Elk Union School No. 4

Grand River Township, Decatur County, Iowa
 Elk Union school was originally known as the Ansty School, named for William Farmer Ansty and his wife, Mary Ann (Binning) Hewlett Ansty. Mary Ann was the widow of William Hewlett. The Ansty family came to Decatur County in 1876, settling southeast of what would become the town of Grand River.

Lee Hewlett, son of Albert and Birdie (Bronson) Hewlett and grandson of Mary Ann (Binning) and William Hewlett, was born June 3, 1906. He was a graduate of Grand River High School. He attended summer school and taught school for the next five years.

Lee and Cleo Payton were married on April 26, 1930. They farmed in Grand River Township.

In 1931, Lee was elected as one of the school directors of Elk Union No. 4 School, and served in this capacity until January 1, 1953. He also served several years on the County Board of Education.

Cleo was one of the school directors of Elk Union School until it became a part of the Grand Valley School District in 1960.

SOURCE: "The William Hewlett Family." Reflections of Grand River, Iowa: 1881 - 1981. p. 223. Clarke Co. Pub. Osceola IA. 1981.

Pupils in 1948 were Albert Hewlett, Gary Newton, Gene Hewlett, Rita Hewlett and Shirley Moore. Tom Newton, Robert Hewlett, Francis Hewlett and Nancy Moore. Darwin Newton, Bernard Hewlett and Reba Moore. Marjorie Catuska was the teacher.
Original page created by Sharon Becker 2013; reformatted by Conni McDaniel Hall Oct 2019.
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