Schools of the Past: Lincklaen: Joint District #10 - The Red Schoolhouse, Part I

The Chenango County Historian’s office is most fortunate to have in their files the “school register” for the above district which will be documented in the next several articles. This

“School Register” covers years 1844 to 1864. As noted on the map of Lincklaen, you will see this district schoolhouse is located very near the Cortland and Madison County lines. The late Marion Poole described it as being located on County Road 12 at the junction of the road to Cuyler. It was always red until it became a residence, at which time it was a lovely green. When this information was forwarded to me by the former historian Joy Barber, she noted it was still a residence in 2009.

However, not to bore the readers too much, a few firsts from the township of Lincklaen which will give readers an insight that in the pioneer days, all villages were self-contained. Jumping in the car and traveling for necessities, was not heard of. But now for a few firsts - 1st settlers in 1784 - Deacon Elisha and Jesse Catlin; 1st sawmill -1800 - Elisha Catlin and Christopher Shipman; 1st grist mill - Joseph & Samuel Pulford in 1802; 1st church organized 1806 as the German Second Church (Lincklaen was still part of the German township); 1st Town Meeting - March 1, 1824; 1st school house - “Burdick Settlement (now Lincklaen Center); 1st shoe and cobbler shop - George Coye; 1st paved road 1916 - from Lincklaen village to the Madison County line and followed the present County Route 12; 1st electricity -1928; 1st dial telephone- Nov. 1959 and finally as a historical note; 1816 “Year without a summer” frosts every month and snow in nearly everyone.

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