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school in 1839, and later wrote his
memories of the early years:
“ I com-
menced my education about the year
1839 in the little stone school house on
“The Hill” just south of the homestead
where I was born in 1834. I don’t re-
member who my first teacher was, but
I think Miss Denise Hull. Miss Cornelia
McKay taught us for several summer
terms and in the winter terms Richard
L. Selden”.
As was common at the time,
Tuttle was needed on the farm and
could only attend school during the
winter. He also remembered when
the three districts, #7, #9, and #23
were consolidated in August 1846.
Philo L. Pierson, John H. Parmelee and
Stephen P. Wilcox were trustees and
it was voted to purchase a site for a
new schoolhouse and to raise $359
to construct it. The school was built
by Philo Pierson with timbers from
Mr. Fordham’s woods. Classes were
held 9 ½months for 85 students.Dur-
ing the Civil War, recruitment meet-
ings were held at the school. In 1888,
George Vallance taught at the school.
He was 38 years old and earned $9 a
week. He shared his memories in a
letter that was read at one of the re-
unions held in the 1920s. Several re-
unions were held at this time and in
1926,thealumni erecteda large stone
monument on the site of the original
log school house. The stone boulder
is located at the foot of Fort Hill, on
the east side of Parmelee Road.
According to the minutes of the
annual meetings of the Fort Hill
School, there was quite a bit of dis-
cussion in 1902, whether to replace
the old school house. It was put to a
straw vote and 8 voted to build a new
school. Fourteen voted to repair the
old school. Discussion followed and
the vote was taken again and this
time the vote was 12 to 11 in favor
of a new school. By August the trust-
ees had to raise $225 for desks and
seats; $12 for black boards and $60
for outhouses. In 1904, it was voted
to raise $30 for a “line” fence, but to
save money the trustees agreed to
build the fence themselves. In 1906
they paid $10 for a flag pole and
in1910, $40 was spent to put in a ce-
ment sidewalk. A year later, the side-
walk was extended to the outhouses.
In 1916, it was decided to charge
Photograph taken in 1889 outside the 1846 schoolhouse.
Fort Hill School built in 1902. Photo from the“LeRoy 1940”book.
The 1846 school was still standing when the“new” school was built in 1902. The
old school was sold and became part of James Kavenaugh’s blacksmith shop.