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2019 and 9/20/1937 Aerial Photos at the intersection of North Walnut Street and West Hanover Street on the northern boundary of Spring Grove Borough and Jackson Township in York Co., PA (Annotated by S. H. Smith: Rearich’s One-Room Schoolhouse is noted on 1937 Penn-Pilot Historic Aerial Photo)

Remembering school field trips to Washington DC

Students at Rearich’s One-Room School near Spring Grove took a field trip to Washington DC in 1951. What are your memories of school field trips to the nations capitol? My memories are from high school in the 1960s. I never realized pupils attending one-room schools took such trips.

Remembering . . . School Field trips to Washington, D.C. (S. H. Smith, 2019)

Steven Rearich wanted to know were Rearich’s Schoolhouse was located in Jackson Township. He has a student photo when his Grandfather Raymond Rearich attended; and the photo also includes Raymond’s brother, George Rearich.

A Newspaper.com search provided the clue; which allowed an easy Deed search to precisely locate the school property. Quoting The Gazette and Daily of August 14, 1957: “The 60-year-old Rearich school building in Jackson township is being razed by the new owner, Charles Laughman, who plans to erect a dwelling on the site.”

The Deed search revealed: Charles A. Laughman acquired the one-room school site from Jackson Township School District on December 19, 1956; per Deed Book 44A, page 85. That deed noted two earlier deeds when the site was acquired to build Rearich’s Schoolhouse:

On November 10, 1856, Michael Wiest, in consideration of $1, granted a small lot for a school; per Deed Book 42-Z, page 144. On November 29, 1895, Andrew H. Hershey and Mary S. Hershey, his wife, sold ground which extended the original lot deeper, back from the road.; per Deed Book 42-Z, page 140.

The following 2019 and 9/20/1937 Aerial Photos show the intersection of North Walnut Street and West Hanover Street on the northern boundary of Spring Grove Borough and Jackson Township. The present address where Rearich’s Schoolhouse sat is 161 West Hanover Street in Jackson Township.

2019 and 9/20/1937 Aerial Photos at the intersection of North Walnut Street and West Hanover Street on the northern boundary of Spring Grove Borough and Jackson Township in York Co., PA (Annotated by S. H. Smith: Rearich’s One-Room Schoolhouse is noted on 1937 Penn-Pilot Historic Aerial Photo)

In all likelihood, an initial Rearich’s Schoolhouse was built near the road and first used during 1857. The “60-year-old, in 1957, schoolhouse was built behind the original schoolhouse, on the extended lot, in 1896; or 1897. That second schoolhouse was of brick construction per the following Rearich School student photo of November 1921; as published in The Evening Sun of Hanover, PA:

Photo of Rearich School students taken November, 1921 (The Evening Sun, Hanover, PA, issue of June 12, 1986; page 10)

One-Room School naming usually is related to: who provided the land, who provided the most funds to build the school, the name of a school director; or a name associated with a nearby location or feature. The following section of Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County provides a clue of how Rearich’s was probably named.

Section of Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County, PA (Annotated by S. H. Smith: Rearich’s One-Room Schoolhouse is noted)

The Blacksmith Shop (B.S.) nearly across the street from Rearich’s School was associated with the Rearich family. That location was likely known as Rearich’s and thus the school was named Rearich’s.

Lets look at Rearich’s students that took a field trip to Washington DC in 1951. The Gazette and Daily of October 8, 1951 reported on that educational trip, via bus, per the following article:

Pupils Visit Washington article from The Gazette and Daily, York, PA; issue of October 8, 1951.

Quoting the opening paragraph of the article: “Pupils of Rearich’s school, near Spring Grove, one of the few remaining one-room schools, recently took an educational trip to Washington, D.C.”

Can any of the students, or children of the students, that took this school trip share any details? Per the article, the pupils were: Gracie E. Glatfelter, Marie Krout, Freddie Meyer, Wayne Biesecker, Wayne Winson, Patsy Myers, Donna Buckingham, Ethel Miller, Darlene Lauchman, Rosalie Schroll, Larry Gerber, William Gerber, Glen Ort, Laverne Krout, Sarah Jane Lucabaugh, Norma Jean Shearer, Susan Ann Berkheimer, James Baugher, Maurice Fissel, Ray Fissel, Donna Baugher, Marvin Mummert, Yvonne Heinerd and Janet Lehr.

Remembering . . . School Field trips to Washington, D.C. (S. H. Smith, 2019)

I’d be interesting in learning about any other one-room schools, which took educational trips to Washington, D.C.

Click on this LINK for a yorkblog.com Full View of the photos and illustrations in this post.

Use the following links as a location and source index for pre-1950 York County schools. The vast majority of these schools are One-Room Schoolhouses:

York County One-Room Schools (A-B)
York County One-Room Schools (C-D)
York County One-Room Schools (E-G)
York County One-Room Schools (H-K)
York County One-Room Schools (L-M)
York County One-Room Schools (N-P)
York County One-Room Schools (Q-R)
York County One-Room Schools (S-T)
York County One-Room Schools (U-Z)

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