Early Schools in El Dorado, Kansas
From: History of Butler County, Kansas
BY: Vol. P. Mooney
Standard Publishing Company
Lawrence, Kansas 1916
EARLY SCHOOLS IN EL DORADO.
I made my first visit to Butler county in 1868. El Dorado at that time had only rough buildings of native lumber,
nailed up and down as a barn and nothing inside over the studding. I filed on eighty acres of land, the Mendenhall
property west of the city, bought a lot in town and proceeded to build a house. On July 30, 1868, I taught my first
school and the first schcool taught in El Dorado, a three month term. The school room was situated on the east
side of South Main street and near its intersection of Second avenue. It was illy fitted for the purpose compared
with what I had been used to in New England. During the following years of 1868 and 187o, I taught a number of
successive terms; my second being in a room on the west side of Main street, nearly opposite the site of the first.
The next school term was begun by T. R. Wilson, but being one of the school board, he engaged me to finish the
last half of the term, soon after, and upon the completition of the first school building erected on the town site
built of stone on the southwest corner of First avenue and Washington street. This building with (then) modern
desks and improvements was a very acceptable place for a good school. Here public meetings were held, as houses
for such were few. Here, too, a union Sabbath school was organized under my supervision.