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Rappel, Joseph J. / A centennial history of the Manitowoc County school districts and its public school system, 1848-1948
([1948])

Schleswig,   pp. 193-203 PDF (4.9 MB)


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    Schleswig territory originally was a part of the Manitowoc Rapids township
from 1848 to 1849. Then it became a part of the Meeme township until 1855
when the
present town of Schleswig was organized and named Abel. It was not until
a year
later that the township was officially named Schleswig. This change in township
name was petitioned for by 35 persons living in Abel and was granted by the
County
Board on November 18, 1856. School districts number 1 and 2 were organized
while
the township was designated Abel. The numbering of the school districts was
ac-
cording to the establishment and official organization of each. Kiel, which
was orig-
inally Schleswig Jt. 4, became Kiel Jt. 1 and the'new Schleswig Jt. 4 set
up in 1929.
                   SCHLESWIG JT. 1 -FOUNTAIN PARK
                                Lorraine Janing
      Schleswig District No. 1, lo-
  cated in the northeast area of
  the township, is called   the
  Fountain  Park  school. That
  name was derived from the
  fact that an artesian well on
  the school grounds shoots forth
  a fountain of water, and from
  the fact that the trees and grass
  on the grounds remind one of
  a park. To nearby and county
  residents the name of Wilke's
  Lake School is more familiar
  since it is located a short dis-
  tance from that body of water.
  To some it is known as the
, Ucker Road School.
    The assessment roll of 1856 shows that this district was set up prior
to that time.
Since the earliest written records for the school date back to 1866, it is
impossible
to state when the district was organized for educational purposes. The 1856
assess-
ment roll shows that the district was then made up of sections 1, 2, 11,
12, 13, 14.
By 1863, after Schleswig 7 had organized, the district consisted of sections
1, 2, 11,. 12.
In 1893, the W½h of the SE¼A of the E½ of the SWV4 of
Section 36, town of Eaton was
added, making this district Schleswig Jt. I with Eaton. About the same time
the S½h
of the SEV4 of section 3 Schleswig was added to the district.
    Christian Schultz gave the district permission to build a school on his
land. This
was adjacent to and west of the present school site. The school built on
the first site
was erected in the early 1850's, but no definite district records prior to
1866 are
available. It was a log cabin school about 12 x 16 feet. The interior was
white-washed,
while the exterior was "pointed out"-with red clay. A Woodstove
furnished the heat.
Windows on both of the long sides furnished light and ventilation. A row
of seats
and desks four feet long placed near the sides of the room provided seating
and left
a large aisle through theF center of the room. Wooden blackboards hung on
the wall
served their usual purpose. The old log school was torn down shortly after
the new
one was constructed.
    On September 6, 1880, the voters discussed plans for a new building,
but it was
decided to repair the old one instead. On July 18, 1887 the voters decided
to build a
new frame building 34 x 26 feet. The stone foundation was to be 18 inches
above
ground and 2 feet in the ground. The new building which is also the present
school
was built in 1888 and cost about $719. On November 21, 1887, the deed for
the school
site was recorded in the register of deeds office. The land, purchased from
Fred
and Mina Gensch for $25, is located in the NW corner of the NWiA of section
12,
and was one quarter of an acre in extent. In 1938 an additional one-half
acre of
land was purchased for $50 from Ralph and Eldora Matznick.
    In 1898 efforts were made to dig a well east of the school. An iron pump
was
purchased, but evidently no water was found because the pump was sold in
1902 and
the children continued to carry water from neighboring farms. A new well
drilled
north of the school in 1918 resulted in obtaining an artesian well. In 1911
new black-
boards were installed for $18.43. During the years that followed a new stove
was
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