Hardscrabble School No. 5

Eden Township, Decatur County, Iowa

contributed by Betty Jones
Hardscrabble School No. 5 has also been called Mushroom School and Coe School.

Alice Norris and siblings Beulah, Mildred & Leonard are marked.
contributed by Betty Jones
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They were contributed by the Decatur County Historical Museum.

Hard Scrabble School


Hard Scrabble School


Hard Scrabble School

April 11, 1930
Georgia Marie Rudibaugh (Reger) teacher, Frank Gibler, Vesta Still (Graves), Zelma Tharp (Gibler), Grace Cornett, Edna Manchestger, Earld I. Cox, Roy Tharp, Hazel Gibler (Ellis), Florence McNelly (Warren), Merle Cornett, Pearl Cornett, Hildred Tharp (Weable), Ross Manchester, Arual Ventling, Sam Manchester, Jessie Still (Fox), Harry Ventling, Pearl Still, Earl F. Cox, Etta Davenport, Ella Doolittle, Lottie Doolittle, Mary Parker (Still), Mary Gibler (Smith); absent Mamie Davenport (McCullough). 25 Students; teacher's salary $20/mo Robert Craig, Harry Ventling, Dale Guthrie, EArl Cox, Veta Tellier, Doss Fitch, Audrey Cox, Freddie Guthrie, Capitola Robbison teacher, Roscoe Doolittle, Orpha Craig, Frankie Guthrie, Gladys Ventling, Lee Doolittle, Neva Bason, Warren Craig, Beulah Eppherly, Julian Guthrie.
Submitted by Lee Doolittle
Teacher, Ruth V. Barrett
Eli Hutchison, County Supt.
School Officers: J.W. Frost, E.V. Hullinger, J.B. McDaniel, J.H. Barrett
Primary - Argil Hullinger, Warren McHarness, Leonard Norris, Howard Lee Williams, Ivan Woodard
1st grade - Kenneth Myers, Helen Willis, Raymond Willis
2nd grade - Bertha May Parsons, Georgia Mae Woodard
3rd grade - Luella Doolittle, Josephine McHarness, Arlo Hullinger, Junior McHarness
4th grade - Gene Lewis, Mildred Norris, Bernice Still, Lee Roy Wilckins
5th grade - Dorothy Still, Albert Williams, Kenneth Woodard, Thelma Woodard
6th grade - Loral Hullinger, Lyle Hullinger, Beulah Norris, Kenneth Robison, Ruby May Tilford, Ruth Wilckins
7th grade - Alma Norris, Flossie Robison, Harold Still
8th grade - Maxine Doolittle, Hazel Still, Melvina Willis

Miscellaneous Articles about the school:
Thursday, April 18, 1895

A. VAN WINKLE has completed the Hardscrabble School House. J.M. KEELER and J.B. TIPPIE, Committee, report it as the best school house in Eden Township.

MISS PEARL NORMAN began a term of school at Hardscrabble last Monday and has made a good commencement for her first experience.

ELISHA NORTHCUTT and his sweetheart were in attendance at the Hardscrabble Sunday School.

The boys had better quit their bad behavior as they were warned for the last time Sunday.

MISS BETTIE VANDERPOOL, residing near Eden Center School House, accompanied by several other young ladies attended the Sunday School at Hardscrabble.

Thursday, May 09, 1895

The Buzzard Roost Sabbath School made a pleasant call on the Hardscrabble School last Sunday.

Thursday, June 06, 1895

The Hardscrabble School closes June 7th. MISS PEARL NORMAN, the teacher, reports 26 pupils enrolled and the average attendance for the full term 20-25. MISS NORMAN has always been prompt and devoted her full time in showing and expraining everything possible in her scholars for their benefit and advancement and has given the best of satisfaction during her term of school.

J.B. TIPPIE, Sub-Director.

Thursday, November 26, 1896

THOS. COX and DAN PETERS are headquarters for tambourine material. THOMAS furnishes the cats and DAN skins them and makes tambourines with which they will entertain the Hardscrabble literary this winter.

Source: The Davis City Advance, Davis City, Iowa
Transcribed by Nancee (McMurtrey) Seifert
Original page created by Sharon Becker, 2013; images transcribed  and page reformatted by Conni McDaniel Hall, Oct 2019.
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