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The Schools of Mason

Mason's Schools - A Very Short History
The earliest public schooling in Mason began in 1771 with paying Nathan Coburn for keeping school for 9 weeks and 4 days. He was paid about $1.00 per week for his services. In 1774 the town was divided into four school districts and school houses were built. Schooling continued all through the American Revolution, even though funds were scarce. In 1791 the town was divided into 9 districts and new school houses were built over the next ten years and were named in the order in which they were built with the exception of School #1. During the next twenty years the school buildings disappeared, having burned or been dismantled. In 1809 a new school was built in district No. 2 and again remodeled in 1842. Number 2, or Pratt, was the school of Hon. John Boynton, the donor of Boynton Common School Fund which helped support schools in Mason.

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Number 3 school
was on Pole Hill continued as a school until about 1850 when John Flagg bought it for dwelling. In that same year, the Stone School House was built, with two rooms, one for primary and one for secondary. During the 1860s when the railroad came through town and the quarries were in production this school sometimes had as many as 114 students with a number of languages spoken. During this time teachers made $7/week plus $2.50 for board. Today the old school is a private home.

School Number 4, which was nicknamed by the kids "Hardscrabble" , was rebuilt after the original school burned in the winter of 1857-8. Scholarship was of a high standard and several students came back as teachers, among them Robert L. Cumnock. The building is still standing, now remodeled as a dwelling.

School Number 5, in the south district was nicknamed "Bangall". In 1860 its 9 scholars were taught Chemistry, Geology and Astronomy as well as the regular subjects.

The red brick school in No. 6 District was called the "Turnpike" School and was the longest school in use. Built in the 1820s it was closed in 1938 and torn down in 1967.

School Districts Number 7,8 and 9 were in what is now Greenville. When Greenville became a separate town, 6 schools remained in Mason.

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School Number 1
, rebuilt after a fire in 1818, was painted red and called the Old Square School House on the Hill or simply Center School. By 1870 the school was unfit for students and a new building was purchased. The Center School held three sessions and many students came there from other outlying districts for a fee. Many children worked in the Greenville mills and when they shut down they were required to attend school. The classrooms would be full until the mills started up again and the class rooms would be near empty.

To see a school photo with 30 children & teacher (s) from about 1928, click HERE.

In the 1870s there were sometimes more than 100 students in one school but by 1911 there were only 52 students in the whole town. The all time low was 10 students in 1946. Mason students were sent to Townsend High School in 1908 where a full high school education became available.

To get a more detailed description of the schools, see Elizabeth Orton Jones' book: Mason Bicentennial, 1768-1968.

School Records from some of the Mason Town Reports

1909, page 23
Roll of Honor for one year:
Gardner W. Elliott, and E. Emerson Smith

Roll of Honor for two terms:
Charles Beck
Frank Beck
James Beck
Alice R. Davis
Walter Creighton
Lottie Hobart
Ruth Newell

Roll of Honor for one term:
Alice Barnes
Lena Barnes
Ernest Barnes
Edith Creighton
Fred Creighton
Marian Hatfield
Sofia Oehlar
Arlene Whitaker
Bertha E. Kirby
L. Adele Russell


J. Almus Russell
William H. Sebo
Rodney Whitney
Henry Webber
Eino Sipoli
Frank Newell
Ralph Cutter
Perley H. Stacy
Louis M. Smith

1947, page 80
ages 5-16 = boys 16 girls 21 = 37 students
Townsend High School = 5 students
Greenville Elem. School = 10
Sacred Heart Parochial school = 2

1952, page 75
primary grades 1-3 = 27 students
grammar grades 4-8 = 26 students

Roll Call, School District 2,
Summer Term beginning April 20th, 1874 closed June 26th, 1874, Lizzie L. Knight, teacher

