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    OAK GROVE SCHOOL

   Tonti 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 – Dolores@ford-mobley.com

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

            or

 

            Gladys (Corrie) See – gsee49@yahoo.com

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

 


 

Teachers from OAK GROVE SCHOOL – District #61 (Tonti township)

 

(1908-09)   Tom B. McCartan

 

(1911)   Myrle Warren

 

(1919-20)  Mrs. Nora Wyatt

 

(1930-31)   Effa Featherly

(1931-32)   Helen Wantland

(1932-33)

(1933-34)   Rada (Garrett) Caldwell

(1934-35)

(1935-36)

(1936-37)  Mrs. Ava Williams

(1937-38)  Mrs. Ava Williams

 

(1939-40)  Willadene Kniseley 

(1941-42)   Miss Harris

 

(Jan. 1947 - May 1947)  Wilma (Osborn) Purcell

(1947-48)  Wilma (Osborn) Purcell

(1948-49)  Wilma (Osborn) Purcell

(1949-50)  Wilma (Osborn) Purcell

(1950-51)  Wilma (Osborn) Purcell

(1951-52)  Wilma (Osborn) Purcell

 

July 30, 1953: Due to the large number of pupils, it was decided to open the Oak Grove school west of Alma.  Last year, the school closed

and was planning to send their pupils to Alma.  But Alma is already overcrowded, so by reopening Oak Grove, the condition is partly corrected.

 

(1953-54)   Jessie Weyrich

(1954-55)   Mr. Haven Burke 

 

 

(The above information was gathered from "The Kinmundy Express" articles, school photos, County Directories of School Teachers, and information from those who had attended school there.)

 


 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; May 4, 1909

Dutch, Pud, and Leslie Shreffler were in this photo

 


Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; Myrle Warren – teacher; circa 1911

Back row: Myrle Warren – teacher, Noel Dean, Clyde Greenwalt, Elmer Ashvoch, Hazel Bullard, Loren Bullard, Green Cannon

Middle row: Velma Burgess, Gerald Gilson, Leona Dean, Wilma Cannon, Willie Kester, Cloyd Greenwalt, Nellie Sanders

Front row: Asa Holman, Lossie Holman, Herman Dean

 


 

Oak Grove School; 1915-1916

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; 1915-16

Back row: Ralph Houston, Carrie Organ, Mildred Sullens, Irene Organ, Jesse Organ

Third row: Darrel Sullens, Ruth Williams, Floyd Williams, Carrol Sullens, Mary McCarty, Devere Sullens, Ira Williams

Second row: Fern Williams, Kenneth McCarty, Helen McCarty, Chester Organ, Loren Williams, Phillip Aldrich

Front row: Charles McCarty, Hurshel Shreffler

 


 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; circa 1918

Loren Albert – 1st on right in front row

Lena Albert – 3rd  from right in third row

 


 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; circa 1919

 


 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp, Marion Co., IL; Rada (Garrett) Caldwell Ford – teacher; Oct. 13, 1933

Back row: Ray Sullens, Tanner Mulvaney, Dicie Donoho, Jennie Ellen Kramer, Bessie (Sullens) Jones, John W. “Bill” Caldwell, Russell Osborn, Cecil Aldrich,

                Delilah (McWhirter) Caldwell, Rada (Garrett) Caldwell Ford – teacher

Middle row: Hubert Gamblin, Edwin Shreffler, Bessie (Aldrich) McWhirter, Dwayne Smith, Mabel Faye Kramer, Joanne Smith, Mary (Mulvaney) Gibbons,

                Imogene (Sullens) McNee/McNie, Jean (Smith) Gray, Lila (Osborn) Jones

Front row: Norma (Sullens) Hawkins, Wilma (Osborn) Purcell, Dewey Kramer

 


 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp, Marion Co., IL; Ava Williams – teacher; 1935-1936

Back row (standing): Hubert Gamblin, Joann Smith, Bessie Sullens, Ava Williams – teacher, Bill Caldwell, Bessie Aldrich, Imogene Sullens

Middle row (standing): Virginia Sullens, Norma (Sullens) Hawkins, Mary Mulvaney, Lila Osborn, Jean Smith, Jane Heskett, Evelyn Doudera

Front row (standing): Kenneth Doudera, Wilma (Osborn) Purcell, Harley Sullens

Seated in front: Dean Sullens

 


 

Oak Grove School: Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL – Miss Willadene Kniseley’s  Class  - circa 1940;  (Page 1 of 3)

Norma Jean Albert, Josephine Back, Virginia Sullens, Veda Mae Eagan,

_____________, Loren Richardson, Kenneth Doudera, Bill Doudera

 


 

Oak Grove School: Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL – Miss Willadene Kniseley’s  Class  - circa 1940;  (Page 2 of 3)

Louise Eagan, Evelyn Doudera, Lucian Richardson, Miss Willadene Kniseley,

Marlene Sullens,  Kathryn Heskett, Wilma Osborn, Betty Bender

 


 

Oak Grove School: Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL – Miss Willadene Kniseley’s  Class  - circa 1940;  (Page 3 of 3)

Jane Heskett,  Rosalee Davis,  Annabel Richardson, Bertha Turner,

Ray Albert,  Harley Sullens, Sarah Heskett, Betty Sullens,

Billy Gammon, Shirley Jenkins

 


