Castle School classroom

Castle School classroom

If you have photos or memories of this school you’d like to share, please contact us.

District No. 62, Castle School
MODERN ADDRESS Located on DeMontreville Rd. and 50th St., near Castle Railroad depot.
DISPOSITION Now a residence.
  • 1879: District established. The first school (which eventually became Long Lake School) was built about 500 ft. from the next school built which was towards northern Oakdale.
  • 1893: A new school is built for the third time.
  • 1938: School remodeled.
  • 1950s: School remodeled, and mostly torn down to build a residence.
  • School was 9 months long.
  • The school was named in honor of a Civil War veteran, Captain Henry A. Castle.
  • The school had no library, and roads were hard to travel on.
  • Enrollment in 1893: 25 students. In 1899: 46 students. In 1938: 38 students.
MEMORIES: “The school building has now been converted into a home, but as I travel past, I can recall many memories, such as Arbor Day, when each class planted a tree, the annual Christmas program, which was attended by parents and at which we all said our various messages; in winter putting our tongues on the cold pump handle; but most of all I remember the many friends that were made and kept.” – Wylie Haukland, Historical Whisperings, January 1976

“Mrs. G. L. Gonzalez was my First and Second Grade Teacher at Castle School in 1948-1950 and Mr. Gott delivered our milk each day.  I have many good memories of Mrs. Gonzalez as do my two sisters, Judy and Jane, who were also students a year behind me.  We were students at Castle until we moved on to the North St. Paul Junior High” – Harry W. Phipps


Known Teachers:

1890s: Adeline Bach
1893-4: Mrs. Kennedy
1898-9: Stella L. Wilkinson
1938-9: Elsie Junek
1939-40: Elsie Junek
1948-50: G. L. GonzalezOther teachers: Mary Neaton, Miss Vogler, Mrs. Holstrom, Margaret McIntyre, Amy Wilkinson, Mary Conlin, Kate Conlin.