aka Turkey Creek School
aka Maez Creek School
aka Birmingham School
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The Turkey Creek School, a one roomer, was the Clover school. I understand there was a large mining town close by that was named Clover. As I recall only a couple of building of the town remained when I went to school there.
Mrs Wilburn could have been the first school marm. She starter their as a single person but that did not last long since the Wilburn family whom she boarded with had a son name Jim. Jim and Lucille got married and had two boys and four daughters. Lucille's teaching career was interrupted by births. My mother taught in at least four one room schools in the Gardner area. One of them was Turkey Creek. One room and eight grades.
During and after World War II a teacher shortage existed. For a time St George's Catholic School was shut down and the nuns taught in the public school.
After raising families, Lucille Wilburn and my mother went to summer school in Walsenburg (Taught by Trinidad Junior College) to renew their teaching certificates. Mom resumed teaching in Gardner. Lucille taught maybe in Gardner or Turkey Creek.
My mother was Mildred Melia. She went to Nebraska U. long enough to get a life time teaching certificate in Nebraska. She and Dad each had homesteads in the Gardner area. They were married in Gretna, NE and spent the rest of their lives in Colorado.
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