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

Newton,   pp. 169-180 PDF (5.2 MB)


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NEWTON NO. 9 -WHITE TRAIL
           Irene S. Hoyer
    Newton No. 9 was probably
given the name White Trail
School in 1918 because it was
located 'on  the White Trail
Highway, now a part of U. S.
Highway 141. The White Trail
Highway was so called because
of the white circular markings
placed on it by a Chicago motor
club. White Trail School is lo-
cated in the village of Newton,
unincorporated, S.W. corner of
the SW¼A, Section 27, Town-
ship 18.
    The exact date of the for-
mation of the district is not
known. Before a schoolhouse
was built, a Mr. Watermeyer is
said to have taught the children of the vicinity at his home, one mile south
of the
village. The earliest records beginning in 1859, are written in a neat, legible
German
and continue to be in German intermittently until 1921. The first entry,
September
22, 1859, bears evidence that school had been running smoothly for some time.
On
that date, F. Hecker was re-elected treasurer, and it was decided to "keep"
school
for five months at a salary of $28 a month. H. C. Shiller was the first teacher
on
record, and the enrollment was 84- 37 girls and 47 boys. The other two school
officers in 1859 were W. Neuhaus and Ch. Hecker.
    It is generally believed'that the first schoolhouse was built of logs
on a spot ½/
mile north of the present structure, also on Highway 141. The northwest portion
of
Treick's land was donated to the school district with the stipulation that
the'land re-
vert back to the owner when the schoolhouse was no longer in use. The records
show
that in 1863, C. Stockmeier was paid $1.75 for a bench. In 1865, $2.75 was
spent for
repairing the schoolhouse. One dollar was spent for repairing the schoolhouse
and
,$3 for school furniture in 1866. At all the early meetings male teachers
were stipulated
and obtained. Cord wood was furnished by the people of the district and had
to be
delivered on a specified day and hour.
    On September 30th, 1867, the people at the district meeting decided to
build a
new schoolhouse, recorded thus:
   "1. Resolved that a schoolhouse shall be erected and to raise the
money for
        erecting in a time of two years.
    2. Resolved to raise $300 for erecting a new schoolhouse and the schoouhouse
        shall be built from brickstones and the bricks shall be fetched from
the in-
        habitants of said district against compensation.
    3. The new schoolhouse shall be 24 feet in width and 34 feet'long, and
the Hleight
        inside shall be 11 feet with an entrance six feet wide.
    4. Said building shall have a foundation built up from fieldstones with
two
        feet in the ground and twG feet high over the surface of the earth.
    5. The inhabitants of said school district shall have the right to deliver
said
        stones for compensation to the Building Committee.
        The following persons were appointed as a Building Committee: Ch.
Hecker,
        Fred Diederichs, and Ernst Rodewald."
    The above resolutions were carried out. The contract for erecting the
school was
given to the lowest bidder on condition that $300 were tg be paid when the
build-
ing was under rafter, and the rest when the building committee gives the
contractor
a certificate of satisfaction. The brick schoolhouse was completed in 1868
at a cost
of $1,096.44. It was placed on the same spot on Treick's land where the log
school-
house was thought to have been. The schoolboard and "Baucommittee"
(building
committee) made the school seats. Our local octogenarian, William, "Grandpa",
Rodewald, student of that school for seven winters, remembers that thefe
was no
bell. There was no well on the premises. The older boys were sent to the
nearest
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