Welcome to the Star
Sharon Township, Appanoose
This web page was started recently, it's temporary condition
is a result of the building process chosen,
but additions or changes may occur at any time. Please note
the page is on STARS. STARS is a courtesy server in the
domain and owned and operated by James L. Steele, 4005 Coachman Road,
KS 66502. You may reach me at this Email
this page is to
provide some history of the Star School, Sharon Township, Appanoose
County, Iowa. Star School existed on two sites located on the
and Dena Steele farm just across the road (260th Avenue) and just
northeast of the existing Sharon Chapel Church and Cemetery.
original site was approximately 1/4 mi east of the second
The original school house burned when Dena Barnes [Steele]
mother) was attending at about the age of eight or nine years.
Dena's birth year was 1909, hence for the moment the
original school may have burned in 1917-1918. Star School
were conducted in the Sharon Chapel Church the following year or so
until the second Star School House was completed on a different site
closer to the road (now 260th Avenue). The second Star School
to the Walter Daniels farm, now the Bill and Crystal Smith farm about
1/2 mi south of last site. Recollections
suggest it was moved there prior to 1962 when
Crystal and her parents (Ernest and mother) moved there.
The School House is no longer standing. In
about 1990, a Unionville,
IA person dismantled the old Star School House and took all salvagable
history, some class photos as contributed will be added as this page
The second objective will be to identify the names of all attendees and
teachers at Star School depending on the records available and what
might be contributed. Simultaneous with this activity, living
attendees of Star School will be identified in hopes that a reuniting
event may be held in the near future. Hopefully, by word of
mouth, the living attendees can be identified rather quickly.
you are familiar with any Star School attendees, please forward contact
information to my email address as provided on this page.
also advise of
corrections noted or needed on this page.
A third objective is to organize and set a date and location for a Star
School reunion and social sometime in the near future.
A Star School
gathering has been proposed for October 18, 2008, 6pm, Dutch Treat,
Pizza Ranch, Centerville, IA. An Email announcement will be
to all those for which we have email addresses. Please
acknowledge receipt of the email announcement so that we will not have
to send a postal announcement to those with email addresses.
Please also help us contact as many Star School attendees as
possible by review our current list and providing names and addresses
of others you might remember. Please also consider providing
photos, comments or Star School history for posting on this web page or
distribution to other attendees.
Our pages won't
glamorous, but maybe these
will help in some small way to encourage Star School classmate contact.
view/use the names, addresses, Email addresses
or any other information contained herein, please consider whether or
your use of this page is appropriate. If you are not a
a classmate's spouse or a relative of a classmate, you probably should
not read/use or
duplicate the information contained herein. Your cooperation,
for the information contained here (and in self policing its use) is
Please be cognizant that user logs are maintained for this page and its
again some time. I'm sure all Star School classmates will
something of value at this site in the future. If you have
suggestions or something
to post on the page, please contact me via the email
address provided above.
Respectfully, James L. Steele From
the Little Apple, Manhattan, KS
of living (& known) Star School attendees:
Name : [Married Name] : First Name : Address
[Shultz], Beverly : 6627 E. Newton Pl., Tulsa, Ok
[Cornell], Ellen : 2348 Soaring Eagle Dr. : Bull Head City, AZ
(Beverly sent Ellen a copy of letter and form)
Gerald : 25233 Hwy 5 : Centerville, IA 52544-8438
James : 418 E. Primrose Lane : Republic, MO 65738-2140
Banks, John : 802 S Park Avenue : Seymour, IA 52590-1589
Cormeny, Richard : 916 E. 10th St. S. : Newton,
Helen : 101 E. 9th Avenue :
Leola, AR 72084-8873
Cormeny, Dale : 1311 Casper
Dr. : Ottumwa, IA 52501-4921
[Bagley], Marion : #7 Drake Drive : Kirksville, MO 63501-2506
[Proctor], Opal : P.O. Box 693, Newton, IA 50208-0693
Daniels, Ernest : 25238 540th St. :
Centerville, IA 52544-8522
Edith Eleanor : 542 N 12th St. : Centerville, IA 52544-1447 : ph 641-856-2300
old address : 29160 Hwy J3T
: Moravia, IA 52571-8721
Ellen : 1435 E. Ovid Avenue : Des
Moines, IA 50316-1322
Roscoe : 21902 Blackberry Way : Kirksville, MO
Eddy, Curtis : 401 South
Benton St. : Brighton,
Eddy, Loren : 23705 497th
St. : Centerville, IA
Norma Dean :
E. Washington : TRLR 18 : Centerville, IA 52544-1540
: 800 N. 13th St. : Centerville, IA 52544-1025
[Musick], Judy : 7910 Rio Grande Trail : Douglasville, GA
[Devore], Carlene : 2804 Eastridge Dr. : Centerville, IA
Guler [Roby], Iva
: 1510 Chester Avenue : Ottumwa, IA 52501-4442
: Form, son Carl Roby
Bonnie : 1416 Lyon Avenue : Waterloo, IA 50702-3440
Marilyn : 24818 240th Avenue : Centerville, IA
Keith : 27426 528th St. : Moulton, IA 52572-8441
Bob : 203 W. 5th St. : Moulton, IA 52572-1219
Houser [Schwilling], Lorella Sue : 2343 U. Road : Strong City, KS 66869-9839
?? [Marvin], Helen : 614 W
Garfield St. : Centerville, IA 52544-2022 : From E.Daniels
McCoy [Clark], Carol : 18874 Hwy
Udell, IA 52593-8721
Charles : 24542 265th Avenue : Centerville,
Helen : 16545
229th Avenue : Centerville, IA
: P.O. Box 62 : Moulton, IA
McCoy [Seeley], Laretta :
517 S. Main Street : Centerville, IA 52544-1540
Marilyn : 901
E. Washington TRLR
25 : Centerville,
: 21917 117th Lane : Bloomfield, IA 52537-6882
Miller [Garr], Joann
: lookup : Centerville, IA 52544-8520
: 503 North Davis St. : Kirksville, MO
Jeanne M. : 1315 Marble St.
