[Date of the Homecoming event and original publication of this material is unknown]
Last Friday evening about 7 o’clock cars began to drive into the West View School from miles around for a get together of former teachers and pupils. After a supper a program was given by the teacher, Miss Alma Lehman and pupils, after which histories were read by representatives of the pioneer families.
They were given of the Fulks family, by Roberta Milburn, the Fulks family came to the district in 1731. The Peter Newkirk family who homesteaded in 1732, by Darlene Hofstetter; in 1835 the Thixtons, by Merlyn Hofstetter; the Bowen families in 1835, by Mrs. B. F. Akin; Hays families, by Mrs. John Carter; the Loganbills, Balora Hofstetter; Lehmans by Alma Lehman; the Grinsteads, by Gerald Rimel; Weltys, by Clara Welty; the Schaffters, by Glen Schaffter; the Baxters, by W. H. Baxter; the Kaspers and Ratzliffs, by Mrs. Edward Roth and the Foley family, by Mrs. E. H. Fowler.
Former teachers responding were Mrs. Rosa Gook Pilgrim, McGirk, who received a red potted plant as being the oldest teacher present; Chas. Milburn who called the roll as it was when he taught, Mrs. Minnie Howard Robertson, Elvin Lehman, Mrs. Elas Milburn McDaniel and John Sappington all of California, Mrs. Aura Laudel Hunting of Independence, Mo., Miss Veda Thixton, Kansas City who received a pink plant for the one coming the greatest distance. Miss Thixton gave a humorous reading and Miss Alma Lander of Tipton gave a piano sold, and the others were Mrs. Marianne Schaffter Milburn and Mrs. Mabel Ayres of the community.
Mrs. Cecil Akins read greetings from a number of others teachers. A list of all the teachers from 1889 to the present date was put on the board by Mrs. Marianne Wilburn.
Mrs. Mary Lehman received a white potted plant as being the oldest pupil present. A solo “Far Away Faces” was sung by Mrs. Maxine Chambers.
WEST VIEW SCHOOL
We have no records in our district of the first school that served the pioneer children of this community. However, some of us remember hearing our grandparents tell of this school which was called the Bowen School. It was a log house that stood across the road from the house where the Raymond Maupin family now lives. The Chas. Bower family then lived at the location of the present Maupin home. This of course was a typical pioneer school of its time with fireplace, benches made of split logs with no desks very few books and almost no equipment.
The land where our present building stands was granted to the school by William Fulks in 1858. Here a better school was built which was used until a larger building was needed. This was also known as the Bowen School. It was furnished with a stove, better benches and desks and other equipment. More subjects were taught by this time. The McGuffey Readers were used for many years. Instead of having paper to write on slates were used. Drinking water was carried by the children from a spring as far as one half to three fourths of a mile away. The bucket and dipper were used around.
Some of the older pupils were grown men and they chopped the wood for the stove. It was not uncommon for boys and girls to attend this school until they were 21 years old. Then in some cases they paid to go after they became 21 and were past school age.
This was a very large school district at that time and some of the children came several miles. There were many large families, consequently so many children that the school outgrew the school house. There were at times from 80 to 100 children in school. Therefore, this house was moved across the road to the Foley farm where it was used as a barn until a short time ago. It was replaced by a larger building, our present school.
The house was built in 1878 that we are using now and was named West View. This house has been changed and remodeled through the years until it looks very different from the original building. At first there were four windows on each side of the building and the belfry was on the east and above the door. Later, when the vestibule was built on the east, the belfry was placed on the west end. The windows on the north side were taken out and put on the south side to eliminate cross lighting. The first blackboards were replaced by better slate blackboards in 1897. The house was heated by a large box stove which stood in the center of the room but a furnace with a ventilating system was installed over 30 years ago.
In 1901 the sum of 15₵ per pupil was appropriated for library books and the bookcases on the north wall was built. As the number of books increased, it became necessary to build the bookcase on the south wall, A globe was bought in 1893 that was used until a few years ago when a new one was purchased. Hanging kerosene lamps were bought in 1900. They were replaced by gasoline lamps in 1922. These were used until the R.E.A. made electricity available in 1940. Free text books were made available by our state in 1928.
The children were made happy when an organ was purchased some time after the turn of the century. It was used until our piano was bought in 1923. The school now also has a radio to keep us up to date with music and world happenings. These are only a few of the improvements that have been made.
