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TGU Granville Elementary students attend one-room school house

Mouse River Journal of Towner, North Dakota

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On Thursday, October 29, 2015, students from TGU Granville Elementary had the extreme pleasure of visiting the one-room school house located in the Granville City Park. Students were able to sit in the antique desks, look at old school books, and ask questions. Some students even participated in a spelling contest.

The school which is called Hogom School District #23 was formally located in Hogom Township six miles northwest of Towner. It was originally a Norway Free Lutheran Church, and the church cemetery was across the road.

Farmer TGU Granville School janitor, Jim Jorde, attended the school from 1954 until 1957 when the school closed, and he was bused to Towner. He shared his experiences with some of the TGU Granville students when they visited the school-house. He stated that even though the school had chemical toilets in the restrooms, the students used the outhouse.

The chilly afternoon made for more of a realistic experience since many of our North Dakota ancestors walked two to three miles one way to school each day in all kinds of weather. Several fourth and fifth graders expressed that they wouldn't want to walk that far every day to school especially in the cold. However, fourth grader, Lee Asmundson, thought he would like it if he could ride his horse every day.

Thank you, Jim Jorde for your sharing the history of the school with us, and a special thank you to the city of Granville for preserving the schoolhouse and maintaining a piece of early North Dakota history.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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