Several weeks ago Mary McKim Ray sent me a copy of a study that had been done of the schools in Worth County in 1932. Contained in the study was a map of the school districts that were in operation at that time.
I thought it might be interesting to run a copy of the map, along with a listing of the 59 original districts in the county, before we ran histories of the districts.
In 1932 there were three consolidated districts within the county and two districts which had joined districts in Nodaway County.
In 1920 five rural schools, along with two or three from Nodaway County, consolidated with Sheridan to form the C-1 district. These districts were, beginning with the one north of Sheridan and going clockwise, Columbia, Mission Ridge, Pleasant Hill, Gravel Hill and Jones West.
South of Sheridan, where the arrow is pointing to Nodaway County, were the districts of Mt. Everett, on the north, and Miller.
About 1925 the Smithton and the Round Grove districts consolidated and a new schoolhouse was built in the center of the new district. I would assume that the name Smithton was used for the new district because the name Smithton had much more historical significance than did the name Round Grove. Or it may have been that it was called Smithton because a majority of the students were from the old Smithton district.
The third consolidated area in the county was at Allendale. Four districts, Center East, Adams (Nation), Eureka and Jones East, along with a portion of the Amity district consolidated with Allendale to form the C-2 district.
In both the Sheridan Consolidated district and the Allendale Consolidated district the rural schools continued to operate. Allendale operated a two-year high school for several years but when the Allendale high school ceased to operate the consolidated district was disbanded and the rural schools again operated as individual units.
The 1932 study did not give the names nor the district numbers of the schools which had been consolidated. So, to whom did I turn to find the missing names and numbers? John Bainum. John had a 1916 apportionment of public school money in Worth County which gave all of the information.
In 1916 the total enumeration for Worth County was 2,360.
Sometime between 1900 and 1915 the district numbering system was changed. In 1900 the districts were numbered by geographical township numbers. It was a confusing system because there were several district #1, etc. in the county. By 1915 each of the districts had a separate number and there were 59 districts in the county, beginning with #1 in the northeast corner of the county and ending with #59 in the southeast corner.
5 Victory 6 Honey Grove 7 Pleasant Valley 8 Platt Dell
9 Mission Ridge 10 Columbia 11 Sheridan City 12 Pleasant Hill
13 Isadora 14 Pleasant Ridge 15 Lone Star 16 Hass
17 Fletchall 18 Ross 19 Center East 20 Adams
21 Eureka 22 Allendale 23 Jones East 24 Knie
25 Scott 26 Grant City 27 Prairie Star 28 Echo Dell
29 Gravel Hill 30 Grandview 31 Jones West 32 Mt. Everett
33 Batson 34 McKean 35 Salmon 36 Bressler
37 Maple Grove 38 Freeland 39 Amity 40 Dry
41 Williams 42 Pine 43 Hurst 44 Center
45 Smithton 46 Sheridan 47 Willhite 48 Oxford
49 Miller 50 Mt. Zion 51 Concord 52 Leonard
53 Worth 54 Round Grove 55 Peddler 56 Brushy
57 Denver 58 Neiger 59 Pebble Ridge
C-1 Sheridan C-2 Allendale