1. Minnie Creighton ..........age 8y 8m
2. Georgie Creighton......... age 7y 2m
3. Francis Creighton.......... age 7y 2m
4. Leira M. Elliott............. age 14y 11m
5. Jennie A. Nutting.......... age 14y
6. Hattie F. Nutting........... age 11y 8m
7. Nellie Nutting.............. age 9y 10m
8. Hannah F. Hyde........... age 13y 2m
9. Nellie Hyde................. age 10y 8m

10. Minnie Hyde............... age 9y 2m
11. Lizzie Hyde................ age 7y 4m
12. Ida Hodgman.............. age 11y 6m
13. Alice M. Lee............... age 8y
14. Clinton M. Creighton..... age 11y 7m
15. Elmer C. Elliott............ age 10y 8m
16. Vivaldo A. Elliott.......... age 11y 5m
17. Ozro W. Hodgman........ age 14y 3m
18. Sheldon N. Pierce......... age 9y 8m

Roll Call, School District 2,
Fall Term beginning Sept 7th, 1874 closed Oct 16th, 1874, Fennie D. Parker, teacher

1. Leira M. Elliott...............age 15y 2m
2. Hattie F. Nutting............ age 12y
3. Pola L. Hodgman.......... age 11y 8m
4. Nellie Nutting.............. age 10y
5. F. Francis Creighton....... age 7y 6m
6. Minnie M. Creighton....... age 8y 10m
7. Georgie L. Creighton....... age 7y 7m
8. Hattie E. Brown............ age 12y 8m
9. Etta F. Brown............... age 10y 4m
10. Nellie Hyde................. age 11y

11. Hannah F. Hyde........... age 13y 5m
12. Lizzie Hyde................. age 7y 7m
13. Minnie Hyde................ age 9y 6m
14. Edwin S. Spalding......... age 15y 8m
15. Ozro W. Hodgman......... age 14y 7m
16. Vivaldo A. Elliott........... age 11y 8m
17. Clinton Creighton.......... age 11y 10m
18. Elmer C. Elliott............. age 11y
19. Sheldon N. Pierce.......... age 9y 11m

Record of Visits made by the School Committees and others:

Miss M Raddin
Rev. D. Goodwin
Rev. Mr. Wells
Miss A. Wells
Miss Alice Conant
Miss S.J. Spaulding
Mrs. E. Hutchinson
Mrs. F. Nutting

Mrs. Elliott
Miss G. Nutting
Mrs. G. Keyes
Mrs. L. Hartshorn
Miss M. Hartshorn
Freddie Elliott
Eva Hodgman

Mrs. Wm. Wright
Master George Wright
Master Willie Wright
Freddie Elliott
Miss Cora Creighton
Mrs. W. Brown
Mrs. G. Creighton

Mrs.Chas. Elliott
Mrs. J. Ridout
Master C. A. Ridout
Mrs. Raddin
Mrs. H. Hodgman
Mrs. A. Elliott
Rev. D. Goodwin
Miss J. Goodwin


List of Text Books as have been used.

Sargent's & Hillard's Readers
Robinson's Greenleaf's & Collin's Arithmetic
Garyot's Geography

Quickenbo's Grammar, Grun's Analysis
Quickenbo's History
Robinson's Algebra
Sargent's Speller

Roll Call, School District 2,
Winter Term beginning Nov. 16th, 1874, F.D. Parker, teacher

1. Lura M. Elliott .................... 13y 6m
2. Gertie A. Nutting ................. 14y 7m
3. Jennie A. Nutting ................. 14y 6m
4. Ida L. Hodgman .................. 12y
5. Hattie F. (T?) Nutting............. 13y 7m
6. Hannah F. (T?) Hyde ............ 13y 7m
7. Nellie Hyde........................ 11y 2m
8. Minnie Hyde ...................... 9y 7m
9. Lizzie Hyde ....................... 7y 8m
10. Hattie E. Brown ................ 12y 11m
11. Etta F. (T?) Brown ............. 10y 6m
12. Nellie N. Nutting ............... 10y 3m
13. Minnie M. Creighton ........... 9y 1m
14. Georgie L. Creighton .......... 7y 8m
15. Finis F. Creighton ............. 7y 9m

