Schools of the Past: Columbus District 10

Returning again to the hills of Columbus this week we will relate the facts regarding District #10 known as the Carter School. Regretfully this school house no longer stands as it burned several years go. The Carter School was on the corner of Shawler Brook and Kelly Roads and was last owned by Walter Harsnett. The photo accompanying this article gives one and idea of the style of the schoolhouse and shows what was a chimney located at the rear, also that this school had a bell tower on the roof. Also note that the door was not on the front but on the side with two windows towards the rear of the building.

The below documentation of Carter School was written several years ago by the Columbus Historian contained in “Columbus Cronicles” that she wrote documenting the history of Columbus through a series of articles. The article written below is quoted verbatim as she wrote it and all credit for the information should be given to Mrs. Avery.


“My dad, Donald Brown, who was born in Columbus in 1911 and lived on what is now his son’s Roger Brown, farm, walked to school at the Carter School House. At the end of the Eighth grade, the children continued to school in New Berlin at the High School.

“Some children drove a horse to school each day! My dad boarded in New Berlin for the week. My grandfather, George Brown, would sometimes tale Dad to South Edmeston to the train station on Monday mornings and Dad would ride the train to New Berlin at a cost of twenty-five cents per ride. By the time the train arrived in New Berlin, it was around ten o’clock which was too late for Dad to go to school that morning (which was OK by him). He boarded with Mr. and Mrs. Pugh (where Margaret Spicer lives today) on Cushman Street, paying five dollars a week board. On Friday’s, around four o’clock in the afternoon, he boarded the train for South Edmeston, was met by my grandfather with horse and wagon, and was taken home for the weekend. If the weather was good. Dad sometimes would ride his bicycle to New Berlin to school. He kept his bicycle in the Hotel barn, free of charge. Sometimes his father would take him all the way to New Berlin with the horse and wagon. Other times he would ride with whoever was driving the milk team taking the milk to South Edmeston and would catch the train.

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