To Meade County

Meade Rural Schools

By Nancy Ohnick

        Gone forever are the one-room country schools that dotted the countryside around Mead county. The buildings may be gone, but one has only to bring the subject up where a group of farmers are gathered to find the memories are very much alive. Prior to the 1950s, if you lived in the country you probably attended one through eight in one of these one-room, one-teacher schools. In the early years they may have been family dwellings, even sod houses.

        If you lived west and north of Meade you may have gone to Prosperity, Pleasant Home, Liberty Knoll, Sunny Dell, Mertilla or Button. North of Meade was Artesian Valley, Pleasant View, and Western Gem. To the east of town was Belle Meade, Grandview, Highland, Lakeview, Happy Hollow, McNulty, Mound View and Fancher. The southeast area of the county included Evergreen One, Evergreen Two, Pleasant Hill, Lily Dale, Sunny Dale, Good Will, Five Mile, Clearlake, Valley Grove and Long View. If you lived south of Meade you may have gone to Black, Sunrise, Century, Atwater, Happy Hill, Stone, Fairview, Pleasant Valley or Kyger. To the south of Plains was Pleasant View, Rolldale, Pretty Prairie, West Glendale, East Glendale and Lone Star.

        That totals 41 schools and probably does not include them all. It must have been a tremendous task to coordinate the activities of so many different schools in so many different locations. From 1935 to 1969 that task was undertaken by Miss Ola Granger, Meade County Superintendent of Schools. During her 37 years of service, Miss Granger earned the respect and admiration of many a rural student and the community as a whole. Born on a farm north of Meade, July 20, 1881, Miss Granger spent 30 years in the teaching profession prior to taking the job as County Superintendent. She died in 1978.

        The Old Stone School House still stands 13 miles straight south of Meade and the Sunny Dale School House stands on the Meade Historical Society lot east of Home Lumber.
Pioneer Stories of Meade County
Fourth Edition _ 1985
Pages 179-180
Republished with the permission and cooperation of
The Meade County Historical Society
Meade County small diamond Kansas History

May 28, 2002 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas /

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