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"Eau Claire County History, 1949"


History of Diamond Valley School Area
The history of our school district follows under definite headings as it was written by pupils of the school.

The free hand map (see below) tells where the first settlers lived and who lives on those farms today (1949).  We were not able to find out just who the very first settlers were.

Most of the early settlers in Diamond Valley originated from Germany.  Some came from Watertown, Wisconsin.

The early farms were smaller than they are today.  Some of the present farms in the valley are made up of two or three pioneer farms.  A few of the old farms have been discontinued for public use, but are still used by the farmers with their teams when exchanging help at harvesting time.

The valley ws first called "Know Nothing Valley" but later the people in the valley signed a petition to have the name changed to "Diamond Valley" in honor of one of the early pioneers.

We especially want to thank Mr. J. H. Zank for his information.  The time he spent talking to us made it possible for the boys and girls to write this school history.

Diamond Valley School
by Mervin Kuehn, student, 1949

The Diamond Valley School was built between the years 1871 to 1873.  When it was first built they had all double seats at that time, there were about 50 children going to this school.  Two pupils sat at each desk.  The double seats that were used in this school are used in the St. John's Church in Hay Creek for Sunday School now.

They just had blackboards in the back of the school, and now we have 7 blackboards in the front of the room and 2 on the sides.  The windows were the same as they are now, only they did not have screens then.  The stove was in the same corner as we have it, only they had what we call a jacket stove.

The children wrote on slates instead of paper as we do now.  The first and second graders read from charts.  Only the upper six grades had reading books.

Diamond Valley Lumbering
by Joan Bauch, student, 1949

Diamond Valley was originally covered with white pine trees.  The logs that were cut down here were sent to the lumber mill called Kemptons Mill.  Some logs were also sent to Groves Mill and the Foster Mill at Fairchild.  Ball and Culverson owned the Kempton Mill, Bennet owned the Groves Mill, the Foster Mill was owned by Foster.  They build a wooden railroad to haul the logs to the mill.  This railroad ran through part of our valley.  A team pulled this early train.

Cheese Factory
by Diane Johnson, student, 1949

The Diamond Valley Creamery was built in 1890.  It stood on what is now Harry Ricks place.  It was a cheese factory about 8 years.  Then later it was a creamery for 12 to 15 years.  It was a co-operative creamery.  They sold cheese for 8½¢ a pound or less.  It was hard to sell.  They went as far as Fall Creek to sell their cheese.  Then later they tore the factory down.

Wheat
by Murial Kirkham, student, 1949

When people first came to Diamond Valley, wheat was the only crop that was raised.  Wheat was sown by hand and when it was ready to cut they used a cradle.

At that time when wheat was sown it had to be dragged or covered right away because there were pigeons that migrated.  When the wheat was not covered they would eat it all.

The first reaper and harvester took two men to do the binding.  The first binder used wire and took three men to work it.  The first binder cost $365.

The first threshing machine was run by horses.  The horses went around in a circle that kept it running.  It took from 10 to 12 horses.

Wheat was the most important crop.  Maybe 7 or 8 acres of oats were sown.  A few potatoes were planted for the family use.

Finally a steam engine thresher was made.  Russell Hacket had the first one in this valley.  After that more wheat and oats were raised because they could thresh it quicker and easier.

Early Transportation in Diamond Valley
by Sally Helgerson, student, 1949

The first settlers in Diamond Valley used oxen to pull their lumber wagons and do their farm work.  Later horses were used with a buckboard wagon.  The buckboard had a board spring and was supposed to be more comfortable

Fred Smith was the first man in the valley to own a Democrat Buggy.  About sixty years ago two seated buggies with a hood were used by some.

In 1914 the Foster railroad was built through the valley.  It ran between Fairchild and Foster.

The first steam automobile around here was owned by Foster in Fairchild.  The first car in Diamond Valley was a Ford.  The roads were just trails through the brush.

Teachers
by Grace Jaskowski, student, 1949

TEACHER / YEAR TAUGHT             
TEACHER / YEAR TAUGHT
Carrie Works - 1891 Vernice Anderson - 1914
Susie Wadley - 1892 Ellen Teare - 1915
Matilda A. Smith - 1892 Lillian Alkinson - 1915
Foster Polley - 1892 Lillian Alkinson - 1916
Foster Polley - 1893 Ella McClanathan - 1917
Nellie Day - 1894 Ella McClanathan - 1918
Foster Polley - 1894 Kathryn Eggers - 1919
Ida White - 1895 Lily Cardinal - 1920
Carrie Ervin - 1895 Marjorie Paddock - 1921
Grace Smith - 1895 Marjorie Paddock - 1922
Agnes Thwing - 1895 Theo Kelly - 1923
Agnes Thwing - 1896 Ruth Osborn - 1924
Carrie Ervin - 1896 Olga Magnussen - 1925
Oritha Russell - 1896 Olga Magnussen - 1926
Carrie Ervin - 1896 Lessell Ramsey - 1927
Oritha Russell - 1896 Lessell Ramsey - 1928
Ida Kohnke - 1896 Emma Stubbe - 1929
Ruby Randall - 1897 Martha W. Olin - 1930
K. J. Dauffenback - 1898 Sadie Stelter - 1931
Agness Hewitt - 1898 Sadie Stelter - 1932
Agness Hewitt - 1899 Valeria Frederick - 1934
Earle Yule - 1900 Valeria Frederick - 1935
Agness Hewitt - 1900 Valeria Frederick - 1936
Allie Schulge - 1901 Valeria Frederick - 1937
Grace Harden - 1902 Phyllis Chambers - 1938
Charles Halbert  - 1903 Beulah Schilling - 1939
Bernice Rose - 1904 Beulah Planert - 1940
Georgia Hart - 1905 Marie Green - 1941
Bernice Rose - 1906 Marie Green - 1942
Sarah Victory - 1907 Mary MacLachlan - 1943
Gladys Cook - 1908 Mrs. Eleanor Witte - 1944
Iva Kelly - 1909 Mrs. Eleanor Witte - 1945
Stella Osborn - 1910 Mrs. Eleanor Witte - 1946
Stella Osborn - 1911 Mrs. Merle Gilbertson - 1946
Vernice Anderson - 1912                      Mrs. Edith Bethke - 1947
Vernice Anderson - 1913

As mentioned at the beginning of this history, a free-hand map was drawn up to show where the first settlers farms were and who lived on these farms in 1949.  The starred names (*) are the first settlers, while the other names are the 1949 owners.  If there is only one name it is a farm that was passed down from generation to generation.  Diamond Valley is located off County Road M, south of Augusta.
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