of Lakeview School by J. Robert Johnsen
Lakeview Elementary School
was a one room building with girls and boys cloakrooms. Heating was
a wood stove which had a sheet metal surround to keep us varmints (the
students) from getting burned. A big wood shed was nearby.
and boys pit toilets were also behind the school building. In the
it took heroes to use them.
The school was located on the
west side of Stone Lake and the village of Stone Lake was on the east
of the lake. About 5 yrs ago we stopped by the school. It was still
but a "protective building" had been built over it. I believe one of
Gruenhagen family owned the property at that time. It may be gone by
My father, Jens Johnsen, was
on the school board with George Mikkula and Christ Thorp. The school
closed when I graduated in 1940. There were only seven of us and 4
would have left only 3 students for the next year. Two of the 3 were
and Natalie Clark.
Lakeview School was built about
1890. It was the only school in the area until the village of Stone
built a school in 1910 [Sawyer County]. Until then the village children
walked around stone lake but in winter they crossed the lake on the
Only about a mile then.
Some time later when the Lakeview
School properties were sold. Christ Thorp, as a member of the
took it upon himself to burn the books owned by the school. My sister
happened by and there was Christ out in the schoolyard burning the
Helen found a book that she had written her name in when she was going
to the school. She made the mistake of asking Christ if she could have
the book. "No No. I have burn them all". A verbal donnybrook took place
but Helen went off with the book. Why would any one insist on burning
My 1st grade teacher was Margaret
Dawn. She later married Alva Gundry. 2nd thru 7th grade teacher was
Koel who became principal at Sarona schools. The last teacher at
School was Mrs. Jack (Ione) Thrasher.
Additional information from the "Historical
Album of Stone Lake Wisconsin"
school, as listed on the 1891 school register, were Hattie Wakefield,
Terrill, Stella Lampman, Frank L. Wakefield, Mabel Terrill, Oscar
Louis Wakefield, Lillie Lampman, Robert Lampman and
Teacher was Dana Burnstad. Mamie Kenrick and Becky Avery were
sisters of Belle Wakefield, and also taught at that school during the
it was open.
(used with permission of the
Stone Lake Historical Society)