Recollections of Columbia, Wisconsin
by Mabel Schlender Jonkel
Contributed by Sarah Poertner
transcribed by Crystal Wendt & Michelle Harder.
Charles Brooks of Granton was principal for four years. Miss Breed and later Mabel Brooks were primary teachers with him.
Professor Charles Brooks left a lasting Impression on both youth and parents in Columbia.
Then Theodore Barber of Withee came in as principal. Miss Alma Anderson of LaCrosse taught one year followed by Mary Norton of Thorp for two years in the primary.
Professor Barber from Withee added dignity to the school scene.
Mabel Tyler and Edna Klopf of Neillsville took over as principal and primary teachers for several years.
As attendance declined the school was put back to one teacher again with Tress Haas of Spring Valley. Following her were Myrtle Evans, Clara Lynch, Gladys Johnson, Gertrude Rogers, Ferol Leopold, Anna Seaman, Howard Rogers, Amos Boh, Arthur Zank, Anna Schare, Rolland Barrett, Elsie Zank and Irma Ackerman. Irma married a Columbia boy, William Sollberger, she being the last teacher. Between Irma’s terms there were Elva Barbusch, Christians Daniels, Leila Raine, Ethel Walker and Martha Traschell. After school closed, the pupils were bussed elsewhere.
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