School: Unity, Willow Brook Elementary
Contact: Dorene Newman
Email: ddnewman@webtv.net

----Source: Unity Township Centennial Newspaper, 1974

WILLOW BROOK SCHOOL

This District No. 5 school in the township was first located somewhere to the South of the Norbert Schultz farm. It was a log building constructed some- time before 1894 and cost $600. The township had not been formed yet.

The building burned and was rebuilt on what was then the Foth farm, now part of Ken Mellenthin's farm. It was later condemned several times, and was repaired enough to stay open. The people in the township were assessed a special tax to help support the school.

It is said-that the school was given the name Willow Brook because of the stream and many Willow trees, just north of the school building. Some of the teachers were Mrs. Hermanson, Fay McVean, Bess Rurkis, and Mamie Douglas. The one room brick school was operated until 1954, when the school was consolidated with the Spencer school system.

 

 


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