Madison County School District 11 Records, 1871-1915  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Madison County School District 11 (Madison County, Mont.)
Title
Madison County School District 11 Records
Dates
1871-1915
Quantity
.4 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2521, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Madison County School District 11 records from 1871 to 1915, consist of a volume of minutes from the school board that includes a number of different census results to determine the number of eligible children in the district, along with some financial data, a ledger volume records school expenses authorized by the board, and three additional registers list students by name, along with their "attendance and punctuality" records for the school terms.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The origins of the town of Pony, Montana are unclear, but it seems reasonably certain that a camp was established close to the present town site as early as 1868. The nature of the area's quartz gold deposits required more investment in machinery and equipment than individuals could muster, and as the years passed the population ebbed and flowed in direct response to local mine development by outside capital. Miners who came with families naturally wanted educational opportunities for their children and by 1871 Madison County School District 11 had been established to oversee school matters in Pony. The first school board members were Z. M. Allen, David Young, and William P. Gay. The board's deliberations in the early 1870s concerned the location of a permanent school house and several locations as far away as the present day town of Harrison were considered. By 1902 Pony's population seemed steady enough to justify the construction of a large, two-storey brick schoolhouse for both the elementary and high school students, but just two years later mining activity in the area began a steady decline that never rebounded. In 1943 the Pony High School closed and students were sent to Harrison thereafter. The elementary school at Pony closed in 1955. The Harrison School District 23 absorbed the former area encompassing District 11 probably at the same time.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Madison County School District 11 records consist of a volume of minutes from the school board that includes a number of different census results to determine the number of eligible children in the district, along with some financial data from 1871 to 1915. A single ledger volume records school expenses authorized by the board from 1886 to 1897, and three additional registers list students by name, along with their "attendance and punctuality" records for the school terms between 1901 and 1903. There are no student grades in these attendance registers. A single folder of documents found within the registers completes this collection.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 School board minutes 1871-1915
1/2 School purchase ledger 1886-1897
1/3 School register 1901-1902
1/4 School register 1901-1902
1/5 School register 1902-1903
1/6 Laid-in documents

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • School districts-Montana-Madison County
  • Schools-Montana-Madison County
  • Students-Montana-MadisonCounty-Registers