Our wide awake school boards have not only been modernizing and keeping the interior of the school house up to date but they have also improved the equipment on the school ground.
When the house was built in 1878, a cistern was dug by the north side of the house and the children could no longer avoid their books by carrying water from a spring somewhere in the neighborhood. In 1897 our well was drilled in order to furnish an adequate supply of sanitary drinking water. The cistern still remained by the north side of the house until it was filled in 1900. Now we have a sanitary drinking water fountain inside the house.
West View has served as a community center throughout the years and back in the horse-and-buggy days hitch racks were quite a necessity. In 1901 the chain racks, that many of us remember, were placed along the north and west sides of the school ground. Here many a horse has been tied and many a child hurt by falling from the racks.
Within recent years playground equipment has been supplied so that the children need not depend on the chain racks for amusement. There are metal slides, swings and see-saws. The older boys and girls have had a basketball court to play on since 1924.
As the histories of the families reveal the fact that our school has been a melting pot where a number of nationalities have been made into patriotic American citizens. Since 1931 we have had a flag pole where our “Stars and Stripes” fly and are saluted by our young Americans as they repeat the “Pledge of Allegiance” to the flag.
The success of West View School in training our children to become good patriotic citizens of the U.S, has been accomplished by the cooperation of all the tax payers, parents and teachers who have worked and planned for the education of our children. Our present school with its modem equipment where we strive to develop our children physically, mentally and morally costs many times as much as our school did in its earlier years even tho we now have only 15 children enrolled. For example, our records show that in 1894 the board’s estimate of expenses for the year was $455, while in 1948 their estimate was $4,500 — almost ten times as much. But none of us would be willing to have the kind of school we have then even though the cost per pupil is much greater.
Because of the small number of children that are served by the average one-room rural school of today, the years of the one-room school may be numbered. Even though West View’s years of usefulness may be drawing to a close, there are many persons living, who have fond memories of days spent here and who are grateful for the opportunities and inspiration that they were given at dear old West View and they say “God bless West View and those memories.”
Written by Marianne Schaffter Milburn
TEACHERS OF WEST VIEW SCHOOL
Prior to 1890 — Year dates unknown:
1890 – Ada Thixton
1891 – J. D. Thixton (winter)
1890 – Ada Grinstead (spring)
1892 – 93 – J. D. Thixton (winter)
1893 – Minnie Lee Hays (spring)
1893 – 94 – J. A. Thixton (winter)
1893 – Ada Grinstead Thixton (spring)
1894 – 95 – Dan Kauffman (winter)
1895 – 96 – Clarence Simms (winter)
1896 — Alice Schaffter (spring)
1896 – 97 Alice Schaffter (winter)
1897 – Minnie Lee Hays (spring)
1897 – 98 – A. J. Thomas– (winter)
1898 – Emma Cole (spring)
1898 – 99 – A. J. Thomas (winter)
1899 – Emma Cole (spring)
1899 – 1900 – John Stark (winter)
1900 – Rosa Cook (spring)
1900 – 01 – Minnie Lee Hays (winter)
1901 – Minnie Lee Hays (spring)
1901 – 02 – G. M. D. Shadwick (winter)
1902 – Ethel Cheshire (spring)
1902 – 03 – Ethel Cheshire (winter)
1903 – Minnie Lee Hays (spring)
1903 – 04 – John Stark (winter)
1904 – Minnie Howard (spring)
1904 – 05 – William. Howard (winter)
1905 – Minnie Howard (spring)
1905 – 06 –
1906 – Minnie Lee Hays (spring)
1906 – 07 – Louis Niele (winter)
1907 – Grace Hodge (spring)
1907 – 08 – Mary Hoyt (winter)
1908 – Dorothy Igo (spring)
1908 – 09 – Addie Elliott (winter)
1909 – 10 — Minnie Hays (spring)
1909 – 10 – T. B. Anderson (winter)
1910 – Emma Kneirim (spring)
1910 – 11 – Chas. Milburn (winter)
1911 – Elsie Milburn (spring)
1911 – 12 – Chas. Milburn – Ben Fulks
1912 – Annie Schaffter (spring)
1912 – 13 – Ben Fulks (winter)
1913 – Lucille Lewis (spring
1913 – 14 –Annie Schaffter – (1st 8-month term)
1914 – 15 – Annie Hamlin
1915 –16 – Elvin Lehman
1916 – 17 – Elvin and Della Lehman
1917 –18 – Edward Bower
1918 – 1919 – Marianne Schaffter
