McMillan Memorial Library

Rural Schools of Wood County, Wisconsin

Before the consolidation of school districts in 1962, rural students in Wisconsin attended small schools that were within walking distance of their homes. The Library is attempting to list and locate each of those Wood County schools. This is a challenging task, since many early records have been lost. Additionally, before 1915, schools were not named and only designated by their district number. Some schools were moved from one location to another, while others burned down or were replaced with new buildings. The number of schools varied, but there were 94 rural schools in 1914, though that may have included some in villages. Many locations are approximate and additional information is always welcome.

View Rural Schools of Wood County Wisconsin in a larger map, which includes an alphabetical / geographical listing. Schoolhouse indicators mean the building is still extant. Camera images mean that photographs are available.

Photographs - We are collecting photographs of rural schools, students and teachers.


Books - There are several books written about Wood County schools:

  • Cranmoor School history / Smith, Beatrice M.
  • Reading, riting, rithmetic & recess : country schools in the towns of Cary, City Point, Dexter, Hansen, Hiles, Remington, Richfield, Rock, Sherwood and Wood / Winkels, Sally
  • Wittenberg School : history and memories Arendt, Edward J.

  •   History of Wood County, Wisconsin compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and others : illustrated. H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1923., Chapter XII, also available online

    Books about Wisconsin rural schools include:

    cover art One-room country schools : history and recollections from Wisconsin / Apps, Jerold W.

    Life and learning in a one-room country school / Dykstra, Richard A.;

    In compiling this map, the Library consulted: