May marks high in Deportment

May Pollock attended Beloit High School in Wisconsin.

May Pollock Powell as a teenager

May Pollock Powell as a teenager

Her teacher was A. F. Rote. Here is one of her report cards that indicates she did quite well in school that year.  Her highest marks were in Deportment*.  Her mother, Phebe Pollock, signed almost all months.  Notice that were were only 5 months of school.

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*defined by Merriam-Webster as the manner in which one conducts oneself :  behavior

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Coon Creek School in Rockton, Illinois

Dwight Powell and his siblings attended the one-room school house known as Coon Creek School in Rockton, Illinois.  The school remained opened until 1953 according to  Beloit Daily News, This Day In History, June 2, 2003: 50 Years Ago on June 2, 1953:  The one-room brick Coon Creek school near Rockton will be closed for good at the end of the school year this Friday; students living in the area served by the school now will attend Shirland school.

coon creek school building

One of Dwight’s mementos of those years is the school “yearbook” presented here. Click to enlarge.

“Coon Creek Pupils” – Names listed in the Class of 1915: George Anderson, Claude Austin, Lillian Austin, Sewall Austin, Elizabeth Clover, Lore Clover, Esther Dahlen, Madeline Harper, Dwight Powell, Leslie Powell, Marian Powell, George Taylor, Helen Taylor, Ray Thomas, Mildred Shepardson, Norman Shepardson

Class of 1924

Class of 1924

An aerial photo of the site is found in the: This is Winnebago County, Illinois  published in 1956 by Inland Photo Co. Chicago, IL

Aerial view of Coon Creek School published in 1956

Aerial view of Coon Creek School published in 1956

Here is another photo of the school: As published  The William A. Phelps Family book by Larry Krug

Circa 1952 as published in the William Phelps family book

Circa 1952 as published in the William Phelps family book

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1889 Autograph Book of May Pollock

“Dear May, In memory’s wood-box, drop one stick for me.  Your friend and school-mate, M. K. Armstrong”  (Jordan Prairie, Jan. 3, 1889)

“Dear Cousin,  Not like the rose may our friendship wither but like the evergreen live forever.  Your friend and schoolmate, Eugene Miller”  (January 11, 1889)

“Act well your part / Therein the honor lies.”
Your Sister Cora (Shirland 12/24/1890)

“Dear May, When you are old and cannot see, put on your specs and think of me.”  from your playmate M. ???  “Remember me is all is ask”  (Shirland, Ill Jan 22, 1889)

“Friend May, long may you live, happy may you be, sitting on the wood pile sipping catnip tea.  Your friend, Frankie Dreynmay”  (Shirland, IL  1/5/1889)

Shirland ILL Jan. 6 1889 “My Dear Sister, You ask for something original but where shall I begin for there’s nothing original in me, except originality.
Your loving sister Alice Pollock

“Dear May,  There’s beauty all around our paths;  If but our watchful eyes can trace it midst familiar things and through their lowly guise.  Your schoolmate, Leila.”  (10/1/1891)

“Dear Sister, May your life be long and happy.
Your brother, Samuel” (Jan. 6, 1889)

“Dear Sister, May friendship and truth be with you in youth and catnip and sage cheer up your old age. Your brother, Wilbur” (1/6/1889)

“Friend May,  Kind hearts are the garden, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the blossoms, Kind deeds are the fruits, Love is the sweetest sunshine that worms into life, for only in darkness grow hatred and strife.  Clarence Miller.”  (Shirland 1/21/1889)

“Dear May, When this you see please think of me and bare in your mind let other say what are they may think not of me in kind. Friend, your loving Sister Clara Pollock.” (1/5/1889 age 10)

“Dear May, As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every minute of time.  Your loving friend, Gertrude McKendall”  (Shirland, 1/25/1889)

Dear May Strive to keep the golden rule and learn your lesson well at school from your brother “Trulie” 4 years old Jan. 1889 (brother Truman)

“Dear May, Every day of your life is a leaf in your history. Try to keep each page free from blot. Your schoolmate and friend Ada Nye.” (1/2/1889; Ada Nye later married May’s brother Wilbur Pollock).

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