Schools of the Past: Guilford District 11 – Yaleville

The Yaleville School which is located on County Road 38 about half-way between Guilford and Bainbridge is still standing, privately owned, and maintained in what appears from the road good condition. This property is posted and thus this writer was unable to view at a close look the exterior or interior. A photo was taken, but has been misplaced and if found will be posted in future articles at a later date.

It has been written that the early District Schools had larger number of pupils than in the later years. With fewer pupils they were easier to control and to teach. When the district schools closed doors due to less population the residents living in the Yaleville area endeavored heartily to further their children’s education.

This school was located just up the road from the district school known as Prince’s school. To all who are familiar with the area it is known as Yaleville. The guiding light behind this early district school was Chester Yale, and also instrumental in the consolidation with the Prince school.

During a meeting at Charles home the formation of a new school was discussed, which was attended by approximately five or six persons. Charles was chosen moderator and a secretary and a custodian of funds were elected. The names of the other four persons attending this meeting have been lost to history. At this first consolidation meeting a building committee was formed consisting of the entire board of trustees, a committee of the whole.

This writer will now quote verbatim from the research material that was made available to me. “There was quite a discussion on the feasibility of such a project and the costs involved. This, plus the slowly decreasing number and the closing of other, nearby District schools, required some immediate action. It was decided to build a new school to be ready for opening in September of 1835. Plans were made for the building to be 20 feet by 20 feet, with a “portico.” The plans also included a necessary. After some discussion with the surrounding farmers and homesteaders, it was recognized by the Board that the school had to be built over the summer.

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