 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; Miss Harris - teacher - 1941-1942 (pose #1)

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; Miss Harris - teacher - 1941-1942 (pose #2)

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; 8th Grade Class - 1941-1942

Evelyn Doudera, Jane Heskett, Wilma (Osborn) Purcell, Virginia Sullens, Bertha Turner

 


 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; Wilma (Osborn) Purcell - teacher - 1949-1950

Back row: Wilma (Osborn) Purcell – teacher, Donna (Caldwell) Kerley, Kenneth Donoho, Maxine Donoho, Freda Black,

                  Alta (Albert) Shanafelt, Joann Hanks, Billie Jo (Heskett) Allison, Florence (Donoho) Arnette

Front row: Marilyn Hanks, Larry Heskett, Mark Hanks, Charles Albert, Perry Donoho, Marilyn Alice (Shuler) Spencer, Orville Donoho

 


 

    

                    1949                                           June 19, 1950

Wilma (Osborn) Purcell - teacher from Oak Grove School; Tonti twp, Marion Co., IL

 


 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; Wilma (Osborn) Purcell - teacher - May 1951

Back row: Ray Albert, Donna (Caldwell) Kerley, Vera Galbreth, Freda Black, Alice Mulvaney, _____________, Roy Mulvaney

Middle row: Perry Donoho, Kenneth Donoho, __________________, Florence (Donoho) Arnette, Floyd Black, ________________

Front row:  Jerry Osborne, Mike Sullens, Orville Donoho, Larry Rudell, Bessie Mulvaney, Brenda Crane

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; Wilma (Osborn) Purcell - teacher - May 1951

Back row: Ray Albert, Donna (Caldwell) Kerley, Vera Galbreth, Freda Black, Alice Mulvaney, _____________, Roy Mulvaney

Middle row: Perry Donoho, Kenneth Donoho, __________________, Florence (Donoho) Arnette, Floyd Black, ________________

Front row:  Jerry Osborne, Mike Sullens, Orville Donoho, Larry Rudell, Bessie Mulvaney, Brenda Crane

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; Wilma (Osborn) Purcell - teacher – Oak Grove Boys - May 1951

Back row: Floyd Black, Kenneth Donoho, Roy Mulvaney, Charles Albert, Perry Donoho

Front row: Larry Ruddell, Orville Donoho, Jerry Osborne, Mike Sullens

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; Wilma (Osborn) Purcell - teacher – Oak Grove Girls - May 1951

Back row: _______________, Freda Black, Vera Galbreth, Alice Mulvaney

Middle row:  _______________, Donna (Caldwell) Kerley, Florence (Donoho) Arnette

Front row: ________________, Brenda Crane,  Kaye Mulvaney

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp., Marion Co., IL; 1st Grade class – May 1951

Kaye Mulvaney, Mike Sullens, and Brenda Crane

 


 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp; Marion Co., IL; circa 1952

4th row (girls in the back): Billie Jo (Heskett) Allison, Freda (Black) Hagar

3rd row: Roy Mulvaney, Floyd Black, Mary Alice (Shuler) Spencer, _____ Hagar, Alice Mulvaney, Charles Albert, Larry Heskett

2nd row: Nancy Thomasee, Larry Ruddell, James Sanders, Mark Hagar, Bessie Mulvaney, _____ Hagar

Front row: ____________, Jessie Shuler, Linda Spear

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp; Marion Co., IL; circa 1952

Linda Spear, Nancy Thomasee, Mary Alice (Shuler) Spencer, and Gordon Hagar

 

 

           

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp; Marion Co., IL; circa 1952

Larry Ruddell (grade 3), Jerry Osborne (grade 2),                                               ________Hagar and Larry Ruddell

Orville Donoho (grade 2), Floyd Black (grade 4)

 

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp; Marion Co., IL; circa 1952

Marilyn Hagar, Ray Albert, and Donna (Caldwell) Kerley

 

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp; Marion Co., IL; circa 1952

Freda Black, Eileen Galbreth, Billy Jo (Heskett) Allison, and Roy Mulvaney;

 

 

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp; Marion Co., IL; Wilma (Osborn) Purcell – teacher; circa 1952

Back row: Doris Jean Sanders, Bessie Mulvaney, ________ Hagar, Floyd Black, _______________, Orville Donoho

Front row: Nancy Thomasee, Linda Spear, Jessie Lynn Shuler, Mark Hagar, Jerry Osborne, Larry Ruddell

 

 

 

 

Oak Grove School; Tonti twp; Marion Co., IL; circa 1952

Back row: _________ Hagar, Charles Albert, Donna (Caldwell) Kerley, Freda (Black) Hagar, ______________, Roy Mulvaney;

Front row: ______________, Mary Alice (Shuler) Spencer, Larry Heskett, Florence (Arnette) Donoho, Perry Donoho,

                  Alice Mulvaney, Kenneth Donoho, ______ Hagar   

 

 

 


 

 

Recess at Oak Ridge School

  

                              Patsy Mulvaney

 

 

 

  

 

                Hop Scotch at recess time – Alta (Albert) Shanafelt and Joann Hanks

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Reunions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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