Finch School

Rural Schools of Kalamazoo County > Alamo Township

Location: (#1 Fractional District, with Cooper Twp) - section 1, northwest corner of  B Avenue &  12th Street.

The first school in the township was built of logs in 1837 on land donated by William Finch. It was replaced by a brick school, which was demolished by a tornado in the 1880s. The building that shows on the 1910 and 1918 maps is the third Finch School. Classes last held there in 1947.

Teachers

1837 Miss Powers
1925-26 Mabel Cooper
1927-28 Mary Eagan
1929-36 Bessie DeLong - also taught at Twin Lakes School
1936-38 Howard F. Bargwell - also taught at Evergreen School
1938-40 Nellie Payne
1940-43 Ruth Hollowell
1943-47 Florence A. Warnement - also taught at Oak Grove School 

Compiled by Catherine Larson, Local History Specialist, Kalamazoo Public Library, 1999. Mapped October 2008. Last updated 7 March 2012.

Sources

Books

Alamo Township, most northwest corner of Kalamazoo County, Michigan: past and present

  • Snow, Florence
  • Published by the Author, 1958
  • H 977.417 S67, page 42

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan..., 1880

  • Durant, Samuel W.
  • Evansville, IN : Unigraphic, 1976
  • H 977.417 H67u (oversize), page 299

Maps and atlases

Standard atlas of Kalamazoo County, Michigan

  • Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1910
  • History Room atlas case, left shelf #1

USGS topographic map for Kalamazoo County, 1918 (Kalamazoo Quadrangle)

  • History Room map case, left drawer #1

Files

Teachers' and school officers' directory, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 1925-1947 (title varies)

  • Shelved in a pamphlet box with H 379.774 K149 (History Room Storage)