Read about the History of Bunker Hill Schools from our earlier blog posting at https://bunkerhillhistory.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-history-of-bunker-hill-schools.html
From the Gazette-News, September 20, 1973
Written by Miss Florence Seim
The full pdf document of Miss Seim's paper titled "History of Bunker Hill Schools" can be downloaded from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UDvSjqh2WAwZfMhEQHMe7h-QzmGBFtMy/view?usp=sharing
Scarcely had Bunker Hill shown signs of becoming a town until the early pioneers turned their thoughts to the education of their children. These early pioneers, who were determined to develop this new country, were advocates of "Learning" and wished to have their children, who were to be the men and women of tomorrow, versed in the fundamentals of a workable education.
A combined church and schoolhouse was erected in the fall of 1839 by the citizens of Bunker Hill. It was an 18' x 26' and was only a few feet from the present Congregational Church. Most of the material used was produced in this vicinity. Other material, such as grease, oil, putty, locks for the doors, pine lumber for seats, etc. were store purchased. The bill totaled less than $100. It was a very rough, unplastered little room with blankets and shawls hung around the walls and doors to keep out the cold winds and snow. This building, primitive an roughly built, was the first church and first schoolhouse. In it, the early settlers worshipped [sic] and his children were taught to read. In later years, the old schoolhouse became the property of W.J. Knibb and was used as a barn. It has been moved many times; its last location being on the southeast corner of Mr. Knibb's yard, just back of the Methodist Church. In March 1883, the building was torn down and destroyed.
Francis N. Burnham operated the school and was succeeded February 3, 1840 by John A. Pettingill. In March, the spring term was in charge of Jane Putnam, who afterward became Mrs. Jonathan Huggins. Dr. John Delano taught school here some years before going into practice with Dr. E. Howell.
- Primary Department - $6.00
- Junior Class - $9.00
- Senior Class - $12.00