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Gougar School
Gougar School
TitleGougar School
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the DrawingDecember 30, 1928
DescriptionDrawing of the Gougar School. The school was on Hickory Creek and was to be 78 years old in 1928. This drawing is a part of the Robert E. Sterling Collection.
Title of ArticleGougar school links present with dim past : tiny school on Hickory creek believed to be 78 years old.
Date of ArticleDecember 30, 1928
Transcript of the ArticleWritten in pencil on bottom: "Gougar School deed from gov; block house nearby was used by settlers as late as 60 years ago." From Joliet Herald-News Sunday December 30 1928 "The beginnings of this little school house, so picturesquely set near the beautiful Hickory creek, are almost lost in the mists of antiquity. It is the historic old Gougar school, and stands on the way to the golf links. Few people are alive, if any, who watched the first timbers placed for the little temple of learning. Like many a thing, it began very small, much smaller and cosier than it is now. Even Smaller Then George L. Francis, who once went to school there, said that it was aged when he began his schooling some time in the sixties. But at any rate, from what he has heard and remembered, he believes it was first constructed between the years of 1846 and 1850, which would make it at the very least about 78 years old. And it might even have the hoary age of 80. But small as it looks now in the midst of a vast landscape, it was even smaller then. And always it was a good school where the children were taught many things. Besides the three Rs there were also geography, history, geometry, and other things. This was necessary because it was the only grade school that many of the youngsters ever knew. Many Historic Pupils Miss Sophronia Moore was the first teacher known to Mr. Francis. And there was another later, a Miss McGovney, who later became the wife of Attorney Augustus F. Knox. And Miss Hasey, a well known educator, taught there. Many historic pupils went to this little school for several seasons before going elsewhere, for the school was always kept up. There were five pupils from the Francis family and four from the Bliss family at one time. And there were children from the Mortimer Allen family, the Shorts family and the Nichols family. Mrs. Lem Northam at one time studied her school books there. And there were the Caldwells, the Greggs, the Cherry family, the Gougar family, of course, the Simpsons, and the boy Perley Vast, grandson of the widow Kercheval. Standards Are High And there were many more. Miss Harriet Francis went there at one time and later taught there, also, sometime earlier. She was Miss Harriet Bliss before she married John Francis. The present teacher is Mrs. Earl Thornberg, who carried out the tradition of the school by keeping its standards high. The sketch was made looking north from a slight elevation near the bridge to show a portion of Hickory creek, the ubiquitous, who meets you smiling almost anywhere. The school was named in the beginning, of course, for that pioneer family whose head was William Gougar, who came to this region in 1831."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Physical Description30 cm. x 22.5 cm.
SourceClick this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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