Simmons School (Dale Township) Collection

Processed by Christy Boyer, Volunteer, April 2008 and Torii More,
October 2010


Table of Contents

Collection Information
Volume of Collection:
One Box.
Collection Dates:
1900-1937
Restrictions:
None.
Reproduction Rights:
Permission to reproduce or publish material in this collection must be obtained in writing from the McLean County Museum of History.
Alternative Formats:
None.
Other Finding Aids: None.
Location: Archives.
Notes:
None.

 

Historical Sketch

Simmons was built in 1856 when Joel Simmons sold the district the site at the southeast corner of the N.W. 1/4 of Section 8 for $20. It was replaced in 1878 and remodeled in 1926, when a basement was added. Often called Freeman School for Caleb Freeman, a land owner in the early days, yet continued to be known as Simmons School. Rodney R. Cool, a highly educated young engineer from New York, was the first teacher. It consolidated with Stanford in 1946. (Adapted from The Story of McLean County and Its Schools by William B. Brigham)

 
Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains three ledger books, and 1 folder of miscellaneous items

 

Box and Folder Inventory

Loose Items:

Register Book: "Teacher's Daily Register No. 9"
Daily register for Winter Term- September 1900-February 1901. Minnie Anderson, Teacher.
Daily Register for Spring Term- February 17th-May 18th, 1901. Minnie Anderson, Teacher.
Daily Register for Fall Term- December 30th, 1901 -April 18th 1902. Hattie B. Hulva, Teacher.
Daily Register for Spring Term- April 21, 1902-June 4, 1902. Hattie B. Hulva, Teacher.
Daily Register for Fall & Winter Term- September 30th 1902- March 6, 1903. Albert Wise, Teacher.

 

Minutes Book- Simmons Community Club Meeting Minutes
This book includes officers, meeting minutes (to include business and entertainment); treasure reports; the constitution and by-laws; committee members; and thank-you notes. Some pages missing.

 

Folder 1:
History
1.1.1
Simmons School sketch in The Story of McLean County and Its Schools (1951) by William B. Brigham. Page 125-126

 

Folder 2:
Correspondence
1.2.1
Envelope says "Simmons School" in pencil. Inside is a folded sheet of paper, written on it is a thank-you for the flowers that were sent to the hospital. Signed Bower Culbertson and Sherrilyn Dale.
1.2.2
Envelope says "Simmons Community Club" in pencil. Inside is a thank-you card signed Mrs. Alfred Lane and Marcia Ann
1.2.3
Envelope says "Simmons Community Club" in pencil. Inside is a thank-you card signed Mrs. Ray Huffman and daughter Ina Louise
1.2.4
Envelope says "Simmons Community Club." Postmarked November 16, 1937. Inside is a condolences card for the family of Mrs. Cora Combs.

 

Folder 3:
Miscellaneous
1.3.1
19 exercise cards to practice writing letters

 

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