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Green, Joy Martinson / Malone School : District No. 2, Springdale Township, Dane County, WI : a compilation of memorabilia

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Typical of Rural School Demise
Close Doors Wednesday
At Malone Rural School
(Capital Times Staff Writer)
MT. HOREB-When the door
closes W e d n e s d a y at Malone
School, lobated on a picturesque
hillside site four miles south of
Mt. Horeb, it will make not only
the end of the school year, but
also the shutdown of another rur-
al school.
The sorrowful ceremony of clos-
ing a school with pupils moving
elsewhere for classes will be car-
ried out throughout the state this
year as small school boards react
to the law of economics, offer of
a better curriculum, or to t he
state law requiring schools to at-
tach to a district operating a high
school by July 1.
The Malone school, a sturdy
stone-block unit with gleaming
galvanized roof, is one that is
bowing to   curriculum  improve-
ment.                              Pupils will attend classes at Malone School   play ball. Girls are a necessary part of the team
Initial voter meetings had the southeast of Mt. Horeb for the last time Wednes-  because of the lack of sufficient boys for the
proponents and opponents fto r day. Next year they will become a part of the     games. Luetta Loeffel is the b a tft e r. (Burns
attaching to  Mt. Horeb evenly student body at Mt. Horeb. The school stands      Studio photos)
s p lit, according to Walter solid in the background as some of the 27 pupils
Schwarz, chairman of the school
Most of the opposition came
from parents who did not want
to have their younger children ride
the  bus to  the  more   distant
school, he added. Serving on the
school board with Schwarz are
Art Sutter and Herman Frye.
The fate of the school, which
served as a social center for the
area, was decided at an April
public hearing when the D a n e
County School Committee acted
on a petition to dissolve the dis-
trict and attach it to Mt. Horeb.
Few  will deny that a larger        - -
school district offers many ad-
vantages such as organized gym
activities, more complete art and                                                                                   -7
music instruction, better educa-
tional facilities, library advan-
tage, to name a few.
But many like the teacher at
Malone School, Mrs. Isabel Let-
nan, Mt. Horeb, feel that certain
things will be lost in the move,
namely things that help form the
basic characters of the children.
Most of the 27 youngsters here
live within a two-mile radius of
school  and  the  majority  walk  to............                                                          .............
and from classes. Many observa-   First and second graders have their reading    Martinson and Jan Martinson, Gary Luezinger,
tions are reported to fellow pu- classes together. The teacher, Mrs. Isabel Leinau,  Mrs. Leinau, Elizabeth Thompson, Steve Bollig,
pils as pL result of these walks, said the first graders must work harder initially  Jimmy Hanson, Mary Fargo, Randy Wittman and
Self-reliance, and heartiness may in joint classes such as this but react well. From  Karen Johnson. Arithmetic is one subject that is
be byro~ucts.                  'eft, around the circle are Beth Loeffel, Joy    taught alone, said Mrs. Leinau.
in the; one-room s'liooi smaller
and bigger children are mixed,
and "older children learn to be
careful of younger ones," Mrs.
Leinau said.
It is difficult to determine how
much a youngster learns f r om
hearing older ones recite, the in-
structor said, but some of t h e
knowledge is retained.
The petite and energetic Mrs.
Leinau loves teaching at Malone,
but is looking forward to instruct-
ing a third grade class at Mt.
Horeb elementary school n ext
year. The advantages there will
be many, sh'e soY.
0   *  *
The children are sharply divid-
ed about the forthcoming change,
but all have definite opinions.
Howard Johnson and Lynn Loef-
fel are two that "would rather
stay here," while Debby   Han-.                                                            A..          .
son and David Gudgeon "look for-
ward to school at Mt. Horeb."
School days next y e a r will
bring marked changes in their
daily routines, routines that are                                   ..  .   ., ....         ..    .    .
remembered by many past gen-
rations who attended school in   A passing sight is this grab for the lunch-  Martinson, Jim  Leuzinger, S t e v e n Leuzinger,
small towns or rural areas., - buckets at Malone school near Mt. Horeb. Young-  Howard Johnson, Bonita L o e ff e i, LaVonne
There will he the bus ride in  sters have a dining area in the basement. At the  Thompson, Lynn Loeffel, Dennis Fargo, David
stead of the walk. The pile of table are Russell Schwarz, Luetta Loeffel, Jerry  Gudgeon and Debbie Hanson.
lunchpails in the school basement
themselves in the small brook at
the base of the Malone S c h o I
The building may close f o r
classes, but the sc h o o I chl-
dren, in a prize-winning conser-
vation contest essay, told what
their desires were as far as the
school and grounds were con-
Pupils of Malone School take a rest during a music session,   lessons will be one of the advantages at Mt. Horeb elementary corned.
At the piano is Mrs. Mary Lovelace, county music teacher who    school. This is the entire student body at Malone.               They want the small site turned
visited the school weekly during the past year. Regular music                                                                  into a park area, with the aging
school to be utilized as a park
eating area at Malone will give games with McPherson School, a schoolhouse has been a landmark aid property but the name re- shelter and meeting building.
way to a planned hot lunch pro- big event,                      in the area. It was constructed mained the same.                  The school and property will
gram. Baseball games with girls   Monday,   "Rake-up  Day"   sabout 1905, School Board Chair-    Early  history  of  Springdale soon belong to the M. Horeb dis-
members of the teams "because scheduled. Pupils bring rakes that man Schwarz said.              township tells that children from trict, so the future of the property
otherwise we would    not have day   to spruce   up  the  school  Prior to that time, the former the school often visited a nearby is uncertain.
enough players" will give way to grounds. School is let out for theIMalone School, a w h i t e frame Indian residence, that if the chil-  But the  steep-roofed  s t o n e
all-boy games. And the homey traditional activity.              one-room  unit, located one-quar- dren were not welcome at the school will remain in the memor-
Christmas program, with non-pol-
ished performances w i11 be a And Wednesday, the last day of ter of a mile to the north, was time, a h an d holding a knife ies of the 27 pupils who will at-
thing of the past.              school, the annual picnic is sched-used,                        would be extended through t h e tend final classes there Wednes-
sied, with the Mothers Club pro-  The original school was on Ma- doorway.                       day, plus past generations of chil-
On Wednesday, Malone School viding a potluck dinner.          lone property. The newer one was  Historians recall too that Indi- dren who answered the call of
had one of its two spring softball  The s o  i d  well-equipped oldibuilt on the former John S. Don- ans washed clothes and cleaned -the Malone School bell.

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