Wisconsin - Old Time Schoolhouses


Brushville School District Nr 4, 1885

Brushville is an unincorporated community in the Town of Bloomfield, Waushara County. Herman and Eliphalet Brush, mill operators, founded the community.

The community has a webpage, “Welcome to Brushville!

Darlene A. Ryan has said it is the second schoolhouse for Brushville. The first was a log cabin. She adds the town had a stagecoach inn, a general dry goods store, and a cheese factory. It also had a church, cemetery, blacksmith shop, and sawmill. 

Eliphalet Brush was the town’s second postmaster.

A Waushara County History as of 1878 highlights that the first settlement in the county was on Native American lands. The Native Americans told the settlers to leave, but the settlers somehow struck a deal. The county's first school was located in 1849 near the present town of Warren. The families paid tuition, and the teacher lived in a settler’s home, common back in the day. Most of the settlers were farmers. 

As of 1878, there were 89 schools in the county. Attendance was good, and the structures were “generally comfortable frame structures.”

Fine Art America shows the Brushville School among its presentations of “architecture art.” The Town of Bloomfield Comprehensive Plan 2025, published in June 2007, lists the Brushville school in the Architecture & History Inventory found on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Division of Preservation website.