Lee County Biography

Charles Martin


"She layeth her hands to the spindle and her hands holdeth the disstaff."
"She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness," and verily, do her children rise up and call her blessed.

Mr. Charles Martin, an old resident of Gap Grove, now living in Fremont, Nebraska, sends the following recollections: "The first building used for a public school was erected in 1836-37, about where the oak trees in my old orchard stood. Mary Hill was the first teacher, she afterward became the wife of Michael Fellows. The second building was put up in 1838 or 39, this was never completed. It stood a little north of Mrs. Lennox home. W. W. Bethea taught there two winters and Mary Hill in the summer. The third structure was also a log structure upon the Page farm built in 1840 or '41. I think Samuel Fellows was the first teacher. A log house built for a dwelling upon Harvey Morgan's place (Dudley Hubbard's) was vacated in a year and used for a school. The frame schoolhouse near the Power's place was built in 1946 or '47. There were also quite a number of private schools before districts were organized. The first teachers at the Gap were Mrs. Mary (Hill) Fellows in the winter of 1836-'37, Mrs. W . W. (Hubbard) Tilton summer of 1839: Miss Artemesia Hultz, summer 1838: Mrs. Bennett (daughter of Col, Johnson of Dixon), summer '39. I remember that my mother kept silkworms, as did Mrs. Noah Beede also. My father (Wm. Martin) organized the first Sunday school in the town. George and Stephen Fellows and myself are the only ones living who were members of it.

Recollections of the Pioneers of Lee County by Inez Kennedy 1893

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