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Excelsior School -- Cheney’s Grove Township, 1938

Three boys in school constructing a model home, 1938

Excelsior School, located two miles east of Saybrook, was one of more than 250 one-room schools in McLean County. Most, including Excelsior, were closed in the late 1940s during the first great wave of school consolidation.
In early February 1938, Excelsior students constructed a scale model house. This photo shows twins Joe and Jack Powell working on the kitchen floor while Gayle Bane (middle) looks on.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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