Rivard, John T. / Triple centennial jubilee souvenir book : Somerset
Somerset public school history, pp. 109-114
SOMERSET PUBLIC SCHOOL HISTORY The first school in the Village of Somerset was held in the Chapel House about i86z or more than 94 years ago. This house was located in the vicinity of the present C. J. Montpetit home. Two terms of school were taught in the Chapel home by Mrs. Chapel. Another term of school followed in the adjoining home with Mrs. Young as the teacher. When this house burned a year later, a school was built on Spring St. in the lot between Edgar Johnson's apartments and A. J. Vanasse's residence. This build, ing was in use for about thirty years after which it was used by Mr. Vanasse as a warehouse. It was eventually purchased by Ernest Germain of New Richmond and was moved to the old Nels Asp farm where it was converted into a farm home, and it is still in use. The second Village School was built about 189o. This building which consisted of two rooms, is still in use at the same location upon which it was built. Some of the school board members who served up to this time included Ed Grant, and Alex Gordon. Teachers included Lizzy Little, Eliza Bryant, G. B. Elliot, J. C. Louis, John McMahan, Luthera Chadwick, Ella McDonald, G. E. Wilcox, Della Briggs, Mary Harrington, Bridget Shays, Polina McDon- ald, Lilla Hayes, and Eliza Shaw. Grades one through eight were taught until 1917 when the ninth and tenth grades were added. In the school year of 19zz, 23, the eleventh grade was added to the school program. On August i o, 1925, the voters of the school district approved the organizing and establishing of a district free high school and received the Certificate of Establishment on Sept. i, 1925. This added the twelfth grade to the school program. Due to the ever increasing enrollment, a two room addition was started in September of I9 z6 and was ready for occupancy for the 1927-78 school year. These two rooms are still in use t the present time. School Board members during this period consisted of Louise Montbriand, Chas. Koehler, J. 0. Belisle, Eugene Ri- yard, C. J. Meinke, E. A. Parnell, Zephire Belisle, and W. F. Kress. THE SECOND VILLAGE SCHOOL, 1890 First village public school was built near the Vanasse store, 1864. Actual construction of the classroomgymnasium addition be- gan in 939. Board members at this time consisted of Ray Bishop, Henry LaGrandeur, and E. A. Parnell. Mrs. Francois Roy First teacher in Township of Somerset in the 1850's. Our Teachers Left to Right, Seated: Mrs. Donald Landry, Mrs. Art Wegge, Mrs. Myron Myers, Mrs. Art Landry, Mrs. Marion Hogan. Standing: Carl L. Wickman, Principal; Dean Tyeten, Robert Seibel, Wallace Mehlberg, Ed Shern. DISTRICTS JOIN Several attachments of other school districts have taken place within the past few years to make up the area now served by the Somerset Public Schools. Some of these school district records are no longer available. A brief description of the at- tachments follow: Jt. Dist. No. 4 and.7 of the Townships of Somerset and St. Joseph, better known as the North Bass Lake School at, tached to the present district on July i, 1952. Jt. Dist. No. z and 4, better known as the Sand Hill School, of the same township also attached on this date. Early board members con- sisted of Amable Champau, Octave Baillargeon, Charles Caru, fel, Sam Veillieux, and Daniel Little. School Dist. No. 4, Township of St. Joseph, better known as the Four Corner School District attached on July 6. 1953. In 9oz school board members consisted of Warren D. Chap- man, Charles Audett, and Frank A. London. Annual meetings at that time were conducted in the homes of board members. A school house site was voted for and approved in i9o. School Dist. No. i, township of Somerset, sometimes known as the "Horse Collar District" due to its geographical description was organized in 1938 and was in existence only fifteen years. The first officers in this school district were: Herbert DeCosse, Director, Art Wegge, Clerk, and Fred Meinke, Treasurer. This district attached on Oct. 6, 1953. Due to a fire which destroyed the school building and records of Dist. No. 6, better known as the Landing Hill School, records are not available for years prior to i9oi. School officers at that time were Herman Meinke, Lawrence Parnell, and Henry Ostendorf. This district attached on July I, 1954.
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