Rural Schools of Kalamazoo County

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The building that formerly housed Comstock Fractional School #1.
Photo by Margean Gladysz, May 2000.

Once there were six or eight one-room schools in every township. They are still fondly remembered by area residents, but all have disappeared under the pressure of expanding population, improved roads and transportation, and consolidation of school districts. In more populated areas, schools had more than one room. Some of the buildings still stand, in use as private homes, churches or shops.

Information about some of these schools is difficult to find. These pages are a preliminary effort to identify the rural schools that existed in Kalamazoo County and to create histories for them. Schools are arranged by township (linked below) or by alphabetical index.

Townships of Kalamazoo County

 

Range 12 W

Range 11 W

Range 10 W

Range 9 W

Town 1 S

Alamo Township map

Cooper Township map

Richland Township map

Ross Township map

 

Alamo

Cooper

Richland

Ross

Town 2 S

Oshtemo Township map

Kalamazoo Township map

Comstock Township map

Charleston Township map

 

Oshtemo

Kalamazoo

Comstock

Charleston

Town 3 S

Texas Township map

Portage Township map

Pavillion Township map

Climax Township map

 

Texas

Portage

Pavilion

Climax

Town 4 S

Prairie Ronde Township map

Schoolcraft Township map

Brady Township map

Wakeshma Township map

 

Prairie Ronde

Schoolcraft

Brady

Wakeshma

Additional information will be added to these pages as time and resources allow. If you have information to share, or photos that you would let us copy, please call Beth Timmerman at 269-553-7842, or send us an email.

 

Resources

Books

The Michigan Search for Educational Standards

  • Starring, Charles R. and Knauss, James O.
  • Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission, 1969
  • H 370.9774 S796, vol. 2, pages 15-32

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