1919 – 20 – Paul Lehman
1920 – 21 – Marianne Schaffter
1921 – 22 – Audrey Laudel
1922 – 23 – Emma Kasper
1923 – 24 – Anna Jane Duvall
1924 – 25 – Bonnie Lee McPherson
1925 – 26 – Bonnie Lee McPherson
1926 – 27 – Bonnie Lee McPherson
1927 – 28 – Ernest Allee
1928 – 29 – Ernest Allee
1929 – 30 – Virginia McPherson
1930 – 31 – Virginia McPherson
1931 – 32 – Veda Thixton
1932 – 33 – Veda Thixton
1933 – 34 – Loyce Kelsay
1934 – 35 – Loyce Kelsay
1935 – 36 – Alma Lander
1936 – 37 – Alma Lander
1937 – 38 – Thelma Todd
1938 – 39 – Thelma Todd
1939 – 40 – Frances Canfield
1940 – 41 – Alma Lander
1941 – 42 – Alma Lander
1942 – 43 – Alma Lander
1943 – 44 – Evelyn Aeschbacher
1944 – 45 – Gwendolyn Hall
1945 – 46 – Mabel Ayres
1946 – 47 – Mabel Ayres
1947 – 48 – John Sappington
1948 – 49 – Alma Lehman
1949 – 50 – Alma Lehman
THE FULKS HISTORY
In the year of 1828 my great, great grandfather, William Fulks came from Virginia to Missouri. He lived, north or the river in Howard county for three years, but in 1831, when he married, he homesteaded on the land about one-half mile east of here where the Ralph Ayres family now live. The log house, which he built, stood near a spring across the road from where the present buildings stand.
He secured 160 acres from the government as a homestead and purchased many acres more at 25₵ and $1.25 per acre. Here on this fertile pioneer farm my ancestors, who have helped to build the schools of our Missouri and also helped to build our America, lived.
My great grandfather, Morgan Fulks, born in 1838, was the fifth of a family of 12 children born on this homestead.
Schools were few and he and his brothers and sisters walked several miles to a school located north of their home. This schoolhouse was built of logs and the benches they sat on were made of split logs. They later attended the Bowen School which was nearer their home. There is no doubt but that it was quite a primitive school also. The teachers in those days had little education. The 3R’s were about all that was taught, but great Grandfather managed to get enough education to enable him to take his place as an efficient and broad-minded citizen of our country.
In 1858 his father gave to our school the land on which this house is located. He evidently wanted his grandchildren and his neighbor’s children to have a school nearer their homes than his children had had.
Great, Great, Grandfather Fulks divided his tract of land into smaller farms which he gave to his children when they married and here they lived for a number of years and they and their descendants played an interesting role in the educational life of this community. But I shall attempt only to tell of the descendants of by Great Grandfather Morgan Fulks.
He was married in 1857 and was given the farm just south of his childhood home. Pete Shull now lives there but it is generally known as the Robert Schaffter place. Here he built a log house in which all except the youngest of his family of seven children were born. The youngest was born in the frame house which he later built there. He was eager for his children to enjoy the advantages of a better education than he had been able to get. He helped to plan and make possible a better school while he served as a school board member and clerk for a number of years.
All of his children attended grade school here but all later went elsewhere for some higher education. As there are some older people here this evening who went to school with this family, I will name them: They were John, Bass Sallie, my grandmother, Thomas Morgan and Millie. None of them are now living.
Their father moved to California, Missouri in 1890 and his daughter, Sallie and her husband Robert Schaffter, began operating his farm which they later bought. They lived there until after the death of my grandmother, Sallie, two years ago. Bass build the old house that stands just south of our school grounds and while living there served as clerk of our school board for several years.
My mother was Marianne Schaffter, a daughter of Saline Fulks Schaffter. She attended school here and taught here. But I will leave the part that she and her sisters, Annie and Maude, and her brother, David, played in this school to be told by the one who tells the Schaffter history,
Kathryn and Josephine Ingersoll, daughters of Millie Fulks, lived in grandmother’s home several years after the death of their mother and attended our school.
