1913 MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL
NO. 9.---- THE SNOOK’S SCHOOL.
Miss Jennie Oxender, Teacher.
About seventy-two years ago the children living in this vicinity attended school in a little log schoolhouse situated on what is now the Wm. Shidler farm. Though the schoolhouse was small the attendance was large, they’re being about fifty or sixty pupils with Bolivar Kellogg as teacher. The children sat on slab benches with their books in their laps, or placed on the benches beside them. The benches were so high that many of the children’s feet dangled in the air. A shelf was fastened to the wall reaching around the room for the accommodation of the pupils at writing time. At this time a term of school lasted but three months, beginning about December 1. Wood was used as fuel and we have wondered what the present day boys of “Snooks” would say if they had to chop all the wood that was burned during a term of school as the boys did in 1842.
The following year the first summer school was taught by Lucy Andrews in a Baptist Church located where B. F. Zercher’s house now stands. About a year later the district was organized and a schoolhouse was built about forty rods west of the present one. Later this building was replaced by another, built on land belonging to Mr. Circle, and the school was known as the “Circle School.” Later the Circle farm was sold and the name of the school changed to “Snooks,” possibly because John Snook was a very active worker in the Sunday School, which was held in the schoolhouse in those days.
The present schoolhouse was built in 1879. The first teacher in the new building was George Plank. The school has been taught the last four years by Miss Jennie Oxender.
At the beginning of the present school year the school organized a literary society known as “The Willing Workers” whose members formed the resolution to improve, so far as possible, the appearance of their schoolroom and school grounds. Their first entertainment was given at Thanksgiving, at which time Mr. Ed Bordman from Ashland College was present and gave an interesting and instructive talk.
The present enrollment is eighteen. One pupil, Freda Hartman, has not been tardy nor missed a day this year. Sickness prevented Donald Zercher from showing the same record. The pupils by grades are,----
- 8th--- Rhea McKibben, Clifford McKibben, Milo Omhoff, Harry McKibben.
- 5th--- Irvin Shick.
- 4th--- Freda Hartman, Susie Lawbaugh, Florence Lawbaugh, Bessie
- MeKibben, Martha McKibben, Howard McKibben, Clarence Stricklind,
- Howard Warwick.
- 3rd--- Walter Emmons, Ethel Strickling, Melvin Warwick.
- 2nd--- Florence McKibben.
- 1st---- Golda Warrick, Donald Zercher, Raymond Shick.
- Total 20.