A brief history of Cherry Mountain School (#16 on the driving map, located on Cherry Mountain Loop): Built in 1926. Consolidated in 1949. Discipline was strict in the family homes and at school. There was a threat of the "switch" or paddle, but few children suffered this. Most common was that the "mischief" maker had to stay in the classroom during recess. Sometimes a pupil would have to stand facing the blackboard with their nose "stuck" in a chalk-drawn ring. Standing in the corner or by the teacher's desk was also common.
Current activities: Today, the buildings are owned by the Cherry Mountain Community Club and are used for meetings, weddings, reunions, and special parties.
A brief history of Crabapple School (#13 on the driving map, located at 14671 Lower Crabapple Road): Built in 1882. Teacherage in 1878. Consolidated in 1957. Typically, the land for the schools was donated or bought for $1. At Crabapple, Crockett Riley and Mathias Schmidt decided to have a foot race to see who would have the privilege of donating the land. Mathias Schmidt won, and the school was built on his donated land.
Current activities: Soon after consolidation, Crabapple Community Club was organized. It remains active today, with the Club meeting monthly on the first Friday evening to play "42" dominoes. The facility is also used for other functions, such as wedding receptions, reunions, elections, birthday parties, and church functions.
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