Wisconsin - Old Time Schoolhouses

Lincoln School  

The Lincoln School, built in 1880, is on Highway 88, north of Nelson in Buffalo County. It is currently being used as the Lincoln Town Hall.

The History of Buffalo County, presented by the Wisconsin Historical Society, says the town of Lincoln had one school, which began in 1863. Mr. John Muir was its first teacher. It was known as District 8 of Waumandee, according to the history.

L. Kissinger, the author of Buffalo County History, goes out of his way to emphasize that John Muir was the first teacher at this school. He expressed concern about the credibility of some information he had accumulated. But about Muir, he says,

“I have, however, good authority for stating that in 1863 Mr. John Muir taught the first school in the latter district (Town of Lincoln).”

The chart reflecting this information is titled “Pioneer Teachers in Pioneer Districts.”