Schools in Knox County
Past and Present


Identifying all the schools and acquiring information and pictures about the schools is a work in progress. 
I compiled this list of schools from USGS and their Geographic Names Information System.  With their system, you can also generate maps that will help you locate the schools. I also bought a 1948 Plat book which has many of the schools identified. If you would like to contribute information about the schools in Knox County, I would be most grateful. 

I'd like to thank Marie Olinger for showing me the location of several rural schools in Knox County!

 

News Update: Marie Olinger has compiled a wonderful book called "Rural Schools Out of the Past" which has over 200 pages of pictures and stories from students or teachers of rural schools.  It also has pictures of 50 schools in Knox County and close by. The cost is $25 plus postage of $4 or make arrangements to pick up.  To order the book please write to:
  
Marie Olinger
743 IL RT 41
Galesburg, IL 61401 

 

 

List of Galesburg Teachers in 1878

List of members of the Teachers Association in 1888

List of Knoxville Honor Students in 1893

List of Fifth/Sixth Graders at Cooke School 1894-1895

List of Seventh/Eighth Graders at Churchill School 1896-1898

List of Knox County Teachers in 1909

Teachers and students of Knox College in 1919

Eighth Grade Graduation (Maquon area) in 1937

Knox County School Directory for 1946-1947

 

Special Projects:

Need help identifying students in Knox College Cadet Band

Support the Restoration of Gilson School

 

