Mentor Township Schools

Clark County, Wisconsin & Fairchild, Eau Claire Co., WI


Humbird, Wisconsin School, 1904 (Donated by Wonders)


Humbird, Wisconsin School, 1915

Truman Freeman, donated the site for the school.



School Support


Taxation Report (by Wayland Waters)

Financial Report of School District, No. 1, Mentor Twp., Clark Co., Wis.


Elementary Schools


1914 Humbird School Census


Cotton; Ina Bemis (teacher for the 1914 school term)


Houghtonburg (Jackson County, Wis.)


Humbird Elementary; The grammar teacher was Mae McNamara from Neillsville, Wis. in 1914 and at that time, the intermediate teacher was Jennie Hart of  Humbird, Wis.  Alice Fowler taught the Second Primary and Tressie Haas from Spring Valley instructed the First Primary.


Humbird School - Class of 1907

"Elizabeth "Bess" Chapman's first assignment after graduating from Platteville Normal School was the Humbird School. She lived with Henry and Emma Edwards in Mentor Township in 1904 - 1905. She was only there for one year. Bess was a teacher for 45 years before retiring in 1950. She lived the majority of her life in Oakland, California. She died at the age of 91 in 1976.

The postcard was sent to Bess by a former student, Harry M. Fristad. He was 11 years old when he wrote his former teacher. Harry was the son of Nicholas and Betsy Fristad. Harry wrote, "Humbird, Wis., Nov 20, '07, Dear Teacher, I suppose you have almost forgotten me and I was once your scholar. I am in the 5th grade and was in the 3rd when you saw me. I will close from your scholar. Harry M. Fristad" (Provided by Jeff Wonders)

Here is a photo of Bess around the time she taught at Humbird.

Humbird, Wisconsin School Class of 1907

Post Card verifying 1907 Class picture date


Humbird School ca. 1915 (District #1 )


Lightfoot; Sophia Theiler (teacher for the 1914 school term); The Lightfoot School was located between 1-1/2 to 2 miles North of Humbird on what is now East Bluff Road.


Wilbur; Bernice Cole (teacher for the 1914 school term);  It is believed that the Wilbur School was west of Humbird

Wilbur School (Reunion – 1962)


1909 School Souvenir booklet--"In looking through some of my family pictures, I came across a 1909 School Souvenir booklet for the District No.1 School in Mentor Township.  It belonged to Ethel Graves; she was a cousin to my great-grandmother.  She lived most of her life in York Township but taught briefly at this Mentor Township school after she attended Neillsville Normal School.  I attached scanned copies of the booklet pages.  I am not sure where District No. 1 was in Mentor Township." Steven Lavey. (Cover/Photo), (Page 2), (Page 3).


Those mentioned in this booklet are:


Adelia Church
George Church
Margaret Bedell
Lula Bedell
Vera Slover
Ralph Bigelow
Marth Larson
Ethel V. Graves
F. M. Stallard
John Babler
A. F. Simons


Humbird, Mentor Twp., Clark Co., Wis. High School



The Humbird High School marked its 50th year graduation on Thursday evening.  Instituted in 1883, the school’s first class consisted of a single young lady who graduated in 1885.  George F. Witter, now an attorney of Oakland, Calif., was principal of the school at the time and later his first graduating class student, Miss Mayme Carter, became his wife.


This year’s graduates were: Werner Amport, Vera Campbell, Eileen Creviston, Theo. Dignin, June Duerkop, Romona Holman, Marjorie Nibbe, Martha Trachsel and Wayland Waters.  Prof. Marshall Norseng of Madison was commencement speaker. Clark Co. Press, June 1935.


1908 School Commencement Exercises


1914 Principle was H. R. Fadner from Appleton, Wis. and his assistant was Mae McNamara from Neillsville, Wis.  The intermediate teacher at that time was Jennie Hart of Humbird.


Humbird (Senior Class Play – 28 Apr 1944)


Fairchild High School




Fairchild, WI High School

Mystery Photo#1; Mystery Photo #2; Mystery Photo #3;

Classroom, Students




School Building

Humbird Students about 1938


Lincoln High School--Lincoln High was the consolidated High School of Humbird, Merrillan, and Alma Center.


Class of 1917

Coralee DeLong--I have albums 1957, 1958, 1959, Lincoln high School, Alma Center, Wisconsin and am willing to do lookups upon request. These albums also have the grades and names listed.



Additional Information


Index of Clark Co., WI Schools





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