Schools of the Past: Greene Districts 22, Scoville and Towslee

Again the confusion continues with the numbering of the Greene School Districts, where we again have two districts of the same number! Why, that answer is lost to history. The historical information is somewhat scant however this writer will attempt to relay the information on hand. The Scoville District was formed in 1825 and approximately in 1849 it was closed. A comparatively short life span compared with the longevity of the previous districts that have appeared in this series of history relevant the Township of Greene. The Towslee District and a photo of this was thankfully saved for posterity was formed apparently about the year 1898 and remained open till 1943. This writer will assume that since the Scoville District had been closed nearly fifty years prior, the reasoning for using the same number for the Towslee District.

In the boundary lines, researched by the late Mildred Folsom Cochrane English (she married twice) she recorded that District #22 - farms of Gardner Watson and Nathan Smith. If there were any minutes kept of that what was usually an annual trustees meeting relevant to these two schools, it would be beneficial now if that information was available. The history of these two districts is to say the least confusing and it will be followed as well as it can be interpreted from the information available. Bear with this writer on these two districts!

In the assorted district line changes the following information was researched and documented. 1837 a new district #22 was formed: All of that part of #2 (East Greene/Brisben) east of Samuel Wheeler plus all that part of #22 west of Don Loomis, including the farm of Elisha Sanders, east half of lot 60 and the whole of lot 59/3T. Previous research recalls that #2 became #16 and then joint District #22 (Oxford/Greene). Was the old #22 the Scoville District? There are additional district line changes that have been documented in the article District #16 (Brisben) which was published in the February 24th edition of this publication and need not be repeated!

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