A School With Roots
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
N 45° 42.675 W 121° 30.405
10T E 616225 N 5063050
Quick Description: An Oregon historical marker just outside the historical museums entrance in Hood River. "This bell was made by American Bell Foundry and was donated to the Hood River County Historical Museum in 1980 my descendants of the Crapper Family."
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 1/16/2007 12:55:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM150E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 20

Long Description:
A School With Roots
growing PRIDE in the community

High in the tower the school bell rang, resonating across the grounds. Sixteen school kids grabbed their lunch pails and headed with their teacher, Miss Graham into the 1893 Crapper School. As the community grew, the students outnumbered Crapper School's capacity. The school was torn down in 1910 to make room for the Oak Grove School where the bell was moved. For 58 years, the bell continued to call students to their studies at the Oak Grove School.

Oak Grove School closed in 1968 and a year later, Hood River County assumed ownership of the grounds. Oak Grove Park opened in 1974--kids continue to play on these grounds as they did back in 1893.

The Schoolhouse now a private residence was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1979.

In 1893, Dorsey Crapper donated the land for the original school. For many years the school and the district were named after him, and his children and grandchildren were all taught there. The Crapper family (left in photo) has remained connected with both schools throughout their histories.

Interpretive sign funded by the Hood River Lions Foundation Trust.

Photos Courtesy of the Hood River County Historical Museum.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Historical Society

Marker Type: City

Region: Central Oregon

County: Hood River

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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