Happy School Days!

Around 1912, 15 smiling young students line up for this cheerful photo taken near the second Bedell School (est. 1900), located about halfway between Fraser and Mackinaw roads, in Kawkawlin Township, Bay County. Students include (L to R) Owen Noice, Lucy Goss, Lena Goulet, John Hartley, Ethel Paige, Wesley Hartley (Ted), Iva Bedell, Floyd Bedell, John Fontaine, Harold Friebe, Wilfred Hartley, Agnes Trelewski, Blanche DuBuois, Gertie Bedell, and Lawrence Friebe. The two-room, red brick, rural grade school pictured replaced the first wooden Bedell School (1868-1900) that was destroyed by fire. A Bay-Journal.com article describes the Bedell area as a hamlet located at Beaver and Mackinaw roads in Kawkawlin Township, Bay County, with a 1910 population of 70 people, two stores, and an I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) hall. Kawkawlin Township was organized in 1868, when “an influx of farmers” began to clear the land and settle, explains author Odeal L. Sharp in Country Schools of Bay County, Michigan 1839-1970 (2007). By 1883, six school districts (Bedell, Brisette, Town Hall, Ott, Cottage Grove, and Linwood Village Schools) were established in Kawkawlin Township. Warren was established later. Sharp mentions a 1916 or 1917 memory of Bedell School graduate Tom Noice, who recalls “all the [Bedell School] kids piling into a sleigh drawn by horses and riding over to the Town Hall School” for a fun day, where they competed with neighboring schools in spelling bees and other competitive contests. “[Tom] says the Bedell School children were always the greatest when it came to arithmetic.” The Bedell School closed in the late 1950s. Photo courtesy of Mary Hacker, Bay City, with names provided by Nancy Humphrey, Midland.

Around 1912, 15 smiling young students line up for this cheerful photo taken near the second Bedell School (est. 1900), located about halfway between Fraser and Mackinaw roads, in Kawkawlin Township, Bay County. Students include (L to R) Owen Noice, Lucy Goss, Lena Goulet, John Hartley, Ethel Paige, Wesley Hartley (Ted), Iva Bedell, Floyd Bedell, John Fontaine, Harold Friebe, Wilfred Hartley, Agnes Trelewski, Blanche DuBuois, Gertie Bedell, and Lawrence Friebe. The two-room, red brick, rural grade school pictured replaced the first wooden Bedell School (1868-1900) that was destroyed by fire.

A Bay-Journal.com article describes the Bedell area as a hamlet located at Beaver and Mackinaw roads in Kawkawlin Township, Bay County, with a 1910 population of 70 people, two stores, and an I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) hall.

Kawkawlin Township was organized in 1868, when “an influx of farmers” began to clear the land and settle, explains author Odeal L. Sharp in Country Schools of Bay County, Michigan 1839-1970 (2007). By 1883, six school districts (Bedell, Brisette, Town Hall, Ott, Cottage Grove, and Linwood Village Schools) were established in Kawkawlin Township. Warren was established later.

Sharp mentions a 1916 or 1917 memory of Bedell School graduate Tom Noice, who recalls “all the [Bedell School] kids piling into a sleigh drawn by horses and riding over to the Town Hall School” for a fun day, where they competed with neighboring schools in spelling bees and other competitive contests. “[Tom] says the Bedell School children were always the greatest when it came to arithmetic.”

The Bedell School closed in the late 1950s. Photo courtesy of Mary Hacker, Bay City, with names provided by Nancy Humphrey, Midland.

Related

Man rubbing his eyesMan rubbing his eyes

Digital Eyestrain and Ways to Reduce It

With most people working from home, there are increasing complaints about digital eye strain.

Spreading Joy Year Round

Billed as the world’s largest Christmas store, the trip to Bronner’s has become a family tradition for many guests lo…

Helping People, Helping Homes

The items offered through the Care Store provide residents with essentials not covered by government assistance progr…

Best of Great Lakes Bay

We asked our readers in a social media poll for their thoughts on the holiday food traditions they can’t live without.
Fashion for the seasonFashion for the season

Nothing Off Limits

All decades have been called into action and are ready to serve a look back through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Connect

Contact

517.203.3333

221 W. Saginaw St.
Lansing MI, 48933

All Rights Reserved 517 Business and Lifestyle Magazine. Website designed and developed by M3 Group