Schools of the Past: Greene District 18: East River Road

Written previously numerous times, if new information relevant to any of the district schoolhouses is found the pages of the book remain open for any new inclusion of historical information. Such is the case with the District #16 - Brisben or #22 - Greene/Oxford. A phone message was directed to me by Mr. Tim Fowlston - Oxford, New York. In my article of February 11, 2011 wrote that the “Upper School” was moved and in late years ending up as a garage on the Francis Hill farm, south of Oxford on Route 12. Mr. Fowlston informed me that yes his garage was the old District #16 or #22 school. He then advised me that there was nothing inside that resembled the schoolhouse, however, there are two windows in the now garage which might have been part of the windows of the former schoolhouse. Permission was granted to me to photograph this garage (schoolhouse) for future use, if and when we have spring and no more snow. Perhaps at a later date this photo may be included in a future article.

The District #18 - East River Road had a long life as a district school being active from 1830 to 1941 (111 years) and finally was removed to the village of Greene and converted to a private dwelling. We will assume that over that lengthy period of time, changes were made to the building, both inside and out, all buildings have to be maintained or decay sets in and eventually they are demolished.

When this district was formed the commissioners were Samuel Williams, Levi Farr and Augustus Willard. Inspectors that same year were William Patterson, Orrin Sharp and A. Willard. All three of these gentlemen would go on for several years, at different periods of time, to serve the district in either Commissioner or Inspector. Other names that appear in the research of this district include Samuel Williams, Elisha B. Smith (pre-Civil War) Emmon Bouton, Robert Monetl, Arad Gilbert, Amos Gray, Jehial Spafford, the list goes on and on of the gentlemen of this area who so willingly served the educational purposes both for their children and their neighbor’s children.

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