Schools of the Past: Afton's Mystery District

This week there is a mystery that perhaps some reader might shed light and information on. The photo with this article gives us a took at a former schoolhouse that has been remodeled to a private home. Where this schoolhouse is located and what district it is remains a mystery.

When this photo was taken by Pat Stafford in 1987 she possible thought that it was District #16. However, if any reader can shed light on this please do not hesitate to contact the Afton Historian either by mail or phone. Mr. Decker’s mailing address is 335 State Highway 41, Afton, New York 13730 or phone 639-2720. Any information received will be duly credited by Mr. Decker and the possibility of an article relevant to the mystery is in the future.

As was written last week we will continue with the balance of “Teachers Memories” as compiled and written by Ann Christie Tobey.

“The best roads then were not necessarily terrific, and the road from Afton up to the school district was just dirt/mud/snow. Mother learned to drive over the summer and bought a Chevy coupe. The car tipped over twice, but each time someone came along and turned it right-side-up. She went home week-ends to Norwich and drove back and forth when the roads were passable. In winter when the roads weren’t passable by car, she took a train on Sunday afternoon from Norwich to Sidney and then another train to Afton, where somebody would pick her up with a horse and sleight to take her back u p. The trip was reversed on Friday afternoon. (Note: these train rides would be the old O&W RR from Norwich to Sidney and from Sidney to Afton -would be the former Delaware & Hudson now the Canadian Pacific.)

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