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Did you know that:
…… in 2007, Gove, County,
……. USD 291, Grinnell Public
Schools has three school buildings,
…….. at least all or part of
a. # 52 – Antelope Ridge
b. # 3 – Grinnell
# 60 –
d. # 49 – North Hackberry
e. # 33 – Liberty Star
f. # 32 – Union
g. # 22 – Orion
h. # 44 – Sleep Hollow
i. # 50 – Glendale
j. # 45 & 64 – Coin
k. # 25 – Plum Creek
l. # 11 – West Sunny Slope
m. # 62 – East Sunny Slope
n. # 61 – West Big Creek
o. # 28 – (2 locations) Pleasant View
p. # 20 – Pleasant Valley
q. # 30 – Star
* Each of the featured fourteen schools has a link. Click on it to find out more about this school, where it was located, pictures, and other interesting information.
291 is a consolidated school district that covers territory in Gove,
This site was researched and written by the students in the spring of 2006 & 2007 as a cross curriculum assignment in their Kansas History and Keyboarding classes.
The Freshman Classes of Grinnell High School in 2006 & 2007 designed the Web Site in their computer class.
Lynette Wolf – Grinnell
Public Schools Media Specialist, Web Coordinator, and
Cheryl Huelsman – Grinnell Public Schools Computer Instructor and Web Coordinator
Les Barnhart – Grinnell Public Schools Technology Specialist and Video Producer
Judy Hart –
included a trip to the Gove County Courthouse in
speakers were invited to speak to the students about the country schools they
attended. Robert Waldman (short video clip) spoke
on District # 11 – West Sunny Slope. He shared his experiences about the five years
he attended there and brought his Karo Syrup can lunch bucket to show the
students along with other artifacts.
Jeannie Gormley (link
to clip) attended District # 49 – North Hackberry
for all eight grades before coming in to
Mrs. Gormley’s father Robert Stephens was on the Board of Education for North Hackberry. In the record books we found a schedule for the day. Look how many different classes and subjects that one teacher had each day! These records are for the school years 1926 – 1931.
Each of our speakers spoke about the games they got to play. In the record book, the teacher had to check them off. Special activities are there too. There is even a listing of what a rural school needed.
the school year 1979 – 80, the staff of the
Mrs. Sites was a teacher in two country schools, West Big Creek and West Sunny Slope. (She is included in the picture of West Sunny Slope students.) In her information for the 1980 Warrior Yearbook about West Big Creek, she wrote of an incident that she said, “Will remain foremost in all of ours minds,” when writing of the March 26 and 27, 1931, blizzard that struck western Kansas.
Mrs. Sites wrote: Link
Another valuable resource was the book History and Heritage of Gove County, Kansas, edited and compiled by Albert B. and Mary T. Tuttle. This book was published by the Gove County Historical Association in 1979 as a Bicentennial Project of the Gove County Bicentennial Commission.
speaking on this year’s project, Bob Abell brought us a picture
of the store and school in Orion,
The store in the background which closed down about the time this picture was taken in 1963 was the site of Saturday night dances and was a general store for patrons of the area. The school in the foreground was moved to the Cass Ranch south of Orion.
1.) To access genealogical information about
2.) Another site you
might find interesting is a Virtual Tour of the Gove County Cemeteries that was
produced by the 7th Grade Kansas History Class and Freshman Computer
Class of 2004 – 05. This site will
enable you to tour all 16 cemeteries of
We hope you enjoyed assessing our site about the country schools of USD 291.