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Antonino Elementary School (Betts residence)

Antonino, KS
Telephone Number: 785.625.5386

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During the Great Depression when local farmers could not afford the cost of private parochial education, the public school district built an elementary school on the east edge of town.

Partly funded by the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA), local men donated their labor to the construction of this two-story limestone structure, with central heating, four large classrooms, and a foyer and office. A brick addition was later added to the south.

From 1939 to 1974, two generations of local children gained their education and exercised on the outdoor swing sets and baseball fields. After its closing in 1974, the school served for many years as a township hall and 4-H building, and today is the home of Alan and Rikki Betts. Visitors can easily see from the street the lettering above the front steps that is still engraved in the stone - Rural School Dist No. U-1 and 1939.

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Larry Reichert

Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785.625.5386
Paulette Reichert

Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785.623.4561
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