Edgerton School


Edgerton School, 1927
Edgerton School, 1927

June Carney wrote the following about the Edgerton School in 1999.

The Edgerton Grade School was built in Ohop Valley in 1910. The teacher lved in a small cottage on the property and was paid a small wage. The families also gaver her fruits and vegetables that they grew.

In 1932, my mother, sister and I and there cousins were living with my granparts. When it was time for four of us to be enrolled in school, my granfather did not want us going to the Eatonville school, so we were enrolled in Edgerton. My mother drove us the five miles to school every day and picked us up after school.

There were 10 or 11 students as I remember, and 5 of them were my sister, my cousins and myself. Six or seven were in primary grades and the rest in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

Names of Adults and Kids at Edgerton School
Names of Adults and Kids at Edgerton School

The one teacher taughts all eight grades and all subjects. When she was busy with one age group, the others were to study and work on projects. Once when she was giving some long tests, one fo the kids too us smaller ones on a very long walk donw by the Nisqually River. Teachr was very upset with him because of the danger of somone getting hurt or lost.

After my granfether died in 1935, my mother rolled us in the Eatonville Grade School, as the bus went right by our farm.

Edgerton School - Date unknown
Edgerton School – Date unknown

The enrollment at Edgerton was then too small to keep the school open and it consolidated with Eatonville. The teacher then went to work for Eatonville School. I feel very fortunate to have the experience of attending a one-room school. Three former students still live in Eatonnville, Betty Mooers, Ruby Dorrah and myself, June Carney.

Names of folks in photo
Back row, LtoR:  Herman Anderson, Andrew Anderson, Olava Kjelstad, Unknown, Unknown, Annie Peterson.
Row 2: Unknown, Unkown, Unknown, Mrs. Herman Anderson, Pearl Peterson, Martha Bruer, Helen Peterson, Hannah Olden.
Row 3: Mrs. Malm, Unknown, Hazel Olden, Hedvig Olden
Row 4: Annie Henricksen, Mrs. Hedborg, Fritz Johnson, Jewel Anderson, Ralma Henricksen, June Anderson, Alice Peterson, Evelyn Olden
Row 5: Ruby Johnson, Marguerite Donahue, Pat Donahue, Bill Donahue, Harley Henricksen, Frances Donahue, Kathleen Donahue, Martha Hjermstad

Photo Courtesy of Linda Lewis.

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