Birthplace of Public Education
I grew up in the village in the cottage behind the Old Post Office. My Grandfather, Carl Swanson, was the Postmaster for many years. I frequently do Google Maps flyovers to see how things have changed since moving far away 20 years ago. Often I remember my old schools, Palmer River, Anawan, and DR. My Aunt, Ellen Swanson, was in the first class at Anawan and I was in the last class. I find it a bit disturbing to see my old school, Anawan, vacant and possibly subject to being torn down. I have fond memories of the teachers there.
Maybe you or your family members never went to this historic school, but it seems to me that the town where free public education was first established in North America should show some respect, as has been done with the Hornbine school. My ancestors also attended that school (Pierce Family).
Has anyone written a history of the schools in Rehoboth? There must still be residents who went to one of these schools as well as the North and South Rehoboth Schools. It would be good if some stories could be compiled from these early 20th century establishments. Perhaps a request could be made to gather some of these stories as well as recollections of when theses schools were built.
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