Kinmundy Historical Society





                (also known as Pop Gun School)

   Kinmundy Township, Marion County, Illinois


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        We are looking for photos of people and/or places from around Kinmundy & Alma.  Can you help?

Or maybe you have stories or memories from the "Good Old Days"?  What do YOU remember?

        The Kinmundy Historical Society would be honored to preserve your memories and stories.  We also have the

equipment to scan (or copy) your photos so that they may be enjoyed now as well as for generations yet to come!

        We would love to hear from you!  For more information, please contact: 


   Dolores (Ford) Mobley –

                       208 Joan Dr.; Divernon, IL  62530; (217) 625-7527



            Gladys (Corrie) See –

                                         408 S. Washington St.; Kinmundy, IL 62854; (618) 547-7731



Teachers from COLLEGE HILL SCHOOL – District #23 (Kinmundy township)

                                    (also known as Pop Gun School)


(1903-04)  Daisy Walton ($25)


(1905-06)   Miss Ethel George


(1919-20)  no school


(1921-22) Vera Morris (she later was Vera (Morris) Bassett Maxey)


(1930-31) John Monical

(1931-32) no school


(1939-40) no school



(The above information was gathered from "The Kinmundy Express" articles, County Directories of School Teachers.)




College Hill (“Pop Gun”) School District No. 23

Kinmundy Township


            This school was located six miles northwest of Kinmundy.  An 1892 school picture in the file indicates that the school was later called “Pop Gun”, but there is no explanation as to why.



Mabel Lacey - 1892

Jennie McCastle of Salem

Annette Grey of Tonti

Ethel (George) Malinsky - 1905

Lem Ballance

Blance Nichols of Alma

Bertha Jackson of Kinmundy

Pearl Jackson

Hannah Robb

John Vancil of Goreville

Joy Vandeveer


Older residents in the district:

William Henry Ford, Calvin Ford (his father), Rev. John H. Balance, John Goodrich Ford, Charles Ford, ____ Metzger, James R. Jones, James C. Jones, William Morris, Henry Warren, Luther Barnes, _____ Harkie


This school closed about 1931 due to lack of pupils.


“Footprints in Marion County” - Marion Co. IL Genealogical & Historical Society

Vol. VI; Summer 1981; No. 1; P. 54




                College Hill School / Pop Gun School; 1892

College Hill School (located six miles northwest of Kinmundy); Kinmundy Twp., Marion Co., IL.  Feb. 9, 1892

(The school was later known as Pop Gun )

Back Row: John G. Ford, Jim Jones, Gene Ford, Will Ford, and Rae Holt.  

Second Row: Jesse Morris, Anna Metzger, Mabel Lacey, Mary Morris, Lou Warren, and Frank Jones.

Front Row: Lem Ballance, Ira Morris, Effie Jackson, Earl Morris, Cora Jackson, Lou Harkie and Victor Berger.


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