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Stoney Point School
Stony Point School District No. 3
Before the Civil War, Stony Point School District No. 3 was known as Hickory
Point School. There was also another community by the same name in Jefferson
County. This was where James H. Lane led a group of Jayhawkers against this
pro-slavery settlement. Lane soon realized that his forces did not have the
artillery needed to use against the log structures of Hickory Point, so he
decided to retreat back to Lawrence. During the retreat, Missourians pursue
Lane's forces and attack, but the jayhawkers return fire. After receiving
word that Territorial Governor John Geary had ordered a ceasefire, Lane
withdraws, but reinforcements from Lawrence under command of Colonel James
A. Harvey arrive on September 14, toting the captured cannon "Old
Sacramento," and fire on the town. One proslavery man is killed, four others
wounded, and several Free-Staters are wounded before a ceasefire is called
and the Missourians withdraw from the area. 100 Free-Staters are arrested by
U.S. troops, but they are later acquitted for acting in self-defense.
Because of the history of the Jefferson County settlement, it was decided to
re-name the Douglas County school Stony Point.
The first building to serve the district as a log cabin, located about
on-half mile east of the final location. The second and last location for a
school was at the northeast corner of the intersection of E. 1550 Rd. and Dg
County, Rt. 460/N. 600 Rd. This one acre tract was deeded to District No. 3
on April 27, 1869 by William Woodin. Those serving on the school board at
that time were Adam Hilkey, William Gerogy and Josiah McQueen. Here a native
stone building was constructed, replacing the log cabin.
Fannie Tucker was the last teacher in this building. Fannie became Mrs. Fred
Morton, who was also the first teacher in the new wood frame building of
1893.replacing the rock building.
The county records of 1897-98 indicate the school board consisted of George
Fitz, Thomas Pardee and Isaac Hemphill. Teaching an enrollment of 40
students was Sivola Neff.
The next term was taught by Eva Bates, who also taught the next term of
1899-1900. Teachers of the next decade were Mary Gill, George Boicourt, Mora
Siler, Mildred Junkins, Ida Steel, and Elsie Jones. E.A. Roe, W.A. Watterson
and Mr. Jameson served on the school board, with 22 students enrolled.
Alma Schubert, Jonathan Dow, Aleda Devore, Malta Sheppard, Ruth Pearson,
Esther Pfleger and Josephine Burgtorf taught the next decade. Those serving
on the school board were B.I. Holmes, H.H. Smith and Mrs. W. Winters.
The 1920’s were taught by Arthur Fordyce, Margaret Wilson, Nora Vitt, Helen
Melville, Johanna Griffs, and Agnes Laptad. Twenty-eight students were
enrolled with the school board consisting of Howard Smith, L.M. Craig, and
Orval Hemphill was the first teacher of the 1930’s followed by Georginna
Eberhard, Louise Pfleger, Jennie Kennedy, Marian Madl, Herschell Hemphill
and Lena Milburn. With an enrollment of 18 students, the school board
members were Howard Smith, Tom Snow and Harold Roe.
Teaching the next seven years were Lena Milburn, Mrs. Paul Ulrich, Myrtice
Morgan, with Mrs. Fred Gottstein completing the term, Edna Rockhold, Tena
Schellenberg with Jessie Vitt teaching the last term for Stony Point No. 3.
Stoney Point School District No. 3 consolidated with Coal Creek School
District No. 39, Vinland School District No. 49 and Harmony School District
No. 57 to form New Vinland School District No. 88 on April 27, 1947.
The building and equipment were sold at auction on December 13, 1947. The
building was dismantled and removed from the site.
First photo, artists rendering by Goldie Piper Daniels, second photo Teacher
Ida Steele with her class, third photo Stoney Point Church.
Photo by Christina Rexroad-Stoney Point School - ca1900-1903??? - No names
on this one other than my great grandfather, Will Winters is back row, 3rd
from left. He was born in 1886 and looks to be in his teens here.
Teacher Ida Steele with her class. Probably 1907.
Photo by Christina Rexroad-Stoney Point School Baseball Team - 1932 - Back
row - Etcil Winters, Carl McMillen, Chester McMillen, Jersy Craig, Murry
Lawson. Front Row, Arnold Craig, Pete Lawson, Doris Winters (Moore), Bruce
My grandmother is Doris Winters. She was the only girl to get to play on the
boys ball team because she was really good! These were some of her fondest