: Onawa, IA 51040-1539
Steele, James L.
: 4005 Coachman Road
: Manhattan, KS 66502-8810
School did not attend list:
Crystal : -did not attend, use Email addr for Ernest
Denise : -did not attend, berbal communication
McCoy [Devore], Betty : -did not
attend, from Charles communication
School Reunion Invitation Forms(to Date):
Marilyn McCoy [Espy]
2. LaDonna McCoy
3. Norma Dean Eddy
4. Curtis Eddy
5. Richard Cormeny
6. Lorella Sue Houser
8. Keith Houser
9. Bob Houser
10. Laretta McCoy [Seeley]
12. Bonnie Heaivilin
13. Ellen Daniels
14. Ernest Daniels
15. Bill Franklin
16. Beverly Albright [Shultz]
0 letter & pics scanned
17. Edith Eleanor Daniels [Hull]
18. Jeanne Steele [Virtue]
0 post pics
19. Walter Roscoe Daniels 2
20. Helen McCoy [Stevens] 1
21. Iva Guler [Roby]
form from daughter-in-law
22. Judy Franklin ]Musick]
0 pics scanned
23. Marilyn Heaivilin [Crow]
24. JoAnn Miller
25. Beverly Miller [Garr] 2
26. Marion Cormeny [Bagley] 0
27. Opal Cormeny [Proctor] 0
2 typed, in book, scanned & posted
29. Gerald Banks
form scanned and posted 09/02/2009 - better late than never, thanks Sally
Projected Attendance Total
of 10/04/2008 jls
review posted individual forms, click here
To see 2008 posted photos and individual forms, click here
School Addresses Needed List:
Mickey : need address : ???
Kennnnnneth : need address : ???
[??], Nellie : need address : ???
Lenz, Roy : need
address : ???
Johnny : need address : ???
McCoy, Mitchell : need address : ???
McElderry [??], Evelyn : need address : ??? : Name from JVirtue
McElderry, Eugene : need address : Exline, IA ???
Lee : need address : ???
Margaret : need address : ???
Weaver, Duane : need address : ???
email addresses(add as available later):
Cormeny [Proctor], Opal
Daniels [Hull], Edith Eleanor
Daniels, Ernest c/o Crystal
Daniels, Walter Roscoe
Eddy [Jacobs], Norma Dean
Franklin [Musick], Judy <email@example.com>
Guler, Iva [Roby] c/o Carl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Heaivilin [McConnell], Bonnie
[Schwilling], Lorella Sue
McCoy [Espy], Marilyn
Steele, James L.
Steele [Virtue], Jeanne M.
List (recollections) of Deceased Star School
Name : [Married Name] : First Name
Deceased : from JVirtue
Deceased : from GBanks 08/12/08
Daniels, Earnest Deceased : August 2009
[Walden], Helen Deceased
Guler [Howard], Mary Deceased
Steele [Melody], Joanne Deceased : October 2001
..limited to our generation for now. There are many more
such as parents, grandparents, aunts and
uncles, etc. Maybe
this list can be updated or expanded before or at
and personal note journal:
Will edit and add some email notes from
Curtis Eddy later.
This editing started on laptop to get
notes from Crystal documented.
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 19:29:31 -0500
From: ceddy <email@example.com>
To: Jim Steele <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Star School Reunion DATE,
TIME AND LOCATION SUGGESTION
It has really gotten warm here this afternoon. We closed up
house and turned the air conditioning on as it is supposed to rain
tonight and we were afraid that we wouldn't get any sleep if we
left it open because if it does rain then we would have to close it
up. I like to sleep with fresh air coming in if possible, but
Normadean was up this afternoon and we talked about the Star School
Reunion and we just decided to set the date of Oct. 18 at the
Pizza Ranch. Normadean thought she could get the
room they have.
It will be Dutch Treat. We forgot to set a time, but we assume
about 6:00 would be the best. Let us know what you think of
Wondered if you could put it on the web page.
note: Please send your comments on proposed date and location
given above to either
with a CC to me
or vice versa.
