Fish Lake School in 1954.

Fish Lake School in 1954.

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District No. 26, Fish Lake
DISTRICT FORMED 1864
YEARS SCHOOLS BUILT 1866
GENERAL LOCATION “Twelve miles from Stillwater, eleven miles from St. Paul, five miles from Lake Elmo and about eight miles from Cottage Grove and Afton.” – Stillwater Gazette
MODERN ADDRESS Located at 1800 St. John Drive in Woodbury.
DISTRICT BOUNDARIES Western boundary was a couple miles east of the border of Ramsey County and the eastern border was near present-day Highway 95.
DISPOSITION Now a storage building (also the Trail Riders Saddle Club meeting place)
Memories: “Rural schools developed the idea that we teach the whole child, not just a subject.” -Harriet Palm Lee
“Sometimes when the weather was real bad and the snow too deep for cars, the parents would hitch up their team of horses to a big sled and bring the children to school that way.” -Lorraine Nelson”We walked to school each day with the Parker kids and the Wendt kids.  At the top of the hill were two Stotesberry girls and then the Pribnow kids.  I remember each row of desks were the different grades.  I loved that old school and the memories we had.  I remmeber we would go on a field trip to a small lake behind the school each year.  There was a very large house on that lake (I believe it was the Kinney eye doctor’s home).  We were in awe as it was such a very large fancy home” – Judi Harting
Notes:
  • Most of the poeple in this area were of German descent and there was a German school near this public school site.
  • “One winter when the German school was closed, the enrollment at the district was over sixty.” – Stillwater Gazette
  • District consolidated with Stillwater and St. Paul Park schools in 1956.

Known Teachers:

1864-5: Eliza Emerson (resigned-illness), Nellie White (finished term)
1876-7: David Gross
1938-9: Thelma Olson
1939-40: Thelma Olson
1941-2: Harriet Palm Lee
Other teachers: Mrs. Agnes Partridge, (the rest before 1898) Anton Rode, Emma Swanson, Lorenz Kruse, Sarah Noltimeier, Almo Strate Thomspon, Phoebe Hoenslin, Renata Franzman Thiel, Gertrude Augstin Bielenberg, Viola Picullel Nickelson, Mrs. Helen Schultz, Margery Knapp, Mrs. Lillian Bowell, Mary Skeffington Urtel.