Schools of the Past: Greene Districts 17: Lansing and Echo Lake

With the writing of the article this week, if you were confused with the previous week’s article, let me continue with this confusion. Greene, has the distinction (and I believe to date) the most school districts of the townships in Chenango County. The research information that this writer has obtained counts approximately forty-two different district numbers. Part of these was joint districts and part was district numbers that were change: example last week #2 to #22 then to #16. However, Greene has the distinction of having two #17 districts as is titled above.

The first #17 - Lansing District was in existence from 1871 to 1901 and the school house is no longer in existence. The second #17 - Echo Lake was in existence from 1901 to 1933 and during that time was taken from Joint #10 then changed to #26 and again no longer standing.

The only research information that Mrs. Folsom found relevant to the boundary lines of District #17 and this writer is unaware whether this is Lansing or Echo Lake, is that the district lines state Captain Harmon Terwilliger (partly in the Town of Lisle), this writer will assume this information is relevant to the Echo Lake district. The first District #17 - Lansing District does appear on the 1875 Atlas of Chenango County, however in a conversation with Margaret Ross, Town of Greene historian, the Lansing District was located off Stillwater Road on Jackson Hill Road. Turning off Stillwater on left hand side to Jackson about one mile up Jackson near the top of the hill. As written above both of these districts buildings are long gone. The second #17 - Echo Lake was located in the northwest area of the township on Echo Lake Road near the intersection of Ott Road. For exploration, if we have spring and no snow yet another Sunday afternoon drive.


Research information relevant to this district records that in 1875 part of the Lansing District was given to District #4 (Village District - October 28, 2010 article) from McNitt and Jackson farms on river road to the south line of #17. Again in 1877 the farm of C. G. Juliand (he was trustee for Wm. L and Mary C. Juliand?) the district lines were again changed from District #4 to District #17 (147 acres formerly owned by Lewis Juliand from the Guernsey farm on east - south by Mrs. Lansing - west and north by J.B. Juliand farm. On the 1875 map of the county, the names of Lansing, Juliand, and Jackson appear as living in that area.

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