Driscoll will school historical society on Knox District 5

— Photo from Daniel Driscoll

Teacher Fanny Ellis sits at her desk in Knox’s one-room Schoolhouse 5. Miss Ellis taught at the school from 1926 to 1927 and boarded with the nearby Salisbury family during the school year.

To the Editor:

Daniel Driscoll will tell the Knox Historical Society about Knox District 5 at the society’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The restored schoolhouse still stands on the grounds of the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center on Ketcham Road. Driscoll, a trustee of the society, is the author of History of a One-Room Schoolhouse in Knox, NY.

The book contains his transcriptions of handwritten district records from 1824 to 1905. The meeting minutes provide glimpses into 19th-Century life in the Hilltowns.

An entry in 1835 states that the next annual meeting will be held “at early candle light.” A list of taxpayers in 1837 includes a widow who, although unable to vote or hold office, was liable for 73 cents in school taxes.

Information about purchasing the book is available on the society’s website: knoxhistoricalsociety.org. In the coming months, the society will exhibit historic photographs and artifacts from the town’s school districts at Knox Town Hall.

The public is invited to the meeting at 7 p.m. at Knox Town Hall. Refreshments will be served. The Knox Historical Society works to preserve, protect, and promote the historic culture of our town. Please contact me at 872-2082 or jbmclean@aol.com to learn more about this event or the society’s activities.

Jane B. McLean, vice president

Knox Historical Society

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