Glen Schaffter and I are the only ones who belong to the fifth generation of this pioneer family who have gone to school here. I am the youngest of this generation in our family. Ten years ago my father, Ernest Milburn, purchased a farm which was a part of the land owned by my pioneer ancestor, William Fulks. Five years ago we moved to this farm and here at West View School I did my last few years of grade school work, having finished last year.
My father is a member of our present school board.
Although I am the only member of his family to attend school here, three of his relatives have taught here.
I am proud to be a graduate of this school. It has served as a monument of the dreams, separations and sacrifices of many generations of my ancestors. Here they were taught to become patriotic and useful citizens of our United States of America.
THE NEWKIRK HISTORY
I represent the fifth generation of the late Peter Newkirk family. He homesteaded a section of land in 1832 that was in the West View School District. He gave each of his six children a farm, one of which was the home of my great grandfather N. B. Newkirk. It is now the home of my grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Knife and Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Maupin. Mrs. A. P. Foley who lives in this district is one of the fourth generation of that family also.
On looking over the old West View School record of 1872, I found the name, Napoleon B. Newkirk, age 20 years written there and as he was my great grandfather. I asked my grandmother, Mrs. E. E. Knife, the former Imogene Newkirk, whether she had any recollections of West View in by-gone years. She said she also attended school here and Miss Brown was her first teacher. My great grandfather went to school in the old building west of the present building known at that time as the Bowen School. Miss Minnie Lee Hays was one of my grandmother’s teachers and my mother also went to school to her. My mother’s first teacher was William Howard, who taught the term of 1904 – 1905. Nine of my brothers and sisters attended school here at West View, so there are four generations of the Newkirks who have gone to school here — namely: my great grandfather, Napoleon Newkirk; my grandmother, Imogene Newkirk (now Mrs. E. E. Knife); my mother, Mona Knife (now Mrs. Rufus Hofstetter); and myself.
HISTORY OF BOWEN ANCESTORS
Back in the year of 1835, when the covered wagons with the weary oxen plodding their way from the homeland of Kentucky, my great grandfather, Thomas Bowen’s family, was one of the many to migrate to the land homesteads. He, with his wife and five children, his wife being the former Jamima Newkirk, sister of David Newkirk. The children namely, Drake, Charles, Ellsha, Kitty, Martha, now knowing the full history of all five children, I shall give the history of my Grandfather Charles D. Bower who was born in Kentucky in 1825. The family moved to Indiana in 1835 thence to Moniteau County Missouri in 1845 to the old Bowen homestead, now owned by Mrs. Rosa Maupin. In 1847 he married Cynthia Calvert. A family of eight children were born to this union. Namely — Wm. T., Henry O., Mary, Jamina, Jane, Sally, Manda and Mattie. All these attended school at Bowen School — Sally and Jane being teachers of this school.
My father, Henry O. Bowen, born November 20, 1851, attended his first school when the building stood just west of the Bowen homestead. My father had three daughters, Effie, Hanby, Amanda Baxter and myself, Mrs. Cecil Akins. All were students of West View. Amanda’s two children, Benjamin Baxter and Cynthia Nichols, and our two sons, Norman Akin and Maynard Akin, also attended. Maynard graduated in 1939, he being the youngest one of this Bowen family to attend school here.
Signed Mrs. Cecil Aldus
Searching through old records and from hearsay, I found that the Thixton family was among some of the first families that homesteaded in this community.
In the year 1835 James David Thixton, my great, great grandfather, who will be referred to as Grandpap, left Louisville, Kentucky, horseback to visit his brother-in-law, who had already homesteaded in what is now the Hickory Grove Community.
While here Grandpap entered 80 acres of land where the Elmer Thixton and Swartz buildings now stand.
In the spring of 1836 a group of families left their homes in Louisville, Kentucky, in covered wagons to homestead in Missouri. This group included Grandpap, his wife, Sarah Sousley Thixton and three small sons, Will, Pete and Alf; The Drakes, Murphys, Fount Hays, John Buzan, Lou Merriotts and the Chessers, who stopped in Howard County.
The wagons were so heavily loaded that the women took turns about walking. They finally reached here October 21, 1836. The Thixtons built a log cabin on what is now the Elmer Thixton farm.
