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Port Wing in Bayfield County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

School Consolidation

 
 
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By Paul F
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Inscription. As the 20th century began, logging operations were in full swing in this area and the small log schoolhouses could not handle the increasing number of students. Some classes were held in churches but additional facilities were needed.

T.N. Okerstrom and James C. Daly conceived the idea of consolidating the rural districts and establishing a larger school with free transportation. It was a new idea and there was resistance but after numerous meetings and much planning, a new school district was completed in January 1903.

S.A. Baxter was principal, with a salary of $70 per month, and teachers Mary Kinney and Nettie Trolander each received $40 per month.

So far as is known, this was the first school district in Wisconsin to provide free, tax-supported transportation. Canvas covered horse drawn wagons or sleighs, known as “school rigs” were used for this purpose.
 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 145.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 46.505′ N, 91° 23.203′ W. Marker is in Port Wing, Wisconsin, in Bayfield County. Marker is at the intersection
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By Paul F, September 22, 2010
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of Wisconsin Route 13 and Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling west on State Route 13. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Wing WI 54865, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "The Gym" (approx. 7 miles away).
 
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By Paul F, September 22, 2010
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Historical Vehicles on Display image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 22, 2010
4. Historical Vehicles on Display
School Consolidation Marker and Historical Vehicles on Display image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 22, 2010
5. School Consolidation Marker and Historical Vehicles on Display
 
 
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