Kremlin School History, Hill County, Montana

Kremlin School Boards, Staffs, and Students

This Kremlin School History in detail was compiled and written by Edith Turner, who taught for 22 years at Kremlin School before retiring.

First Kremlin School, 1911

The first one-room school at Kremlin opened about 1911. The School Board was J.P.Engleberg, F.W.Thorne, and C.O.Mills. The clerk was A.L. Parsons. The teachers were Lena Miller, grades 1-4 with an enrollment of 25; Frances Davis (wife of Rev. Charles S. Davis, D.D.) with grades 5-8 and an enrollment of 21.

Term 1912 and 1913

The school census for 1912 and 1913 shows many children whose parents used Kremlin or Fresno as their address. Those some distance from the towns may have attended a small rural school; some may not have been in school.

District 3
* Samuel J. and Ella L. Evans with a daughter, Bertha age 7, and a son, Leslie S., age 5.

District 42
* Truman and Mabel Cheesboro with a daughter, Royal M., age 7.
* Matilda Cusack with a daughter, Marjorie, age 7.
* Jonas and Anna Grannell with these children: Christine, 16, Signa, 14, Esther and Elsie, 12, Ole, 10.
* Gilbert and Dora E. Gilbertson had: Harvey, 14, Myrtha, 12, George L., 10, Manford, 7 and Olive, 4.

District 43
* Matthew C. and Emma J. Bau with Norman A., 6.
* Edward J. and Caroline Fortury had Carl E., 12 and George H., 9.

Fresno District
* Charles H. and Harriet M. Hyslop with Charles W., 8.
* James H. and May La Forge with Laura M., 7.

Kremlin District:
* Andrew and Rema Lux had Henry, 6; Mary , 8; Gottlieb, 9; and William, 11.
* John W. and Ellizabeth Murphy had Clarence W., 19, Leona M., 10, and Elmer, 12.
(Another room was added at Kremlin later and Miss Pearl McKnight and Miss McDonald taught here.)

District 44
* Henry and Mary Springer with Adelia, 14, Gottlieb, 13, August, 11, David, 10, William, 5, Charles, 4 and Henry, 1.
* Homer A. and Myrtle M. Swiler had Vellma F., 9 and Harold L., 6.
* William and Mary Zich had Jacob, 9; Emma 5 and Mary, 2.

District 45
* Clarence J. and Margret E. Sexton with Monago G., 12, Noma L., 10 and Clarence A., 2.
* Howard E. and Ethel Carley had Herbert E., 2.
* Arthur and Agnes N. Nelson had Paul A., 1.

Term 1913-14

The School Board was J.P. Engeberg, F. W. Thorne, and C. S. Dunbar. The Clerk was C.A. Carlson. The teachers were Lena Miller, grades 1-4 and Frances Davis, grades 5-8.

In 1914 a new school was built with 4 rooms and a basement.

Term 1914-15

The School Board was J. P. Engeberg, F. W. Thorne and F. D. Dunbar. F. D. Athern was clerk. The teachers were Miss Mayme Casey, grades 1-4 with an enrollment of 22 and William Casey, grades 5-6 with an enrollment of 28.

Term 1915-16

The School Board was F. W. Thorne, C. S. Dunbar and Mrs. Alice Nelson, chairman. Teachers, William Casey and Mayme Casey.

Term 1916-17

The School Board was J. W. Kappes, Mrs. Alice Nelsen, and Julius Larson. The Clerk was Fred Athern. The teachers were William Casey and probably Mayme Casey.

Lena Miller taught the South Kremlin School and Elizabeth Pippy taught the North Kremlin School.

Term 1917-18

The School Board was Mrs. Alice Nelsen, Julius Larson and J. W. Kappes. The Clerk was F. D. Athern. The teachers were William Casey, Miss Maude Anderson and Miss Mayme Casey, primary.

Term 1918-19

The School Board was J. M. Jensen, Julius Larson, and J. W. Kappes. The Clerk was E. F. Estes. The teachers were Grace Freeland, Mayme Casey, Maude Massey, Vera Stones, Mrs. F. Simmons, Ruby Massey, and Lucille Dolven.

Term 1919-20

The School Board was Chairman Julius Larsen, John Kappes, and Jule M. Jensen. The Clerk was E. F. Estas. The teachers were Charles Milne, Vera Stearns, Marian Simmons, Lillian Dolven and Bessie Berg.

