Schools: Curtiss - Schoolhouses


Surnames: Thompson, Barber, Mathias, Peterson

----Source: Olson Family Scrapbook

The first schoolhouse in Curtiss was a wooden frame building built in the late 1800's. Some of the early teachers were: Miss Gunda Thompson, T. H. Barber and Christine Matthias.

In 1910 the new school was built. The old building was moved across the street and is presently Bowen Hardware storage.

The old school was used as the village hall for many years. A part of it was used for the library. The first librarian was Tom Wilson, a black man. Other uses for the old schoolhouse (village hall) were: banking business, store, jail and residence.

The school was known as the Curtiss State Graded School No. 4. In 1930 an addition was built for a two-year high school. This was discontinued about 1943. The Parent - Teacher Association was active, with Mrs. Minnie Green being the first president. In 1935 the P.T.A. joined the national organization.

In the 1960's the Curtiss State Graded School was closed and consolidated with the Abbotsford School District. The school building was purchased by the village of Curtiss, and now serves as the community hall.

Submitted by: Armin Peterson



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