Mahoney School, Mahoney Community, and Windsor Rural Community

Mahoney School was one of the several one-room schools that served the rural area that surrounds Findlay. Eileen Stevens Wheeler attended school there and in 1972 or 73 recorded the following recollections, followed by a list of those living in the Mahoney community. Both follow.


I attended Mahoney Grade School, which was a one-room school in Okaw Twp., Shelby County, Ill. I started in first grade in August 1936; my teacher was Florence Biedert. We were graded then by numbers on the basis of 100. The last month of the first year these were my grades: Spelling 98, Reading 98, Writing 85, and Arithmetic 99. I was tardy twice in the year and absent two half-days.

My sisters and parents had taught me my ABC’s, to count to 100 and to read most of the Peter and Peggy reading book before I started to school so the teacher decided there was little to keep me occupied in the first grade and she advanced me to the second grade.

My 4th and 5th grade were taught by Ellie Simmons–a man who also owned a grocery store in Hinton, Ill. He was my favorite of all teachers. He was as much concerned with our moral development as he was with our learning. Every day after lunch he read to us or sometimes gave us talks–some almost like sermons. He rewarded us with gum for perfect spelling lessons. He was one of the fairest and kindest teachers we ever had.

In the 6th grade we had a young man teacher. He was hot-tempered and generally very impatient and disagreeable. I have often wondered whatever became of him and if he did ever change. In the middle of the term his father died and then he was drafted to go into the service in World War II. So perhaps he had his share of troubles at the time and could partly be excused for his behavior. He was replaced by Ada S. Gould who was as sweet and kind as Mr. Simmons had been.

The 8th grade was taught by Ruth Davis, a woman from our own neighborhood. She later taught at Findlay when our son was in grade school. She just passed away a short time ago.

As I mentioned before, Mahoney was a one-room school, with all 8 grades in the same room. I can remember listening to the older kids recite their lessons until I knew theirs almost as well as mine. Each seat was attached to the desk behind it. When a class was called on to recite, they went to the seats in the front of each row–close to the teacher. The teacher sat at a desk on a platform called a stage. There was a bookcase of books we called a library, a large coal heater of some kind, a cloak room for our coats, boots, and lunch buckets, a dark basement where the coal was kept for the heater. A large clock hung on the west wall; there was a big dictionary and a globe. There were blackboards on most of the walls.

When I started to grade school there were probably twenty-some students. By the time I was in the 8th grade there were only six of us in the school: Marlene Morse, Joanne and Shirley Green, Clara Mae Herron, my brother Earl, and I. One room schools were on the way out a few years later. The school districts consolidated and school buses were bought and everyone went to town to school. I’m not sure it was an improvement.

There was a steep cliff not 50 feet from the school, but I never knew of anyone getting hurt there. North of the school was a slanting hill with trees and shade and a clump of rocks. Two rocks made a perfect seat–one to sit on and one to lean back on. We almost fought over who got to sit there and eat their lunch.

Oh yes, let us not forget the pump for our drinking water at the end of a long sidewalk going south, and the two little white buildings north of the schoolhouse, one for boys and one for girls.

The last year or so we had hot lunches. They curtained off a part of the stage for a kitchen. The government furnished some of the food, the parents the rest. We older girls took turns helping cook with the teacher helping and overseeing it.

Going from this one-room school in the country to a many roomed school in Findlay was quite a shock. I just knew I would get lost. ADD LINK TO FINDLAY SECTION

ABOUT 1936-43

Bendler, Bob and Cora and Robert Kay
Brummett, Mack and Lizzie
Bruns, Mr. And Mrs. Charlie and children: Vida, Vera, Ronald, Russell, and Lloyd
Bryson, Bertie and Caroline and children: Beulah and Charles
Bryson, Edgar and Zelma and children: Maurine and Mary
Chapman, Earl and Leta and children: Maxine, Frank, Kenneth, Richard, Earlene, and Dennis
Chapman, Ed and Earl and Raymond
Chapman, Morris and Ferna and children: Melvin, Pauline, Loren, and Merle
Donald, Mrs. Ella
Colclasure, Mrs. Etta and children: Eula, Clifford, Harold, Marjorie, Delbert, Eugene, Chester, Wanda and Laveta
Cuttill, Mr. And Mrs. Raymond and children: Duane, Louise and others
Graven, Mrs. Charles (Minnie)
Graven, Ralph and Juanita (Eileen’s sister) and children: Loril, Leland and Margaret
Green, Ether and Madge and children: Joyce, Joanne, and Shirley Herron, Joe and Ida Herron, Lester and Loy and children: Clara Mae and Mary Ann Pritts, Jim and Mary and son: Marion Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd and children: Bill, Fern, and Donald Stevens, Cyrus (Eileen’s uncle) and Marie and daughter: Marjorie Stevens, Martsie an Edith and children: Eileen and Earl Tull, Memford, Edna, Eugene and Ed Turrentine

Eileen Stevens and her family moved to a new farm near Windsor. Eileen attended Windsor High School. Those familes living in the area at the time (1945-1947) are listed below.

People living in Eureka, Red Fox School Districts and the Fletcher Chapel Church area

Anderson, Mona and Tom
Chilcott, Bob and Lucille and children
Cudahay and Nellie Warren and children: Sara Jane and Frank
Davis, Mrs. Dan and Dora
Davis, Fred and Alta and children: James Francis and Mack
Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Lorrie and Mabel
Dunn, Joe and Doris and children: Dorothy and brothers
Ferrell, Edna and Laverna
Gaither, Mr. and Mrs. Tiery
Gaston, John and Hester and children: Thomas and Betty
Goddard, John and Susie and Hugh
Lambdin, John and Mary and Byron
McPherson, Mr. And Mrs. Bright
Mahoney, Dexter (Deck) and daughter Dorothy. They ran the Quigley store.
Nance, “Biddie” and Nora
Neal, Mr. and Mrs. Ed and daughter Jewel
Neathery, Medford and Ella and children: Lorene, Simon, and Polly
Shook, Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Spencer, Verne and Gladys and family
Tull, Adley (Snipe) and sister Mabel
Tull, Howard and Valley and family
Welch, Mr. and Mrs. Orval and children: Elsie and Edwin (Bud)