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1866 - 1963
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S: Al Thomas
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Elkhorn, WI 53121
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June, 1993

The graphics used in this publication

were chosen by subject matter, and are
not intended to represent or mis-rc:prc:sent
any person(s) mentioned within these
Dedicated to the students,
teachers, and community of

Pleasant View School

(Hewitt School)
Rochester D istrict #3

~ Racine County, Wisconsin

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When Colleen and I first started talking about putting together a reunion it was just going to be for
the last classmates that went to Pleasant View. We soon agreed to include everyone, and I am glad we
did. What a wonderful and enjoyable experience it bas been. 'Through talking to people that had
attended school there years ago, you get a great sense of pride. Every person I talked to remembered not
only all the fun things that went on during the school year, but the quality education they received. I
could listen for hours to these people reminisce about the past, when life was a lot simpler than it is now.
Everyone knew each other back then. Neighbor would help neighbor. People would get together just to
visit. Even the stories of the outhouse getting overturned every Halloween. It is so neat to bring back a
little bit of our past. We should never forget our roots.
Pleasant View was particularly interesting to me because my grandmother taught there. As we
researched the history, we found that many of the teachers stayed at the Schrader farmhouse next to the
I would like to say "Thank you" to Colleen. It has really been fun working with her on this project.
I think she will agree that we have met a lot of very wonderful people.
Lastly, I would like to thank my wife Terri. Sometimes I wonder if she thinks I deserted her these
last eight months with all of the running here, there, and everywhere. I want her to know how much I
appreciate her.
-- Gary Schrader

.What started out to be a get together for the last class of Pleasant View School turned out to be quite
a project. What you will find in this booklet is the results of eight months of research. The information
and photos which make up this history have been found through many sources. Gary and I have visited
the Racine Historical Society, the Parkside Llbrary' Archives, all the local libraries. and also the Oak
Clearing Llbrary in Union Grove which is a private collection of the history of Racine County. We also
met and talked with many people in our community who were willing to share information with us. You
will find many fond memories from the students and teachers of Pleasant View School throughout these
pages. We are confident that this booklet contains 90% of the Pleasant View history that is to be found.
It has been both fun and educational working with Gary to put this reunion and history together for
you. If, after having read this interesting history, you have learned one new fact about Pleasant View or
remembered a forgotten classmate our work will have been worthwhile. I hope this booklet brings back
as many fond memories to you as it bas to me!
-- Colleen (Knutson) Holder

Pleasant View School
Ben Schade
A very important person in the history of Pleasant View School is Ben Schade.
Ben was born in 1908 and began school at age 7 in 1915. He attended all eight
years, and graduated in 1922. In 1936 Ben began serving on the school board.
On August 13, 1954 Ben noticed a fire coming from behind the schoolhouse.
Realizing it had to be an extremely large fire, he stopped to investigate. Many of the
school registers and teacher records, dating as far back as 1862 were being burned.
Ben, putting value in these records, salvaged as many as he could. He gave the
records to Edith McEachron who was school superintendent at the time. Knowing
the history in these books, she took them into Racine. The records and registers are
now kept at the Parkside Library Archives.
We owe Ben a debt of gratitude for saving many, many years of history which
would have otherwise been destroyed. Some of the records were destroyed, but many
of them were salvaged.
Carrie Fowler, Ben's mother and his three sisters, Ruby, Olene, and Irene also
attended Pleasant View.

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Pleasant View School

Time is the most definable yet paradoxical of things;

the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present
- becomes the past, even while we attempt to define it, and
like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.

Colton (1780-1832)

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1862 - C.W. McFarland 1880 ~

Mrs. Emily A. Coombs to Unknown
Loren C. Ward 1886
1863 - Emma C. Graffam 1887 - _Mary Gibson
1864 - Unknown 1888 - Allie Martin
1865 - Unknown 1889 - Julia Malone
1866 - Fanny Jeffreys 1890 - Kate Blackbum
Mary Gibson 1891 - Mae D. Sawyer
1867 - Hattie Quackenbush 1892 - Julia Malone
Mary Gibson
1893 - Belle Sawyer
1868 - Hattie Quackenbush
1869 - Hattie Quackenbush
James S. Norton
1870 - Emma Bishop
Mr. A. Gilbert
1871 - C. Harden
Mr. A. Gilbert
1872- E. Robertson
1873 - Chas. Hute
S. White
Roscoe A. Hoyt
1874 - S. White 1907 - Clara Stenhouse
Florence Hoyt 1908 - Mina McEachron
1875 - Emma Wiley 1909 - Mina McEachron
Florence Hoyt
1910 - Mina McEachron
1876 - Florence Durgin
Amanda Benedict 1911 - Clara Gehrand
1877 - Florence Durgin 1912 - Clara Gehrand
Amanda Benedict
1878 - Ella Hale
Anianda Benedict
Laura Atkinson
Chas. Hute
1879 - Chas. Hute
Rose Malone
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1913 - Rose McCarthy 1938 - Vera Rollins

