Smith

1939-43 Mrs. Hazel Sweet

1943-44 Mrs. Bethanna Van

1944-48 Mrs. Georgia Shaw

1948-50 Marianne Luegge

1951-53 Mrs. Muriel L. Cronkhite

1953-55 Mrs. Ruth Gearhart

1955-58 Mrs. Doris V. Chance

 

The bell from this school is now on permanent display as part of the Core Exhibition in the atrium of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. For a picture of it and some history, see Museography, Fall 2007, p.13 in the Library's Local History Collection, or the Museum's website (scroll to p.13).

Sources

Articles

"The end of an era [Grand Prairie School]"

  • Kalamazoo Gazette, 21 June 1959

Maps and atlases

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

  • History Room map case, left drawer #1

Files

Teachers' and School Officers' Directory, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 1925-1958 (title varies)

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