Willow Spring School History
Transcribed and edited by Michael R. Reilly
The Last Class at Willow Springs?
New School for Willow Spring in Menomonee
Construction to Begin soon. School Will then Become State Graded.
Menomonee - Recently 105 of the voters of Willow Spring district in this township authorized the school board to proceed immediately with the construction of a new, two-teacher building at a cost not to exceed $15,000. This will replace the present Lannon-stone building that has served this progressive community for over 60 years. It was here that hundreds of Menomonee people secured their education.
The following building committee was selected to handle the new building project: John Gill, clerk; Frank Pfeil, director; Edward Somers, treasurer; John Miller, and Louis Buckholz. County Superintendent A. C. Tews assisted with all of the legal details. More land will be purchased so as to add to the school site. William J. Redden, school architect of Racine, Wis., was employed to prepare the plans and specifications, advertise for bids, and superintend the construction. Contract bids will be opened at the schoolhouse at 8:00p.m. Tuesday, June 8.
Will Have All Conveniences
The new building will be 48x44 feet; one story and basement. Besides the two standard class-rooms, the main floor will contain two clock-rooms, one library, and one kitchenette for serving hot lunches to the children. The basement, which will not be far below ground, will contain a large, well lighted room for a play-room and community gatherings, hot air heating system, indoor toilets, and ample store-rooms. The exterior walls will be of pressed brick selected by the committee The capacity of the building will be 90 pupils, but provisions have been made for possible future additions. This move will raise the standing of Willow spring from a rural district to a state graded school district which will be of great advantage to the district. Miss Catherine O'Keefe is the present teacher.
The Willow Spring schoolhouse is between Lannon and Sussex on Highway 74.
Waukesha Freeman, May 24, 1926