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The Valley View School

Once Hundred Sixty Acres and a Dream
The People Who Pioneered It
by Mrs. Lillian (Anderson) Ost
Book 11

The district began at the demand of homesteaders who wanted a school.It was a typical little white school. Children who attended were the Olsons, Storvicks, Hendricksons, Benums, Lutz, Suremans, Lusts, Logelins' Houffs and Wenners.

Teachers' names recalled were: Miss Justice, Miss Smithson, Miss Lalande, Fred MacInzie, Charles Allen, Ethel Underdahl, Ken Dalgleish, Gordon Blanchard, and George Davison. George Davison was well remembered as a teacher who fully enjoyed the community in which he taught. He rode horseback a long distance to school from his boarding place at Edlers, and played baseball in Seven Persons. He worked in harvest fields.

During James Amos' lifetime, Mr. Amos donated a site of land on the northwest corner of his farm for a Presbyterian church. An inscribed cornerstone was put into the building to commemorate Martha. He donated money, too, for the building and operation of this church.

I remember one of the teachers holding the school Christmas concert at the church. It wasn't a good idea, for although the building had a stage and ample room for a large audience, it was a mile and a half from the school, a long distance on foot or with horse-drawn rigs, and the church had a poor heating system. The night of the concert was greeted by very cold weather; it must have been 25 below zero. The furnace sent up little heat and much smoke. We performers had to wear our coats and overshoes up on the stage even if we wanted to show off our Christmas dresses and suits. The journey home was very uncomfortable in bobsleighs. Some children suffered from frost bites. I remember going to a more pleasant musical performance there one summer evening. A piano store from Medicine Hat brought out a beautiful big piano for this occasion. The church has since been sold and torn down. There is little left to mark its site.

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