ALAIEDON TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

School was first taught in the township at Jefferson village, by Mary Ann Rolfe, in a log school-house which was built in the summer of 1837, Miss Rolfe teaching in a summer term in that year. Miss Lydia M. Wells, of Delhi, now Mrs. William P. Robbins, of Alaiedon, taught in the same district (No. 1) four months in the summer of 1840.

In District No. 2 a small log shanty was built, for use as a school-house, in 1839, and Miss Harriet Child -- now Mrs. Wright, of Mason -- taught in it for six weeks. The building was destroyed by fire in the winter of 1839-40, and the district now contains a neat and substantial brick school-house, built within a few years.

Oct. 3, 1839, District No. 1 reported twenty-six pupils. Seven months' school had been held in the district in that year. In 1841 the several districts reported as follows:
No. 1 -- Twenty pupils; six months' school.
No. 2 -- Six pupils; three months' school.
No. 3 -- Twenty-one pupils.
No. 4 -- Twenty-five pupils; four months' school.
No. 7 -- Twelve pupils; three months' school.
From the report of the township school inspectors for the year ending Sept. 1, 1879, the following items are taken:

Number of districts in township (whole, 8; fractional, 1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . 9
Number of children of school age in township. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .446
Number of children in attendance for year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .429
Number of school-houses (brick, 1: frame, 8) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Number of seatings in same . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .515
Value of school property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 4330.00
Number of teachers employed (males, 9; females, 14). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Wages paid same (males, $824.25; females, $493.50). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1317.75
Total expenditures for year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 3349.97





Taken from:
"History of Ingham and Eaton Counties Michigan, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Their Prominent Men and Pioneers", by Samuel W. Durant.
Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., 1880.
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