1914 - Veronica Maney 1939 - Vera Rollins
1915 - Marjory Park 1940 - Vera Rollins
1916 - Marjory Park 1941 - Vera Rollins
1917 - Edna Olson 1942 - Vera Rollins
1918 - Edna Olson 1943 - Vera Rollins
1919- Florence Heublien 1944 - Vera Rollins
1920 - Florence Heublien 1945 - Vera Rollins
1921 - Florence Squire 1946 - Vera Rollins
1922- Florence Squire 1947 - Vera Rollins
1923 - Henrietta Brandes 1948 - Vera Rollins
1924 - Henrietta Brandes 1949 - Vera Rollins
1925 - Anna McCarthy 1950 - Pat DeBack
1926 - Esther Johnson 1951 - Pat DeBack
1927 - Esther Johnson 1952 - Pat DeBack
1928 - Lucille Sodke 1953 - Pat DeBack
1929- Mildred Kotvis 1954 - Be1nice Mercer
1930 - Ruby Dukleth 1955 - Mary Lehman
1931 - Ruby Dukleth 1956 - Margaret Luebbers
1932- Ruby Dukleth 1957 - Margaret Luebbers
1933 - Ruby Dukleth 1958 - Miss Loretta Elliott
1934 - Hazel Thayer 1959 - Miss Loretta Elliott

- 1935 -
1936 -
1937 -
Marion Lundberg
Jane Buffham
Vera Rollins
1960 -
1961 -
1962 -
Joyce Baumgart
Joyce Baumgart
Joyce Baumgart

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(Hewitt School)

1928 School History

The Pleasant View School, perhaps be~er known as the Hewitt School, is located on
the Rochester-Honey Creek road, in the township of Rochester.
The first school session was held in a little red brick school house. This was located
as is the farm buildings belonging to Lawrence Schwedler. The present site was
purchased from Mr. Dixon White in 1866. ~

It has been related, how the indians would come to the school house to warm
themselves or get a drink during the school session. They never harmed anyone. These
indians were possibly members of the Pottawattomie tribe, who were inhabiting this
section of the county years before.
Very few changes have been made in the school building since it was built in 1866.
It is in good condition. The walls are made of large stones. It is a large building and
undoubtedly was one of the finest buildings in the county at that time. A new woodshed
was built in 1922 at a cost of $20000•
Of the students who have gained distinction
are two boys. The first to graduate of these two
was Glenn Schrader. He is at the present time,
1928, a member of the faculty at the University
of Wisconsin. He is twenty-five years of age.
The other is a young man of twenty-two years.
He, with a companion built an aeroplane. They
often took the plane up on flights. On a very
windy day the plane crashed and George Gerber
sold his share in the plane to his partner Robert
Huggins. ~George Gerber is at present in
Chicago where he pilots a plane.
-- Gerber, Fred, "Eugene Leach Papers," 1928,
Parl< Library Archives

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Fred Gerber
photos, 1928

Pleasant View School, April 18, 1928


Pupils of the school, April 18, 1928

Esther Johnson, the present

teacher 1926-1927, 1927-1928

A group of lower grade pupils with their teacher,1928

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Once .this sturdy schoolhouse had a wooden

cupola with ornamental scroll-cut brackets. The
cupola was removed and the building has been
converted into a residence, but the bell was saved and
remounted near the front gable peak. The well built
Greek Revival structure is made of limestone with
raised mortar joints and has dressed quoins, lintels,
sills and water .table. A date-stone that reads "1866
Dist. No. 3" is located just below the wooden cornice.
The last classes were held in 1963. .~·~· ·:
-- Obtained from JJie Rea"tage Guide/Joak

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Photos (above and right)

submitted by Laurel Schrader

(Circa 1902)

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Hewitt School May Be Closed

Because of a 1939 law reducing the state aid for rural schools with less than ten
pupils, many rural schools will be forced to close, thus saving the district and state
money by concentrating the students in larger schools.
One of the oldest schools in Racine County is what is kn.own as the Hewitt School
or Pleasant View, two miles west of this village in Rochester Township. This stone
schoolhouse was built in 1863 by William Plucker, a stone mason, and grandfather of
Edwin Plucker. The ·stones were quarried on the Ela farm in the west end. The school
is in good condition with hardwood floors, electric lights, etc. But there are only
eleven scholars in the school now, three of whom will finish the grades there in June.
Unless a farmer with a family of small children moves into the district, this school may
be among those to be closed. This stone schoolhouse replaced a little red schoolhouse
built by the pioneers in a very early day. Here the Hoyt, Frost, Rowe and Russell
children were taught their "Three R's."
- Burlington Standard 1940, Burlington Libracy

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Photo Sl.i>mitted by I ahn Schwedler

