While checking through my Jackson Co info, I found this paragraph below
in the "History of Jackson County, Vol. II", published by the Jackson Co
Historical Soc in 1988, reissued in 2000. It is a nice little booklet
the historical society has sold, and may still have, for only a few
dollars. It tells of the towns in Jackson Co and its residents.
"The first school taught in the village was kept by Richard Steers in
the winter of 1841 in what had been a root house, but had more recently
been used as a hog pen and a blacksmith shop. Religious meetings as
well as elections were also held here. In 1846 the first school
district was formed covering not only the city but Harrison (now
Maquoketa) and Apple (now South Fork) Townships as well. A brick
building was built "on the hill" on Eliza St. About 1852 a three story
building was erected on the same campus.
........In 1876 existing accommodations proved insufficient and after
terring away the old building, a high school known as The Academy was
Here is some other info that I took from several sources:
The Academy burned in Dec 1921. Grades K thru 12 were there, although I
don't know what year Kindergarten would have begun. In 1879 its first
graduating class had 9 students.
The Second War School was built in 1886. It is across from Spaulding
Park. The Briggs Elementary was later built on this site.
The First Ward School was built in 1895.
The Fourth Ward School was built in 1900. (Now no longer standing)
Don't know about the Third Ward - maybe someone else will answer.
Sort of interesting...don't you think?
Does anyone on the list know which schools were in existence in, or
served, Maquoketa during 1860 thru 1880? Are there still records of those schools?
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