School

General location
Abingdon Grade School Abingdon
Abingdon High School Abingdon
Abingdon Junior High School Abingdon
Abingdon College Abingdon: corner of Snyder & Western Ave.
Allen Park School Galesburg, Farnham St.?
Altona Elementary School Altona
Ansgari College (Swedish) Knoxville
Appleton School Appleton area
Austin School (Number Three) Walnut Grove Twp: SE corner of NE quarter
of Sec. 15
Baird School Elba Twp: NE corner of Section 4
Barnett School Orange Twp: SE quarter of Section 10
Bateman School Galesburg, West Losey Street
Beals School (historical) Lynn Twp: SE corner of Section 6
Bear School (historical) Salem Twp: near the center of Section 27
Bennington School Maquon Twp: NE corner of Section 21,
off of Hwy. 97
Bethany Academy Galesburg, corner of Knox & Academy Sts.
Bliss School Chestnut Twp: NW quarter of Section 21
Brown School Walnut Grove Twp: NE quarter of Section 13
Brown's Business College Galesburg
Brush Creek School Cedar Twp: NW quarter of Section 12
Carl Sandburg College Galesburg, Lake Storey Road
Cashman School
(Pleasant Mound)
Indian Point Twp: SE corner of Section 2
Cedar Bluff School Haw Creek Twp: SW quarter of Section 25
Centennial School Truro Twp: NW quarter of Section 28
Centennial School Ontario Twp: NE corner of Section 19
Center Point School Henderson Twp: SE quarter of Section 36
Center Prairie School Victoria Twp: near the center of Section 26
Challman School Walnut Grove Twp: SW corner of NW quarter of Section 36
Cherry Grove School Cedar Twp: NE quarter of Sec. 29 off of Hwy. 41
Churchill Junior High School Galesburg, 905 Maple St.
Clark's Chapel School Haw Creek Twp: SW corner of Section 17
Clay School Galesburg Twp: SE corner of Section 19
Clearfield School (historical) Maquon Twp: SE corner of Section 28
Collinson School Lynn Twp: NW corner of SW quarter of Sec. 29
Condra School Henderson Twp: near the center of Section 15
Cook School Orange Twp: NW quarter of Section 36
Cooke School Galesburg
Corey School Salem Twp: NW corner of Section 10
Cornfield College School Chestnut Twp: NE quarter of Section 7
Corpus Christi Lyceum & University Galesburg, corner of Prairie & Tompkins Sts.
Costa Catholic School Galesburg, 2726 Costa Dr.
Cottage Grove School Knox Twp: NE quarter of Section 7
Cottonwood School Persifer Twp: SW quarter of Section 3
Cox School (historical) Salem Twp: NE quarter of Section 26
Craig School Knox Twp: NW quarter of Section 19
Cross Lane School Cedar Twp: SW corner of Section 31
Cummings School Walnut Grove Twp: NE corner of Section 33
Dahinda Persifer Twp. Section 24
DeLong Grade School DeLong; Orange Township on County Hwy 5
Dempsey School Orange Twp: SW quarter of Section 1
Dixie School Truro Twp: NW quarter of Section 12
Douglas School Galesburg, corner of S. Seminary & Third Sts.
Douglas-Summit School Salem Twp: SE quarter of Section 6
Doyle School (historical) Ontario Twp: SW corner of Section 5
Dunlap School Henderson Twp: SW quarter of Section 25
Earel School Cedar Twp: SE quarter of Section 26
Egypt School Knox Twp: NW quarter of Section 11
Elba Center School Elba Twp: SE corner of Section 16
Elm Tree School Rio Twp: SW corner of Section 27
Elwell School Orange Twp: Easter part of Section 28
Ennis School Salem Twp: NW quarter of Section 1
Etherly School Victoria Twp: NW quarter of Section 30
Eugene School Truro Twp: SE corner of Section 35
Fair Mound School (historical) Chestnut Twp: NW corner of Section 34
Fairview School Victoria Twp: SE corner of NE quarter of Sec. 14
Farnham School Galesburg, corner of Farnham & Summit Sts.
Ferris School Walnut Grove Twp: NW corner of Section 32
Finley School Ontario Twp: SW corner of Section 13
Flynn School Persifer Twp: SE corner of NE quarter of Sec. 19
Ford School Elba Twp: NW corner of Section 24
Fort Henry School Persifer Twp: SW quarter of Section 5
Fort Sumter School (historical) Walnut Grove Twp: NW corner of Section 12
Fosmire School Sparta Twp: SW corner of Section 12
Foster School Maquon Twp: SE corner of Section 14
Fraker's Grove School Lynn Township: NW corner of Section 24
Franklin School (historical) Rio Twp: SW qrtr of Sec. 13 (earlier location)