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The Schrader Farm

Right after the turn of the century many teachers, following their graduation from
college, would board at the Schrader farm located just east of the school. The
teachers would stay at the farm during the week and return to their own homes on the
weekends. Teachers known to have boarded at the farm include: Esther (Johnson)
Malchine, Lucille (Sodke) Aldridge, Ruby (Dukleth) Ross, Marion Lundberg, Jane
Buffam, and Florence (Heublein) Schrader. Florence stayed at the farm after
graduating from the Normal School in Union Grove in 1919. There she would meet
a young man, Merle, who would later become her husband.
r It has been told how Merle would bid a large sum to win the goodies provided in
Florence's basket at the annual Basket Social held at the school. Together they would
continue the tradition of offering their home to teachers until 1936 when the last
teacher to stay at the Schrader farm was Jane Buffam.
Water had to be carried from the farm to the school every mo1ning for drinking
and washing.

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Circa 1910

Teacher - Mina Mc Eachron.

The only identified student
(first row, first student), Glenn Schrader.

Photo submitted by Laurel Sduader

Some of the early classes taught in the first school

were Reading, Writing, Geography, Mental arithmetic,
Written arithmetic and Algebra. One unique class that
was taught was Depo1tment. This was only taught to
the girls, usually in the summer months. It dealt with
etiquette and how to act like a lady.

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Photo submitted by Laurel Schrader.

Class sizes varied depending on the time of

year it was. During the winter months classes
were usually quite large. When the crops
were ready to be planted and harvested there
was a decline in the number of boys
Going through the registers there
were as many as 49 scholars in 1879
and as few as 9 in 1926 and 1938.
The range in age in 1879 was
from 4 to 20.
The monthly teachers salary
in 1866 was $20.00.

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- 1877 Spelling Test Obtained from: Parkside Library Archives, Racine Series 81

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Teacher - Florence Squire. The only identified student is Harold Olsen, third row, first from left.

Photo submitted by Ben Schade

In the register of Hattie

Quackenbush dated December,
1868, was the following quote;
"Rosa was always a dear good
girl. Just before she died she
said, 'Teacher, I want you to
meet me in Heaven, tell all the
scholars to be good and meet
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~~/:?·=:· . .. me in Heaven too."' Rosa had

taken sick December 5th and
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Coasting Down the Hill

Anna Vallance

'Twas a little country schoolhouse

Nestled by a sparkling ~
Where I learned the feat of coasting,
Sliding, coasting down the hill.

When winter spread its blanket

Of snow and ice, as winter will,
Then began the matchless pleasure · I - _ __, i
Just of coasting down the hill. .· l
With our old homemade bobsleds
Can you e'er forget the thrill
As we piled on four or five deep
And went coasting down the hill?

- Oh the shouts and youthful laughter

On the frozen air, and still,
As we struggled on the upgrade
To go coasting down the hill. Photos submitted by John Schwedler

Many times that swift glide downward

Ended in a snowy spill;
That, in no wise, slacked the pleasure
Of more coasting down the hill. ---¥-'- .. -

Now, with hair as white as snowdrift,

Still in memory I can thrill
To that winter fun and frolic,
Gliding, coasting down the hill.

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The farther back you can look, the farther forward

you are likely to see.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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Pleasant View School

School Board members who

served five years or more:

Herman Lehman
Merle Schrader
August Zahler
Ben Schade
Mrs. D. Fraser
r Archie Fraser
Joe Chatt
Cliff Knutson
Virginia Hazelo

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First row - (fifth from left) Russell Prout, all others unknown. Second row - (second from
left) Bernard Thiede, (sixth from left) Louie Kempkin, all others unknown. Teacher -Ruby
Photo submitted by John Schwedler

"I taught at Pleasant View fom years, from 1930

I. Ruby Dukleth
_ to 1934, having had Wayne Schrader in first grade.
I,;.=============~ remember his mother, Florence, telling me how hv
could "sound out" three and four syllable word~
Those were the days when we taught phonics and hopefully, I heard via television it is bein1
done again if one has seen the little girl reading so fluently. ,.,
My outstanding memories of those four years were living at the Schraders and visitin...
that "cute little house" outside, night and mornings, come rain, sleet or snow.
School memories were the cold winter mornings, starting the wood stove which began t·
heat the building by the time the thhteen or f ou1teen pupils arrived. Then after school,
sweeping the floor and doing boardwork for the next day."

