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Spring Lake in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

DeWitt School

 
 
DeWitt School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2015
1. DeWitt School Marker
Inscription. Built in 1891, DeWitt School typifies the one-room schools of the turn of the century. It stands on an acre of land that was donated by the DeWitt and Bosch families. Classes for grades one through eight were held in it until 1957. At one time, a single teacher taught from twenty-five to forty students by holding one ten-minute session per subject for each of the eight grades. The original school district covered approximately four square miles, and many children walked more than two miles to and from school daily. Nearly two decades after the school closed, planning began for restoring it as a living museum for area school children. By 1979 the classroom resembled its 1891 appearance, featuring gas lights, a wood stove, an octagonal clock, a hanging globe, lunch pails and desk.
 
Erected 1982 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L0640.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 6.159′ N, 86° 13.833′ W. Marker is in Spring Lake, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker is on West Taft Street half a mile west of 174th Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near
DeWitt School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2015
2. DeWitt School Marker
this postal address: 17710 West Taft Street, Spring Lake MI 49456, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grand Haven (approx. 2.2 miles away); Aloys Bilz House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Pere Marquette Auto Box Car No 72222 (approx. 2.4 miles away); Pere Marquette Steam Locomotive No. 1223 Class N-1, 2-8-4 Berkshire Type (approx. 2.4 miles away); Pere Marquette Caboose No. A-986 (approx. 2.4 miles away); Grand Trunk Western, Wood Caboose No. 77915 (approx. 2.4 miles away); Grand Trunk Western Bridge Approach Signal (approx. 2.4 miles away); Grand Trunk Western Standard Coaling Tower (approx. 2.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  History of DeWitt School. (Submitted on September 29, 2015.)
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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