Term 1920-21

The School Board was Chairman J. M. Jensen, Julius Larson and Fred B. Purdy. The Clerk was Arthur Fredrickson. The teachers were E. E. Chute, Nora C. Donohue, Mrs. B. A. Simmons, Clara M. Huber, Minnie E. Lynch, Bessie Berg and J. A. McCrae.

Term 1921-22

The School Board was Chairman Julius Larson, L. R. Cameron, F. B. Purdy, and Jule Jensen. Clerk was Arthur Fredrickson, then Lawrence Huffman. The teachers were Mrs. L. W. Faye, Margaret O'Neill, Evelyn Jensen, and Olive Jensen.

Term 1922-23

The School Board was Chairman Jule Jensen, Fred B. Purdy, and R. L. Cameron. The Clerk was E. C. Bohlig. The Principal was Bill Casey. The teachers were Anna Niggon, Murriel Stone, Margaret O'Neill, Evelyn Johnson and Marian Shaw.

Term 1923-24

The School Board was Jule Jensen, F. M. Wilson, R. L. Cameron, and F. B. Purdy. The Clerk was E. C. Bohlig. The teachers were William Casey, Miss Mozell Harnesberg, Miss Fae Carter, and Miss Kathryn Phillyps. Among Kremlin students attending high school in Havre this term were Genevieve Sears and Ena Sjordal.

Term 1924-25

The School Board was R. L. Cameron, F. B. Purdy and F. M. Wilson. The Clerk was E. C. Bohlig. The Superintendent was Oral Olson. The teachers were Miss Alice Overfield, grades 1,2,3. Miss Maxine O'Brian, grades 4,5,6; Miss Kathleen Ashburner, grades 7,and 8.

Term 1925-26

The School Board was Chairman L. R. Cameron, F. B. Purdy, and Roy G. Brown. The Clerk was E. C. Bohlig. The Superintendent was Oral Olson. The teachers were Miss Alice Overfield, grades 1,2,3; Miss Mabel Pettit, grades 4,5,6, and Miss Edna Smith, grades 7 and 8. Harold Casey was a student this year. Fern Cameron, Marion Swartout, Bernadine Howser, Irene Knutson, Cecil Sears were listed in a newspaper as attending high school in Havre this year. They would be juniors and seniors.

Term 1926-27

The School Board was F. B. Purdy, Roy G. Brown, and R. L. Cameron. The Clerk was E. C. Bohlig. The Superintendent was Mr. Earl F. Sykes. The teachers were Miss Vivian Donahue, grades 1, 2, 3; Miss Mabel Pettit, grades 4, 5, 6; and Miss Edna Smith, grades 7 and 8. Graduates were Dorothy Bohlig, Clare Casey, Olive Gilbertson, B.M. Gloyne, (m. B. M. Gloyne) Kenneth Knutson, and Victor Sjordal.

Term 1927-28

The School Board was Fred B. Purdy, R. L. Cameron, and Roy G. Brown. The Clerk was E. M. Allison. The Superintendent was Mr. Calvin Rice. The teachers were Miss Ella Smith, grades 1, 2, 3; Miss Mabel Pettit, grades 4, 5, 6; and Mrs. Edna (Smith) Jacobson, grades 7 and 8. The Custodian was Doc Purdy.

Term 1928-29

The School Board was Fred B. Purdy, Joe Hollenhorst and J. C. Reynolds. The Clerk was Charles M. Petrie. The teachers were Mr. Robert Leonard and Daisy L. Haynes. Miss Ella Smith, grades 1, 2, 3; Miss Magda Syrstad, grades 4, 5, 6; Miss Mary Marjerrison, grades 7 and 8.

Term 1929-30

The School Board was F. B. Purdy, J. C. Reynolds, and Clarence Bishop. The Clerk was C. M. Petrie. The teachers were Mr. Robert Leonard, Mr. Paul Goller, Miss Irene Brophy, and Miss Ella Smith.

Term 1930-31

The School Board was Chairman J. S. Reynolds, E. M. Allison, and Clarence Bishop. The Clerk was Robert W. Leonard. The teachers were Robert Leonard, Paul Goller, Irene Brophy and Ella Smith.