Rio Twp: NW qrtr of Sec. 12 (later location)
Free Kindergarten Galesburg
Fruit Hill School Maquon Twp: used to be in Section 6;
moved to Maquon
Gale School Galesburg, 1131 W. Dayton St.
Galesburg High School Galesburg, corner of Broad & Tompkin Sts.
Currently at 1135 W. Fremont St.
Gehring School Walnut Grove Twp: SE quarter of Section 18
Gibbs School Lynn Twp: NW corner of SW quarter of Sec. 36
Gilson School Haw Creek Twp: Gilson
Glisson School Knox Twp: Section 26 off of Rte. 150
Goff School Copley Twp: NW corner of Section 14
Gooseneck School (historical) Indian Point Twp: NE quarter of Section 25
Greenleaf School Henderson Twp: SE corner of Section 8
Hague School (Union) Galesburg Twp: Section 25
Hannam School Sparta Twp: NW quarter of Section 2
Harper School Chestnut Twp: near the center of Section 3
Haw Creek Twp. High School Gilson
Hayne School Unknown
Hazel Dell School Knox Twp: SW quarter of Section 9
Hazel Dell School (historical) Maquon Twp: NW corner of Section 32
Hazel Green School Haw Creek Twp: NE quarter of Section 22
Hedding Grade School Abingdon
Hedding College Abingdon
Heller School Cedar Twp: SW quarter of Section 10
Henderson School Henderson Twp: Section 14
Hermon School Chestnut Twp: Section 19, Hermon
Highland School Knox Twp: NE corner of Section 18
Hitchcock School Galesburg, corner of N. Cherry & Selden Sts.
Hobbs School Copley Twp: SE quarter of Section 7
Hope School Copley Twp: NW quarter of Section 36
Hunt School Indian Point Twp: SE quarter of Section 29
Hurley School Galesburg Twp: SW corner of Section 33
Illinois Baptist College Galesburg, Mulberry St.
Indian Point School Indian Point Twp: NW quarter of Section 16
King School Galesburg: 1018 S. Farnham St.
Knox College Galesburg
Knoxville Grade School Knoxville
Knoxville High School Knoxville, Main St.
Knoxville Junior High School Knoxville, 701 E. Mill St.
Kufus School Walnut Grove Twp: SW quarter of Section 16
L. T. Stone School Galesburg West, 1072 W. North St.
Laphan School Truro Twp: SW corner of NW qrtr of Sec. 15
Libolt School Haw Creek Twp: NW corner of Section 32
Lincoln School Rio Twp: SE corner of Section 18
Lincoln School Galesburg
Log City School Henderson Twp: Section 32
Lombard Junior High School Galesburg, 1220 E. Knox St.
Lombard University Galesburg
Lotts School Haw Creek Twp: SE quarter of Section 4;
off of Hwy. 17
Louisville School Cedar Twp: SW quarter of Section 16
Mable Woolsey Elementary School Knoxville: 106 Pleasant Ave.
Maple Grove School Indian Point Twp: SW quarter of Section 11
Maple Grove School Persifer Twp: NW corner of NE qrtr of Sec. 31
Maquon Frame Schoolhouse Maquon
Maquon Grade School Maquon
Maquon High School Maquon
Marion School Rio Twp: NE quarter of Section 11
McGirr School Maquon Twp: SW corner of NW quarter
in Sec. 12, off of Rte. 8
McKee School Copley Twp: SW quarter of Section 4
Military School Sparta Twp: NW quarter of Section 29
Mount Joy School Henderson Twp: NW quarter of Section 8
Newman School Orange Twp: SW corner of SE quarter of Sec. 5
Nielson School Galesburg, 547 N. Farnham St.
North School Copley Twp: SE quarter of Section 1
Number 3 School
(Austin School)
Walnut Grove Twp: NE quarter of Section 15
Oak Grove School Cedar Twp: NE quarter of Section 22
Oakland School (historical) Maquon Twp: SE corner of Section 26
Oneida Elementary School Oneida
Oneida High School Oneida
Ontario School Ontario Twp: SW corner of Section 29
Open Air School Galesburg, South Cedar Street
Pease Hill School (historical) Salem Twp: NW corner of SW qrtr of Sec. 28
Pierce School (historical) Walnut Grove Twp: NW quarter of Section 9
Pleasant Grove School Salem Twp: NE quarter of Section 23
Pleasant Grove School Henderson Twp: SE quarter of Section 18
Pleasant Hill School Elba Twp: SE quarter of Section 26
Pleasant Hill School Sparta Twp: NE quarter of Section 33
Pleasant Hill School Victoria Twp: SE quarter of Section 36
Pleasant Mound School (Cashman) Indian Point Twp: SE corner of Section 2
Pleasant Valley School (Valley) Indian Point Twp: SE quarter of Section 27
Potter School (historical) Lynn Twp: SW corner of Section 3
Raymond R Marquith
Elementary School
East Galesburg: 118 Main St.