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Calvin Gerber 11
"I remember the students, many times only
II~=============;;:.m eight to ten students in the whole school. We
were not only friends, but like family.
I remember the wonderful teachers our school board, namely Mr. Merle Schrader
and Mr. Ben Schade, would hire.
I remember the teachers that were special to me. Marion Lundberg, Ruby
Dukleth. Who could forget the wonderful Mrs. Vera Rollins who would arrive at
school 7: 15 a.m. to light the fu111ace so the sd1ool would be warm when class started
- at 9:00 a.m. That old school would get clo,vu wto the 30's on an old January night.
I also remember how Mrs. Rollins ~ lw <l~ s managed to have a treat for us on
special days such as hot chocolate and irnu·slrnwllows, a cake, or some other things at
her expense."
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Russell Prout 11 "I can remember my mother taking me to schoo~

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sledding clown the hill when we had snow,
and how I used to climb trees which was agaiust the 1ules. During recess we played
softball behind the school.
I remember with f onclness mu- r~bcrsals for tlie annual Christmas Program, the
Christmas tree, and always a visit by Sauta.
I remember having to raise my 1.ia.ud iudicaling o.ue finger to go wee wee and two
fingers for the other in the olllcloor privcy·s."
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First row - unknown, Mary Zabler, Shirley Miller, Mary Jo Chart, unknown. Second row - Mary
Nuchell, Gary Chart, Merle Smith, Bob Nuchell, Lee Smith. Teacher - Vera Rollins.
-- Ph oto submitted by Shirley Aspinall

Laurel Schrader II "My favorite two teachers boarded at our

II~-·=============;J·_ house during the week, returning to their
homes for the weekend.
The. game that stands out in my memory was called "Anti-Eye Over the
Woodshed." It probabaly had it's oligin at Pleasant View.
Who could forget the outdoor toilets or the coal stove in the southwest comer of
the room with the long pipe leading over to the chin1lley. There was no well. All
water for washing and drinking was hauled from our farm. I had the job of Water
Hauler for a number of years. Each morning I would take water over in a milk can
for the two stoneware jars. One had a faucet for washing; the other had a bubbler."

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First row - Margy Christ:ianse~ Mary Ann Lehman, Maureen Christ:ianse~ Delores Lehman,
(Teacher) Pat De Back. Second row - Bill Chart, Jerry Carter, Jack Carter, Roger Wuttke, Fred
Chart, Gene Nuchell.
-- 1951 Photo submitted by Margy (Ouistiansen) Stmley

II Patricia Jung (DeBack) II teaching_

"Thinking back to the first year of my
(1950) brings back many fond
memories. As I entered this one room
school, I found the challenge great and exciting. The children were all so friendly
and sharing. They were all willing and eager to learn. Sometimes the older children
would help the younger ones when they needed a little extra practice in certain
lessons. I believe this taught them patience and understanding of fellow classmates.
Another memory that is unforgetable is the social gatherings of all the school
families. The Christmas Program brought everyone together, as well as the annual
school picnic. Everyone joined in contributing food, games, and a good time.
Another memory is of the winter season. In the winter the recess period was
always so much fun. The children and I were able to slide and ski down the big hill
behind the school. Sometimes this period was extended, and we called it physical
education time.
I continued to teach through the school year of 1953 at Pleasant View. Then after
this I stayed home to raise my family.
Throughout the years I have come into contact with some of my former students
and they still remember me."
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"The eight years I spent at Pleasant View

I Fred Chart II
IL:--.-.-.-.-.-.;;;;;;;;;;;-.-.-.;;;;;;;;:.1 School was vety rewarding. I had a total of two
teachers, both very good in teaching elementary
I'm not ashamed of my one room school education. In fact, I'm proud of it. I'm
able to read, write and I know my arithmetic.
Memories are many; classroom work, spelling, reading, flash cards, Christmas
programs, playground games, softball, Anti-I Over the Woodshed, Duck Duck Goose
in the snow, sleigh riding down Schrader Hill in the winter, the cold outhouse in the
winter and the biggest event was the school picnic at the end of the school year.
Every family brought food, soda and ice cream. The big event of the day was the
softball game. I never could hit the ball over the school like Wayne and Laurel
Schrader and the dads that played ball."
-- Fred Oiart, class of 1953

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. Roger Wuttke 11 "I remember the things like the games at recess,
II_. ._ the sledding behind the school on Schraders Hill,
and some fights from time to time. I also
remember the personal way that the teachers knew each child and their families.~'

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Getting Ready - Tn the days of the "little red schoolhouse'' \~·omen of the district
gathered tb c wee k: before school opened iu the fall to scrub :iud ~· le an the place from
end to ern i P!l:..'.a:)aill V iew district still follows this ..:ustou1 \lv·- _. Tvlrs. Joe Chart
(left) and MI'S c.J111:i L~ lun a.u wax th e desks .
_·;;e~: September 4, 1951

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Photo Sli>mitted by
J aim Schwedler


One hundred or so years ago

This land around here began to grow.
Homesteaders, farmers and others too,
So that in this area a community grew.
Well you know, to go along with that,
Chilcken grew, and that's a fact.
So folks got together and decided they
Needed a schoolhouse for education and play.
Now they built that school to last a while
'Cause when you look, you can tell by the style.
The school was just one large room you see
Where all leat.ned "Three R's" and "ABC's."
There was just one teacher for all eight grades
Who taught not only learning, but how to behave.
Now a pot bellied stove stood on the floor
That greeted you as you walked in the door.
During the summer 'twas a dirty old thing,
But when winter came, 'twas the "King of Kings."
There's one more thing that goes with this story ...
The "Two Out Houses," may they live in glory.
-- Dick Woods, 1993

