|St. Vincent (left) & Orleans (right): Built using same plans...?|
Such was not the case in sparsely-populated Kittson County, however.
Stats for St. Vincent:
- St. Vincent's first school board was organized on January 7, 1880.
- The first schools in the county were on or near the St.Vincent village.
- One of the first teachers was Eliza Moore, who taught all eight grades in a little one room school on the west end of St. Vincent.
- The final St. Vincent school - located conveniently in the center of town - was built in 1903 (Orleans school was built in 1905).
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From my research it appears that schools like these were very common in smaller communities, and many were built across the country in the early 1900s. Some were two-story, two-room, while others like those above were two-story, four-room. You could buy standard plans, and have local carpenters, like St. Vincent's Ed Cameron and Al Fitzpatrick, build it for you.
- The Minnesota Community: Country and Town in Transition, by Lowry Nelson
- Orleans: Once, but No More, by Craig Wiese
- St. Vincent, by Barbara Bostrom
- The Fall of St. Vincent, by Faye Turner
- St. Vincent: From Lively Village to Near Ghost Town, by Carrie Nordstrom
- The Schoolhouse, by Joseph Augustus Moore
- Albert & Elizabeth Fitzpatrick 50th Wedding Anniversary Diary, by Harriet Fitzpatrick Short