Rebstock School Haw Creek Twp: NE corner of Section 7
Red Oak School Sparta Twp: near the center of Section 35
Reynolds School (historical) Ontario Twp: NW corner of Section 12
Rhodes School Sparta Twp: SE quarter of Section 22
Rio Elementary School Rio
Rio Center School Rio Twp: SE corner of Sec. 16 (early location)
Robbins School Sparta Twp: NW quarter of Section 4
Rose Hill School Rio Twp: SE quarter of Sec. 30 (early location)
Rose Hoben Welch School Galesburg, Dayton St.
Round Bottom School Persifer Twp: NE corner of Section 11
Rowe School Sparta Twp: NW quarter of Section 18
St. Alban's Academy Knoxville
St. Augustine St. Augustine; corner of Church and East Sts.
St. Joseph's Academy Galesburg
St. Martha's School Knoxville
St. Mary's School Knoxville
Salem Center School Salem Twp: NW quarter of Section 22
Salem School Victoria Twp: SW quarter of Section 28
Sherman School Haw Creek Twp: NW corner of Section 2
Silas Willard Elementary School Galesburg , 495 E. Fremont St.
Simpson School (historical) Walnut Grove Twp: NE quarter of Section 7
Sipes School (historical) Lynn Twp: SW corner of Section 1
Sisson School Henderson Twp: NE quarter of Section 27
Sixteen School Victoria Twp: SW quarter of Section 16
Slough Island School (historical) Chestnut Twp: near the center of Section 36
Soles School Lynn Twp: NE corner of SE quarter of Sec. 16
Soperville School Henderson Twp: Section 21: Soperville
South Elba School Elba Twp: SE corner of Section 28
South Grove School (historical) Chestnut Twp: SW corner of Section 29
Sparta Township High School Wataga, Sparta Township
Steele School Galesburg, 1480 W. Main St.
Stump Valley School Victoria Twp: NW corner of SW qrtr of Sec.35
Sumner School Orange Twp: SE quarter of Section 23
Sunnyside School Knox Twp: NW quarter of Section 35
Sunrise School Henderson Twp: SW quarter of Section 2
Swanson School Galesburg, McMasters Ave.
Swigert School Haw Creek Twp: SE corner of Section 28
Talbot School Ontario Twp: NE corner of Section 28
Thirlwell School Galesburg Twp: SE corner of Section 21
Trenton School Persifer Twp: SW quarter of Section 25;
off of Rte. 150
Truro School Truro Twp: NE quarter of Section 9
Union School (Blue Sky) Elba Twp: SW corner of Section 29
Union School (Hague) Galesburg Twp: center of Section 25
Union School Persifer Twp: near the center of Section 28
Union School Rio Twp: NW corner of Section 10;
off of Rte. 150
Union School (historical) Victoria Twp: NE corner of SE quarter
of Sec. 4, Rte. 180
Upsen School Galesburg
Valley School (Pleasant Valley) Indian Point Twp: SE quarter of Section 27
Victoria Consolidated School Victoria
Wagher School Copley Township: NW corner of Section 34
Warren School Cedar Twp: NW quarter of Section 7
Washington Addition School Galesburg Twp: NE quarter of Section 13
Washington Public School
(historical)
Abingdon
Washington School Rio Twp: Section 28 (earlier location)
Rio Twp: SW corner of Sec. 25 (later location)
Wataga Elementary School 220 S. Depot St., Wataga
Waterman School North of the tie plant on the east side
of Route 41 -- Marie Olinger
Way School Chestnut Twp: NE quarter of Section 22
West Elba School Elba Twp: SW corner of Section 5
West Fall School Copley Twp: SE quarter of Section 29
West Point School Henderson Twp: NE quarter of Section 31
West School Copley Twp: NE quarter of Section 13
West School Galesburg Twp: SW quarter of Section 8
West Truro School Truro Twp: NE quarter of Section 7
West Union School Elba Twp: SW corner of Section 17
Weston School Galesburg, corner of Mulberry St. & Allen Ave.
Wetmore School Ontario Twp: NW corner of Section 30
White Oak School Knox Twp: center of section 2
White School (historical) Orange Twp: NW quarter of Section 20
White School (historical) Ontario Twp: SW corner of Section 3
Williamsfield Grade School Williamsfield
Windmill School Copley Twp: SW quarter of Section 16
Wright School Rio Twp: SW corner of Section 5
Wyman School Persifer Twp: NW quarter of Section 16
Yale School Lynn Twp: SE quarter of Section 27
Yates City Grade School Yates City, 100 E. Ames St.
Yates City High School Yates City

 

 


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