Photo used with permission of Eileen D’Aurelio (Sarlouis family at Coon School, circa 1907)
Coon School was established in 1866, after a local family (named Coon) donated the land for the school.
An interview with a couple former Coon School students:
Q: What was Coon School like when you were here?
A1: It has not changed much. A few noticable differences are the technology. We had up to 3 computers. We had to type in formulas just to play some of the games. We had a stove, not microwaves (most of the time). Also, we didn’t have air-conditioning.
A2: Coon School was a fun place to meet, we all liked our teachers and classes. We liked to play at recess. I went there from 4th through 8th grade. 1961-1965
Q: When you were at Coon School, what was your favorite subject?
A1: Grammar–I loved to diagram sentences.
Handwriting–I still love to write.
Math–once you understand it, it’s smooth sailing.
A2: I had two favorites, one was penmanship because I liked the practice book with all the writing exercies. I also liked spelling because I was good at it.
Q: Did you like it at Coon School? What did you dislike about the school?
A1: I loved Coon School. I made some great friends there. I have some memories that will last a lifetime. Riding my bike to school was fun. We would meet the neighbors and all ride together. Parents used to come in once a week to make and serve hot lunch. As more parents joined the work force, we bought pizza once a week. We had duties that were assigned to us each day. The last 15 minutes were set aside for this. The 6 country schools would all play in kick-ball games. That was a favorite of mine. We also did field day and spelling bees. We had Christmas programs. They were always a lot of fun. I don’t remember not liking anything. All my memories are very good.
A2: I always liked it at school; the teachers were nice and it was fun to play with my friends.
Q: What to you remember about the school?
A1: I was there from K-6 (it did not go past that), 1980-1987. When we got our work done, we were able to help other kids with their school work. We also got to correct assignments to help the teachers.
A2: We always liked Fridays. In nice weather, all the country schools would travel to each other and play ball. In the winter, on Fridays, each mother would take turns bringing a hot lunch for everyone. We also had a milk man who delivered milk in cute, little bottles.
Q: What did Coon School look like? How many students went there?
A1: The outside of the school had gray shingle siding. We also had a well-house on the north side of the building. The inside of the school has four bathrooms. We also had a bell that was rung at the end of each recess. The rope came through the ceiling, and it was a great treat to get to ring it.
A2: The school looked like it does now, only it was gray. The school had about 30 students, two rooms and two teachers.
Q: Who was your teacher at Coon School?
A1: Mr. Schwartz was my teacher every year except for one; that year it was Mrs. Deatsman. Some other teachers that were there were Mrs. Clements, Mrs. Black, Mrs. S. Roger (music), and Mrs. Vance (speech).
A2: Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Goodemoot, and Mrs. Hogan.