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South of the Border: "Whitlash School, 1897-2019: provided a century-plus of learning"

 

September 25, 2019

Vicki and Dan Kultgen pose at the teacher's desk in the old Whitlash School. The Kultgens recently bought the Whitlash School buildings and property at auction. They plan to keep the classroom/library intact for visits and possible future educational use. Dan attended the school (1974-1982) and was the board president when the last students attended (school year 2011-2012).

Columnist's note: This past July the old Whitlash School was sold by sealed bid. That concluded more than a century of providing elementary education to students in the Whitlash area. Students now attend school in Chester.

The history of the school is one of many examples how the pioneers and subsequent generations adapted to deal with the needs in rural communities. The Whitlash School hung on longer than most pioneer schools. Locals devised ways to acquire physical space for the school and keep it operating. A decreasing population of students caused the demise of the school.

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