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THE OLD ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE
at Threshermen's Park


The One Room Schoolhouse in Threshermen's Park'

The year was 1916, when the young school teacher, not much older than some of her students, rang the bell for the first time in the newly built Laurel No. 9 one room schoolhouse, several miles north of Groton. Children, from first to eighth graders, filed into their new school, and neatly lined up their lunch pails on a shelf above coat pegs. A coal stove, the single source of heat, was in the center of the room.

Ray Pulfrey was one of the first graders on that first day of school in 1916, and it was there he "served his eight years" as he jokingly put it.

The bell rang for the last time at the school house in 1935.

Pulfrey never outgrew his love for the little school house. He purchased the building in 1969, restored it, and furnished it with antique desks, slate chalkboards and numerous other things to recreate a school room of days long past. In October 1999 Pulfrey donated the building and its contents to the James Valley Threshing Association, and it was moved to Threshermen's Park in Andover.

With the addition of more schoolhouse items from local people, and lots of loving care, the school is now one of the most popular features of the annual Threshing Show.
(Exerpt from story in our 40th Anniversary Book)

Doris Strom and Norma Helmer
welcome visitors to the school

Darryl Sundermeyer hosts Schoolhouse visitors

The school room with authentic furnishings from long ago

Wash stand and basin await
the arrival of students
The old time water cooler and dipper
See the Tin Dipper Story

A music lesson at the school

Doris Strom and Betty Breck review a book
from the schoolhouse library

The Music Corner

A student's desk

Doris Strom at the teacher's desk

Continue to the Playground by the Old School House

See you at the Show!

James Valley Threshers Show, Andover South Dakota

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