June 12, 1930
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Independent School District of Portland, County of Plymouth, State of Iowa, that a special meeting will be held at the Breezy Hill school house on Saturday, June 14, 1930, commencing at 1 p.m. and closing at 4 p.m. The following proposition shall be submitted to and determined by the voters:
Shall a school house tax of ten (10) mills be levied for the purpose of erecting in 1931 a new building in the district known as Stony Point School, Portland township, Plymouth County, Iowa?
ALFRED BUEHRE, Secretary
Dated June 2, 1930.
April 9, 1931
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES
The undersigned will receive bids for the erection of a new school house known as the Stony Point School, located four miles east and three miles north of Akron, Iowa, in Portland township, Plymouth County, Iowa, until 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 1931.
All bids must be sealed and accompanied by a certified check for five percent of bid, payable to the Secretary, to insure that the successful bidder shall enter into a contract. Checks of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned.
The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
Bids will be opened at the Searls School house in Portland township at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 1931.
Plans and specifications may be seen at my home, five miles east of Akron, Iowa.
By order of the School Board of the Independent District of Portland township, Plymouth County, Iowa.
ALFRED BUEHRE, Secretary.
June 25, 1931
The school house and coal house in the Stony Point District, Portland township, located four miles east and four miles north of Akron, Iowa, will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder on Monday, July 6, 1931, at 1:00 o’clock p.m.
ALFRED BUEHRE, Sec’y Ind. School Dist. Of Portland.
Pub. June 25 and July 2, 1931.
December 20, 1934
Akron, Ia., Dec. 14, 1934
I am 7 years old. I hope you won’t forget me and the other children. I want a little dollie and a bed. I have been a very good girl this year. I go to school every day. My teacher’s name is Miss Marple. I go to the Stoney Point school. I am in the third grade. I hope there will be some snow so you can take your sleigh. Please, Santa, don’t forget mother and father, and my brothers and sisters. Don’t forget the nuts and candy, Santa. Your little friend, Rosie Beeck.
Akron, Ia., Dec. 14, 1934
I am 5 years old. I go to school every day. I am in the first grade. My teacher’s name is Miss Marple. I have been a very good girl. I wish you would bring me red trimmed in green tricycle. Don’t forget the rest of the family. Bring us candy and nuts, too.—Your little friend, Lilly Beeck.
May 28, 1936
STONY POINT SAYINGS
The Stony Point school was closed Wednesday. In the afternoon a shower was given for the teacher, Miss Elvera Marple, and she received many useful gifts.
June 11, 1936
STONY POINT SAYINGS
Quite a large number from this vicinity attended the wedding dance of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilken. The bride is a former teacher of the Stony Point school.
September 10, 1936
The older son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Luce is attending Central high school in Sioux City this year. Allen, the younger boy, still has some vacation left, as the Stony Point school burned and must be replaced before school can reopen there. Mrs. Luce, who taught for some years at the Stony Point school, is the former Gladys Knapp, so this item will interest Millnerville.
Akron Register-Tribune, November 18, 1937
A program will be given at Stony Point school Friday evening, November 19, at 8 o’clock. The awarding of the turkey will be made after the program, followed by the serving of lunch. Everybody is invited to come and bring friends.—Miss Ruby Tucker, Teacher.
Akron Register-Tribune, October 19, 1939
A Hallowe’en program will be held in the Stony Point school, Portland township, No. 3, Friday, October 27. A box of groceries will be given away. Admission, 10c. Lunch free—Lucille Bellwood, Teacher.
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
May 12, 1942
A number of pupils in the Stony Point school have had the mumps. Fred Hillrichs has also had the mumps.
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, September 6, 1946
Nineteen Schools Fail To Open
For Lack of Teachers
One room rural school houses are no longer holding their own in Plymouth County and this fall teachers for only 90 could be found. Last year there were 109 rural schools open in the county.
Figures from the office of Miss Christine Petersen, county superintendent of schools, show that in the past years there has been a steady decrease in number of rural schools each fall. Some townships now have no rural schools at all.
Those schools which were open last year, but CLOSED this year are:
Elkhorn No. 3
Elkhorn No. 1
Fredonia No. 4
Both schools in Hancock Twp are closed
Hungerford No. 4
Perry No. 1
Perry No. 3
Jones School (Portland twp)
Searls School (Portland twp)
Stony Point School (Portland twp)
Stuart School (Portland twp)
Preston No. 9
Westfield No. 3
Westfield No. 6
The last two schools Marion township.
Stanton school No. 7 closed the opening day of school leaving seven students without a home school and Garfield school No. 5 was closed on the opening day by the resignation of the teacher, but an attempt is being made to reopen the school.
Some areas in which all schools are closed are being served by school buses, but others are without any provided transportation.
In 1942 there were 127 rural schools opened in the county and since then the trend has been downward.