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- School Days 1955 - 1956


Mary Lehman Bill Chart Carl Zahler Linda Knutson



Cheryl Knutson Margy Marilyn Jerry Carter

Christiansen Mogenson

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Albert Welker Frank Hazelo Pete Christiansen Gene Nuchell

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II Maureen (Christiansen) Schauer I "Eve1yone took part in

the Christmas plays.
What fun it was listening to the music ou the radio - I think it was for thirty
minutes once a week.
Everyone had to play in the baseball games - even the teacher. Home runs were
hit over the school.
Water (to drink) was brought in every day as we llad uo rulllling water."

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Margy(Christiansen) Stubley II "I remember all the nice

L:. Christmas programs we
I remember listening lo Professor Gordon (music) <m cl .t\n on the radio. We
would ice skate on tlle pond across the road, and played baseball. Out library was a
small wooden box brought out by the Racine Public Library.
I was the only one ill my class for the entire eight ye;.u-s. Our eighth grade
graduations were held vv ith surrounding one room schools.,.
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II_. Margaret Luebbers II._ the"ItwohaveyearsmanyI was

pleasant memories of
at Pleasant View.
The students were like a big family - the
older ones helping the younger ones. There were only twelve students some of the
time but the number grew to eighteen for a while. I have always watched the
Standard.Press for news offormer students.
Although the daily schedules at Pleasant View included eighteen or twenty classes
- some only fifteen minutes long - the students did learn. But there was also time to
read a number of good books. I recall Mr. Popper's Penguins and one of Mark
Twain's books which one of the boys brought from home.
I remember the schoolroom so well - the oil burner in the comer, the desks in
straight rows, the chalkboard so difficult to read, and the wide window sills which
Mrs. Zahler filled with geraniums. There was also the stage complete with cuitains
put up in time for the usual Christmas program. The schoolroom was really crowded
for that big event.
All the children looked forward to being outside at recess time. When the weather
was bad someone got out a carom board or everyone played charades."

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Back row (left to right) - Mary Thiede, Carl Zabler, Jerry Carter, Bill Chart, Kathy Bauman,
Karen Bauman, Pete Christiansen, Llnda Knutson. Center (left to right) - Cheryl Knutson, Loretta
Elliott (teacher), Colleen Knutson. Front row (left to right) - Linda Sackman, Walter Henning, Dick
Sackman, Ken Cbrlsiansen, Frank Hazelo, Susan Hazelo.
Photo swmitted by Marie Oiart

II Mary (Thiede) Winkelman

"There are so many good
11 memories to share that it is hard to
pick just one or two.
Walking home from school on spring days with Sue and Linda. Playing on the
swings, and Mrs. Schwedler' s holiday surprises.
Most of all I treasure the life long friendship of Sue Hazelo Petersen and others
who have kept in touch."

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Back row (left to right) - Mary Thiede, Colleen Knutson, Mary Smith, Carl Zabler, Carol Smith,
Cheryl Knutson. Center (left to right) - Ken Christiansen, Frank Hazelo, Loretta Elliott (teacher),
Linda, Susan Hazelo. Front row (left to right) - Larry, Dick Sackman, Alice
Thiede, Martin Knutson.
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II : "Such a simple time! We were

Alice Ann (Thiede) Slicker II._ all so much closer. A true
community involvement.
I guess I remember the tin1es the school would put on the fairs. I got to be the fat
woman, and Larry Sackman got to be the tall n1an.
What a sad day when the school closed. So many of my classmates went to
Waterford and I went to Burlington. I went to the same school my father went to and
got manied in the same church my pa1ents did.
Such a special time for us all. Pleasant View was the right name for our school
and school days there."

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Frank Hazelo 11 "All the memories are good. I am thankful for

II all the teachers and parents who dedicated them-
selves to a one-room country school. I cherish the
memory and am so proud I went to Pleasant View.
Some of the best memories are the Christmas Program and getting ready for the
year-end picnic. A pleasant and lasting memory is the fine set of friends I had the
priviledge of going to school with. Unlike today, there were no gangs or drugs and
each respected one another. I also remember the fine character of each of the
teachers. As I look back, I can look at their good example in conduct and speech.
That was a real plus."

