Chamberlin School / Hurd School

Oshtemo Township

Location: District #3 – Section 14, north side of M43 between 7th and 9th Streets.

Kalamazoo County 1890, Published by Wm. C. Sauer. Local History Room

Photo by Sarah Hultmark, c. 1981, History Room Photo File P-1296.


Hurd School district was organized on 11 May 1839. As of 1934, it had occupied four buildings. Although it is most commonly referred to as Hurd School, it is called Chamberlin School on the 1916/18 Kalamazoo Quadrangle topographic map, and on the 1890 map shown above, the second property north of the school is owned by L. Chamberlain (spelling discrepancy noted). It appears to have closed after the 1958-59 school year.

Hurd School souvenir 1916-17
Hurd School class photo 1935
Hurd School class photo 1937


1916-17 Grace A. White
1925-26 Lois M. Clark
1927-28 Lois M. Clark
1929-30 Lois M. Clark
1930-49 Grace L. Butler
1949-52 Harold H. Vannatter
1952-53 Lorna Sibson
1953-54 Iona Lloyd
1954-56 Iona Troyer
Emma Goodell
1956-59 Iona Troyer
Emma Goodell
Keith Stout
1959-60 Not listed



List of one-room schools still standing in Kalamazoo County in 1982

  • Hultmark, Sarah
  • Manuscript, Local History Collection, Kalamazoo Public Library


“First Hurd School; Cost $43, old records reveal”

  • Kalamazoo Gazette, 6 May 1934

Maps and atlases

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

  • History Room topographic map case, drawer 7A, folder 21A


Teachers’ and school officers’ directory, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 1925-1960 (title varies)

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

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