Fred H. Keller | Retrospect
Plainview School Classes 1946-1950 1947-1948 1948 1949-1950
Above: This 1952 photo shows the one-room Plainview School that still stands today. Photo by:
Plainview School, at the intersection of Plainview and Lake Five Roads, was a Lisbon one-room school from 1844 to 1952. It served the west central Town of Lisbon. The original school was built of wood, started in 1844. In 1870, a cream brick one-room school was built on the southeast corner of the intersection for between $1,300 and $1,400. The school served the community until 1952.
Recently, the extended Rankin family of Lisbon , including Cherlyn Opsahl Maas, David Rankin and his brother John Rankin, have given the Sussex Lisbon Area Historical Society a pile of family history, as the Rankin family was a huge family, both in numbers, acreage owned and influence. Among the items given this time by David Rankin (Highway 164) were three grade school class pictures, which are included with this column, classed from 1946 to 1950.
The school, which in 1952 was built into a new multi-room school, shut down in 1965. The students were shipped to Merton Grade School.
The old cream brick school house is today part of the holdings of the extended John Meissner family and used as a private home.
John Meissner ramrodded an all-school reunion a few years ago using the Lisbon Community Park as a picnic site, while also giving tours of the renovated old one-room school as a piece of Lisbon history that has been saved.
The old one-room school averaged about 20 to 25 students per year from 1946 through 1950 for the one teacher who taught all grades. Talking today with some of them, they all seem to have good careers and very good education under trying circumstances. The vat majority went on to high school and many went on to college.
The majority of the students were from farm families, and in all class photos, there are some bib overalls worn by the boys and all the girls wore dresses. It was a different time back then.
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