Hannibal District No. 2 Stone Schoolhouse
District No. 2 was located just north of the Village of Hannibal. The original schoolhouse was a wooden structure which was constructed about 1820.
During its early history, children were not graded at this school and school terms were held only during the winter for a 12-week period. As was the custom those days, the teacher boarded among the parents of her pupils, stating one week at a time in each home.
In regard to that practice, there is an amusing story about Mary A. Dudley, a teacher in this district in those early days.
One of the parents with whom she was to board knew Mary was very fond of johnnycake.
So the woman decided she would serve plenty of the teacher’s favorite food during her stay in this household. Accordingly, johnnycake appeared on the table three time a day every day for a week.
When Miss Dudley went home for the weekend, her mother, thinking she would have something that her daughter liked, (you guessed it!) had a large johnnycake fresh out of the oven. However to her mother’s dismay, the young teacher had lost her enthusiasm for her favorite food.
At a school meeting held in the fall of 1850, it was decided to build a new school. The old building was sold at auction for $9.64 to Grover Burt, grandfather of James B. Burt.*
Trustee J.D. Curtis worked with a building committee composed of Nelson Cole, Martin Wiltsie, James W. Burt, Samuel Stevenson+ and Orson Titus to develop plans and specifications for the new building. The new school was to be constructed of stone at an estimated cost of $390 and located on the plank road to Oswego.
All the stone used in construction was taken from the site of the schoolhouse.
*James Burt owned a clothing and tailoring store in the village which remained in Burt hands for more that 75 years.
+Sam Stevenson, live stock dealer and father-in-law to Ella Leonard Stevenson an advocate for the Women’s Suffrage Movement, a hard worker for prohibition and temperance in the Village and assistant organist at the Baptist Church.
In conjunction with the school, a stone toilet was erected at a cost of $26.96. This was later torn down to make room for an addition to the school.
To keep the school repaired, an annual tax of $5 was levied on the school district. Also, a librarian whose duty was to account for all the books owned by the school district was appointed at each of the annual school meetings.
In 1884, new desks were installed in the schoolhouse.
Family names associated with District #2 included Curtis, Welling, Cummins, Fowler, Ecker, Campbell, Hill, Burt, Parker, Parsons, Kennedy, Gerring, Bishop and Correll. Some of the later teachers in this district included 1920-21- Grace Upcraft, 1927-28- Frances Stock, 1928-29 -Franklin Barry, Lucy Welling, 1929-30 – Martha Shutts, 1931-32 – L. Mae Signor, 1932-33 Leah W. Owen, 1933-38 – Madeleine Adsitt, 1938-39 – Hazel French, 1939-41 – Minnie Perkins, 1941-43 – Bessie Cooper, 1943-46 – Lois Chaffee and 1946-49 Mildred Howell.*
*Franklin Barry went on to become Superintendent of Schools in Syracuse and I was lucky enough to have known five of the last six teachers.
After centralization, the Stone Schoolhouse was converted into an auto repair shop, once operated by Jeff Fowler. Rolling Thunder Auto and Cycle owned the structure when it was razed on Nov. 11, 1993, for a new garage.
If anyone has memories of the Stone Schoolhouse, send me an e-mail or give me a call.
Members of the Hannibal Senior Band will be collecting cans and bottles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26, at N&N Redemption Center to raise money for their upcoming band trip
The Hannibal Historical Society is hosting an Archives Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hannibal Community Center on Oswego Street. Town, Village and Historical Society Historian Lowell Newvine will show copies of newspaper clippings and photos dating from the mid 1800s. Lowell will also be available to help with genealogy research.
The upstairs room will be open for those who wish to see artifacts owned by the society. Albums of photos taken by Virginia Davenport will be on display. There will be a sign-up sheet to order Pewter Christmas tree ornaments, depicting the newly-renovated and reopened Village Tavern.
The Hannibal Ecumenical Key Council Bake Sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon today (Saturday Oct. 26) at the Hannibal Village Market IGA.
The Ecumenical Key Council, is made up of members of the Churches of Hannibal. They meet the third Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. The money they make at their bake sales is split between the Hannibal Resource Center for their Thanksgiving Dinner Give Away and the Christmas Bureau at Hannibal Central School District.
The Ecumenical Key Council also hosts the Baccalaureate, and Thanksgiving services for the community. New people are always welcome.
Hannibal Fire Co. Auxiliary Breakfast Buffet will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday Oct. 27 at the Firehouse on Oswego Street, Hannibal. Menu includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy, biscuits, and beverages.
Don’t forget to come in costume and come let the breakfast crew cook breakfast for you.
Hannibal Senior Dining Center meets at noon for dinner at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Come early for coffee and news or to work on a jigsaw puzzle or play games or just some idle chit-chat! Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation. This week’s menu is:
Monday — Baked chicken, garlic red potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, jello
Wednesday — Roast pork with gravy, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts and carrots, ice cream
Friday — Pasta with meat sauce, Italian blend vegetables, tossed salad, pears
Activities: Monday — Wii bowling; Wednesday — Halloween party; wear your costume! Friday — games
The Jammers will be celebrating Halloween with a covered dish dinner at 6 at the American Legion. You are asked to bring a generous dish to pass – ham and scalloped potatoes and table service provided. The Jam will begin at 7. You are encouraged to wear a costume.
Music BOOsters (the BOO is in honor of Halloween) will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
Sports Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the high school libary.
The Hannibal Methodist Church will host its annual Election Day Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Takeouts will be available and delivery in the village can be done. Call 564-5346.
The church is handicap accessible and is 1 block west of the village on Church Street. The luncheon will include your choice of New England clam chowder and vegetable beef soup and a choice of sandwiches and pie for dessert.
Home and School will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 5 in Room 30 (Pre-K wing) at Fairley School.
The Senior Band Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Lockwood Auditorium in the High School.
Remember this column is about and for the people of Hannibal and the surrounding area. If you have an event that you would like the public to know about, send me an e-mail or give me a quick call.