The York School

School District #38 of Bingham County - 1899 TO 1907

On August 15, 1898, the Bingham County Superintendent of Schools appointed D.G. Pratt, John Modin and James Sawyer to organize a school in North Bingham County to be called School District #38.

An election was held to decide whether to build a school. Twelve votes were cast, all favorable. The school was built for $510 on one acre of ground on the farm of Peter and Anna Hoff. They granted the land to the school district. It is located on what is now known as York Road, 1/4 mile east of the railroad tracks. It has since been remodeled as a home, but is still in use.

A quote from the March 25, 1899 minutes of the Board meeting read, "Resolved - that the school shall not be used for dances or for any purpose that may injure the school property."

The first school session was for three months, April to July, 1899. The first teacher was George Corser who was paid $40 per month. Ola M. Brown taught from October, 1899 to March, 1900. Bessie Winchell taught from September, 1900 to March, 1901.

Jessie Fellman taught next starting September, 1901, but she did not keep very good records and no notation was made when the term ended. Gertrude Miller taught from January, 1902 to April, 1902 and a second term from September, 1902 to April, 1903.

The School Board decided in June, 1902 that school would be held for eight months each year starting about the first of September and ending in April. They also raised the teacher's salary to $50 per month.

Miss Florence Yarnell taught the first full school year of 1903 - 1904. On February 20, 1904 it was noted in the minutes of the School Board as follows, "Certain patrons of the school charged the teacher with slack discipline in the school and misconduct of certain scholars- this matter having been investigated by each member of the board, the matter was discussed and the opinion reached was that while there was probably some slight disorder due to the unruliness of certain scholars, the discipline is good on the whole and the school is well governed."

Adelia York, age 20 or 21, daughter of School Board Chairman, Charles York, taught the next TWO school years from September, 1904 to April, 1906. She was paid $60 for the second term. Horatio Cole taught the next school year of 1906 - 1907.

There were very few records of students' grades or progress. From notations made by the teachers, they seemed to teach what they felt was needed and from the textbooks available. Comments were made about some of the children as doing fair, poor or good, capable of doing the next grade's work. There was a wide range of ages in each grade. Students were raised to the next grade when they were ready. Many children "stopped school" in their early teens, but several continued until 17 or 18 and one was listed at age 20, but was not a consistent student.

The number of students each year ranged from 32 to 50, but during the year there were many who moved, changed schools or stopped altogether. The ages ranged from 5 to 18 as regular students. Sometimes 5 year olds started and then dropped out until the next year. Miss York listed the grades she taught as primary, first through seventh, but most teachers taught up to the sixth grade.

Only two children, Homer Fackler and Axel Holmberg, attended school from the first session in 1899 through April, 1907.


The York School

A History of the York School
1899 TO 1907
The beginning
1899 to 1907
1907 to 1915
A new County
1915 to 1923
World War I
1923 to 1931
Grange organized
1931 to 1939
A new building
1939 to 1947
World War II
1947 to 1955
Districts consolidated
1955 to 1963
Hot lunches and a PTO
1963 to 1970
The last years of "regular school"
In Closing
Discussion and Credits