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 21:03:00 -0500
From: ceddy <email@example.com>
Ed McElderry was the one that lost his life on the
motorcycle. He was
one of the older ones.
Loren knows more about this than I do as they were more his age.
I think Jr. helped us hay and helped do work when my Dad had that
stationery baler. All I know him by is Jr.
We do have a picture of Eleanor and Kenneth at school at the Star School
there (who was Uncle El's children there), and also Elmer, Donald,
Howard, Milt, Mabel and I assume Nellie went when she got old enough.
I would guess that Taylor McCoy's went to the Eureka School over by
Taylor's place. I think I have the name of the school right.
You can check with Normadean if you want to and Loren.
I don't remember Judy Franklin.
As for Normadean's address it is 901 E. Washington, #18,
It is in Monitor Village. Her phone no. is 641-856-3232, She
part time at the school. She works during the breakfast hour
again over the noon hr.
As for Loren's in case you want it. It is: 23705-
He lives in the country from the hospital, east. His phone
2008.04.11 Visit with Crystal Daniels [Smith]
Crystal did not attend Star School
The second school house, the one we all
know, was at the Walter Daniels farmstead
when Crystal moved out to the farmstead home when she was about five
years old. This
would have been in about 1962. Hence, the old school house
had been moved to the Daniels
farmstead prior to 1962. This date, I do not remember.
Whatever the date, it would be
approximately the same date when Sharon Township disposed of other
school property in the Township. About that same time, the
old school site property reverted back to the land
owners of the original property. There is a recorded date for
when that change in
ownership was recorded.
In about 1990, a Unionville, IA person
the old School House, moved and took salvagable materials.
Thirty years later, 1992, Crystal and
Bill Smith purchased and moved to the
Walter Daniels farm. In July 1992, the windstorm
destroyed the barns, machine shed,
damaged the home at the Steele farmstead and moved the Sharon Chapel
Church off its
foundation about 3-4 feet.
Denise (Eddy) Casady may have been one
of the last few students to attend Star School.
Crystal does not know Roscoe Daniel's
email address, will seek his mailing address.
2008.04.22 Visit with Denise Casady
Stopped in to see Denise since Bull was
out in road.
Denise never did attend Star School.
She was born in 1952 and always attended Centerville schools.
She remembered the dividing line was 290th Avenue,
west of that students went to Centerville, east of that students went
to Moulton at that time.
Said Donald's father was Milton Eddy,
not Elmer and Jessie Eddy as I thought.
Also said that a Milton Eddy and
decendants live in or near Manhattan, KS.
links @OTHER SITES:
The shown links
should be clickable, if not, copy&paste url's to
browser - jls
Farm Rescue Home Page- url only for now:
(Will search for somthing similar to the Kansas
for Iowa, send email if you know of something similar-jls)
One Room School House Project (ORSH)
viewable 1890 Plat of Sharon Township:
Will search for somthing similar to the
Kansas ORSH for Iowa, email input welcomed? --jls
School pages in 'Rural School Memories', Progress Edition, 2003 NEW
Hixenbaugh pages in "Rural School Memories', Progress Edition,
County Records-Star School-Teacher's Report, Year 1946-1947
County Records-Star School-Teacher's Report, Year 1947-1948
County Records-Star School-Teacher's Report, Year 1948-1949
County Records-Star School-Teacher's Report, Year 1949-1950
County Records-Star School-Teacher's Report, Year 1950-1951
Not found in records, Drake Library,
Not found in records, Drake Library,
County Records-Star School-Teacher's Report, Year 1953-1954
County Records-Star School-Teacher's Report, Year 1954-1955
- 50th Class Reunion Page All f/ Jim & Diane Steele
- 50th Class Reunion - Star School Pictures f/ C. Eddy, R. Daniels and
Most of the following links
are now set up, so let me know if some do not
The remainder of this page
will likely be deleted later, so don't be surprised if it
disappears one day. J. L. Steele
Writings - Jim Steele Collection
Tribute - The Rolling Memorial - Holmgren's
of Music, Favorite Things - f/ Mary Alice Powers (Tickle)
Job - f/ Mary Alice Powers (Tickle)
American - f/ Ron & Jan Hamlin
Claus - f/ Ann & Roger Steinbach
f/ R. Espy
- f/ G. Lotridge
Photos -'Two Old Birds'
two - f/ R.
- Pledge of Allegiance - f/ R. Espy
Springs, KS - f/ R. Espy
- The Rain
-f/ B. Worthington
- 2008 Election Issue!
-f/ Kim Tucker
-Tribute to American
Service Men and
Women -f/ Nathan Adams Elem. School
- TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN
- f/ J. Thornton, Class '57
- KEEP THE CANDLE LIT
FOR OUR TROOPS
- f/ R. White, Class '56
Music - From the Heart -
(choose and play
MP3's - soothing, relaxing site)
Photo - Giant Flag In Arizona
- f/ R.
- College/Work Colleague
for the farmers of
Class of '56:
Creed - Wall Hanging, Joe E. Steele, Jr.
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