News - Springville School
Springville School has been nominated for the Honor Roll of Vernon County Teachers and Schools, sponsored by the Vernon County Historical Society.
11 other schools have also been nominated, including Van Wagner, Round Prairie, Brown (in Jefferson), Erickson, Clockmaker, Evening Star, Linrud, Sunnyside, Gardner, Liberty Pole, and Mound Ridge. The Vernon County Normal School is the only school so far to make it onto the Honor Roll.
The Springville School was organized in 1849. The two-story red brick school was built in 1892. The district consolidated with Viroqua Area Schools in 1962. The building was turned into a residence, which burned in 1996.
Springville School had the honor of being named the Vernon County Rural Demonstration Department for the Normal School in September of 1924. It was a practice school for student teachers. There were four cadet teachers every two weeks. A former student remembers of the cadet teachers, "They were young and sometimes played games with us." The Rural Demonstration Dept. was discontinued in 1934 although Normal School students continued to use Springville for student teaching.
Janet Welch, one of the Teacher Honor Roll nominees, attended Springville School for eight years and returned to teach in 1953-54 and 1957-58. She remembers when the lower floor was used for a class room and the upper floor was for community gatherings. It included a stage and backstage which were available for programs and plays.
There are 40 other teachers nominated for the Teacher Honor Roll. A teacher or school is nominated with a $25 donation to the Vernon County Historical Society. When additional donations reach $500, the nominee receives Honor Roll designation and the name is added to a public display in the museum. All funds raised are used for Museum upkeep.
To recognize a favorite teacher or school, nominations and donations may be mailed to the historical society: P.O. Box 444, Viroqua, WI 54665. More information is available at the Vernon County Museum, 608-637-7398.