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Woodhull Township Hall / Shaftsburg School

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, June 4, 2021
1. Woodhull Township Hall / Shaftsburg School Marker
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Woodhull Township Hall
Woodhull Township was organized in 1838 and named for brothers John and Josephus Woodhull, who had begun purchasing land in this area in 1837. In 1895 the township built a hall northeast of here. By the 1960s, the building was too small for the government´s needs. In 1962 the township bought this two-room school from Woodhull Township School District Number Six and moved the township offices here, while the school moved to a larger building. Later, the wall between the former classrooms was moved to create a small office and larger meeting space. In 2000 an addition was built on the rear of the hall for new offices. The interior of the original building was converted into a single room for meetings and such community events as parties, musical performances and reunions.

Shaftsburg School
John Peter Shaft founded the village of Shaftsburg. Lyman Mason platted it in 1876 on lands owned by the Shaft family. Other families lived on nearby farms. During harvest, children aided their parents with the farmwork. When they were not needed at home, most children attended
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a one-room school about a quarter mile west of here, just north of Beard Road. By the early 1880s, enrollment had surpassed the building’s capacity. In 1884 Harry and Matilda Matteson sold this land to Woodhull School District Number Six, which built this two-room schoolhouse in 1885. In any given year, two to four teachers, some of whom were Shaft descendants, taught fifty to seventy students in kindergarten through eighth grades, and later, through high school. The students learned such subjects as penmanship, government, geography, algebra, history, and “domestic art.”
 
Erected 2016 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan History Center. (Marker Number L2288.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
 
Location. 42° 48.274′ N, 84° 17.854′ W. Marker is in Perry, Michigan, in Shiawassee County. Marker is on West Beard Road 0.3 miles west of Shaftsburg Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7315 W Beard Rd, Perry MI 48872, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reference Mark for Michigan Center of Population (approx. 0.7 miles away); Williamston Center United Methodist Church
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By J.T. Lambrou, June 4, 2021
3. Woodhull Township Hall / Shaftsburg School Marker
(approx. 4.3 miles away); Saint Mary's Church (approx. 6.6 miles away); Haslett (approx. 6.6 miles away); St. Katherine's Chapel (approx. 6.9 miles away); Grand River Trail (approx. 7.4 miles away); Pioneer Living (approx. 7.9 miles away); Commerce (approx. 7.9 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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