1. Lucius B. Nutting ............................. 17y 1m
2. Frank E. Tarbell ............................... 17y 2m
3. Clarence Elliott ................................. 14y 7m
4. Vivaldo A. Elliott .............................. 11y 10m
5. Ozro W. Hodgman ............................ 14y 9m
6. Elmer C. Elliott ................................. 11y 2m
7. Nelson L. Brown .............................. 15y
8. Clinton M. Creighton .......................... 12y 2m
9. Clarles J. Brown ............................... 17y 6m
10. Willis W. Creighton .......................... 18y 2m
11. Edwin S. Spaulding .......................... 15y 11m
12. Arthur E. Chase ............................... 13y 10m
13. Sheldon N. Pierce ............................ no age given

Record of Visits made by the School Committees and others:

Miss Minnie Hodgman
Mrs. J. Peterson
Mrs. P. French
Miss Mabel Haines
Rev. D. Goodwin
Miss Ida Nutting

Miss Angeline Elliott
Miss Lizzie Elliott
Mr. Arthur Nutting
Mr. Robert Forbes
Mr. Charles Brown


List of Text Books as have been used.

Sargent's Series Readers
Arithmetic - Robinson's Higher & Practical
Greenleaf's Com. School
Colburn's & Greenleaf's Mental
Geography - Groyt's Series

Grammar - Well's, Green's Analysis
Philosophy - Gnuckenbes's (?)
Algebra - Robinson's
Book-Keeping - Mayhew's Practical

Roll Call, School District 4,
Winter Term beginning Dec 7th, 1874, A.G.Stearns, teacher

1. Lydia W. Cumnock .........age 17y 10m
2. Lydia E. Campbell ......... age 18y 6m
3. Martha A. Adams ........... age 12y
4. Ellen A. Worcester.......... age 10y
5. Nellie F. Flagg .............. age 10y
6. Irena Worcester...............age 12y 10m
7. Mertie B. Adams..............age 5y 11m
8. Ida White ......................age 9y
9. George W. Cummock........age 20y 10m

10. Samuel Gailey............ age 16y 9m
11. Willie J. Baxter........... age 15y 6m
12. George G. Davis......... age 14y
13. Charles H. Flagg ........ age 13y 10m
14. Robert S. Gailey......... age 12y 10m
15. George A. Adams........ age 9y 6m
16. George B. Richardson... age 8y 2m
17. Eddie H. Richardson..... age 6y 7m
18. Anson(?) Worcester...... age 9y 6m

Record of Visits made by the School Committees and others:

Rev. Daniel Goodwin
Miss Nettie Ford
Mrs. E.B. Richardson
Martha Blanchard
Miss Merriam Polley
Fred W. Lowell
Miss Carrie Parker
Mrs. M. Cummock
Mrs. Agnes Adams
Mr. Wells

Rev. D. Goodwin
Miss Addie Briggs
Fannie Thayer
L.E. Shattuck
Miss Briggs
Miss Thayer
Mr. E. White
Mr. J. E. Dickerman
Mrs. E. Richardson
Mrs. Blanchard

Miss Mary Flagg
Alfred Garbell
Mrs. M.G. Cummock
Ella Shattuck
S. J. Baxter
Addie Morgan
Mary A. Baxter
Mr. L.W. Wright
Mrs. L.W. Wright
Mrs. A.G. Stearns

R. L. Cumnock
Fred Childs
Miss G.A. Ingalls
Mr. H.D. Davis
Mr. G.C. Dillman
Mr. A.E. Stearns
Mrs. J. Ballou
Mary Ballou


List of Text Books as have been used.

Sargent's Series Readers
Hillard's Primer (1 copy)
Garyot's Geography
Well's Grammar, Tower's Grammar
Sargent's Pronouncing Speller

Greenleaf's Algebra
Greenleaf's Primary Arithmetic
Eaton's Intellectual Arithmetic
Eaton's Common School Arithmetic

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