(Also known as "Tickrow")
Kinmundy Township, Marion County, Illinois
Meadow Branch School was located in Kinmundy Township section 30 on the road now called “Hoard Lane”. The building is no longer standing.
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Teachers from MEADOW BRANCH School - District #26 (Kinmundy twp.)
(Also known was “Tickrow” School)
(1890) Jake McCarty
(1903-04) Maude Bayliss ($30)
(1908-09) Mrs. Maggie (Pearson) Eagan
(Feb. 1912) Miss Carrie See
(1914-15) Alvin Chandler
(1919-20) Bessie Chance
(1919-20) Mrs. Aumiller
(1929-30) Miss Vivian DeWeese
(1930-31) Edith B. Hines
(1931-32) Edith B. Hines
(1934-35) Rex Gammon
(1936-37) Rex Gammon
(1937-38) Mrs. Ruby Linton
(1938-39) Mrs. Ruby Linton
(1939-40) Mrs. Ruby Linton
(1940-41) Miss June Johnson
(1941-42) Miss Evelyn Johnson (later married Lee Cummins)
(Nov. 6, 1941) The school children and teacher, Miss Evelyn JOHNSON, are happy with their new radio, purchased recently.
(1942-43) Mrs. Rada Caldwell
(1943-44) Will Green
(1944-45) Will Green
(1945-46) Mrs. Susie Malone
(1946-47) Mrs. Susie Malone
(1947-48) Roy Mulvaney
Sept. 2, 1948: There will be no school at Meadow Branch this term due to a shortage of pupils.
Some of our pupils will attend the Kinmundy Grade School, and some will go to Alma.
Aug. 30, 1951: The Kinmundy Grade School district No. 25 was enlarged considerably yesterday when
Miss Margaret West, County Superintendent of Schools, dissolved
districts 19 (Young), 21 (Sherman), 22 (Shanghai), and 26 (Meadow Branch).
(The above information was gathered from "The Kinmundy Express" articles, school photos, County Directories of School Teachers, and information from Mrs. Laurelie L. Reddy's school document.)
Meadow Branch School District
Contributed by Mrs. Laurelie L. Reddy, Box 728, Orion, Ill. 61273
The Meadow Branch School History was written by my mother and appeared in “The Kinmundy Express” issue of Thursday, Oct. 6, 1962. At that time my parents were living in Wilmington. Dad retired in 1962 and in 1965, they moved to Alma, Ill. Mother died 7 February 1977. After she was back in Marion county, she was active in the Meadow Branch Reunions, which I believe is still having meetings.
The first Meadow Branch School was located about half way between Alma and Kinmundy, Ill. This school is known to have been a log cabin. It was very small, probably about 16 feet square, and the logs were put together with wooden pegs. The desks and seats were puncheon. Long poles were split in half and the rounded sides of the poles were notched and grooved on either end. The poles were then fastened to two flat poles. These poles were about 30 inches wide. When enough poles had been added, with the flat sides up, a table top was completed. The top was placed on two saw horses, or a stand made of poles. The benches were similarly made and place don lower stands. The floor was also constructed in this way.
There was an opening in one side wall which served as a window. All of the children sat around the long table, placed in front of the window, to study their lessons. The first method of teaching was called the “blab school”, so named because all of the pupils studied outloud.
The school room was heated with a fireplace. The older boys cut the wood for the fireplace during the noon hour.
This little log house was built on a cleared acreage belonging to Barney Howell, who was my great-uncle. Although there isn’t any remaining landmark, the building site of the original school is known to have been near the boundary line of the Hammen Timber and the Sam Doll land, which was just across the road.
A small creek, or ravine, was nearby, and I was told the school was named Meadow Branch for that reason. In later years, a family moved into this district. Several of their 12 children attended this school. The older boys in the family referred to the school as “Tick Row” and it also became known by this unusual title.
We were told by Mr. Jake McCarty that his wife, the former Etta Marshall, attended Meadow Branch when in the third grade, during the year of 1879, which was 81 years ago. Her father, Mr. Early Marshall, and Mr. James Rennie, were directors at that time. The identity of the third director and the teacher is not known. Mr. Jake McCarty later married Miss Etta Marshall and two of their sons and some of their grandchildren attended this school.
Later a family by the name of Taylor lived in this vicinity. Their children also attended this school. One daughter, Effis Taylor, who later married Charlie Johnson, attended Meadow Branch in the year 1890. Mr. Jake McCarty was her teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson lived in this district and all seven of their children and several of their grandchildren attended this school. One granddaughter, Mrs. William Fulton, also taught in this school. Mrs. Johnson became a widow a number of years ago. She later married Mr. Pat Butts and still resides one mile west of Kinmundy. Thus making three generations of two pioneer families.
