PORTVILLE - EDUCATION
From:An Early History of The Town of Portville
Submitted By Mary Bryant
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Old Wooden School on Main Street
Kindergarten Class of 1894 NAMES
Union High School Built 1904 Girls Basketball 1904 . . High School Band 1905 High School class of 1907 NAMES . . Senior Class of 1911 NAMES Portville School District 7--1918 . .
Glee Club 1905
Westons Milss School of 1894 NAMES
Education was a big concern for the early settlemant at Portville. In the summer of 1822 Anna Carpenter was teaching school in the area.
By 1830 a small frame schoolhouse with a large fireplace had been built. This was built about half way between Portville and Weston's Mills.
Dexter Morris, then 15 years old, was the sole teacher of about 40 students in this district which then included the whole Town of Portville.
In 1875 a larger building had been built. This was for District #5 which was the village of Portville. This was a two-story building with a corridor running through and a covered stairway on the rear leading to the second floor. There were also two identical outbuildings labeled "Girls" and "Boys". There were three teachers there.
Believing that the younger children should be given a start, a kindergarten was organized by the wife of Edgar Dusenbury who hired Grace Marsh to teach. Parents paid to send their as it was not part of the regular school systern.
Asa Ellinwood Halbert taught in several of the Portville district schools. He spent a winter term at Millgrove, three terms on Haskell Creek, three term on Dodge's Creek, one term in the Village, one at Weston's, two at Main settlement teaching mostly winter terms.
Mr. Halbert also held other Town offices, two years in the drug store and post office and was very active in church work. Mr. Halbert died at the age of 100 years old on Jan. 17, 1917.
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