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First row (left to right) - Ken Christiansen, Alice 1biede, Mike Doxtater, Dick, Marty
Knutson, Gary Schrader, Janel Henning, Kim Doxtater, Larry Sackman, Mike Knutson.
Second row (left to right) - Walter Henning, Mary lliede, Linda Knutson, Susan Hazelo, Colleen
Knutson, Dean Doxtater, Linda Sackman, Kathy Krueger, John Schwedler, Bill Schwedler.
Photo submitted by Colleen (Knttsai) Holder

II Joyce Baumgart II "I was the last teacher prior to the closing of
._ this little stone country school. I taught from
1960-1963, three school years.
Because of the fine, fine families and students of the first three years I experienced
as an educator, I fondly have continued to teach. In this era of rural American
education there were and still are many lasting values and good memories.. Children
still are vibrant and have desires to succeed in life.
My schoolday started at 6:30 A.M. and most of the time ended at 5:00 P.M. I
never had to deal with serious problems as the parents of this school valued strong
family ties and strong work ethics.
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Joyce Baumgart's Memories

e Eighteen students to greet me, September 1960.

e Most library books were read by Susan Hazelo.
• Marty Knutson got 100% right on his Spelling, and off he went to do chores on
the Schrader farm.
• Walter Henning loved peanuts!
• Linda Knutson wanted to be a teacher.
e Mr. Thiede made the best sugar cookies at Christmas, and his daughters
r. proudly gave them out.
e Christmas programs - wonderfully rehearsed and presented.
e Our visit to an active submarine in Milwaukee.
• Doris Knutson's Danish Kringle.
• The Sackman' s happy family.
e Frank Hazelo always gave me matured reassurance.
e Joyce Schrader brought me a Barbeque recipe and vegetables from her garden.
• Mr. Knutson built me a wooden lawn chair.
• We held Jacks Tournaments and played ball
e Mrs. Krueger and Mrs. Henning hosted a surprise baby shower for me.
e We rang the bell each morning for Mr. and Mrs. Schade.
• We had a Halloween Spook House.
• Kenny Christiansen's early morning arrival to school was always welcomed.

In closing, this verse is on my desk at Friendship Elementary where I now teach

fo1th grade:
"Let my teaching fall like rain
and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
like abundant rain on tender plants."
-- De"\Xeronomy 32:2

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·Students at the Pleasant . View ...In the News

school-lr:lvt?- just · · compktctr"the
snks or 1963 calendars oC Wiscon-
sin, ··published by the Junior His-
t9ric:il ·society of Wisconsin.
T'l·:,;!·11111 t'i1·u1 Srlin11/ · ·- · 1q ll>~
-£ri<J;1y, Oc-<:.- 21. a· p.m .. ill lhc
l"lc:is:inr\' 1cw---SChoor. th·c · 19- stu·
.dcnts..>lDd_Jl)eir tc;ichcr. ·
Ilot lunch proi:r;im or on<.' hot Otto naum1rnrt. Will. ·r;reill·nt ·the·
me;il n ·week will commence · in annuu! Chdi.lm:is pro~ram for par-
December · .cnls-and-lrjemb . .. . ._
.... 'fhe Pl<.'as:int View chil<lrcn's
club'· h:is as its 'officers: · Colleen Various Dates . Christmas.p()('ms, two prt"'l!Chool-
ers: songs. nil. irl:'adcs: monoloi;:ucs;
Knutson. president: .Susan ll:lz«:lo, !'il!Cttt • •,ecenlh .11111 ciJ:hth :c:1.nlc1s
secretary: Lindn S:ickm1m. v1ce- i·pJay, "A ChristmM Craty Cl:iss.'~
president:. . ;ind Linda . ·Knutson, !lllX chnrnctcrs:' chorur .reading ~
tree91:11•e1•. · i ''.Chrilltm;i.s Stocking,'' all i:rnd!!s;
...::...wednc.sdiiy.:.anemoon;-6ct. ·3i; srl.t;ncc exocril'nl'l', fifth · i:rndcr:
the students and their·· teacher, sol't:ll studici1 report. "Bci:inning
Mrs. Otto Baumgart .are having a <1f Ch·iliz:ition:· Sl'Vl'nth ).!r:id<'r"
Halloween ·party. The cup-cakes .n.1.ruw solo· "Slcii.!lLJUd~<\usan: ~
and cookies . will be made : by. the Uazelo. {;ilso acl."omirnnit>s !llmlcnts
students that are bking· cooking Cor .nll .' !lini;ini: nombl'rs>: ~roup
i;IR!ollRt( nf E'hii.'liii,IS t.ii ols, .i11:
in 4·H. work, and wilJ be served
with pi.inch. Games· and a HaUO\\!-
een _P.rogram . arc ~!llanned •..-:·_ _ _
A substitute teacher, Miss Veva
:nounccr: .. ror . th1._progi:anl: ' Dkk .
~<'Kmaw. .• .. .
. S;intn.;,;wlll appear. There will
·bc :tn cxcit1i"ni;:c_ o! . Christm:is . ~ifts
Cole, Honey Creek: will replncc
Mrs: Bnumi:art:· beginniµg Nov. 5. Cor: t h_i;-_ stt1dc:11ts._ :School will re-
.•, Thursdny_ evening, Oct. 25,.·. 25 cc.'-"-until Jan~2 .- -- - - --
members of the Jlerumnt-Ylew - .J:h~=PJE'llS!!DL --Vie\\~Mothcn': ~
Mothcr's·clu"6 gav~ a surprise~ baby rlub mct _i1t :thc.~~hool. Dt~. 11. for
show~r-ror-M~o Baumgart lht- :mnual Christmas p:irty. A
.at' the ham<.' of Mn. Elmer llen- ~t-luck <.linncr w:is. enjoyed, . and
ninJ:"; Co-hastes~ was Mrs. Clifford ~nt J:tfts forttb? kitcht'n were

.Knutsolh-Mr-5-:-B&u~ l:xc~an:c;l'd :imo~g ~mbers. . .
plc:1s:mt surprise.

