Blomquist School, Church School

Foster Twp., Clark Co., WI

(Later known as "The Church School)



1926 North Foster Plat Map showing "The Church School"


Blomquist School was established in Sec. 25 of Foster Township, just West of County Road M.  It was later dubbed, "The Church School".  We now know it was a family named "Church" who lived in the area for which the school became known by its new name.  If you have additional information regarding this school, please contact us.


[Original Photo]


I found this old photograph of the Church school. I believe my grandmother is in the front row and make this out to be around 1917. Her name was Helen Swanson. Her parents were Christina Bedell-Swanson and John Swanson. Her grandmother was Fanny Church-Bedell. Christopher Record 



The Church School, North of Tioga, Clark Co., WI



The Church School north of Tioga, 4 May 1967


"There is an atmosphere about a one-room country school that never will be duplicated in its larger consolidated parts. A case in point is the Church School, in North Foster, Clark County, built in 1907, which today is the only "little red schoolhouse" remaining in Clark County. It derived its name from its proximity to the nearby home of George Church. Idle for some years as a center of education, it is now owned by a group of hunters living at Delton, Wisconsin. Greenwood area residents appearing in the picture are Harold Stabnow and Erwin Leach."



The picture to the left had the following notation on the back:


Pupils of old church school (1934 ca)


Fannie Podrovitz

Doris Larson

Jennie Larson

Edna Larson

Edith Butler

Jimmy Brown

Edmond Morrison

Albert Morrison

Teacher: Now  Mrs. Peter Larson was Mrs. Gertrude Oberle

":now Mrs. Peter Larsan was Gertrude Oberle", which is her maiden name."


I'm not sure if Gertrude was a "Mrs." before she married Peter Larson.  These were the notations of my deceased mother.  The blue fountain pen notation on back of photo, matches penmanship on my mother's penmanship book.  George Plautz





The "Church School" was built in 1907, in the town of Foster, northeast part of Section No. 24.  George Church, who now lives in Neillsville, was one of the first pupils to attend that school.  At the time, the address was Tioga, as there was a post office there.  Today the address is Willard.


In 1907 the town of Foster was part of the town of Mentor and the school was in the Humbird School District.  It is not known who really paid for the land, or the school building, but is assumed that the Foster Lumber Company leased the land and had carpenters come out from, Humbird or Fairchild and build the school.  My folks came here in 1906 and they named the school after them.  I attended the school from 1907 to about 1913 or 1914.  There were only ten pupils, at the start, but as many as 22 were counted and then it dwindled down to eight the last year, which was 1931.  The teachers were Ray Lightfoot, Miss Burrows, May West, Emma Furlong, Gertrude Stony, Bernice Cole, Edna Sheets, Ethel Grave, Miss Elger, Ruth Baker, Lillian Jansen, Gladys Hizer, Miss Inglevby in the term of 1921-22, and were also teachers in the later years.  Many of the teachers boarded with my folks. (By George Church)


Bloomquist / Church school circa 1917 Students


My grandmother Helen Swanson is front and center. Most of the other pupils are labeled. Look at those bare feet! Christopher Record
Left to Right: Steve Folish, Ellis Church, Laurence Hoganson, Avid Hoganson ?, Helen Swanson, Johann Larson (Teacher), Florence Willman, Ralph Bigelow


Some years, the children that were about half-way between Church or Blackberry School went to whatever school had room.  Many went to both schools during their eight years and some were quite old when they graduated from eighth grade.


The children from Butler countryside came about seven miles by road or about five miles through the woods.  Often times they all came with horse and buggy or wagon.  There was an old barn across from the school where they could park their horses until school was out for the day.  Children walked many miles and often, in the winter, the banks of snow were so high the horses could not get through.  If they did make it, it was in a homemade sleigh.  In summer weather, they would ride a lumber wagon now and then.  If the weather was bad, some students would be late for school.  Those days, they had to stay after school and make up their time.  The kids would tell the teacher tall stories about the wolves getting her or them and she would relent and let them go home.  The teacher also walked to school.  In 1927, the teacher got $65.00 per month in salary. Some of the teachers also stayed or boarded at the Fred Dean home, which at that time was the Tioga Hotel.  Some of the later teachers were Esther Dicker (1927), Mary Morgel, Goldie Engelspice, Marion Bell, Buelah Lubbs, Ruth Suscha, and the last in 1931 was Gertrude Oberle.  One room – one teacher for eight grades – the most was 30 students.  When the roll call was too small they discontinued the school and sold the school building to H. Van Gorden & Sons and they used it for a hunting shack for over 20 years.  The building is still standing and used by other hunters, as of today.  Written by: Jo Artac, contributed by William Faulkner & Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


May 4, 1967