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.