Woodside One-Room School Bell
Between 1839 and 1867, the first settler in this area built seven schools throughout Brookfield and Elm Grove. Education was very important to these early residents and they wanted all their children to be able to attend school. This 600-pound cast iron bell is the last bell that remains from the seven pioneer one-room schools.
Today, in the 21st century, Elmbrook residents are still dedicated to making sure all their children receive a good education. This bell represents all the students who have attended our schools; their hopes and dreams for a bright future that started with a good education.
We dedicate this bell to all Brookfield and Elm Grove students, past, present and future, and to long time member and past president of the Elmbrook Historical Society, Sheila Christiansen, whose vision made this project a reality.
The new tower, reconstructed by Braatz Building Inc., proudly houses this one remaining bell.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Education. In addition, it is included in the Historic Bells series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
Location. 43° 2.663′ N, 88° 6.452′ W. Marker is in Brookfield, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker can be reached from Pilgrim Parkway, Ό mile north of West Bluemound Road, on the right when traveling south. Located in Elmbrook Historical Society Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1075 Pilgrim Pkwy, Brookfield WI 53005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The William Donaldson House (here, next to this marker); The Dousman Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); City of Brookfield (approx. 1½ miles away); Caroline Quiner "Ma" Ingalls Birthplace (approx. 2.4 miles away); Hamlet of Calhoun (approx. 2.6 miles away); Calhoun (approx. 2.6 miles away); New Berlin Hills Golf Course (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookfield.
1. Original use of the one-room school building
I grew up in the neighborhood of Woodside School and used the library in the summers. My two older sisters attended grade school there. We were told that the old building was originally a gathering place for local townspeople in case of Indian raids. I have always assumed this to be true, but I have noticed no mention of it. We always loved the old building with its very high ceilings and wooden floors.
There was a restaurant/ice cream shop across Lily Road called "Kovacs" and a deep woods behind and to the side of the school grounds.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2020, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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