Kurth and roder Schools

 of Grant Township

Clark County, Wisconsin


KURTH SCHOOL (Picture)-- Kurth School was founded in 1884. George Brooks was the first clerk and F. J. Vine, the chairman. In 1888, fall term-two months of German was required. At the first school meeting they raised the teacher's wage to $150.00 and $50.00 for incidental expenses. They paid $.82 for a year of insurance, Clerk's salary was $5.00. The present school building was built in 1905. About 1960, the district was consolidated with Neillsville and Granton.

Dave Gaier now resides in the remodeled home. Some of the teachers were Eva Field, Minnie Ward, Birdie Manes, Mary Griesch, Elvira Ayers, Lillian McGinnis, Musa West, Matie Brule, Alice Stevens, Celia Tyler, Racie Howard, Mayme Breed, Amstia Deutsch, Dora Wage, Lollie Blackman, Daniel Hughes, Alma Kuechenmeister, Mae Toptine, Mabel Winegarden, Ina Huckstead, Mildred Schiller, Fanny Chase, Anida Dietrich, Irene Bradford, Bernice Eide, Irma Bartz, Edna Kurth, Ella Haines, Margaret Ruddock, Dorothy Mott, Orvilla Zille, Esther Schmidtke, Arlene Schlinsog, Ruby Selves and Ella Hoffman.

Source: Page 25 of Granton Community Memories 1856-1976

Section 15 of 1926 Grant Plat Map

RODER SCHOOL --According to some old legal documents half an acre of land was purchased from Fernando Wage in 1877 for $20.00 and a school was built. This farm is now owned by Fritz Garbisch. The board members were George Brooks, William Schlinsog and Wilson Churchill. A little later a school was built about one mile west known as the Kurth School.  Then in order to get the school about in the center of District No. 2, a half an acre of land was leased from William Schlinsog in 1880 and a new school was built 20 x 26. In 1926, this school was destroyed by fire. About a month later, it was decided to build the next school on higher ground about 40 rods south. One acre was bought from Albert Schlinsog.

This school was located where the Vic Braatz residence is now. This school was used until consolidation with Granton Public Schools in 1961. Some of the teachers were Bettie Kuhl, Alice Kissling, Margaret Ruddock Hrasky and the last teacher was Edith Haske."

Source: Page 20-21 of Granton Community Memories 1856-1976.

The two articles are confusing but below I listed the facts chronologically. It sounds to me that there are five school buildings mentioned in the above paragraphs:

1. the first school was built on a half acre of land purchased in 1877 from Fernando Wage,

2. land leased from William Schlinsog in 1880, a new school [Roder?] was built but destroyed by fire in 1926 

3. a little later, Kurth School was built one mile west of first school and founded in 1884,

4. a new Kurth School was built in 1905, and was in use until 1960,

5. in 1926, a new [Roder?] school was built on land bought from Albert Schlinsog; it was used until school district consolidation in 1961.

I'm guessing the one built in 1880 and rebuilt after a fire in 1926 was the Roder School. Please contact me if you can furnish additional information.

Roder School in Section 14 of 1926 Grant Plat Map

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