P,it Socinl
.:.=Friday livenlrii.- Nov: ·2-ai the
· Plf:asant Vjew school · stdrting
8!p.m .• a pie social . is to be held.
The public is cordially Invited to
attend this soclnl g3thering. Cof·
.I:~1ca$anf-V1c·:o · sc1i~·oi ·r;~~~a1~ v
The students aod their teacher.
.~rs7 Baum~art, of the Ple:is-
.. EU!~ View school, cordially Invite
fec-will- be· furniehed ..Cree. Prices P~asant Vi~ cMothm'' Club
.ure - 25 ·cents • tor adullsan·d l!i the public ta. attenl1 their. <.:bristc · ·The ·Pleasant · View Mothers'
cents .for childrcn ... _.. Procceds. wfll nias program, to be held at .. Us~
be used ~y . th.t! children's club. . school, Thursday evening, Dec. 22.
CliiD.memben met at the scboof'
Tuesday evening, ·April 23; for
8. ,p.m. There will be poenlll al111·
singing· br all ., grades. one ~ their monthly meetln2. Hostess I
seven and b~ ·two pre-school' ~hit· w:as ~. John.Scbwedler. . ·. ~
dren, · ~tween acts. Tba. . ular.
''Why the Bells Chime,.. a: t~~
act play • . .... ,.,,.: .,
· Narrator. · Unda KnuU.011': Old
'·PUcscftt··Vi.e1o SdaOOl ,._ . .-;: '.
: ,'. :Jtepreamtlng . ·the : 'Plea.ant
. View school at-the,Raclne ·cann·
Man, · Walter · lfennioi: · ~~ -tr·' ipel.llng: contest. Friday, at• .
F'r:uik Haz.elo; . Little B.ri>~r; the _T~chers~ ~ colleie, . Union·
Richard ~ckmann: Loni Write, Grove,: . wu . Colleen ·· Knutson,
K:ithy Krueger; OrPeafei. lbttrn· ·seventh ·grader. Alternate ·wu
Knutson; baker. Gerry Scb.tadei'j . Linda Knutson1 eighth grader. .·
CI'l1ZENSHIP AWARDS Theide : and Larry Sactm.ana; The school Jack toama.ment
: End~· the school year at the. !:irmer. Glenn Carter; kin£.M.liy is nearly .closed thit week and.
Pleasant Vitt school, Mrs. Otto Thtede;-.queen, Susan R».ielo: doc- plalyd~~ofth_~o~~~n _\!ill be
he , .. . ,.,,
Bannirart; ·teacher, presented tor. Colleen Knutsob; · lnvanto:a.
.Chccyl . Knutson; minister• . Ken· soon: , · · 'a ..· .· .., announced.
&£ ....
·: :
.GOod . C1tlunsh1p awards . to an neth Christenson; ingel;· · LU\da . . .Friday, !l8y 3, ..studenta. and'
· outs_t~d1ng boy and (irl ·student;. S3ckmnnn; nurse, Sandy.. Carter; teacher, Mrs. Otto · Baumprt,
stattng• •they are not. knoWn.. fpr · blacltsm.ith, John· Scbwedler. Th• with ·students' · mothers and·
'their .high · grades but tor".thefr' play Is nbout a boy named, P.ttre. younger brothers . and listers,
hard. ~ork during the yeatio'gef who by IO\'l? .and UD3elf1sb .sacri• will take a ·field trip. to 'VU!t the
fice •. mado tbc Christtnas c:hlniu Continental· Baking· Co. and the
good : inarks.". '.. 'Rece1ving ·: the I

award~. are. Colleen ·Knutson; 7th

grade, and Ga:ry _Schrader;· 3rd
ring .. Cl3SSt>S will recess lor the
Christm:is .'.Ind New Yens boll·
d:iys. ·
·MUwaukee·zoo-. - · - - - - - · ··
'---- - -- -- - - - - - - - l
grade • . · · ·


