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"Eau Claire County History, 1949"


History of the Conley School District

The first school was called Hadleyville School. This building was wrecked in 1902, and rebuilt on the present site on county trunk F.  The school board consisted of Laura Goff, Treasurer; C. B. Cusick, Clerk; Andrew Conley, Director.  The first teacher in this school was Mary Conley. The teachers have been Grace Betz, Hazel Harms, Lula Welch, Signe Lyngen, Jennie Hilsteadt, Doris Shong, Agnes Thompson, Lila Massey, Helen Vangen, Hattie Schloser, Pauline Anderson, Ann Flynn, Susan Conley, Estella Brogan, Myrtle Johnson, Alice Preston, Mildred Moe, Esther Moe, Bess Conley, Ira Curry, Marie Olson, Lois Reed, Roberta Harriman and Marjorie Fallingstead.  The present teacher is Helen Moe.

The entertainment that was held was the school Christmas and last Day programs.  Basket and pie socials were also held.  Square dances were also largely participated in.

Hadleyville was the first store in this community.

The post office was in the same building.  A hotel was across the road from the store.  Many of the people stayed at this hotel when they went to Eau Claire.  Hugo Brixen now lives in this building.

There were no early clubs in this community.  The clubs that are there now are, Howe Makers, 4-H Club, there are Farm Bureau Meetings held regularly at the Town Hall.  Some of these meetings are musical and for the entertainment of the community.

The earliest settlers in this community were Hadleys from England, John Cleasbys from England, Jackson from England, Siven Tweet, Norway; E. D. Green, England; Byron Ames, England; James Thompson, Canada; Ole Hanson, Norway; Andrew Conley Sr., Ireland; Martin Martinson, Norway; Eugene Werner, England; Fred Birtzer, Germany; T. Omara, Canada; Thore Olson, Norway; George Easterson, Sr., Norway; H. McIntyers, Scotland; John Peterson, Norway; Pete McDonald, Scotland.

Will Kennedy fought in the Philippine War and John Cusick fought in World War I.  Those that fought in World War II were John Muszynski, Donald Mertinke, Marvin Peterson, Gordon Easterson, Arthur Tibbets, Gaylord Tibbetts, Richard Johnson, Laverne Gerth and Ernest Gerth.


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