Term 1931-32

The School Board was Chairman E. L. Purdy, Joe Koutnik and Otto Vogel. The Clerk was Tony Schend. The Superintendent was Robert Leonard. The teachers were Milly C. McPherson, Frank Dignin, and Ella Howser who had grades 1, 2, 3.

Term 1932-33

The School Board was Joseph Koutnik, Otto Vogel and E. L. Purdy. The Clerk was Frances Hoke. The Principal was Roy Pentland; the teachers were Mrs. Ella Howser, grades 1, 2, 3; Mrs. Lee, grades 4, 5, 6; Lydia Krieger, grades 7 and 8.

Term 1933-34

The School Board was Otto Vogel, Emmet Purdy and Mrs. Etta Roebeck. Clerk was Odin Sjordal. The teachers were F. C. Barber, Miss Ethel Doles, Evelyn Jensen, and Vendla Nystrom.

Term 1934-35

The School Board was Emmett L. Purdy, Etta Robeck and Chris Haugen. The Clerk was Odin Sjordal. The teachers were F. C. Barber, Leonard Brunette, Jessie Thompson and Edna Schult.

Term 1935-36

The School Board was Chairman Mrs. Etta Robeck, Christ Haugen, and John Reynolds. The Clerk was Odin Sjordal. The teachers were R. A. Worstell, Jessie Thompson, Leonard Burnett and Mrs. Caroline Muecke.

This is the year that a PWA grant of $18,000 for the construction of a new school was granted. The district was bonded for $22,000. The bonds were sold in March 1936. Classes were maintained in the old building in 1937-38. Construction began September 1, 1937 and the building was completed in May, 1938. A three-year high school was then possible.

Term 1936-37

The School Board was Chairman Etta Roebeck, Christ Haugen and John Reynolds. The Clerk was Knute Havskjold. The teachers were Superintendent Leonard Kenfield, Eloise Mickey, Leonard Burnette, Mrs. Carolyn Muecke, and Ella Howser. Grade One: Geraldine and Gerald Kezar, Jack Vosen, Donald Mickey, Donna Purdy, Beverly Winter, and Donna Ervin.

Term 1937-38

The School Board was Chairman Etta Robeck, Christ Haugen, and John Reynold. The Clerk was Knute Havskjold. Teachers were Leonard Kenfeld, Mrs. Marian Arneson, Marie Buckneberg Havskjold, Caroline Muecke and Ella Howser. Custodian was Mr. McMillian.

The new school building was finished in the spring of 1938 and they moved into the new building the last week of school this school year. According to a program of the ceremony, Dedication was to R.S.C. Haight, H. Rolph, S. Dahl and Mrs. Agnes Smith.

Term 1938-39

The School Board was Chairman Etta Robeck, Mr. Christ Haugen and Charles M. Petrie. Clerk was Knute Havskjold. The teachers were Superintendent Leonard Kenfield, Mary A. Christiansen, Marie B. Havskjold, Herman Schwab, Grayce Peterson and Herman Stubbs, shop. Custodian was Mr. McMillan. The school was fully accredited and had four years of high school this year in the new schoolhouse. The graduating class of 1939 included these students according to the 1941 Lair: Geraldine Wright; Margaret Mary Vosen (m. Thielen); Charles McMillan; Clinton Robeck; Arnold Dees; Georgia Reynolds (m. Birch); Alice Mangels (m. Watts); Philip Vogel; Helen Ervin (m. Millholland); June Kezar (m. Norman Johnson); Marvin Berg.

Term 1939-40

The School Board was Christ Haugen, Charles M. Petrie, and Etta Robeck. The Clerk was Knute Havskjold. The teachers were Leonard Kenfield, Paul Goller, Mary Christiansen, Marie Havskjold, Herman Schwab, and Grayce Peterson. The custodian was Mr. McMillan. The 1941 Lair gives the graduates of 1940 as Phyllis Reynolds (Curtis); Betty Kezar (Hutchison); Marian Miwa (Ota); Irvin Mangels; Donald Addington; Bertha Haugen (Hoyer); Gerald Bailey; Louise Rinehart (Wallace); Lew Wallace Witt. The 4th grade in 1939-40 was: Geraldine Kezar, Donna Irvin, Donna Purdy, Eugene Sohm, Jack Vosen, and Beverly Winter.

