Pleasant View 77

Winfield (Kan.) Daily Courier, Wed.. May 30,1962
Early-Day Teachers

     Listed as early day teachers at the school were Nellie B. Porter Julia Manfort, M. S. Ticer. H. W. Holloway, Sallie Levering, Sarah Davis, R. A. O'Neil, Nellie Aldrich, W. M. Cole, Mary Berky, John Stevenson, Maude Tinsley, E. M. Anderson, T. J. Baker, Maggie Ferguson, Dora Pulaska, D. J. Brothers, Etta Corley. They taught terms ranging from 25 days in one instance to 5-month term. School during early years of the school began in November but in 1882 began in September. A 7-months term was 1st reported taught by T. J. Baker in 1899. Four 8-months terms were taught from 1894-1896 and salaries ranged. from $30 up to $75 in 1919, going to $100 in 1921, $135 in 1930, but, dropping back to $74 to $90 during the depression years of 1934 to 1943. Since 1923 the terms have been 8 months and the last 2 terms were 9 months.

30 to 35 Students

    The enrollment was usually 30. 35 students and often after graduation or completion of the 9 grades, students returned to school for another year or so and it was these older students who caused disciplinary problems in the early day schools, and for this reason strong, husky men teachers were preferred in some schools to women teachers.

    Teachers at the school since 1900 were Ben Dungan, May Cairns, Sara Glacklin, George Broyles; Mrs. Georgia Conant, Bess Grider, Flora Thome, VivianShivers, Anna Kearns, Edith Gammon, Ella Christenson, Mabel Belden, Mrs. Orville King, Emeline Hoornbeek, Edna Barnett, Lois Winfrey, H. D. "Jones, Mrs. Nadine Anglemyer, Golda Ingraham, Mrs. Inez Gifford, Kathryn Sandborn, Opal Smith, Nellie Cullumber, Nellie Dozer, Mary Frye, Opal Burnett, Madeline Bradford, Patricia Milburn, Thelma Harris and Mildred Wesbrook.

     Among 3 and 4 generation families in the district are those of Brothers, Scott and Walker.

    The following students heard the bell ring for the last time this month at Frog Hollow, district 77: Susan Scott, Dianne Cummings, Allan Lambert, 7th graders; Nancy Barnes, 6th grade;  Monte Cummings, Georgine Eilts, Danny Lambert, Martha Sparks, Laban Moon, 5th grade; Barry Miller, 4th grade; Barbara Miller. 3rd grade; Linda Miller, Wesley Eilts, 2nd grade; and Michael Moon and Gerry Lambert, 1st grade.


Plan HomecomIng

     Such is the feeling in Pleasant View district, better known as Frog Hollow, 4 miles east of Winfield. So to commemorate the occasion a community homecoming Is being planned for Sunday, June 3, at. the school.

     A basket dinner will be served at noon and will feature old time dishes. There will be an exhibit of school relics and a program is being arranged and pictures will be taken

     The 1st school was not held In the modern school structure now serving the Frog Hollow district, but was held about 1/2 west in a building built on the hill on the north side of' the road across from the present Dumler home, in what is now the Liermann pasture.


Organized in 1872

     Pleasant View Dist. No. 77 was organized Aug. 3, 1872 and included 7 3/4 sections of land, records show, 7 of which were taxable. On March 3, 1873, a special meeting was held at the home of D. S. Brown. district treasurer and $1,000 was voted for a school building and on March 27 the district was named Pleasant View.

     The plastering contract was let to C. J. Phenix for 13 1/2 cents a square yard and the painting to T. J. Jones for $20.

 Others on the 1st school board were C. H. Phenix, chairman, E. C. Egbert, clerk. Other board members in the early days were Niles C. Bailey, 1877, D. J. Brothers, 1884, father of Arthur and Vernon Brothers, who still live in the community, Coleman Estes, 1886, father of John Estes, Ed Walker in 1899 and Jasper Files, in 1906.