Grandpap entered more land — 1200 acres in all, paying from 25₵ to $1.00 per acre. This was later divided among his six sons. The land consists today of these farms — Swartz’s, Vaughn’s, Friedley’s, Neuse Hays’s, Tom Hays’s, Jennie McPherson’s, Harold Wilson’s, Jess Hunter Thixton’s, Si Hofstetter’s, Elmer Thixton’s, part of Willie Baxter’s now owned by Loy Edwards and John Carter.
There were many hardships during the early years of homesteading, most of the farming was done with oxen.
Booneville, Missouri was the closest town. Grandpap went to town twice a year, taking bacon and eggs by the wagon load, selling the bacon at 4₵ per pound. They butchered 25 to 30 hogs a year as hogs were not sold on foot, in those days. About all the groceries they bought were sugar, coffee and salt. All materials for clothing were made in the home.
In the spring and fall they went to Gravois Mills, south of Versailles with wheat and corn to have ground into flour and meal. Sometimes they had to wait two or three days to get their grinding done.
During the Civil War this community was raided, by the “bush wackers”. These raiders took food, clothing and stock. July 20, 1864 — during a raid, Pete Thixton, sick in bed, was called to the door, asked to step outside and was killed. Pete Hays and John Farmer were also killed that night.
My grandfather, Tomp Thixton, a young boy, kept some stock hid in the timber, east of where Friedley now lives, for several days so the stock would not be stolen. Food was carried to him by the younger members of the family.
The first school house in this community was built on the forty west of Raymond Maupin’s — known as Bowen School. Later another schoolhouse was built in 1878. It was built by Old Uncle Bill Carter. He was paid around $70 for the carpenter work.
Grandpap had six sons — Will, Pete, Alf, John, Tomp and Dave — all married and lived in this community for many years.
The first Thixton to teach school at West View was Tomp Thixton, a son of Grandpap, who taught during the Civil War. He was paid a small sum by the parents whose children went to school. Amanda Thixton, better known as “Mack” taught at West View in 1880 – 1882. Betty Thixton taught 1887 – 1888 and Dave Thixton taught three terms — from 1891 to 1893. These were grandchildren of Grandpap — Veta Thixton a great granddaughter, taught two terns — from 1931 to 1933.
Tomp Thixton served some 20 years on the school board. Later Harve Thixton, his son, also served a long time on the board. Jennie Hawkis of Amerilla, Texas, a granddaughter, is the oldest living descendent that attended school at West View. She is 86 years old. Frank Thixton, a grandson, is the oldest living person carrying the Thixton name, that attended school here. Kathryn Thixton, a great granddaughter, was the last descendant carrying the Thixton name to attend school. The last relative to attend school here was Earl Sinclair, a great, great grandson.
There have been 4 sons, 28 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 14 great, great grandchildren of Grandpap who attended school at West View.
By Merrilyn Hofstetter
HAYS FAMILY HISTORY
Benjamin F. Hays and J. P. Hays were sons of Peter and Jane (Hiller) Hays. Peter Hays was born in Kentucky and came to Missouri about 1854. He married Miss Jane Miller, daughter of Levi Miller, who came from Virginia. Mr. Hays rented land in Moniteau County until 1862 when he purchased 160 acres and there lived until his death, which occurred July 20, 1864. He was killed by bushwackers who rode up to the house at night while his three sons were away from home. Mrs. Hays lived on the place until her death in 1885 together with her children.
Benjamin F. Hays, the eldest son remained on the farm after the death of his father with the exception of a year that was spent in Kentucky. He was married to Rose A. Newkirk, daughter of David S. and Mary Newkirk. He was a very successful farmer and began buying the other shares of the home place and then added 230 acres to the original tract besides erecting fine new buildings.
To this union was born thirteen children — namely: Minnie Lee, David P., Charles H., James T., Thomas A., Mary F., George F., Joseph A., Rose E., Anna C., John Edwin, Dicy K., and Ercell Hunter.
The eldest child of this family, Minnie Lee, started to West View in 1877 and attended until she was nineteen years of age. She then went to Clarksburg Institute and continued her education. Miss Minnie then taught in a number of schools of Moniteau and Morgan Counties, including West View. She was an outstanding teacher and well loved by all her pupils.
All of the other children of Ben Hays attended school at West View with two of them sometimes starting the first grade together.
