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 to serve shifting populations, while others burned down or were replaced with new buildings. Several joint districts spanned county lines, so the building may have been located in another county. The number of schools varied, but there were 94 rural schools in 1914, though that may have included some village schools. 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. Green schoolhouse indicators mean the building is still extant.
Photographs - We are collecting photographs of rural schools, students and teachers.
Books - There are several books written about Wood County schools:
- History of Wood County, Wisconsin compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and others : illustrated. H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1923., Chapter XII, on the educational system, is also available directly.
- Cranmoor School history by Beatrice M. Smith
- Reading, riting, rithmetic & recess : country schools in the towns of Cary, City Point, Dexter, Hansen, Hiles, Remington, Richfield, Rock, Sherwood and Wood by Sally Winkels
- Wittenberg School : history and memories by Edward J. Arendt
- Arbutus School: history and memories by Edward J. Arendt
- Plank Hill School: history and memories by Edward J. Arendt
Books about Wisconsin rural schools include:
- One-room country schools : history and recollections from Wisconsin by Jerold W. Apps
- Life and learning in a one-room country school by Richard A Dykstra
In compiling this map, the Library consulted: