In 1939, Lawrence County had 80 school districts, four regular four-year high school districts, four city grade school districts, 12 2-room schools, one 3-room school and 58 1-room schools. This week Waters school district in Bond Township will be featured. The last school building was located on the South side of Co.Rd.1700N at the junction with Co. Rd 1400 E., about one mile east and one mile south of Birds.
The 1875 Atlas for the county does not show the location of an earlier Waters school and no deed has been located. Thus, the exact date of origin of this school district cannot be confirmed. However, the Lawrence County News on July 21, 1938, reported that the board members of Waters school had perhaps the oldest record book still in use in the county at that time. It dated back to the years of the Civil War and showed carefully made records of board meetings and of the teachers employed.
Joseph Fritchie taught at Waters school in the 1880’s. Family history reports that he married the prettiest girl in his 8th grade class. Her name was Lydia Ellen Boots, and she was 17 and he was 37. Their marriage produced eight children.
The first mention of the school that could be found in local newspapers was a notice in the Birds Review on Friday, March 25,1887, that entertainment would be held at the Waters schoolhouse. The teacher was Terry Smith during the 1889-1890 school year.
2nd row: Rena Steffey, Elsie Montgomery, Annis Allison, Grace Lindsey, William Emmons, William Shinn, Milford Emmons, George Struble, Royal Montgomery, Bertha Seitzinger, Julia Emmons and Ross Allison.
3rd row: Bert Montgomery, Dessie Allison, Bertha Montgomery, Kate Smiley, Ella Hughes, Mark Hughes, Terry Smith(teacher) and Perley Emmons.