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On 4/29/09 I published the below photo and article in "The Patriot" newspaper; It relates to Town of Burns, District #1 School House. 

Below the article is response from the current owner of the building which has been made into a beautiful home!

 

WHO REMEMBERS TOWN OF BURNS, DISTRICT SCHOOL #1??

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Submitted by Judy Guidara, granddaughter of Nettie Belle Wright Sanford who owned this photo.  The caption that was handwritten at bottom of photo card stated, “Where I went to school, Burns District #1”.  These old schools have a way of disappearing into history, although many have been remodeled and become useful dwellings.  If anyone knows stories about or from this school now is the time to tell them and share with others before they are forgotten.

This building appears as a really old styled structure which has had 3 additions.  Today, as we apply for state and federal aid to build our schools, it is in sharp contrast to when the neighbors pitched in to build what was needed, supply it with wood for heat (I note chimney at rear of building here) and water was many times carried in for use.  The one addition shown at rear with two windows obviously was a modern “interior accessible rest room” and probably replaced some “exterior structures” which originally stood a distance from the school building.  Maybe too many students escaped when sent outside.  Send your stories today!

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Hi,

My name is Susanne Smith. My husband, Mike, and I bought the Burns School House in 1994. We have done a lot of remodeling, added two additions and a wrap around porch. These pictures are of what the house looks like now. When we were adding the front porch we found the sign that was above the school house door. We framed it and put it on the front porch. Some of the letters are hard to read, but It says Joint School Dist. No 1 built in 1860. A friend of ours gave us a picture that he thinks is from around 1920, his mother taught school here. We would love any information you might have about the School House.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Email:  Susanne & Mike Smith 

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"When we were adding the front porch we found the sign that was above the school house door."

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"These pictures are of what the house looks like now." 

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"We framed it and put it on the front porch. Some of the letters are hard to read, but it says Joint School Dist. No 1 built in 1860."

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