On Saturday, June 20th the Honorable “J. Sterling Morton” also known as Daryl Draper, Historical Edu-tainer, will enlighten and delight us with his historical presentation for Odebolt Creek Days. Morton was the founder of Arbor Day, was a United States Secretary of Agriculture, and his family is of the Morton Salt Company.
Come! Join us for this unique presentation, all free of charge, Saturday, June 20th, at 10:30 a.m. at 122 W Second Street in Odebolt, Iowa, Sac County, USA.
This presentation is sponsored by the Rural Legacy Project Committee of Odebolt, whose motto is to promote the legacy of Iowa's Rural Schools and the preservation of the history of our city and surrounding communities.
Iowa's rural school system was laid out by the State leaders before the population immigrated to the western 2/3 of the state. In every township there was to be a Country School every four square miles so that no youngster had to walk more than 2 miles. The land was provided by the Railroad company at a cheap price and so the farmers came to develop it, later bringing their families. In a very short time, Iowa's population grew from this development.
Our Country School was Richland #1, also known as Willow Tree school. We have well documented stories and photos, first hand accounts, and many items that were used in this school building throughout its 68 years of service educating grades 1 through 8 in the one room. Our school is also a museum of many, many items used in Country schools throughout the US at one time or another. You will be able to see over 1000 items and artifacts that relate to this time frame and rural schools, and more than 1000 books and documents, such as student texts, teachers' resources, magazines like "Capper's Weekly", plat books, maps, teachers' notes and grade books, and letters.