FAYETTE IOWA HIGH SCHOOL
FHS closed in 1984 and consolidated with the North High Hawks at West Union
reunion information will be posted upon notifcation
FHS'56...Paul & Sharroll Fay Richards will be hosting the '56, 60th Class Reunion at their house on south Washington.St, Sat.2016June04.
FHS'61...likely will not hold a gathering in 2016.
FHS'66...Ed.Stearns & others are processing thoughts about having a 50yr reunion (last '66 update 2015Sept).
FHS'71...is requesting input for a weekend to hold their 45th Reunion, email Ellen.Thomas.Meier mintmaker47 AT yahoo.com (last '71 update 2015July30).
FHS'57...is 'pondering' arrangements for their 60th Reunion during 2017, to include inviting FHS '56&'58, having a lunch gathering rather than an evening meal with no special activities other than introductions. Ideas/suggestions are requested. Contact person will be Barabra.Reese'57.Schriever bschriever AT imonmail.com (last '57 update 2015July22).
Links to Fayette Iowa Cardinal pages:
please, please.....review Cardinal snail mail &
email pages for changes and additions.
Fayette Information and Facilities:
Fayette Iowa City page with area links: http://www.fayetteia.com/
RV facilities for the All-Cardinal Weekend. The Volga River Recreational Area (Volga Lake) and Klock's Island in Fayette will be open for RV's. Both locations have restroom/shower/dumping facilities. Klock's Island has as of 2008 a new shower facility and about a dozen spots with hookups at ten dollars a day, first come, first serve, no reservations. A city employer will come around to collect each day.
establishments available on Main
Fayette Iowa Facebook page:
1849--The Indian's are run off for good. The 'White Tide' starts.
1850--Robert Alexander moved from the Wilcox cabin 2mi south & builds a 1st generation mill on the SE edge of 'Klock's Island.'
1851--Westfield village is beginning to form around the Alexander mill area. Fayette does not exist, yet.
1851-52---The first school in the Fayette valley was a log, 12"x18', structure, in the woods to the SW of the Clark/Mechanic St intersection.
1857---The school was moved into the Seminary (College Hall, limestone main building) for a short period.
1859-67---The first brick grade school building constructed, on the SW corner of Clark and King Streets (the 'Grade School').
1881---The addition to the west side of the grade school was added (the 'platform' behind the Grade School).
1900---The first high school was occupied (and would be incorporated into the southern portion of the 1916 High School (addition).
1916---A new high school was built and moved into mid Feb 1917.
1917--The eighth grade moved to the High School building.
1920--Consolidation with area country schools.
1921--Sixth and seventh grades moved to the High School. The remainder of the H. S. land was acquired.
1922---Bob Pond, a high school student wrote the school song, "Crimson Always Stands for Courage."
1934---May 15, early morning. The west side of the old elementary school burned (the foundation/basement remained to form the 'platform'). It was said that Swede Wilson, living nearby, saved the rest of the building single handed,. Professor Morse (teacher & superintendent) was quite unhappy, as he wanted a new building, so the story goes. Loss set at $10k.
1946---The mascot was changed from "Little Peacocks" to "Cardinals", and the school song to "On Wisconsin."
1950-51---A 'new' gym was built to the south of the High School. The old gym in the H.S. basement was used until the early 1940's, when the college gym would be used for games. The old gym would become an auditorium. Fourth & fifth grade classes would be moved into the two 'new' gym classrooms.
1984---Fayette High School closes and consolidates with North High in West Union.
1986---The High School is demolished during the winter and following spring.
1994---The first All-Cardinal Reunion started with classes of the late '50's and early '60's.
1999---The sixth annual All-Cardinal Gathering became the first all-class weekend, which would end in 2015.
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my direct surnames were very early pioneers into Fayette County
entering northeast Iowa in the 1850's. Growing up in Fayette and
trekking the hills, prairies, streams throughout the county when
the small villages and farms were so active and functional
before the 1960's, the now lost history and memories of the
pioneer generations and lifestyles from 1840-1960 continue to
hold my interests. The Cardinal pages are a part
of that history and genealogy work. If you are working
on Fayette Co, Iowa genealogy, I have many resources stored or
run onto the photo site, to include burial listings, old plat
maps, histories, pics, ideas, etc.
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