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.
By the Late Dr. E. Cowles.

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.

During this period of service in the school rooms the practice of medicine had been laid aside. During the succeeding three years the demands in practice occupied most of my time. The public schools of the county were demanding new and increased interests, such as the formation of new districts, the erection of school houses and the other needful work incident to a rapidly increasing population.


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