The first grandchild to attend West View was Ethel Lee Hays, daughter of David Hays. She made her home with her grandmother, Aunt Rose Hays, after the death of her mother.
The other brother, J. P. Hays, was married to Amanda Bowen and to this union was born the following children: Jennie, Neuse, Mame, Ben, Rose, George and Dorsey. This family lived on the adjoining farm and the children of the two families were together most of the time. At one time in West View School there were thirteen Hays children.
Their eldest daughter, Jennie, married Elmer McPherson and had four children — namely: Marvin, Bonnie, Virginia and Maude Kathryn. Bonnie and Virginia both became teachers of West View School.
The other grandchildren who attended West View are as follows: Emmett and Wauxie Dornan and Dorothea Rose Lehman. Vivian Hays, Minnie Lee, Junior and Norman Hays. Mildred, Merrice, Emmett and Mercedes Hays. Lee and B. F. Hays, Pauline, George and Vernon Lehman. Berkeley and Georgeanna Hays. Norman Hays, the younger son of Ercell Hays, was the last Hays by name to graduate from West View.
The fourth generation is represented by the children of Marvin and Nora McPherson: Donna, Dean, Sandra and Karen, the latter two being in school at this time.
Written by Mrs. John Carter
The Lehman history in this district began with two families — P.C.A. Lehman, my father’s father and P. P. Lehman, Sr., my mother’s grandfather. The two families moved here from Wayne County, Ohio.
The P.C.A. Lehman family came to Missouri in 1867 and settled on the farm where Kenneth Kelsay now lives, better known as the David Schaffter farm. My grandfather purchased the farm from Marion Fulks. It was on this farm that my father, Frank Lehman, along with his brothers, Benjamin, Ruben and Harvey, grew to manhood. The boys, along with their sisters — Caroline, Katherine and Mary — attended west View School. That was during the years 1872 to 1899. My father left school in 1889.
My mother’s grandfather, P.P. Lehman, Sr., came to Missouri with his family in 1866. They settled on a farm north of Bethel church now the Ralph Ayres farm. He bought the farm of 320 acres from William Fulks. Their children, Mose, Simeon, Daniel, William, Elizabeth, Katherine and Mollie (sometimes known as Mary) went to school here back in the 1870’s. Four of the children had gone to school in Ohio, two of which remained. His children, Mose and Daniel, settled on farms not far from their father. Simeon later became owner of part of his father’s farm. Simeon’s children, Esther, Ed, Allen, Albert, David and Emma, all attended school here. David is now county collector of Moniteau County. William also came into possession of part of his father’s farm. His children, Carl, Paul, Palmer, Ivan, Lydia and Dorothy Rose went to school here. Paul Lehman taught West View one term. My mother, daughter of Daniel Lenman, did not come to this school but my uncle Robert, who lived with William Lehman, attended school here. Elvin Lehman, son of Mose Lehman, now County Clerk, also taught school at West View during the term 1916 – 1917. His sister Della finished that term after he decided to attend school in Warrensburg.
Barbara, the oldest daughter of Peter Lehman, came from Ohio with her young husband, Ulrich Aeschbacher, and settled on the Boone Baxter farm where Gerald Rimels now lives. There three sons, Sim, Will and Dan Aeschbacher, attended school here. Dan Aeschbacher later owned a farm in this district. His son, Herman, attended school here and later became a director of the school. Herman’s family also attended school here and Evelyn, the oldest daughter, taught one term of school.
By Alma Lehman
Looking through an old record book of the West View district, I noticed the name of Peter Loganbill among the taxpayers. I knew my grandmother on my father’s side was a Loganbill. So being the inquisitive sort of a person, I began asking questions, not that all were answered that I asked, but I did find that — Peter Loganbill, my great grandfather, and his wife, Anna, and their nine children — Jake, Dan, Elizabeth, John, Saloma, Barbara, Anna, Mattie and Mary — along with the widow, Barbara Garber, and three sons, the Dan Loganbill families, came to Missouri from Dalton, Wayne County, Ohio in March 1868. They came on the train.
One of the old members of the family tells of this incident happening on the road as the train was nearing St. Louis, Missouri, the train was derailed, the engine and practically all the cars left the track, some of them falling into the river. The Loganbills were in the last coach of the train and fortunately it remained on the track.
