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Crutchfield School District No. 6
This school located at the intersection of Clinton Parkway/23rd Street and
Iowa Street in Lawrence, Kansas was once located in the country and was
known by most as No. 6. When this school was considered to be in the
country, it was about two miles west of what was the city limits of
The first building to located here and used as a school, was thought to have
been a log cabin. As the legend goes and as presented in “Rural Schools and
Schoolhouses of Douglas County, Kansas” by Goldie Piper Daniels, this cabin
was built on skids and relocated place to place, as needed.
Finally after much dissention about where the school should be located a
deed was filed by George and Elizabeth Gilbert to the School District No. 6
for the one and on half acre site at the northwest corner of 23rd and Iowa.
Many today are unaware of what this hidden in plain sight building was and
of its historical significance to our city and county.
The original building on this site was of a wooden frame construction,
facing south, with a porch over the two front doors. It would seat 48
students. This building was demolished in 1924, to facilitate the
construction the of the brick structure which exists today.
For the term of 1897-98, in the old wood frame building Lillian Grover
taught 43 students. S.M. Reynolds, William Brown and Francis served on the
school board. Families living in the school district at that time were:
Alford, Amick, Armstrong, Bailey, Brown, Comrie, Day, Dolesshal, Dyer,
Ewers, Foreman, Grover Harding, Hughes, Kanfield, Lambert Miller, McKay,
Nelson, Parrish, Risley, Raber, Russell, Skinner, Timmermyer, Wheeler
Wolgamott and Winfield.
The next two terms were taught by Nora Lane. J.L. Butler, William Brown and
C. Grover served as school board members.
Sallie Tracy, Emma Catlin, G. Kirby, Mattie Blaine, Edith Wolgamott, Emma
Roher, Golden Star, Elizabeth Doyl and Ruby Streeter taught the first decade
of the 20th century. M.D. Gwin, W.H. Davis and C. Dunigan served at school
The teachers for the next decade were: B. Allison, Cloyd Hanselman. Jessie
Worswick, Opal Jane Kennedy, Gertie Ott, and Emma Olson (together), and Mary
Homan with Mrs. Carl Kelley teaching together for the 1920 period. Jerry
Lyons, H.M. Chamney and H.S. Butcher served as school board members.
The decade of the 1920’s was taught by: Claude McKnight, Ethel Kindred
teaching 4 school periods, Hilda Matthews, Lillian Brown, Elsie Horton and
There were now 32 students enrolled. The school board members were now O.R.
Bales, H.M. Chamney and W.N. Allison.
Hilda Vernson, D.A. Zweifel, Mildred Maloney, Johanna Grifffis (school
periods) and Mrs. Ross Clayton were the teachers for the 1930’s. Serving on
the board for the term ending in 1940 were Robert Seaman, C.E. Dunigan and
Teaching the next decade saw Mrs. Ross Clayton, Leona Madden, Arlene Flory,
Emma Berg, May Key, Veda Stanton and Veda Stanton with Myrtle Wigglesworth ,
Veda Stanton again, with Alma Andes, Veda Stanton again with Vera Jensen for
the next two school terms ending the 1950 year. Mrs. C.E. Dunigan James
Nickerson, and George Stauffer were serving on the school board in 1950.
Again Veda Stanton started the next decade with Vera Jensen, teaching the
next four terms ending in 1956. Veda Stanton teamed with Lorena Brown to
teach the next three years.
Crutchfield No. 6 consolidated with other county schools in 1959 to form the
new school of Wakarusa Valley School District No. 98. This facility is now
the property of Kansas University. I never attended this school, but to me
it will always be the country school of old No. 6.