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Homepage for Piper Unified School District #203

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William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, 1883, Published by Andreas, Chicago, Illinois - "There are several neat little stations and hamlets scattered throughout the county, the largest being Edwardsville, located about fourteen miles west of Wyandotte, on the Union Pacific Railroad. It was named for Hon. John H. Edwards, then General Passenger and Ticket Agent of the road, since then a State Senator from Ellis County, Kan. The land where this rural village now stands was once the farm of Half-Moon, a Chief of some degree among the Delawares. He sold the land to Gen. T. Smith, of Leavenworth, and others, who in turn sold it to William Kouns. A post office was established here in 1867. The Methodist Episcopal Church effected an organization here in 1868, and had quite a large membership. In 1868, through the personal influence and direct labors of William Kouns, the County Commissioners, created the town of Delaware, in which Edwardsville is located. It was platted in 1869, the proprietor being Mr. William Kouns. Some time in 1870, the Christian Church was organized here, and now numbers sixty members. There is only one church organization in the town now, the Methodist Episcopal Church having disbanded because of the removal to the adjacent cities of so many of its members. Composit Lodge, No. 152, A., F. & A. M., was organized here in 1872, but in 1877 surrendered its charter. The station now consists of thirty or forty dwellings, a number of business houses, a good depot and fine school."

The picture is of the first Piper Grade School in 1903

Piper Grade School

Front Row (left to right):  Charles Waldron, Lola Dorman, May McDowell, Abbie Newton, Mary Luther, Lena Scott, Alice Luther, Sam Luther, Tony May, Fred Caldwell, Bob Newton, Dick Cunningham, ? Waldwon

Second Row (left to right):  Courtner Brown, Myrtle McCrary, Claude Seat (Scot?), Florence Scott, Asa Ellis, Willis Waldron, Will Luther

Third Row (left to right):  Ray Swann (Teacher), Jessie Brown, Pim Perry, Harvey Green, Elmer Scott, Walter Waldron, Ed Luther, Floyd Ellis



Piper Elementary School - 2004


Piper Elementary School
Picture taken 2004



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