Afton – The Sanford/O’Brien and Austin Districts

Again we return to two district schools which though in the Afton School District were located in Broome County, This has been the scenario during this long series of history. Again we will reiterate that there scant historical facts regarding these schools and perhaps in the future, someone will unearth records/historical facts relevant t these two schools.


The District number assigned to this school is not known and the map (not included with this article) shows the location but no number. This school was in the Town of Sanford near where Cass Road joins O’Brien Road. The home of Maggie O’Brien was just a short distance from the schoolhouse, hence the name. It was listed as James O’Brien on the 1876 and 1908 maps. This may be the school written (17B - December 21 article) in on the Centralization Ballot of about 1930, since the teachers, Buman and Salisbury lived nearby.

Ah, the mysteries of history, perhaps research of the deeds at the Broom County Clerk’s office could provide some clues, but that is not in the foreseeable future to be searched. The photo accompanying (collapsed into its foundation) this brief history gives everyone an idea of the fate of many of the one-room schools that served our early settlers in providing an education for their children.

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