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Creston in Union County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lincoln No. 5 School

 
 
Lincoln No. 5 School Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2015
1. Lincoln No. 5 School Marker
Inscription.

This school was originally located NE of Creston in Lincoln township. It was built in 1872 and was operated until closing in 1966 due to a reo[r]ganization of schools mandated by State law. It was then purchased by the Union County Historical Society and moved to McKinley Park by A. V. Boyd and Sons. It is being preserved so that future generations may see the crude beginnings of the three R's

One teacher taught all grades from kindergarten through eig[h]th grade, and taught all subjects including Art, P.E. and Music. School hours were from 9:00 to 4:00. Often there were only one or two pupils in a grade, but they all played together before school, at noon and recess as on[e] big happy family.

Water was obtained from a well located on the school grounds. A water cooler held the water inside and each student had his own cup. All students brought their sack lunch to school. Weather permitting, they would eat outside in the spring and fall. Pot-bellied stoves were used in earlier times using wood and coal for fuel. Kerosene lamps were used before electricity came around.

Usually one program was given each year by the pupils. Songs were sung, pieces were spoken, and plays performed. Often to raise money for school needs, box socials, pay suppers, and spelling bees were held, bringing fun to everyone and some social life to

Lincoln No. 5 School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2015
2. Lincoln No. 5 School and Marker
the community.
 
Erected by Union County Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 3.037′ N, 94° 22.956′ W. Marker is in Creston, Iowa, in Union County. Touch for map. Marker is on the school at the Union County Historical Village in McKinley Park, about 400 feet west of the intersection of McKinley & Stone Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Creston IA 50801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Depot, Caboose and Signal tower (a few steps from this marker); Barber Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Log Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Creston Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Phillips 66 Gasoline Station (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Creston.
 
Also see . . .  Union County Historical Village, Creston IA. (Submitted on August 8, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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