Harjo Consolidated District No.5

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City/Town: Harjo
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1930
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Jennifer BurtonLeslie Flaming

Consolidated District No 5 is located in a small abandoned town in Pottawatomie county known as Harjo. Harjo was an unincorporated community and had a post office established June 24, 1921. Mail service was discontinued on August 31, 1954.

Little is known about the history of the school. It was built in 1930 along with a residential house for the acting principal of the school. It sets on 5 hill top acres and includes the small house for the principal, a rock building used as the cafeteria that is still mostly intact, a storm shelter and an 8 classroom school with an auditorium and stage. There is an additional building that housed the restrooms and it is in disrepair. Also, there are the ruins of an old gymnasium that collapsed in on itself over a year ago. It is no longer, nor has it been for a long time, an Entertainment Center Spot, where athletes joined to play each other.

Recently the property was purchased with the hopes of restoring the buildings and using the property as a school for handicapped children. Unfortunately the funding to do so became unavailable and the future of the school is unknown.

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Gerald Lamirand
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Gerald Lamirand

Hi. My family and I attended this school. I was in the first grade. I believe there were 3 classes in one room. Lots of memories there. 2 of my aunts attended there in high school. My family and my grandparents and 2 aunts lived on an 80-acre lease in the country and rode the bus to school. Some of the families in the area were: Foughty, Patterson, Lamirand, Jett, Moon and many more that I cannot remember. Garland Lucy was our bus driver and his wife worked in the lunch room. We attended basketball games and other activities in… Read more »

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Wanda Zuege
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Wanda Zuege

My Grandmother was Ollie Maxwell Freeman Mauldin. Her stepsister, Lula Freeman, graduated from this school so I thought I'd check and see if anyone knows what became of Ollie? She married at 19 to Clementhe Mauldin, had two sons; Hubert Mauldin and Kenneth E. Mauldin (my father). I think she died shortly after her second child. Any info about Ollie would be most appreciated. Send to atp1682@yahoo.com

Butch
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Butch

Graduated from Harjo in 1966… played basketball and baseball (down the road) Paul Lucy’s mom was the cook…nice healthy food….Butch

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