The Lower Snokomo Distr. No 32 school is one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses left in rural Kansas. Referred to as both Lower Snokomo and Haubold School the building was constructed in 1890 and displays the date above the door. It displays what’s called girls and boys doors. Just a year after being opened the school had roughly twenty students enrolled.
The Lower Snokomo school held many events for the community including pie suppers, dances, and even had its own debate team. Students in one-room schoolhouses I believe gained a different social experience than kids growing up today. Not only were all kids in one room no matter the age or grade the entire enrollment of the school would equal a small class size today at a normal school making it nearly impossible to know even a fraction of all your classmates. It’s unknown just exactly when the school closed down but most one-room schoolhouses closed down in the 1940-1960s time period when legislation and school funding changed and most smaller districts consolidated into bigger ones.
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