Term 1940-41

The School Board was Chairman Etta Robeck, Harry Cady, Charles M. Petrie, and John Reynolds. The clerk was Knute Havskjold. Teachers: Mr. Kenfield was Principal. Miss Ruth Robinson taught commercial and English. Mr. Paul Goller taught art, shop and mechanical drawing. Other teachers were Mr. Henry Schwab, R.A. Worstell, Werner Held, Noel Spangelo (m. Dorothy Gilles), Mr. Howard Hammond, and Miss Inez Anderson. Custodians were Mr. McMillian and Curtis Johnson. Cook was Mrs. Granell. Volume One, the first issue of Kremlin's School Yearbook, The Lair gives these as graduates of Kremlin High School in 1941: Anna Beck (Murphy), Valedictorian; Anthony Schend, Salutatorian; James Allison; Robert Rinehart; Norman Reynolds; Vernon Sohm; Alice Marie McMillan (Geldard); Leven Miwa; William Vosen; and Vernon Berg. The Juniors were R. Ervin, Woody Laughlan, Richard Dees, Harriet Petrie, Kathryn Johnson, Mary Winter, Glorine Lander, Irene Inman, Helen Dabelow, Elton V. Mangels, Claire Sohm and Helen Reynolds. Sophomores were Dale Beck, John Haugen, Hannah Miwa, Katie Zinn, Maxine Knutson, Helen Cady, Amber Beck, Robert Reum, Leon Kezar, and Herbert Mangels. Freshmen were Louise Zinn, M. Williams, Allan Wilgus, R. Allison, Mary Kezar, Corrine Reynolds, Mavis Bishop, and Imogene Ervin.

Term 1941-42

The School Board was Chairman Harry Cady, John Reynolds and Chris Haugen. Clerk was Knute Havskjold. Teachers were Leonard Kenfield, Principal; Miss Robinson, commercial; Mr. Thomas A. Newland, shop, (he later earned a doctorate); Mr. Spangelo, Junior High; Mr. Howard Hammond, intermediate; and Miss Nellie Harvey, primary. Custodian was Curtis Johnson.

The School Lunch program was suspended during the war. Because of a local shortage of labor and because three men of the faculty were wanted for service in the armed forces, the school term was shortened by holding classes on Saturday, beginning the second week-end in the last semester. The school closed on May 2.

Volume Two of The Lair for 1941-42 names these graduates: Helen Dabelow (Murphy), Valedictorian; Kathryn Johnson (m. Robert Rinehart) Salutatorian; Viola E. Pollington (Chapman); Mary Frances Winter (m. Norton Johnson); Katherine Zinn (m. Wojtalik); Richard M. Dees; Harriet H. Petrie (m. Stenwick); Woodrow (Woody) J. Laughnan; Helen Evelyn Reynolds (m. Baggerly); Glorine Lander (m. Bentley); Irene Marie Inman (m. Roy Damschen). Juniors: John Haugen, Dale Beck, Leon Kezar, Herb Mangles, Amber Beck, Helen Cady, Lois Addington, Maxine Knutson, Hannah Miwa. Sophomores: Mavis Bishop, Mildred Williams, Ray Allison, Mary Jean Kezar. Freshmen: Emory Williams, Donald Dees, Harold Beck, Bob Purdy,Ernestine Knutson, Lloyd Laughnan.

Edith Turner's NOTE: With which class does Imogene Ervin belong? (Please Contact Us if you know!)

Term 1942-43

The School Board was Harry Cady, John Reynolds, Chris Haugen. Clerk was Knute Havskjold. The teachers were Leonard Kenfield, Principal; H. Schwartz, Thomas Newland, shop; Howard Hammond, Robert McElroy, Joyce Krapp, Catherine Gatzemeier, Margaret Tracy, and Mrs. H. Schwartz. The 1945 Lair, Volume Three, lists these graduates of the class of 1943: John Haugen; Dale Beck; Leon Kezar; Herb Mangles; Amber Beck (Graham); Helen Cady (Gillet); Lois Addington; Maxine Knutson (m. Wilbur Nelson); Hannah Miwa (Asahara). Other students this year were Harvey Bailey, Robert Sherer, Helyn Pasma, Ethel Staples, Sam Vogel, Athelia Zinn, Bob Ervin and Claire Sohm. Freshmen were: Martha Peterson, Vinnie Beck, Dan Addington, Beverly Ervin, Alma Gomke, Doris Frey, John Trulson, Donell Koble.

