Response--School: Greenwood, WI West Eaton School (1956)

Contact: Karyn Arch Johnson


I have all those same memories that my sister, Nancy Arch Karlin has. I also remember drinking out of a ceramic water crock(probably Red Wing) with a metal ladle. Germs didn't seem to be a big deal back then. Remember when the "superintendent" would make a surprise visit to the school. We all would get a very long recess while our teacher and he/she talked business. Anyone remember playing "Annie Annie Over" or Fox and Goose in the snow? Or just tag. We sure played softball alot. I think Nancy and I were always last chosen because we just weren't any good and so afraid to try to catch the ball... I remember that ash pile very well. I think it is still there with brush growing on top of it. We sure must have went home dirty. I remember our bus driver, Mr. Ulesich. He was Bob Ulesich's dad. He drove us to school in a green car, Plymouth, I believe.

The teacher in the picture is Ruby Syth. I have a picture from 3 years later(1959, it may have been the last year the school was open) that shows many of the same kids in it. The teacher was Bernie Karlin. I also have a copy of one that dates back to the 1930's. It has my dad and some of my aunts in it. If anyone would like copies please let me know. Does anyone have any pictures from any other years?

The school ended up as a machine shed not far from its original spot. When ever I drive past the old Harry Liebzeit farm I can't help but look over and wish I could see it one more time from the inside. Karyn Arch Johnson



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