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The Buffalo County Training School
The Buffalo County Training School began classes in 1902 in this building which now houses the Alma Area Museum.
This is a round barn on the Herold bluff.
Many barns sit idle these days. At one time there were a number of round barns in the county. This one was on the Herold bluff. Photo courtesy MaryAnn Hurlburt
This threshing crew is ready to move in the Praag area
Note that the stack is in front of this machine. E. F. Ganz once wrote that \\\"The machines were kept going into the winter as long as deep snow allowed for stack threshing. To lug an outfit from one valley to another on bobs was not less common than for a man to carry a borrowed breaking plow across the bluffs on his back.\\\" Photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Wilferd Schaub
The Huber buffalo herd from Rose Valley, near Cochrane
The Huber brothers brought a buffalo bull back from the West by using a buckboard with the floor removed as a travelling corral. This bull helped them form the only buffalo herd in the county since the white man had appeared in 1839. Prior to that, Father Louis Hennepin had named the Buffalo River when he was taken past it in 1680 and saw buffalo near the mouth of the river.
Real horsepower was often used in Buffalo County
Horsepower was used to move a building in Gilmanton. The structure is still used for the post office. Photo courtesy Velva Molland
MEMORIES: This book is a trip down memory lane! It includes stories from 30 former students recalling their long-lost rural school education. There were no buses, no snow days or computers, yet pupils thrived. The collection contains more than 100 photos of school, farm and family dating back more than 100 years. Everyone wanted their children and grandchildren to understand and enjoy this almost forgotten experience.
HISTORY: Our one-room school, built circa 1869, was one of 84 Buffalo County rural schools. The list of Trout Creek teachers and school boards beginning in 1908 was found at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison. Trout Creek’s last teacher, Mrs. Ruff, was interviewed. The families and school age children census was stored at the Buffalo County Register of Deeds. Detail by detail, the school history came together.
FAMILY: Trout Creek School Days is filled with memories of teachers, classwork, recess, the Christmas program and so much more. Our stories share a collective pride in those simple school beginnings. Trout Creek School was the center of our farm community. We looked out for one another and could hardly wait to return to school in the fall to be with our friends - our family.
Collected by Corabelle Schlesser and Bonnie Harper-Lore