A rude frame building was erected in Hickory Township in 1846. This was the first school built in Hickory Township. It stood on the SE quarter of Section 29, township 61, rage 37. The first teacher was a man named Elmer who was born in New York.
These names appeared in an old autograph album belonging to 12yr old Herbe Joseph McDonald (born Dec. 31, 1873). The album covers the years 1885-1888. Some of these listings are relatives; others are classmates.
Thomas Hamm, Olvah Kunkel, Strother Bragg, R. C. Hamm, Mollie Marion, M. V. Ruhl, Elwood McDonald, Mattie McDonald, Jacob Oren, Ollie Hewitt, Leonard Huntsman, Frank Kunkel, Lafayette Kunkel, Rosa Lee Oren, Jennie McDonald, Ida Boswell, Ida B. Oren, Dolley ____, James Kunkel, W. Huntsman, Owen Lentz, Hattie Acton, J. E. Ruhl, Ida S. Armack, John W. Croeser, Lyda Acton, Lucinda Atkins, Willard Ruhl, Lizzie Hamm, E. E. Meyer, Wilson H. Huntsman, Owen Atkins, Shannon Hardman, C. M. Amos
Tasso O. Felix, Ollie Huntsman, Myrtle M. Bragg, Maud Cowan, Emma Atkins, Willie F. Bragg