I SIMPLY LOVE
photographs and postcards of schools and classes...family pictures
are awesome but they generally pertain to just a couple family
lines. Old school pictures w/students pertain to several
families in a Township section. Such is the case with this
GREAT PICTURE POSTCARD! Lynn Chadek
sent in this AWESOME post card from her grandfather's collection --
awesome because it is old - circa 1908, awesome because it has a log
cabin school house with teacher & pupils and awesome because the
scan is so large and detailed!
The teacher has been identified
as Miss Daisy Hudson, Lynn's
grandfather's aunt. From the 1900 Federal Census - Pittsfield,
Brown Co., Wisconsin, we learn that Miss Hudson was born in March
1889 to farmer Henry and Nellie (Snow) Hudson and had quite a few
siblings. Lynn writes "The Hudson family had lived in
Pittsfield, Brown County, Wisconsin until their move to Green Valley
sometime between December 1908 and the 1910 census. Daisy was
his aunt and quite an interesting character -- she was a stewardess
for U.S. Steel boats on the Great Lakes for about 10 years and had
also been a rural postal carrier. It had been sent as a postcard by
someone to their sister [Lyd] Mrs. Lorenze Ebert at Manawa. Wis. and
was mailed September 4, 1911 from Zachow. The writing is in pencil
and very hard to make out."
That answers the identity of the
teacher... now on to the PUPILS! As you can see from the
enhanced picture below, some clearly appear to be siblings... I'm
guessing boys 1 & 5 and also boys 6 & 7 - the little boy 7 just
seemed to be frightened by this whole picture-taking experience, as
he's holding boy 6's hand... Since this was taken about 1908, most
of these children were born 1893 - 1903... and this might have been
one of their first photographic experiences!
And we are looking for the exact
whereabouts of the Lincoln (or La Follett) School in Zachow...
if we have the location, I can add the Plat map section with
surnames and we could narrow the search for the children...
the Archivist from St. James, has located where the school was:
"I asked an older friend of
mine and Lillian tells me that the La Follette School was (is) on
Church Road (not Church Drive) which is southeast of Zachow. That
would put it between Cedar Rd. and County Rd. B. (Section 17 on the
Angelica Township Map on the 1911
Shawano County Plat map). Lillian Mehlhorn taught in the area in a
different one room school for 1 year. She thinks the school might
still be there." -- Many thanks Paul!
And here's the large 1911 PLAT MAP -- if your family is from this
area in 1910, check out the picture to see if you can identify any
of the children. (Click on the adjacent map for a larger view)
Additional info: Bonduel
Community Archives has the exact same photo - I contacted Beverly
Fink at the BCA for any additional info and she sent the following
looked for the description for the Lincoln school and the only
thing I can find is that it was in the Town of Angelica. It
was razed and the La Follett school was built on the spot. The
post card that we copied from was dated 11-04, 1908. On the
picture it is written Lincoln School House, Zachow, Wis."
Again, many thanks, Bev!
Also, Zachow Historic Committee
has a town page with great area histories and photographs!
I posted a query to the Mailing Lists and Dave Maas answered with
this possible clue as to who was the recipient of the postcard: He
has a Lydia Zernicke married to ? Ebert... if anyone has more
info on Lydia & Lorenz, we'd love to see if this is the piece to our
missing puzzle... my guess is she attended Lincoln School or knew
the children in the photo.
And, if you have any school
class or confirmation photos, identified or not, we'd love to post
them to the site for all to enjoy. Just click on the photo
below for the LARGE original picture... very detailed -- I left it
as large as possible!