If you follow the Quarry School WordPress blog or my business website quarryschool.com, you will notice upheaval for a time. Please ignore the messy machinations. By end of winter I hope to blend these two entities into one cohesive, easy-to-navigate site with a fresh look and new content.
Thanks for your patience.
As always, if you have words or photos to add to the stories of the old Quarry School or newer Quarry Elementary, please share them. All my former email addresses still work, including firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town of Pewaukee’s first school, a log building, was located on a site that today is occupied by Harris Lumber Company just southeast of the I-94/164 interchange. According to School Board minutes of Sept. 24, 1849, the school was in very poor condition and without blackboards or outhouses. While School Board minutes from 1853 suggest proposals for a new school, it wasn’t until the annual meeting of 1866 that a committee consisting of John Hodgson, William Chapman, and Frank Federer was formed to search for a new schoolhouse location. After four weeks, they reported all were in favor of a site belonging to John Hodgson that was most suitable for a school, “dry and central for the district.” They also reported that, after consulting with builders and masons, a stone school could not be constructed for less then $1,600.
A series of proposals (related to selling the existing school and raising sufficient revenues to construct a new stone building) failed on Nov. 3, 1866. Instead, by a vote of 19 to13, it was decided that just $300 in taxes would be raised to move the old log school to the new site and make repairs. At the insistence of seven agitated residents, a special meeting was held which rescinded the Nov. 3 resolution. Thus, on June 10, 1868, the school district paid one dollar to John and Esther Hodgson for a three-quarter acre parcel to build “a substantial stone building.”
An 1859 plat map shows that Hodgson owned a quarry south of where the school was built, a likely source of stone for the building.
1868—First Class Is Held
A one-room school was constructed in the summer of 1868 and was ready for classes that fall. Moses and Clark Hartwell, a father-and-son team considered to be leading Waukesha County contractors, were hired to oversee the carpentry and finish work. Samuel Eales was hired as a stonemason. (Eales, seen above, also served as the school’s first teacher. He was born in England in 1826 and arrived in Waukesha in 1844. In 1880 he developed a “floriculture” business, and in 1916, at the age of 90, he was found dead in his greenhouse. A street near Frame Park, east of the Fox River, bears his name.)
John Hodgson’s widow sold a large portion of land neighboring the school to Joseph Hadfield in 1872 to increase his quarrying and lime business. The Hadfield Company built “company houses” for its growing number of employees, and the increase in area population mandated expansion of the one-room school. In 1878, just 10 years after initial construction, a second classroom was added by carpenter W. Reich and mason August Dieman. The original schoolroom contained the lower grades and the new eastern half was occupied by the older students.
In 1905 the school was referred to as the Lime Kiln School, but in 1924 the Waukesha County school annual listed the name as Quarry School.
Updating occurred over time as lighting progressed from kerosene to electric; heating shifted from wood stoves to a coal stoker and then to an oil furnace; and outhouses were replaced by indoor plumbing in 1950. Yet by the late 1950s teaching standards and, again, population growth made it apparent that a two-room schoolhouse would not be adequate to serve eight grades. In 1960 a newly built “Quarry School” opened its four classrooms, and after 91 years of service, the old Quarry School closed.
I’ve begun scanning every negative, photo, and document I can access that relates to either the old or new Quarry schools, the goal being–after Dan and I have completed our renovation–to compose a documentary using these materials. Until then, you’re welcome to check out the materials by visiting the cloud storage linked below. The photo titles are minimal; I hope that’s enough to satisfy you for now — and to inspire you to share your family’s photos from the school and surrounding areas.
Did you know that our area’s first school was a log structure located approximately where the I-94 onramp lies near Harris Lumber? The existing stone school (the old Quarry School) was originally called the Lime Kiln School. The newest school, Quarry Elementary, was lost to development in the late 1970s.
I drive past the school every afternoon for home.
Thank you for preserving the building and making it your home.
It is looking great!
I had attended Quarry school and was the last class for Mrs. Johnson. My 1st grade.
Then we had Mrs. Holsinger for 2nd grade and 1st grade for my sister Peggy and cousin Barbara.
Mrs. Lee taught 4-8th.
Then while building the new Quarry school we attended Duplainville school. My brother Bob
class was the 1st grade at the new school. I believe while in 1st grade (Gwen Ruben?) was practice teaching.
At recess some times we would walk over and play with Joy about 1-2? year old.( 1957-58.)
My dad Robert (Bob) and his sisters (Bernice and Marcella) attended Quarry school in the 1920’s and 1930’s.