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Source: NMHS Newsletter Aug 1985


Compiled by Edna Heeter; assisted by Marie Dillman

No. 1

Salem or the Ridgley School in the Ridgley neighborhood, southeast of Servia on Road 113

No. 2

Moore School on the Gilbert Moore place, 2 miles east of the Shepherd School

No. 3

Concord School, 1 ½ miles east of the George Merkle Golf Course then 1 mile south. There seems to be no particular reason for naming this school or the church at that point though there may have been a reason at that time.

No. 4

Barnes School, located in the Barnes neighborhood, 2 miles north of No. 5

No. 5

Baugher or McCutcheon School. Families of these names [Pat McCutcheon, father of Cal McCutcheon] living near it. Daddy knew it as No. 5 or the Pleasant Grove School. He went to school there and taught there 2 months. It was located 1 mile north of the Clevenger Corner.

No. 6

Jordan School, near the W.S. Jordan farm, he being the marrying preacher of this locality for many years. Located 1 mile south of Clevenger Corner.

No. 7

Shepherd School, on the Robert Shepherd farm. It is 2 miles south of the Jordan School (sout of Brady farm) or 3 miles south of Clevenger Corner south of the Brady farm.

No. 8

Daniels School, on the Payton Daniels farm, 2 miles south of the Shepherd School. It’s a mile north of Elks. There’s a cemetery across the road from it.

No. 9

Misener School, on the Jacob Misener farm, 2 miles south of Servia

No. 10

New Madison School or Servia School in Servia.

No. 11

Walters School in the Walters neighborhood north of Servia at the crossroads east of the Carl Ulmer farm where Glen Beery, in later years, has his apple house. About a mile east on Road 114 and a mile south of North Manchester.

No. 12

Heeter or Hidy School, there being many in the district by both names. Across the road from Mrs. Harry McClure farm, 2 miles west of No. 5. Mary and Forrest Heeter went to the Hidy school.

No. 13

Liberty Mills School in Liberty Mills.

No. 14

Blickenstaff School on the John Blickenstaff place. 1 mile east of our No. 19 school and a little south on a knoll on the east side of the road. It was north of the Gidley house. Gidleys lived there 1940-1960. Dora Miller and Fern Swank Metzger went there to school. South of Red Heeter’s place and across the creek from Heeter farm.

No. 15

Krisher School on the Rudolph Krisher farm, a mile south of N. Manchester on the Light Harness Pike.

No. 16

Wood or Africa School, taking its name from the fact that David Hamilton for some time employed a number of colored people on his farm in that district. Located one mile west of Servia then south ½ mile, then west about ¼ mile on the south side of the road on a slight knoll. Daddy started to school there when his folks lived on the Cottrell farm. Cottrell farm was 1 mile west of Servia, 1 mile south then jog east and again south a little way, on the east side of the road. This is where Ruth Dillman was born.

No. 17

Pratt School in the Pratt settlement, south from No. 16 school. South of the Cottrell farm to the crossroads then west ½ mile.

No. 18

Farley School in the Farley neighborhood. This was where the Jacobs Gravel Pit now is on the east side of Highway 13, the Wabash Road, south of North Manchester.

No. 19

Miller School was built in 1890, Harold Miller told me, on the John Miller farm, 2 miles north of North Manchester. The school first stood ½ mile west of the crossroads. Uncle Jake Karn went there to school. At that time there was a half mile road going south from there where the Miller Schoolhouse stood.

The No. 19 school which replaced the one described above was at the crossroads on the corner of the Ellis Miller farm (later it became the Harold Miller farm). The schoolhouse was just ¾ mile south of our home. That is where my brothers and I went to grade school through the 8 grades.


The farm that joins our farm on the east used to be called the Cook farm. That was before my time. I knew it as the Staver farm. There was a frame schoolhouse that stood on the Cook farm (in Judge Comstock’s day) about at the end of Red Heeter’s lane or thereabouts, and on the west side of the road. Jim Swank lived on what is now Red Heeter’s farm in those early days (about 1800 or 1890). The no. 14 school replaced the Cook School. I don’t remember the No. 14 school.


North Manchester school had no number. The school stood on Fourth Street where Central School stood.