A November 24, 1868, Waukesha newspaper announced the dedication of a new school on the “evening of Friday last”:
A New School House.—The school house in District No. 3, Pewaukee, (The Deissner Mill District.) was formally dedicated on the evening of Friday last. The exercises consisted of addresses by Mr. Gaylord of Milwaukee, Supt. Green, and others, interspersed with singing by the children of the district. This school house is of stone, and is probably the best house in the county of its size, erected at a cost of about $1,600, furnished and painted in the best style, size 28 x 26 feet, and 14 feet between joints [this means ceiling height], affording ample desk-room for 68 pupils, convenient recitation ground and seats, extensive black-board, cloak-rooms, wood-closet, provisions for ventilation, and surmounted with a cupola for a bell. The contract for the masonry was awarded to S. Eales, and the carpentering to the Hartwells, of this village. The school term of this District commenced yesterday, under the tuition of Mr. Eales.
Note that the school was not named at this time and was comprised of only one classroom. The second classroom of identical configuration was added in 1878. It is the newer wing which is most visible from the road.
From the basement of Quarry Elementary, we see Etta and Keith as Mrs. & Mr. Claus in the 1961 production of what was surely a gripping Christmas production. Just before the performance, Santa Keith had his picture taken with the elf-costumed Dave Farina.
Thanks to the very thoughtful Matt Newman, director of Sales and Services for School Facility Services in Waukesha, we now have floor plans of the otherwise-erased grade school of our memories: “The attached drawing was found in my blueprint file. It was identified only as Quarry School. Thought you may want a copy of it.”
Ground floor level.
There appear to be no architectural drawings of the exterior, however, Mid-Century Modern architectural stylings from the era by Joseph L. Eichler (see examples below) help one re-imagine Quarry Elementary. (Do you see a resemblance in the low-slung roof line and exposed beams and posts?)
The school was a masterpiece of design, in my opinion; reflective of its era like very few schools; and it’s a tragedy it was destroyed rather than repurposed. — J.B.
I spent part of this winter searching through newspaper archives going back to the 1850s in hopes of finding anything related to the schools that served this neighborhood near I-94 and County F (formerly Hwy 164). Most of this material will show up in the documentary I hope to crank out in about two years.
The most recently dated clipping is from October 1973. Thanks to the generous service of Waukesha Museum researcher John Schoenknecht, I have scans from Freeman photographer Earl Schneider’s original negatives. The caption to the photo below reads: We Count About 75 Kids Plus Pumpkins! Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater would have had a feast at Quarry Elementary School Monday. Students in all six grades brought their Halloween handiwork to the art teacher for judging.
This is the only exterior view, of our beautiful school available from the Freeman. There is absolutely no record of the school with the Waukesha School District headquarters (I was told they literally had NO RECORD OF IT). The Pewaukee City Hall’s Building Department has no permits records going back to the year the school was built. It’s as though the place exists in only a scant few photos and our memories.
Below is the sole interior photo of the school I found on record. It’s from the September 29, 1966, Freeman. The caption reads: Pupils Make Science Display. Fifthgraders at the Quarry school look over a collection of rocks and fossils their class collected as part of their science study. At the display are (left to right) Jerry Martin, 11, of W220-N743 Springdale Rd.; Laura Weber, 10, of W229-N2086 Hy. 164 and Tom Kamp, 10, of W24199-N11 River Lane.
Welcome. I am Joy Buslaff. My parents, Mary and Rolland Buslaff, moved into the old Quarry School in 1960, and I began attending the new Quarry Elementary that same year. (Sadly, the new school had a short life. It was demolished in the 1970s to make way for American TV & Appliance.)
In 2001 my husband, Dan Savin, and I began renovating the old stone schoolhouse. We hope to put finishing touches on the building and landscape in 2019 and publish our full collection of photos here.
You are invited to use this site to post your reminiscences and photos from your school days. If you’re unsure how to go about posting here, simply e-mail your text or photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to me at W233N671 Redford Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53186.
Former neighbors and the general public are invited to tour
our building and native plant landscape by appointment.
Thanks to Barbara Hoover-Markham, we have added this composite class photo to our collection of Quarry School memorabilia. Maybe you, dear reader, can help fill in the names of the unnamed.
Top row (l to r): David Berglund (principal), Marsha Yont, Alan Evans, Bonnie Hoover, unnamed, Linda Wenzel, Dale Fredrickson.
Second row: Joan Leitinger, Michael Hoover, Sherry Whyte, a Thiesenheusen(?), Jack Beatty, Audrey Yont.
Third row: Johnny Lipuma, Joanne Gabrysiak, Carol Riesner, Pedro (Pete) Medina.
Fourth row: Nicki Trenhaile, Tom Evans, Gary Hetzle, Lee Fredrickson, Gerry Rouse.
Fifth row: Bob Palmer, Marty Baumgartner, Laurie Fejnas, Kathy Reidy.
I’ve begun scanning every negative, photo, and document I can access that relates to either the old or new Quarry schools, the goal being–after Dan and I have completed our renovation–to compose a documentary using these materials. Until then, you’re welcome to check out the materials by visiting the cloud storage linked below. The photo titles are minimal; I hope that’s enough to satisfy you for now — and to inspire you to share your family’s photos from the school and surrounding areas.
Quarry School and local environs:
Quarry School Elementary:
Did you know that our area’s first school was a log structure located approximately where the I-94 onramp lies near Harris Lumber? The existing stone school (the old Quarry School) was originally called the Lime Kiln School. The newest school, Quarry Elementary, was lost to development in the late 1970s.