Bell School, District 4, was located in the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 36, Township 23 North, Range 3 East, Pettit Road between Sage Lake Road and Twin Lake Road, Cumming Township, Ogemaw County. There is some question as to whether the original log building was possibly located on Pettit Road between Twin Lake Road and Peters Road, as shown on the old 1903 plat map. There is also mention that it may have been called Henderson Lake School at that time. The land for the brick school was purchased from Joseph McNiell for $25.00 on November 29, 1907 and the building was built by Frank Lovewell of brick. The school was in use until October, 1945; the District was annexed to the Rose City District in 1947; and the property is now in private ownership. Again, records are sparse and if you have any information on the Bell School you are asked to contact the Ogemaw County Coordinator, Grace Dooley.

Most of the existing records have been compiled by The Rose City Area Historical Society, Post Office Box 736, Rose City, MI 48654

1890s - Mae LaDue Winslow
1906 - Flora Sheele Rau
1921 & 1922 - Mrs. Irene Miller McCoy
1928 to 1930 Anna Walker Heath
1934 & 1935 - Eliza Fritz
1935 & 1936 - Mrs. Rosella Polmanteer Dennis
1936 - 1940 - Mrs. Helen David Migan
1944 & 1945 - Floy Thompson
Unknown Date - Bernetta Finerty Goodrich
Unknown Date - Harry Kenyon
Unknown Date - Marian Kenyon Swem
Unknown Date - Maude Kenyon Embury
Unknown Date - Electa Withey Winegar

Bell School, 1916

List of Students, 1922; Mrs. Irene McCoy, teacher:
Mildred Houck (Cross) (8th), Anna Housten (Blum)(8th), and Edwynna Parkinson (Nunneley)(8th).

List of Students, 1929-1930:
Cameron Sutton (8th).

List of Students, 1934:
Vera Slater (8th), Alvin Wiltse (8th).

List of Students, 1935:
Frone M. Pettit (8th)

List of Students, 1935-1936; Rosella Dennis, teacher:
Acel Hawley (8th), Arlene Hawley (8th), Heighter Purks (8th), Ella Reilly (8th).

List of Students, 1936-1937; Helen Migan, teacher:

List of Students, 1937-1938; Helen Migan, teacher:
Lillian Fritz, Mina Fritz, Steven Fritz, Sammy Hawley, William Hawley, Elizabeth Lawrence, Fred Lawrence, Mable Lawrence, Alton Pettit, Alvin Pettit, Elaine Pettit, Wayne Pettit, Benny Purks, Deforest Purks, Blaine Shattuck (8th), and Donald Spearman.

List of Students, 1938-1939; Helen Migan, teacher:
Steve Fritz, Joan Hawley, Sam Hawley, William Hawley, Roy Miller, Nancy Neville, Alton Pettit, Wayne Pettit, Deforest Purks, and Donald Spearman.

List of Students, 1939-1940; Helen Migan, teacher:
Joan Fritz, John Fritz, Donald Hawley, Nelda Miller, Janice Parkinson, Eveline Pettit, and Maxine Shattuck.

Bell School, Unknown Date:
Front Row: Nelda Miller, Mina Fritz
Second Row: Donald Hawley, Unknown, Joan Fritz, Edna Miller, Unknown
Third Row: Merral Red Miller, Sammy Hawley, Bill Hawley, Wayne Pettit, Lillian Fritz, Annabell Lawrence
Back Row: Steve Fritz, Don Spearman

List of Students, 1944-1945; Floy Thompson, teacher:
Mina Fritz (8th).

Bell School, as it looked in 1990.

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