|The pioneers in the area recognized the importance of a formal education. In 1840 a log cabin was built on Lot No. 43, and a unique arrangement was worked out for its use, as both church and school. The Catholics used the cabin for Sunday morning Mass, with the Lutherans holding services in the building on Sunday afternoon. On week days the cabin served as a school for all the children.
Old Kloeppel School
Henry Joseph Boehmer was the first teacher in the Fort Jennings School, succeeded by Louis deLucenay, and then Louis Odenweller.
Boehmer had graduated from a German teacher’s college before coming to America. However, few of the teachers who followed him in the next half century were college graduates. Anyone who wished to teach took an exam, called the “Boxwell Exam,” and if successful, was granted a teaching certificate
Records of Jennings Township schools begin in 1856 with four districts. Jennings Township records indicate these four districts were approved by the township trustees in April of 1853.
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