ARNOLD CHAPEL SCHOOL
(also known as Lester School)
Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois
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Teachers from ARNOLD CHAPEL SCHOOL – District #32 (Foster twp.)
(also known as Lester School, since it was located in Lester)
Kinmundy Independent May 27, 1880: They have taken one mile of Fosterburg school district and one half mile off North Fork and are going to put a school house near Arnold’s Chapel. Samuel JONES, Eli W. JONES, and Jas. ARNOLD are the new Directors
(1884-85) Massey Arnold
(1903-04) Bessie Charlton ($34)
(1905-06) Robert Quayle
(1908) Mag Pearson
(1919-20) Anna Eagan
(July 1, 1920) Nelle Walker
(1926) Harold Arnold
(1930-31) Mrs. Edna Williams
(1931-32) Harold Arnold
(circa 1934) Letta Hopkins
(1939-40) Susie Malone
Sept. 23, 1937: There was no school at Arnold Chapel Monday on account of the death of the School Teacher’s baby.
(The above information was gathered from "The Kinmundy Express" articles, School photos, and County Directories of School Teachers)
Arnold Chapel School; Foster Twp., Marion Co., IL – Nov., 23, 1903;
(Written on the back of the photo were these two rows of names)
Bessie Jones, Nellie Jones, Fred Atkins, Edgbert Holt, Elsie Lowe, Ed Walker, Martha Walker, Lew Engler, Earl Arnold
Earna Jones, Jim Arnold, Orie Atkins, Sam Lowe, Sam Jones, Hobart Arnold, Omer Jones, Opal Jones, Esther Holt, Gladys Arnold, Mollie Livesay, Cliffie Lansford, Ella Engler
Arnold Chapel School; Foster Twp., Marion Co., IL; Mag Pearson, teacher – 1908;
(Written on the back of the photo were names)
Ancel Arnold, Merle Jones, Lewis Jones, Roy Jones, Cecil Lowe, Mildred Jones, Gilbert Shaw, Mae Arnold, Roger Doolen, Ellis Lansford, Pearle (Jones) Garrett, Jane Walker,
Lois Jones, Ivy Arnold, Leslie Newman, Opal Jones, Hazel Arnold, Hobart Arnold, Glen Arnold, Homer Mc___, Fred Atkins, Esther Holt, Orie Atkins, Jim Eagan, Earna Jones, Sam Jones
Arnold Chapel School; Foster Twp., Marion Co., IL; Letta Hopkins, teacher – circa 1934;
Back Row: Richard Lowe, Helen (Jones) Cox, Edith Shaw, Marie Doolen, Letta Hopkins – teacher, Agnes Shaw, Earl Leat, Everett Lansford, Hilda Johnson, Lyle Jones
Front Row: Dean Jones, Mary Lowe, Don Lowe, Dorothy Lowe, Doris Lansford, Doris Lowe, Don Doolen, Harold Jones, Paul Dean Arnold, ______ Lambert
Arnold Chapel School; Foster twp., Marion Co., IL; 1926; Harold Arnold - teacher
Arnold Chapel School, District No. 32 - Foster Township
Sherman Kell - 1902
Grace Robb (sister)
Dove Robb (sister)
Nelda (Meadors) Wassem
Gladys (Quayle) Wengert
Anna (Eagan) Corry
Blanche (Doolen) Atkins
Mrs. Ida Williams
Myra (Headley) Simmons
Ruth (Doolen) Phinney
John Wesley Arnold, James W. Arnold, Benjamin A. Morgan, George Atkins, Harmon Holt, John F. Holt (first to be buried in Holt Cemetery), Henry Holt, Wesley Doolen, Hardy Foster, Harmon Foster, Lemuel Jackson Lansford, Monroe Lansford, Rev. Cecil Lowe, Lewis Engler, Harold Chandler, William Henry Foster, Charles Lowe, Cyrus Elmer Arnold, Simpson Walker, Harrison Eagan (brother), Andrew I. Eagan (brother), William and Martha (Holt) Eagan, Jones Arnold, Edgebert Holt, Melvin Doolen, William Lowe, John Shaw, Orie Green, Ernie Jones, Dale Arnold, Lewis Jones
“Footprints in Marion County” - Marion Co. IL Genealogical & Historical Society
Vol. VI; Summer 1981; No. 1; p. 54
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