Near the close of the nineteenth century, school was discontinued in the log cabin. A new building site was chosen about two miles northwest of the former location, and about one-half mile southwest of the Kinmundy-Patoka road. An acre of ground was contributed by Mr. Early Marshall. A frame school house was built. This building was larger and better constructed. It had more windows and was heated by a large pot-bellied stove. Meadow Branch was indeed progressing!!
My brother, Xon Nichols, and I started to school in this new building in 1908. Mrs. Maggie (Pearson) Eagan was the teacher. In the back of the room was a long shelf for our lunch pails. Underneath the shelf was a row of hooks for our coats and caps. Nearby on a small table was a large keg with a faucet. This was filled with water each morning. On the first day of school, a shiny tin cup sat beneath the keg. We all drank from the same cup. By the time school ended in the spring, the cup was very rusty. A few years later, each pupil carried an individual drinking cut in their lunch pail. These were collapsible.
The teacher taught six grades each term. One year, the sixth and eighth grades were listed, and the following year the fifth and seventh grades were taught. Our school term lasted only six months. The early teachers boarded or lived in with the pupils’ parents. As a young lady, Mrs. Eunice (Wham) Maulding taught Meadow Branch School, when wages were very low, her salary was $13 per month.
When a class was called, the pupils called went to the front of the room and sat in a row on a seat called the recitation bench. They returned to their own seat when their class period was ended.
The school ground was a play ground for the younger pupils. But the surrounding pastures, “Meadows” and “Branches” were the play grounds for the older pupils to play such games as “Run, Sheep, Run”, “Wave”, and baseball. These games were played in the fall. An apple orchard, just a mile behind the school, was scoured for apples after harvesting time..
When the first heavy snow fell, the meadow in front of the school was for our “Fox and Goose” game. The school children would form a line, with a large boy as a leader, and start running in a circle in the snow. The circle was divided into eight large wedges, and when finished looked for the world like a huge lemon meringue pie. It would then be ready to start playing.
About a half mile north of the school was a long hill. This was our coasting hill. We “sledded” during the noon hour, and it was amazing how we could not hear the bell when afternoon classes were called, especially when the teacher came half way thru the pasture ringing her desk bell!!! Sometimes two or three younger classes were finished before we returned to the school house.
Later the pot-bellied stove gave way to a furnace which sat in a back corner of the room. One of the older boys came to school early to act as janitor, for a small monthly salary.
School continued in this school house for several years. Pupils starting their education there have entered almost every occupation. Many of our boys served in the armed forces of several wars.
About ten years ago the school was consolidated into the Kinmundy-Alma School District. The school house and ground were sold. A new modern country home stands where the little country school used to be.
Now all that remains are our annual school reunions which meet the first Saturday in August, our happy memories of carefree school days, and sadder memories of classmates and teachers who have since passed away.
Mrs. Rhea S. Shreffler
R. 2; Box 7, 66A
The first Meadow Branch School was located in Section 32, Kinmundy Township; the second location was Section 30 in Kinmundy Township.
“Footprints in Marion County” - Marion Co. IL Genealogical & Historical Society
Vol. VI; Summer 1981; No. 1; P. 44-45
Meadow Branch School; Kinmundy twp., Marion Co., IL; Feb. 13, 1912; Miss Carrie See, teacher
Meadow Branch School; Kinmundy twp., Marion Co., IL; Feb. 27, 1913
Meadow Branch School; Kinmundy twp., Marion Co., IL; March 3, 1914
Meadow Branch School; Kinmundy twp., Marion Co., IL; 1919-1920; Mrs. Aumilller - teacher
Meadow Branch School; Kinmundy twp., Marion Co., IL; 1919-1920; Mrs. Aumilller - teacher (close-up)
Meadow Branch School (also known as “Tickrow”) around 1918-1920 - #1
First row: Lorraine (Baylis) Doolen (2nd girl), and Lois (Baylis) Howell is the last girl just below the teacher
Reindl Baylis is sitting left of the teacher in the second row.
Meadow Branch School (also known as “Tickrow”) around 1918-1920 - #2
Lois (Baylis) Howell is in the 2nd row to the left of the boys in overalls.
Her sister, Lorraine (Baylis) Doolen in the far left corner in the first row.
Meadow Branch School (also known as “Tickrow”); Kinmundy twp., Marion Co., IL; Vivian (DeWeese) Johnson - teacher; Sept. 18, 1929
Back row: Vivian (DeWeese) Johnson – teacher; Dorothy McCulley, Mildred Robb, Loren Johnson, Paul Williams,
John William McCulley, Max McCarty, Bobby Marshall
Middle row: Charles Johnson, Violet Butts, Mildred Mulvaney, Kathryn Marshall, Juna Rae McCartyBottom row: Billy Williams, DeWayne Williams, Rex McCarty, Edward Mulvaney, Roy Hines, Harold Robb
Meadow Branch School (also known as “Tickrow”) after it was closed.
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