Zutphen Two-Room Schoolhouse, 1867-1963
 

    The first school in the Zutphen area was a log cabin.  The pupils sat at desks in rows.  There were seats in the front for recitation.  When it was a students time to recite, they would be called forward.  Permission was needed to get out of your seat except when you had all of your work finished, you could go the the bookcase and get a library book. 
    If someone misbehaved in school, their name would be placed on the board and you either had to stay in during recess or after school.  After school was worst because you had to sweep the floor, clean the black boards, etc., and then walk the mile or two home alone.
    The old school records could not be found but a few historical facts have been discovered:

    In 1909 Lambert VanHaitsma was the teacher.  His responsibilities were to teach the required subjects, plus hygiene and the prevention of communicable diseases (Still we often shared the same tin cup at the pump).  He was also the janitor and had to keep the school grounds, furniture and all of the school property in good condition for $58.00 per month.
     Dena Van Haitsma and Johanna VanHaitsma, relation of Lambert, taught in Zutphen in the early 1900's.  Hubert VanHaitsma also taught in Zuphen from September, 1939 to May, 1942.
    On of the difficulties in the early days for the teachers was working with the Dutch speaking children as English was their second language.  It was a public school but we always had Christian teachers who taught good, moral values.

    Johanna VanHaitsma and Jean Nyenhuis lived in Drenthe when they were teaching in Zutphen.  They would take the InterUrban to Forest Grove Station and walk the 1 1/2 miles to school.  In bad weather they boarded with the Albrechts or the Cooks.
    Teachers were paid $25.00 per month in 1880.  In 1900 they received $30.00.  In 1902 the salary was $37.00.  Local residents supplied wood for the stove.  In 1886 it was $.95 a cord, cut and delivered; in 1900 it was $1.05.
    In 1961 Mr. Zylstra received a salary of $4,800 and Mrs. Henry VanDyken, $4,500.  Mrs. VanDyken was the former Hildreth Engelsman.  

LIST OF TEACHERS - 1915 - 1963

YEARS

TEACHERS

1926-1935

BIERMAN, SOPHIA

1905-1915

BOSCH, ALBERT

1946-1963

BROUWER, LINDA

1946-1963

BUURMA, LINDA

1916-1925

DE BOER, LUCY

1946-1963

DISSELKOEN, ORVILLE

1905-1915

EASTON, HARRY

1946-1963

ENGELSMAN, HILDRETH

1936-1945

GRIT, LEONA BROWN

1936-1945

HEYBOER, HUBERT

1936-1945

HOEZEE, MR.

1926-1935

HOFFMAN, HARRIET

1905-1915

HOLLIS, FERN

1926-1935

KARSTEN, ANITA

1905-1915

KLUTING, HAZEL BRITTDIN

1926-1935

KROHNE, ELSIE

1916-1925

KROODSMA, BESSIE

1936-1945

LAMMERS, MISS

1936-1945

LANNING, MABEL

1926-1935

MOUW, DICK

1916-1925

NYENHUIS, JEAN

1926-1935

PLAGGEMEYER, HENRY

1905-1915

ROELOFS, ANNA DE YOUNG

1905-1915

ROELOFS, BERT

1936-1945

RYNBRANDT, KEN

1926-1935

SHOEMAKER, GERTRUDE

1946-1963

SMITH, AMY

1916-1925

STROEVE, JEANNE

1916-1925

TER HAAR, AGNET

1916-1925

VAN HAITSMA, DENA

1916-1925

VAN HAITSMA, JOHANNA

1905-1915

VAN HAITSMA, LAMBERT

1936-1945

WYMA, FANNY

1946-1963

YNTEMA, CELIA

1946-1963

ZYLSTRA, HAROLD

1946-1963

ZYLSTRA, JOYCE


Created: 1 March 2006
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