School Name: Olean School School District Number: #003
Township: Twn42N Range: Rng15W Section: Sec12
Latitude: 38.413680 °N Longitude: -92.529633 °W
Date Started: 1885 Date Closed: 1940
Teachers: Judge Jenkins lists the following teachers for the Olean or Burlingame School District from 1879 to 1901:
Later Teachers Included:
Resident Taxpayers in 1879:
The town of Olean was started in 1882 when the Missouri Pacific Railroad began operating its branch line from Jefferson City to Bagnell. On January 3, 1886, a deed was made for 1 1/2 acres of land on California Street to W.S. Allee, Joseph Gattermeier and Joseph McCain for a public school from Hazen S. Burlingame for $50.
Olean High School Basketball team - 1913 - Taylor Miller, Coach
About 1910 High School classes were started; prior to that some of the teachers or area residents did private tutoring on High School level, or students went to other towns for high school credits. A frame building housed the classrooms prior to the construction of a new brick building in 1920.
Olean School (frame)
February 10, 1921 - The Olean school moved into the new handsome and modern brick building Monday evening. A varied musical program was given of vocal and instrumental numbers. Henry Gattermeier was the principal speaker…The many guests appreciated the special efforts of Allee Gattermeier, who made electric lights possible for this happy occasion. Punch and wafers were served during the evening.
Classes were held at the town hall and various church buildings while the new brick building was under construction. The last high school graduating class was in 1946.
In December, 1964 the Eldon R-1 School Board sold the building and grounds for sealed bids.
7th & 8th Grade Class, Olean School, 1961
This was the last year that the building in Olean was used for school
Front Row, L-R: Dennis Martin, Billy cox, Donnie Martin, Dennis Rand, Eddie Kempker, Bob Bishop, David Jobe.