Salary of $16 Monthly

    Beginning with 1873 records show that Nellie Porter taught a 3-month school term for a consideration of $16 per month ranging through more than 50 teachers to a salary peak of $425 per month.

     Assessed valuation of personal property in the district in 1876 was $420 and on real property, $13,268.  Alphonso Ray was district clerk that year.

     Other interesting record entries were the following: Jim Scott fixed seats in 1888 for cost of 75 cents; Coleman Estes hauled 2 loads of coal in 1889 for $2.

     As nearly as can be told from records the school was moved to the present site to the east and on the south side of the highway in 1878. It was following the presentation of a play, "Frog Hollow" at the school in the '80's that the school was dubbed Frog Hollow and the name stuck. Too the school's location may have something to do with it, since it sits on the edge of a creek or gully that carries water close to the building and over the roadway.


Pleasant View, Dist. 77 located four miles east of Winfield on highway 160 was made standard in 1929. Nine of the
seventeen pupils enrolled have had perfect attendance for the year. H. D. Jones us the teacher. The members of the
school board are: A. B. Brothers, Irl Johnson, and Lewis F. Wright.


Frog Hollow Schools

Clarence Barnett, Bill Baker
1945, Dist. #77, Pleasant View School, known as FROG HOLLOW
Ruth Brothers, Bill Bunyan, Eugene Angle, George Fildes,
Velma (Hamm) Shoup, Wayne Alberding, Claire (Johnson) Graham.
1945, Dist. #77, Pleasant View School, Known as FROG HOLLOW
Warren Walker, Maxine (Hamm) Mikesell, Helen (Bunyan) Cook,
Karen Stubbs, Frank Barnett, LaDonna McCardwell, Marcia Cramblett,
Sarah Johnson.
Nellie Cullumber  Teacher  1945
Barbara (Barnett) Payne
Clarence Barrnett,  Bill Barker,  Edith Barker,  Clara Barrnett,  Bill Seley.
December 1, 1962, Dist. #77, known as FROG HOLLOW had a sale.
To sell the school property. Picture above are some of the
former pupils attending the sale.
Warren Scott, Kenneth Brothers, Clarence Barnett, Phillip Hamm,
Delbert Barker, Ivan J. Scott, Arthur Brothers, and John Estes.
Frog Hollow reunion a success

Fifty-three former students, teachers and friends of District 77 Frog Hollow School, located three miles east of Winfield, gathered at the Tisdale United Methodist Church Saturday morning to spend the day reminiscing about the good oId school days.

     Pleasant View District 77 was organized Aug. 3, 1872. and later acquired the name Frog Hollow. The school closed in 1962 when it consolidated with District 3, Country View Elementary School.

     Mildred Wesbrook, who taught two years in 1960-61 and 1961-62, recalled the day a motorist stopped to ask if she was in trouble. Wesbrook told her no.

      "I wondered because your flag was upside down," the lady said. Wesbrook said she sent the student back out who raised the flag to reverse it. She said each student was given the duty of raising the flag before having the flag salute, and no one noticed it was upside down.

    George Moon recalled the time when throwing the ball over the school building was popular. One day he was holding a bat in his hand and decided to give it a sling over the building, and it hit the teacher's car.

    "Boy! Was I in trouble their George said. George's brother. Roger Moon of Winfield. remembers when Students got to skate on the parqu floor by wearing heavy socks to shine the waxed floor prior to school programs.

     Teachers who attended the reunion were Mildred Westbrook, Kathryn Miller and music teacher Martha Baker and Hazel Felker.

    Earl Brooks of Nampa. Idaho came the greatest distance to attend the reunion. Others were from Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Republic, Mo.. and Rock, Partridge. Moline, Chanute, Manhattan, Kechi, Arkansas City, Burden and Winfield. Harriet Richardson of Winfield acted as emcee for comments from those present.

     Another reunion this fall will be held Sept. 14.

     Tisdale's Cast Your Bread gro was in charge of the salad luncheon served at noon.

By NITA WILSON Winfield (Kan.) Daily Courier, Thurs., May 2, 1996