This delayed the journey somewhat but they finally reached Tipton, where they were met by two families, by two families who had previously come to Missouri from Dalton to make their home. They remained with these families while the men looked around trying to buy a farm. Peter Loganbill bought what is now the Simon Hofstetter place at one time part of the land entered by the Fulks’s. The farm is still owned by Uncle Sim Hofstetter, a son-in-law of Peter Loganbill. At one time Peter Loganbill owned what is now the John P. Loganbill, Harold Moser and the Johnnie Elliott farms. This was the beginning of what was sometimes referred to as the Bethel Mennonite Settlement.
Asking more questions I found Peter and Anna Loganbill had twelve children — Will, Rose and Clara born after coming to Missouri. Searching through some more of the records I discovered that nine of the twelve Loganbill children attended school at West View and that one of them was my grandmother, Mattie Hofstetter.
School was quite a hardship for some of these children, as they were unable to speak very little English when they entered school.
Many large boys and girls, 18 to 20 years of age, attended at that time.
One member of the family said she did not like to go to school because they teased them so much. They were often called the “Dutchies.”
Through more searching and questing I found that nine children, eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren of Peter Loganbill attended school at West View. The last pupil carrying the Loganbill name to attend school here was Sol Loganbill, a grandson. There are four great grandchildren — Rose, Darlene, Kay and Ramona Hofstetter attending school here this year.
The oldest living Loganbill descendent that attended school here is John P. Loganbill, who was 89, April 1, 1949.
Mary Lehman is the oldest living girl of the Loganbill family that attended school here.
WELTY SCHOOL RECORD
Grandfather, Ulrich Welty, and family came to Missouri from Wayne County, Ohio in 1868. They bought some land from Tobins Newkirk and established their home on it. This is still known as the Welty farm.
Only the youngest of this family was school age when they came here and that was my father, William Welty, he being 12 years of age, finished his education in this school district. In 1882 he married Anna Hofstetter and took over his mother’s farm. The six children received all their education in the West View School.
Two of Ulrich’s other children also settled down in this district.
Peter L. Welty married Elizabeth Lehman and located on the farm now known as the G. G. Hofstetter farm. Their three daughters were scholars of West View all but one year when they attended Hazel Dell School.
The youngest daughter married Chris Hofstetter and their eight children attended school here through all their school years.
Barbara Welty married Peter P. Lehman and bought the farm joining the Peter Welty farm. Their six children were pupils of West View for their entire school life.
Of the 23 descendants of this Welty family, that attended West View School, 16 took up farming as their life work and all but three lived or are living in Missouri. Two live in Indiana and one in Nebraska.
Written by Clara Welty
KASPSER AND RATZLAFF HISTORIES
Grandfather Kasper and also Grandfather Ratzlaff came to America with their families to escape compulsory servitude in the Russian Army. Russia owned part of Poland at that time, the part in which my ancestors lived. Service in the Russian Army consisted of four years without pay, only enough for food and clothing. It was a hard, cruel discipline too, hard for ambitious young men. My folks wanted something better for their children — FREEDOM; so they came to America.
In order to get to this country they had to be smuggled across the Vistula River. People wanting to leave Poland paid a sum of money to a group of smugglers who helped then across the river in the night and took them to Berlin. My ancestors were among those who crossed the Vistula, went to Berlin, to London, England and thence to America.
The Kaspers settled on what is now known as the Baxter place where they lived until spring. That was in 1875, when my father, Cornelius S. Kasper, was eight years old, that the Kaspers came to America. They moved to the old Shores place where they stayed a short while. Dad attended Hazel Dell School while they were there. In a very short time they decided to go to Kansas where many people from Poland had settled. They made the trip in a covered wagon. There my father grew to manhood.
Mother’s folks came to America when mother, Anna Ratzlaff, was seventeen years old. They settled on the old Chris Welty place where they stayed seven months. They then purchased part of what is now the Kasper farm. There they lived until my Grandfather and Grandmother passed away.
In the meantime, Dad came back from Kansas on a visit, met my mother and after an eight-year courtship by correspondence Dad came once more to Missouri and married my mother. Dad bought our farm and later bought the Ratzlaff farm from the heirs. Here they have lived since 1895, the year of their marriage.
