Monday, February 20, 2012

New Vienna School 1878-1917 postcard

New Vienna School post card from the early 1900s is unmailed but addressed to Miss Mildred Pearl, New Vienna, Ohio, Clinton Co. Message says "To Mildred, From Mumma, 1907. This postcard is of the "old, old" New Vienna School. Not sure why the card labels it as plural buildings, as only the one is visible. Perhaps they are including the outhouses which are hidden in the back?
Public School Buildings, New Vienna, Ohio

According to the 1900 Census, Mildred, born in New Vienna in 1898 was the daughter of Edward (1858-1903), a carriage painter, and Valeria (b.1871) Pearl.  In the 1910 census, Valeria and Mildred are shown as living with Valeria's parents, Thomas J. (1846-1920) and Margaret Ann Pitzer (1850-1920) McCune.  Thomas is listed as having his "own income."

Mildred married Dennis Cook (1853-1936) in 1920.  His first wife, Flora Terrell, had died in 1905, leaving him with seven children, most of whom were grown by 1920.  Mildred died in Wilmington in 1977.
This School was built in 1878.  It was torn down in 1917.  
The above picture is from New Vienna High School Memory Book, 1881-1963, page 8

According the the Memory Book:  In 1878 a new square brick building was erected with four rooms below, two rooms and a hall, called Whittier Hall, above.  This hall was afterwards converted into two rooms, and they were used as the laboratory.  

This building was removed from the school lot in the summer of 1917, when a new modern fireproof building was constructed and was ready for the school term starting in September 1918.

The high school was organized in 1878 and the first class graduated in 1881.  This class had three members: Hallie Baum, Will Rayburn and Charles Blackburn.  Charles was the father of Joseph and Mary Blackburn and Charles Blackburn, Jr.  

The board employed J.F. Fenton as principal for that year.  It was with him that Commencement Exercises were inaugurated and the first Commencement was held in the spring of 1881 in Whittier Hall.

Due to the scarcity of teachers, a Clinton-Highland Normal school was opened in NV High School in 1914.  The students did their practice teaching here also.  It was moved to Wilmington College in 1925.

[During that time] The children were taken to school by horse drawn wagons, and sleds in the winter time.

This post slightly modified from one originally published in the Uible Family Blog, 24-Feb-2011.


  1. Nancy adds: Love your old school pictures. Not only did my mothers aunt attend this school, so did my mother and her sister. While the new school was being completed they attended school over Daye Hardware Store. She went back and forth in a school wagon. She told how she hated the boys on the wagon because they liked to pull her braids! Gertrude Waits attended normal at New Vienna. Mother said she remembered when she sang in the church choir at NVMC and how pretty she was and how stylish her clothes were for that time.

  2. The old postcard is so neat! Interesting that the one guy was a carriage painter----makes sense for back then-just seems so dated now. The Amish however and a few other groups may still have some folks who paint carriages.