Labor Day signals the start of another school year. I took a stroll through our photograph collection to showcase schools, teachers, and school activities. Although the timeframe for these photos covers over a century, the sentiments are similar. Schools are the heartbeat of a community. Kids attend school to learn, make friends, enjoy activities, and sometimes cause their teachers headaches. Here is a photo salute to Scott County Schools.
Postcard of Jordan High School’s front brick and limestone facade. A small chain link fence is seen around the building’s front lawn. c1920
This is a photographic postcard of Union School in Shakopee. Two people are seen leaning out one of the windows on the second floor. There is a pile of wood debris, possibly firewood, near the side entrance. c1907-1910
Black and white negative of Belle Plaine Elementary School: a two-story brick facade (originally the high school built in 1897), with a two-story brick addition at the north end. c1959
Black and white photograph of the country school located six miles southeast of Shakopee. Seen in the image is a one room school with the students lined up in front of the building. Also seen in the background is an outhouse. c1917 to 1924
Trinity Lutheran School at Belle Plaine, Reverend Kock is seen standing at the right side of the image. c1900-1910
Letter from Juni Hardware in Jordan to School District #19, the Hafermann/Geister School in Spring Lake Township. The letter is typed and dated March 30, 1922 and addressed to William Giester, Clerk of District #19. The body of the letter gives Giester price quotes for sanitary heaters. Prices included the system, delivery and labor.
Black and white tintype of Mr. and Mrs. George Murphy, c1875-1895. George was the son of Major Murphy, the Shakopee area Indian Agent, and Mrs. Murphy was a school teacher.
Black and white photo of 23 teachers from Shakopee High School. Written in silver ink at the lower right corner of the image is “Shakopee/Sept. 7, 1951.” Dysterheft grew up on a farm in Jordan.
Teaching license issued to Mary Benes. The license reads “State of Minnesota Department of Education/Elementary School Certificate/Limited/This Certifies that Mary A. Benes is qualified to teach in ungraded elementary schools (except superior or accredited) from the date hereof until July 1, 1942./This certificate is issued on the basis of a one-year course in elementary education, with training for rural teaching in Teacher Training Department, New Prague/Dated at St. Paul, Minnesota July 1, 1937.”
Annual Report for School District #19, the Hafermann/Geister School in Spring Lake Township. William Giester was the school district’s clerk. Below the title are a handwritten list of 18 payments made by the district for various services. Payments include teacher’s salary, wood, library books, stationary, clerk’s fees, treasurer’s fees, and so on. The total amount spent by the school during that year was $858.58. c1915-1925
Small notebook produced by the Minnesota Tuberculosis and Health Association. Geared toward children, the piece contains promises to keep clean, visit a doctor yearly, visit a dentist yearly, stay home from school when one was sick, keep records of height and weight, learn first aid, learn about diseases, and remain faithful to the United States. It also has a map outlining TB cases in Minnesota. c1956-57
Certificate of Perfect Attendance presented to Julia Hartman, certifying that Hartman attended the State Teachers’ Institute for Scott County at Belle Plaine and satisfactorily performed all required duties, dated May 7, 1926.
Harold Albrecht’s Grade 7 report card from St. Peter and Paul’s Parochial School in Belle Plaine. Under each month is a numbered score for such things as attendance at mass, deportment, days absent, Christian doctrine, reading, spelling, arithmetic, grammar, language, penmanship, U. S. history, geography, times tardy, German, and so on. c1917
Report card issued to Dennis McDermott for the 1951-1952 school year. McDermott was graded on Reading, Language Art, Arithmetic, Spelling, Geography and History, Handwriting, Art, Health, Science, school attitude, and effort in work. Most of McDermott’s grades were As, Bs, Cs or S (satisfactory). His teacher was Janice Jackson. c1951
Black and white postcard of the assembly room at Shakopee High School (Union School). c1907-1908
Black and white photograph of Raymond (Jim) Dahl’s class at St. Mark’s School in Shakopee. Seen are approximately 47 students gathered together in a classroom. Seen behind the students are chalkboards, a wall clock, an American flag, a wall calendar, a piano, and framed religious images. Written on one of the chalkboards is “Read Much/Talk Less/ Think More.” c1936
Red letterman’s sweater from New Prague High School. Sewn onto the sweater above the left pocket is a large patch, an intertwined “NP” for New Prague. Stitched in gold with the patch are a megaphone (cheerleading) and three bars. Seen on the left sleeve are patches forming “48.” Mary Ellen Robel. c1948
Knit cap for Prior Lake football. c1970-1980
1914 Belle Plaine High School football team. Various statements are written on the chalkboard including “After the Game/B.P. Football Team/Champion of Minn” and “B.P.H.S., 14/Football Team/Champions Minn. Valley.” The boy standing and looking at the group is carrying a metal box. Written on the side of the box is “Doc. Pill.” At the center of the group is a football with “B.P.H.S./’14” written on it. The boys are identified as Lorenz Woods, Bill Crahan, Emmett O’Neill, James McDevitt, Martin Donovan, George Brown, Mike Pendy, Tom Sheehan, Leo Pendy, Herman Beutow, Bob White and John Weibeler.
T-shirt from Jordan High School. A round iron-on patch reads “JHS Speech/”Triple Crown Champs/ 78 & 79.” c1979
Program from the Jordan High School Senior Class play “The Little Dog Laughed.” Typed inside is a synopsis of each scene, acknowledgements, cast of characters, and list of backstage workers. c1964
Shakopee High School Homecoming. Queen candidates: Clarice Stacker, Ida Beckrich, Patty Arnold, and Ann Whitley. The boya are dressed in costumes, including one boy, Paul Wermerskirchen, being dressed as a girl. Written on the backside “10-20-50/Candidates for homecoming queen: Clarice Stacker, Ida Beckrich, Patty Arnold, Ann Whitley/Players for skit: Paul Wermerskirchen.” c1950
School lunch tray and cup from the Lydia School. The tray is green plastic and divided into five sections for holding different foods. The cup is molded green plastic with small handle. c1970
Mug reads “Stier Transportation Services/Belle Plaine, MN./Since 1953.” A black transfer print on the opposite side of the body is a list reading “Serving/-Medicaid/-The Lutheran Home/-Medica Choice Care/-Belle Plaine School District #716/-MN River Valley Special Education Coop #99
The Scott County Historical Society is always collecting items that help us tell the stories of our communities – including all the schools in our county. As you can tell from the above images, we are interested in all sorts of items – from photos to t-shirts, to mugs, to receipts. Please, before you throw something away, give us a call. Your trash may be our treasure! email@example.com or 952-445-0378