Saturday, August 11, 2018

1953-54 High School Tuition & Trans Costs Somers - Pleasant Prairie

1954 Proposed New Somers - Pleasant Prairie High School

1953 Kenosha Cty Assessed Valuations for All School Districts

Note:  Joint District 14 was dissolved - included Town of Somers areas

1929 Building Specs for New 1929 Bullamore Forks School

Original documents is located at the UW-Wisconsin Parkside Archive Center
Village of Somers, Kenosha County, Wisconsin

Interesting Highlights
Contract Awarded to Theodore Henningsen, Racine, Wisconsin for $15,996.00
Contract signed July 30, 1929 by Henningsen and Somers School District #8 Clerk, Director, Treasurer.  Original documents are located at the UW-Wisconsin Parkside Archive Center.

1.  Building to be constructed with concrete walls in basement, wood floors and roof, and walls of brick and tile.
2. Sand used shall be sharp, clean and free from loam or other deleterious substances.  Cement shall be fresh Portland equal to the best quality.
In case subsoil is such as to make water seepage likely, basement walls shall be properly waterproofed.  
3. Basement floors shall be not less than 4 inches thick, smoothly finished.  Floor shall be pitched so all spaces subject to drainage may have adequate pitch.
4. All chimney flues shall be constructed and well bonded and laid and all joints shall be flushed full of mortar.  Chimney where exposed shall have brick facing.  Allow brick at $25.00 per thousand base for this type of work.
5. Heat flues shall be closed off at ceiling line by corbeling or other means and interior of the heat flues shall be curved so as to facilitate the air movement toward the classroom.
6. Window and door frames where set in masonry or brick shall be set plumb and true.
7.  Sills shall be stone.
8. Gutters are to be placed on roof.  Eaves and moulded gutters are to be of galvanized iron and #24 gauge.
9. Contractor will allow $100 for so-called finished hardware for locks, hinges, sash locks, bar lifts, cloak hookds, etc.
10. All stud partitions and outside wall studding of frame building shall be 2x4 size and shall be set 16 inch on centers and doubled at all corners and angles.
11. All floors to be bridged between wall and center girder where the latter is provided. Cross bridging shall be of double herring-bone bridging one and one-half by three, nailed with two nails at each end.
12. All exterior mill work shall be made from clear, sound, white pine or cypress.  No deviation will be permitted.
13. Rafter are to be notched on the plate and spiked and all thoroughly tied together and made strong and secure.  Cover roof with No. 1 hemlock ship lap. Wooden louvres are to be provided, six inches wide with one inch gap. Inside openings are to be screened with heavy galvanized wire screening of one-quarter inch mesh.
14. Asphalt shingles. $6.00 per square.
15. Single cellar windows shall be hinged and all outside frames to be made of one and one-half six inch materials. Provide pulley stiles sufficient to admit proper size weights.  All inside door frames shall be seven-eighths inch thick.  Windows in walls constructed of wood or walls finished with plaster on the outside are to have wood casings. All sash to be clear white pine.  Stops on all windows except basement sash to be applied with screws and washers.  All pulleys furnished by contractor with cast iron counterweights which balance sash perfectly.  Hang with Sampson sash cord.  
16. Glass to be SSA glass.
17. All flooring to be delivered after plastering is perfectly dry. Must be in perfect condition. Floors are to be planed straight and sand papered to a perfectly smooth surface free from tool marks.  
18. Interior finish to be of yellow pine, smoothly sanded, molded and finished.
19. Blackboards to be cased as per details. Cloakrooms to have three-quarters inch hook strips.
20. Stairs to have selected yellow pine risers seven-eighths inch thick. Treads shall be one and one-eighth inch maple of width. Stringers to be mortised and plowed and whole stair case glued. Handrails are to be of inch and one-quarter birch with end returns.
21. Doors to be one and three-quarter inch thick, paneled and in yellow pine.
22. All blackboards to be 42 inches wide.
23. Plaster all inside walls. 
24. Heating and ventilation specs include heat pipes, smoke pipe, recirculating duct, registers, humidifier, fresh air intake, guaranty, cast iron smoke flue.
25. Electric separate. Jones Electric from Racine, Wisconsin bid electric, excluding fixtures, for $380.00.

