When the community got together and built a new elementary school, they didn’t build it large enough for the fifth and sixth grade classes.
So when it came time for me to leave the elementary school (fourth grade)…I went to the old school in Osage.
This building was built in 1938 so when I went to school here it was only 24 years old. The building was a two room schoolhouse. Fifth grade was on the left and taught by Mrs. Tillie Zeller, to the right was the sixth grade class taught by Mr. Martin Cox. Mrs. Zeller was a grandmotherly type teacher…ample in all the right places and kind with an endless supply of floral dresses. Mr. Cox was very young…possibly in his first few years of teaching. He had one burgundy/maroon colored sweater that he favored…but often times wore a suit. Both classes had about 16 students…maybe 18.
We walked over as a group to the Elementary School to have lunch and I recall walking to Release Time Classes (Religion) on Wednesday mornings at Dorothy Noeske’s home.
There were swings in the school yard and one of those marvelous Merry Go Rounds you know the ones with heavily rutted paths all the way around. You would grab ahold and run like the wind and then hop on…and if you were really brave you would wrap your legs around the bars and fall backwards your hair blowing in the breeze…laughing..always laughing.
Eventually the fifth and sixth graders were sent to Park Rapids to school…not sure when.
The school became a Community Center and served the Community in that capacity for a number of years. Far Guy’s Grandmother Tracie was instrumental in it becoming a Community Center and a place for Senior Citizens Hot Lunch…her group raised funds to update the kitchen and to have the building’s roof repaired.
Now it is back to being the Osage Schoolhouse.
Times change. The township sold the building. Last winter crews were there working everyday…electricians, plumbers and carpenters. Finally it was done. There is even a deck off the sixth grade classroom.
I have not been inside. They had an open house but we missed it. Supposedly it sleeps twenty people and has a number of bathrooms.
I remember that the oak steps beyond the front door one set going to the right and one set to the left were worn from children’s feet…and the cloak rooms had their own unique smell…wet wool….and the blackboard was massive covering most of one wall in each room.