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Outagamie County (Wis.) State Centennial Committee / Land of the fox, saga of Outagamie County

Mann, John P.
"Readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmetic",   pp. 186-207 PDF (9.3 MB)

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Freedom Public High School was con-
structed by John McCann. Ray Fadner,
the first principal and teacher, traveled
daily by horse between Appleton and
Freedom. His students were sons and
daughters of some of the pioneer families
in the town. Among them were Hugh
Garvey, John E. Garvey, Margaret Gar-
vey, Joseph Van Dyke, Anna Murphy,
Kate Moran, Nicholas Watry, Dora Gil-
dernick, John Schommer, Leo Schommer,
Joseph Heckel, George Geenen, and John
0. Garvey.
  The original two-story wood con-
  structed high school was completely de-
stroyed by fire in 1928. The following year
a new red brick school plant was erected.
Ben C. Schraml became principal that
year and remained in that position until
1945. Under his leadership the high school
progressed greatly. In 1940 the small
gymnasium was converted into class rooms
to allow for the increased enrollment and
in 1941 the present gymnasium was con-
  Freedom Union Free High School today
possesses a modern school plant. Surround-
ing the school are four and one-quarter
acres of land used for educational and
recreational activities. The curriculum
is designed to give the students a well-
rounded four years general education.
Approximately 75 students are now in
attendance. John E. Garvey, a member of
the first class in the high school, is now
the clerk of the School Board. Roy Rickert
and Cy Weyenberg are director and treas-
urer. A staff of four teachers is employed,
with Robert Bachhuber serving as prin-
  Hortonville's school system began June
8, 1850, when the first school district was
organized and a school board was chosen
wv ith Moses Allen, director; Andrew Coin-
ish, clerk; and Robert Hampson, treas-
urer. At their first school meeting a week
later they decided to build a schoolhouse
and voted to raise $300 for the building
and $10 for equipment. School started
June 24, 1850, for a term of 12 weeks and
the first school was held in a board
shanty attached to the side of Thompson's
Hotel. It was built of rough boards and
was furnished with chairs but with no
desks or equipment. They hired Miss
Catherine Bristol to teach the first term
for $1.75 a week, with room and board
  In 1851 the school term was changed
to seven months and the teacher's salary
was raised to $2.75 a week; of this amount
75 cents was to be paid by the students.
By this time, also, the new schoolhouse,
a frame building, was completed. Chairs
and desks were furnished in this new
school and Emma B. Leach was the first
  In 1854 a school library was started.
By 1857 the enrollment had increased to
108 and the students were divided into
primary and upper groups. One room was
rented in the basement of the C. H. Ware
home for the primary class and in 1859
the Hammond house was used for the
primary group.
  In 1861 a two-story schoolhouse was
built and the students were divided into
three departments. The old schoolhouse
was used for the primary group and the
other two departments had their classes
in the new building. In 1864 the school
year was lengthened to eight months and
divided into three terms-two months in
the fall term, three months in the winter
term and three months in the summer
term. The school became a graded school
in 1878. In 1880 the school term was in-
creased to nine months. Iln 1894 a rule was
passed by the State Board of Health, and
enforced by the local school board, that no
students were to be allowed to attend
unless they were vaccinated.
  By 1895 the enrollment was 231 and the
crowded condition of the school ne-
cessitated building an addition. In 1899
plans were made for building a new
school. Classes were held in it in 1901. The
grades now were divided into four de-
partments and were under the supervision
of a principal.
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