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Last days for Hunter’s Prairie School

Tommi Halvorsen Gatlin | For The Vidette  Dave Beeler, Elma High School paraprofessional and 1984 graduate, aims his camera Nov. 1 at the demolition of the little Hunter’s Prairie School, where Beeler had attended kindergarten. The school west of Elma later included two additions and was apparently built in the early 1900s, possibly 1911. It closed in the late ’60s or early ’70s when it was consolidated with the Elma School District. For years, it then housed the district’s transportation department.
Tommi Halvorsen Gatlin | For The Vidette Dave Beeler, Elma High School paraprofessional and 1984 graduate, aims his camera Nov. 1 at the demolition of the little Hunter’s Prairie School, where Beeler had attended kindergarten. The school west of Elma later included two additions and was apparently built in the early 1900s, possibly 1911. It closed in the late ’60s or early ’70s when it was consolidated with the Elma School District. For years, it then housed the district’s transportation department.
Tommi Halvorsen Gatlin | For The Vidette Gene Yakovich of Gene Yakovich Jr. Trucking & Excavation of Aberdeen demolishes the little Hunter’s Prairie School west of Elma on Friday, Nov. 1.
Tommi Halvorsen Gatlin | For The Vidette Gene Yakovich of Gene Yakovich Jr. Trucking & Excavation of Aberdeen demolishes the little Hunter’s Prairie School west of Elma on Friday, Nov. 1.

When Hunter’s Prairie School was demolished Nov. 1, Tom Boling, Elma School District’s transportation and maintenance supervisor, said he wished the school’s bell, missing since the early 1980s, could somehow still be found. Now that the school no longer exists, the bell would be a fitting keepsake, Boling believes.

Former students of the school, which housed up to sixth-graders, have said the bell was stolen.

“We were just a little country school,” said Don Thompson, who attended there from about 1957 to 1963. But “it was the focal point of the community.” His mother, Lavelle Kelley, also drove the Hunter’s Prairie School bus.

The school may be gone, but its history is still important to many. Anyone with information about the missing bell is asked to call Boling at 482-2323.

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