Through the Years, Baker County, Oregon
From "Flagstaff Hill"
This picture says: This
1893-94 photo shows the one room school which was the first in Haines. It
was located west of the tracks on ground donated by I. D. Haines. Citizens
debate whether any portion of this building remains. It was at least
partially burned. Click
image for a larger image and a list of students.
The wing on the back of the
Haines School offered classroom space and opened a space for interior
exercise and games.
High School started in 1904 and was held on
the top floor of the building. After a wing was built on the back, the
elementary held classes there and the downstairs of the building was used
as a small gymnasium.
This picture says: The Haines High School
student body of 1911. The well-used blackboards in this photo carried
student solutions to algebraic problems. Early schools used individual
slates. Then painted boards served, if poorly. After the railroads came
in 1884, schools sometimes imported fine slate blackboards from Vermont.
Heavy, fragile to ship, and costly, they were used sparingly, usually
only at the front board of the room.
Haines once boasted a complete
school, including an excellent basketball team. Out-Migration during World
War II and, the post-war reformation caused the district to join with
Baker. Grades one through six now occupy the refurbished building. Its
western windows offer a magnificent view of the Elkhorn range of the Blue
Webmaster's Note: This is the Haines School that I remember.
I went to school here from the 1st to the 6th grade. I remember one
year we went upstairs in our Halloween Costumes to show the seniors!
Not wanting to date myself, but that was 1947. There were 2 grades
to a room and Mr. Foster was our 5th and 6th grade teacher.
Class of 1953 (To the best of my memory and a little
help from some friends)
Marda Kay Conrad
Rosa Mae Points
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