The Kasper children, Arnold Kasper of Kansas City, Edward Kasper of Tipton, Emma Kasper Hart of Versailles and Sarah Lena Kasper Roth of the home attended West View School. Emma later taught one year at West View.
The Jacob Ratzlaff (my mother’s brother) children — Elmer, Clarence, Mary, Henry and Fred also attended West View. The Ratzlaffs moved to Iowa before the children graduated.
Mrs. Edward Roth, Jr.
THE ROLE OF THE SCHAFFTERS PLAYED IN WEST VIEW HISTORY
The history of the Schaffters in connection with West View School began about 1874 when they moved from the Green Grove community to this district.
My great grandfather, David Schaffter, came from Switzerland to the U.S.A. in 1854. His wife and oldest daughter followed him later. The rest of the children were born in America. The family lived in Indiana and Ohio until 1870 when they came to Moniteau County, Missouri.
Great Grandfather spoke both German and French. Therefore, French was the language spoken in their home before coming to America. As they had come to the U.S.A. to establish a home in which to rear their children they both soon learned to speak the English language and could express themselves well in English before coming to Missouri. Only the older children of the family learned to speak French. Although both great grandfather and great grandmother had been well educated, it was difficult for them to adjust their way of living to the primitive way of life of the early settlers of Missouri. However, they wanted their children to become educated, good useful American citizens, consequently, turned to our schools for help and West View was the school where the family secured most of their grade school education,
All except Esther, the oldest child, went to school in our district. The ones who attended were Paul, Louise, Charles, Robert, who was my grandfather, Millie and Alice. A few years later Carl Morrison, a son of Esther, lived in his grandfather’s home and attended our school. Louise later taught, being one among the last teachers of the school when it was known as Bowen. A number of years later in 1896 – 1897 Alice taught a spring and winter term. According to our records, this is the first time the school board entrusted a woman with the responsibility of teaching a winter term. We agree that a school of from 80 to 100 youngsters, ranging in ages from 5 to 21 years was a big responsibility for a girl in her early twenties.
There was a school romance between my grandfather, Robert, and Sallie Fulks which culminated in marriage in 1889. They became the parents of Annie, Marianne, Maude and David, who is my father. Grandfather and Grandmother spent almost their entire lives in this school district. All their children secured their grade-school education at West View. Annie taught our school in the spring of 1912, then she again taught in 1913 – 14. (This term being eight consecutive months, the first term that was not split into three months spring and five months winter terms. Since then, we have had not more spring terms.) Marianne taught the 1918 – 19 term, also the 1920 – 21 term.
As my grandfather was the only one of his family who settled in West View District and brought up his family here, his son David, was the only one of his family who stayed in the district after his marriage. After my father, David, was married he became owner of what was known as the P.C.A. Lehman farm which adjoined Grandfather’s farm on the south. Here I, his only child, was born and have secured all of my grade-school education at West View. My father served our school by serving on the school board all during the time I was a pupil of the school. I am the only one of this fourth generation of Schaffter who secured all of my grade-school education at West View. However, Roberta Milburn, a daughter of Marianne (Mrs. Ernest Milburn), moved with her father and mother to the district in 1944 and spent 3 years in West View before finishing the grades. Although my father is still a taxpayer in the district, Roberta and her mother are the only Schaffter descendants who are now living in West View District. Marianne has the distinction, which she believes no one else can claim, of having been a pupil, a teacher and a parent of this school. We are all proud of West View School because it has helped us to take our places in our country as loyal American citizens.
By Glenn Schaffter
Miss Lizzie Foley taught West View School in 1879 at the age of 19, she being the second teacher in this school house with 40 pupils enrolled. Mr. Dan Aeschbacher, Will Aeschbacher and the late Will T. Lehman were among her pupils. She was a sister of Jim Foley who came to Missouri from Kentucky with their parents in 1869. He settled on a farm south of Tipton, Missouri. In 1877 Mr. Foley bought 50 acres across the road from West View School house from Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Bowen. Thus started the Foley home in West View School District. He lived continually on the farm from 1877 until his death on January 20, 1930. He served 27 years consecutively as director of this school. Mr. Foley left two sons Elmer and Amandus Foley who received their schooling here. They each had a daughter, Mrs. Elmer Fowler and Mrs. Leon Neal, who went to school here. The farm being owned and operated by Foleys for the last seventy-two years.
Written by Mrs. Elmer Foley