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Genealogy Trails
Marshall County Illinois
School History

 
Country Schools

In the early part of Marshall County history, rural schools provided the education for most of its settlers' families.  By the mid 1950's, most rural school districts had consolidated with the larger urban schools and the children were bused into town to receive their education.  Many people still have fond memories of their little county school.  In this section we'll try to share those memories with pictures, history and stories of "how it was".  We'll also have photos of the school buildings now - if they still exist.  If you have a photo, a little school history or just a school memory to share, please email me and share your memories.

Science Hall, Bennington Township

Sherman School, Bennington Township - Photo and short history donated by Folkert D. Cramer

1915 Graduation of Rural Schools (Henry Republican)  

Conover School - Photos contributed by Norman K. Horack

Marshall County  IL School Photos - Contributed by Joann Armstrong (Class photos of Fairview, LaRose, Varna and Sulphur Springs Grade Schools)

Stateler School, Roberts Township, Marshall Co IL - Contributed by Robert Coppernol

Teachers for Red School and Sugar Grove for 1877 (Henry Republican)

Henry Township School #4 Photo about 1895 - contributed by Tom Mead


Henry

Henry Public School Notes  List of students neither tardy or absent during May 1882 - Henry Republican

Henry Teachers Accused of Not Controlling Students at the Wirt Stree School Building; Attendance Record for Miss Nerva Whitney's Class (Feb 1, 1883)

The 1915 Reunion of the Class of 1895   

1906 HHS Graduation Class and Photo

1910 HHS Graduation Class Photo


Lacon

Photo of the Lacon High School

1917 Lacon Grade School Photo -donated by Barb Lenox Garet

1919 Lacon Grade School Photo -donated by Barb Lenox Garet


LaRose


La Rose High School (photos and a short history)



Sparland


1926 Sparland 1st and 2nd Grade - Contributed by Stacy A. Chadwick




Toluca

St. Ann's School, Toluca, IL - donated by Jean Bastion

Class of 1909, Toluca, IL



Varna


The 1930 Varna Graduation Class Photo  -- Donated by Dorothy Spear

1927-28 Varna 7th and 8th Grade Class - Donated by Dawn Coen

Grade School Class - 1920's - Donated by Dawn Coen



Wenona


The History of Wenona Schools




Miscellaneous School News and Other Information

First Annual Meeting of the Marshall Co. Teachers' Association

September 5, 1878 School Notes

The Good Old Days? (a 1920's Teacher's Contract)
Marshall County Teachers and Superintendents

John Peck

Our 1876 Teachers (List of Teachers for Marshall County who had received certificates as school teachers from County Superintendent Edwards, dating from Jan. 1st to May 15th, 1876

Our 1879 Teachers (List of Teachers for Marshall County who had received certificates as school teachers from County Superintendent Edwards, dating from Oct. 1, 1878 to Sept. 1, 1879.  Also includes New School Law for teachers.)
 

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