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, ...In the News

1 1963
P.1edsd"lit:Vie.w~;;'.·:· :\?>.
'!.· 9t~~,9.ri...-!u~.s~~}c:·~
{'\\".n,t~!>t'ltl '., · ~ecfo~· ofWi·­
terf~iji;.gt;a_~,·\~hooL• district;
?Q.P•ote~·..-~:;. ~9un'Y·:· ·school ,
~mmitteeMder"'to: attach a. por-~
.tion ,_of · ihe.~~J~lea~w · -Vlew;i
~cbool district'tct-Wa'teiiord: on·::
Tn~sday;:.::, ;:'.;;•;.i·~;.;..~:::~i: : ,·"· .\9i
"·The ·at~cJimenC · ,"ld)dd"16!:
students ' to~the~.waterfoi'd . dis-·:
trict: ,. However/-Theo;:: Krauss;~
grade ·s~r.Y.Bini. prJncl·::
·pat;· stated .~;'tbar_: ;the-.:, district ..
·would· also "gain'·:--,$600·000:; in··
e<iualized ..valuatioit::::rrom ·\ tlie;:
Pleasant· : V i:e.w.: . attachment. ..
Krauss has urged."a ""yes" vote ~
·on-the' refetendum"issue. :,__~...:.:::.
The county school committee~:
ordered · the .- closing··· of..... .the"J
Pleasant'.View ·school :at":a: hurir
Ing. .held in Februaey....Three:.-
students . bave ·.. already t been:
ordered fo attend 'schooMn. the~
Burlington -'.district · next :.year:
by the committ~. ". ·-·;.··: ... · ._ .. ·:..:~
-r ·T he one-room Plea"Sant; View•
.school has been in operation for:.-
98 years. · · : - ., . -.· · ..~

Srrk.~ Corr sol iilntion

--· The l'h~asant Virw srhool dis·
trict No. 3:fown or llorhrsler. is
·sct>kini:: consolidation.with the.> Ito·
'c hester graded srhoot · distrkl. /\ Annual Picnic
public hearinl! was held · wc•<lnrs- The last annual picnic to be
day- evenini.:. Dec. 5, l:)y the Radne held at tbe Pleasant ··View-
county school committee at the school will be held Sunday ·
_WatcclocW1mjor hii;:b ·noon, .. May .26, at tbe school
RochC'strr. A- petit ion w:rs fil<'<I grounds: -·All families in . the
with the school t'ommittcc. Nov. 8. district. "are Invited to attend.
A recent order by the rommitt<'r· Please brlnt" a dbb to pass and
to drtach a portion of.Jhc .l~ra:i·. sandwiches. ·one graduate, Lin-
nnt View district. followl'cl ;i · puh- da Knutson; · will reeel.v.~-- her_
lic hearinl! at the Waller srhool in ·diploma- Fnday~~ everung, May
llurlincton. will l)rcomc-erfectivc• 24, in services at the Water-
- on~luly- 1 1-- Ulo3 . · Sixtl'rn "'the lfl ford high school. ·
stuclcmts now attending the l'leas-
""l View sd1011l would tr:rnskr _t_n_
the RochC'sler ..1-(radrd school.

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At School-Close
The end has come as come we must
To all things; in these sweet June days
The teacher and the scholar trust
Their parting feet to separate ways.
They part; but in the years to be
Shall pleasant memories cling to each,
As shells bear inland from the sea
The murmur of the rhythmic beach.
Her little realm the teacher leaves,
She breaks her wand of power apart,
While, for your love and trust, she gives
The warm thanks of a grateful heart.

Across the distance of the years

She sends her God-speed back to you;
She has no thought of doubts or fears;
Be but yourselves, be pure, be true.
And prompt in duty; heed the deep,
r Low voice of conscience; through the ill
And discard 'round about you, keep
Your faith in human nature still.
And, when the world shall link your names
With gracious lives and manners fine,
The teacher shall assert her claims,
And proudly whisper, "These were mine!"
-- John G. Whittier

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Pleasant View School

- 1993

After the last classes were held in 1963, the building was purchased by the late
Ray Moyer, Sr. His son, Ray Moyer, Jr., remembers his father had to pay both the
Burlington and Waterlord school districts for the building. Moyer helped his father
gut the whole interior of the one-room schoolhouse, put up walls to partition rooms
and add a kitchen.
Many reminders of the school remain. Nearly all the flooring and much of the
wainscoating are original. Marks in the floor still outline childrens desks and Moyer
has part of the old slate blackboard. Indoor plumbing had already been added; the
house was equiped with two adjoining bathrooms, one used for boys, the other for
"For some reason, they gave the girls more space and that bathroom was larger,
so we installed a bathtub there," Moyer said.
Because there is no basement in the building, an oil furnace is located in a
narrow, ground-floor. room, once thought to be a coat room. Thick walls also offer
much protection from the temperature extremes.
''My mother said it took 3 days for the heat of summer to get in the house,"
Moyer said.
With the exception of one room, the Moyers lowered the ceiling from an original
height of about 18 feet. Along one wall there is a trap door leading to an attic
Mr. and Mrs. William Brausch purchased the building from the Moyers, and
continue to live there.
The schoolhouse remains unchanged on the outside. The school bell and the
date-stone that reads "1866 Dist. No. 3" remain intact.

-- Margaret M. Plevak

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