Supplementary Specs
1.  Stone work is to be of white Bedford limestone.
2. Toilet rooms partitions are to be 4 feet long, 6 feet high and 12 inches from floors.  Doors to be 1-1/2 inch thick.  Four panel.  5 feet in height.  Toilet room for girls may be placed opposite of boys in southeast corner.  Both same size and same number of fixtures. Water flushing toilets and plumbing to be installed according to State Board of Health.
3.  Fire escape to be constructed.
4. Name plate on eat side of building is to have two lines of inscription V cut into stone not less than 3/4 inch deep.
5.  Furnish water supply system consisting of deep well pump having capacity of 225 gallons per hour and provided with 200 gallons tank.

1929 New Bullamore Forks School Foundation Drawings

New 1929 Bullamore School District #8 Foundation Plans

New 1929 New Bullamore School District #8 Foundation Plans

1929 Build New Bullamore Forks School (Distr #8) Loan

Request for Clerk of School District #8 to Call a Special District Meeting
John Umland, Clerk (served for 20 years)
February 4, 1929

Thursday, August 9, 2018

1852 Taxable Property Owners in Somers District #4

This document contains a description of the taxable property in Town of Somers School District No. 4.
Sections include 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32
See Somers 1861 map for the following names in these sections:
Fox, Johnson, LePedevin, Ozanne, Sniffin, Vail, Petrie, and Otis

Document dated March 23, 1852 by H. Johnson,  Somers Town Clerk certifying that all the properties above appear from the last assessment roll.

The Mystery of Town of Somers School District #4
There are only two known documents that describe theTown of Somers School District #4.  This district has been a mystery until these documents were donated in 2018.
1.  The above list of properties in this school district and which Section they are located.
2.  A contract dated 1851 for the construction of a new schoolhouse is District #4. See this blog to view a copy.

After viewing the 1861 Town of Somers map, all the people listed in this school district live in parcels in sections surrounding the Bullamore Forks School District #8.  The 1861 map shows Bullamore School.  However,  it is believed that the first Bullamore Forks schoolhouse was constructed by James Petrie in 1850 which would conflict with District #4 documentation.

1851 Contract to Building Schoolhouse in Somers District #4

Original handwritten contract and specifications (page 1) to
build Town of Somers Schoolhouse in District #4
includes teacher's desk, student desks, privy (2 outdoor bathrooms), black boards,

Contract dated July 8, 1851

page 2 of contract

page 3 of contract
July 8, 1851

1859 Warranty Deed Ozanne and Somers School District #7

Warranty Deed dated September 26, 1859
between Peter and Mary Ann Ozanne
Town of Somers School District #7 (Pike River School)
$30.00 for land which "shall be used for school purposes"
 (top part of document)

(middle part of document)

(bottom part of document)

1960 Election Results - Somers School District Consolidation

1960 Election Results
Town of Somers School Districts Consolidation

1959-60 School Year Enrollment Count Somers Districts

Town of Somers, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
School districts enrollment count (Berryville School not included)
1959-60 school year

4 Town School Districts Consolidate in 1960

1960 Racine Journal Times news article
4 Town School Districts Consolidate

Sunday, August 5, 2018

1891 Joint School Distr #6 - Somers and Pleasant Prairie

January 1891 Towns of Somers and Pleasant Prairie
Joint School District #6
Alteration of the boundaries of district

1880 Somers Teachers Contract

October 1880 Somers Teachers Contract
Miss Helen N. Hastings

1897 Somers Teacher Contract

October 18, 1897 Teacher's Contract Town of Somers
Alma Cook
Term of 5 months to be paid $35.00 per month/20days teaching shall constitute a month

1854 Somers School District Philander Briggs Treasurer

October 1854
Philander Briggs, Treasurer of Town of Somers
$350 surety bond

Somers School Distr #4 changed to Distr #8 dated November 1854

November 1854 notice to SOmers Clerk of School District from Alson Felch, Somers Superintendent of Schools
Change District #4 to District #8

1889 Kenosha County Third Grade Teaching Certificate

April 7, 1889 Kenosha County Third Grade Teaching Certificate
for Anna R. Gallagher

Friday, August 3, 2018

Pike River Grade School "Headlines" Newsletter December 1960

Somers Township, Pike River School Newsletter "Headlines"
This issue is December 1960
Originals of other issues dated 1960, 1961 and 1962 are  located at the UW-Parkside Archvie Center

Somers Teacher and School Board 1954-55

Page 5 - Somers Township - Kenosha County Teacher and School Board Directory
(Original 6 page report of all Kenosha County School Districts located at the UW-Parkside Archive Center)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Somers School Teacher & School Board Directory 1960-1961

Source:  Kenosha County Teachers & School Board Directory 1960-1961 compiled by the Office of Kenosha County Superintendent of Schools, Court House, Kenosha, Wisconsin