Term 1943-44

The School Board was Chris Haugen, John Reynolds, Harry Cady. The teachers were Superintendent H. Schwartz, Mary Lou Hall, Clara Malin, Mrs Mabel Schwartz, grades 7-8; Helen Sherman, grades 4, 5, 6; Margaret Tracy, grades 1, 2, 3. Graduates: Mavis Bishop (m. James Hansen); Mildred Williams (Woeppel) Mary Jean Kezar, (m. James Soderberg then Jim Davey); Ray Allison.

Edith Turner's NOTE: Were Jean Ervin, Corinne Reynolds, Anna Gomke, and Allan Wilgus also in this class? (Please Contact Us if you know!)

Term 1944-45

The School Board was Chairman Harry Cady, Chris Haugen and Ella Howser. Clerk was Knute Havskjold. Teachers were Mr. C. L. Burnett, Principal; Mr. Joe Fourage, mathematics; Miss Evelyn Mansfield, commercial; Mrs. Valeria Sticka, grades 7 and 8; Miss Agnes Towe, grades 4, 5, 6; Miss Jean Bowen, grades 1, 2, 3. Custodian was Elmer Smith. For 1945 The Lair lists the following graduates: Robert Emmett Purdy, Valedictorian; Donald Theodore Dees, Salutatorian; Margaret Ernestine Knutson (m. Donald Flatt, then John Wipf); Lloyd Russell Laughlan; Harold Delbert Beck; George Emory Williams. Juniors: Vinnie Beck (m. Richard Bendix), Alma Gomke (m. Harry Klobofski), Doris Frey (m. Danny Morse), Jack Trulson (m. Lorraine Gomke). Sophomores: Donna Ervin, Geraldine Kezar.

Term 1945-46

The School Board was Chairman Harry Cady, Wendell Winter and Ella Howser. Clerk was Knute Havskjold. Teachers were Superintendent Harold Selvig, Joe Fourage, math; Evelyn Mansfield, commercial; Valeria Sticka, 7-8; Dorothy Hovland, 4-6; and Jean Bowen, primary. Volume No. 4 of The Lair lists these graduates in 1946: Donell Koble; Vinnie Beck (m. Richard Bendix); Alma Gomke (m. Harry Klobofski); Doris Frey (m. Danny Morse); Jack Trulson. Juniors: Donna Purdy, Donna Ervin, Beverly Winter, Geraldine Kezar.Sophomores: Keith Donoven, Lola Donoven, Irene Gomke. Other students this year (45-46): Jack Miwa, Dorothy Smith, Dan Addington, Dorothy Dees, Jack Vosen, Lester Peterson, Gerald Kezar, Lloyd Laughnan.

Term 1946-47

The School Board was Chairman Ella Howser, Wendell Winter and Del Trulson; The Clerk was Knute Havskjold. The teachers were Superintendent Kyle and Werner Held, Miss Evelyn Mansfield, Mrs. Einar Martinson, Mrs. Ella Howser, Mrs. Valerie Sticka, Mr. Smith, Mr. Mr. Howard Hammond, and Miss Jean Bowin. Custodian was Elmer Smith. Graduates: Beverly Ann Olsen (m. John Haugen); Valedictorian Donna Louise Purdy (m. Ed Haugen); Salutatorian Donna Lee Ervin (m. Donald Hamblock); Beverly Loraine Winter (m. Lionel Grass); Duane Sohm (the only boy in the class with 5 girls!); Geraldine Fay Kezar (Schuster).

The Lair this year gives this interesting comment on the senior class history:
"In September of 1936 seven youngsters, six years of age, started on the long journey of getting 'educated'. In our first year of school there were: Geraldine and Gerald Kezar, Jack Vosen, Donald Mickey, Donna Purdy, Beverly Winter, and Donna Ervin. Next year Donald Mickey moved away. In the fourth grade we picked up one more member, Eugene "Gene" Sohm and lost Gerald Kezar. Gene traveled on with us until the sixth grade, then dropped and Lyle Wright was added. Lyle transferred to California in our seventh year. This left six after Lester Peterson joined our ranks, until our sophomore year. Beverly Olsen and Duane Sohm joined us this year and Jack Vosen went to Havre." There are pictures in this Lair (with no names) of six juniors, ten sophomores and eight freshmen.

Edith Turner's NOTE: Did Jack Vosen return to Kremlin and graduate here? (Please Contact Us if you know!)


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