The Sullivan, Ohio Schools
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The Sullivan Public Schools. The people of Sullivan Township have always believed in the education of their youth. The first school in the township was taught by Roxana Parmely, in a log building north of Clinton Holbrook's residence, with stone chimney, split puncheon floor, seats of split plank, with planks for legs. Later a brick building was erected on the same location, the lower floor being used for the school and the upper for a town hall. In 1827 a school was built on Close Street, also a log cabin with slab seats and narrow desks. The first teacher in this school, H. P. Sage, received thirteen dollars a month, part from public money and part from individual tax. Deborah Ann Close taught summer school here for four dollars a month and boarded herself. Another log cabin was erected in the southwest corner near Clyde Pence's house, and another later on the Harvourt corner, and a frame building on the David Spencer farm. Northeast of town a school house was built between the Chamberlain and Bowker property, where Leslie Rice taught. In 1846 Samuel Hart came from Wayne County and erected a school house on his own farm. Mrs. Asil Turner was the first teacher. In the southeast part of the township, known as the Marsh district, a log building was erected and later a frame structure on the same ground.

A new brick building was erected in the village in 1892, where the present building stands, and in 1905 the township schools were centralized. In 1916 the township voted $30,000 to build a new building, which was completed in 1918. In 1927 the school was enlarged by the erection of a shop building for the use of agriculture and shop classes. Sullivan now has a satisfactory, up to date building, and with the long line of successful teachers is keeping up its record of achievement.

The above sketch is taken from the History of Sullivan by Newton W. Bates.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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