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Vance School

Vance School - circa 1941 Vance Picture Gallery

Location:  3650 N. 67 Street

Other Names:  Common School District No. 6

Vance Elementary School is now Muncie Christian School. Vance was formerly part of the Washington District consolidated with USD 500 in 1967.

"Vance, a village of Wyandotte county, is situated about 6 miles west of Kansas City, the county seat, on the Missouri Pacific R. R. and on the electric line that runs from Kansas City to Fort Leavenworth. It is a local trading point of some importance and receives mail by rural delivery from Bethel. The population in 1910 was 120. There is also a hamlet called Vance in Linn county on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas R. R., 5 miles north of Selma, the post office through which mail is received."  Page 841 from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed July 2002 by Carolyn Ward."  

According to Mr. William Gregg, local historian on western Wyandotte County, there was a Vance School in the 1850s.  An article in the "Gazette" newspaper in 1863 reported on a July 4th celebration. Vance was an early county seat, 8 miles west of Kansas City and just north of Pleasant Grove, with two blacksmiths, meat market, post office, and school.  T. J. Barker owned most of the land around Vance.  In 1910, Vance had a population of 120.

(Note:  According to Wyandot Tribal Council Minutes (courtesy of Mr. Larry Hancks), recorded 07 September 1858 - "The Wyandot Tribal Council appoints School Directors for 1858-59:  Principal Chief John Sarrahess, for a reestablished District No. 1, Robert Robitaille for District No. 2 and "Red Head" Noah Zane for District No. 3." [At this point we become aware that the Wyandots had 3 school districts in Wyandotte County, although the exact location remains unknown.] [Is it possible that the school District #3 for the Wyandots could have been on Zane property and the beginning of the Pleasant Grove/Vance school system?  State organization of school districts occurred in 1868, so this District #3 would have been the Wyandot organization of schools.]  We would welcome any information and/or pictures from the public which might contribute to the research on the history of this area and school .)


Note:  Mr. William Gregg, local historian on western Wyandotte County, tells us that in 1889 the Vance School was on the Barker property, near 62nd and Cernech.  The school was later moved to the 67th Street location.  

The following is the history of the Vance School, located (in 2005) at 3650 N. 67th Street):

1859 - The tract described as:  SE corner of NE quadrant of Sec. 28, Twnsp 10, Range 24, was awarded to Jane L. Zane (husband Noah E. Zane) head of family consisting of Alexander H. Zane, Julia C. Zane and Elizabeth Rebecca Zane, members of the Wyandot Tribe of Indians, signed by President James Buchanan.  Patent Class 195, June 1, 1859.  Recorded Oct 24, 1861, Book of Patents, page 18.  This would later be 67th Street area, what would later be the Vance School located north of 67th & Cerneck.

1864 - Property was sold to Charles E. Armour.  Armour family sold to Hiram Malott in 1864. 

(Officers, Wyandott Gazette, 17 July 1873 - Wm. Taylor, Thomas J. Barker and Hiram Malott)

1887 - Following the death of Hiram Malott, property was divided by the courts and the tract containing the property of the school was given to Mrs. Susan E. Malott, widow of Hiram.

When the Board of Education was unable to purchase a suitable site for a school building at reasonable rates, the Board called a special meeting on July 16, 1887, for the purpose of selecting a site.  The land description of the selected site was:  NE corner of SE @ of NE @ of Sec 28, Twnsp 10, Range 24 (one square acres, more or less).

1887 - August 20.  Property acquired by condemnation (Value $150) for the erection of a school building in School District No. 6.

1887 - G. M. Hopkins Surveys & Plats Map of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas:  Located just east of property owned by Hiram Malott.

1924 - School erected - according to stone on front of building

1930 - June:  Became a part of Rural High School District #2 when Welborn, Hazel Grove, White Church, Vance, Nearman and Pomeroy districts voted to consolidated for a rural high school geographically centrally located within a new rural consolidated district.  This rural high school became known as Washington High School, located at 7340 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas (still in operation in 2005). 

1950 - Construction of gymnasium.  "Schools in KCKs in Years of Change, 1964-86," by O. L. Plucker, Superintendent Emeritus, June, 1987

1952 - July 23.  Additional property acquired (2.65 acres more or less) from Howard M. Pickle and Venetta N. Pickle.

1953 - Addition of classrooms to annex.  "Schools in KCKs in Years of Change, 1964-86," by O. L. Plucker, Superintendent Emeritus, June, 1987

1954 - May 28.  Additional property acquired (.08 acre) from Rowena C. Drake, widow of Herbert L. Drake (road).

1955 - Second addition to annex.  "Schools in KCKs in Years of Change, 1964-86," by O. L. Plucker, Superintendent Emeritus, June, 1987

1967 - Vance (part of USD 201) was attached to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (USD 500) on January 1, 1967.

1997-98 - School closed.  Building sold to Muncie Christian School.


1966-72 - Hans A. Lonborg / 1972-93 - Donald Hudlin / 1993-96 - Robert Edwards / 1996-98 - Debbie Baysinger

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“A History of the Origin and Establishment of Washington Rural High School – Bethel, Kansas" – As contained in news articles found in the Kansas City Star and Times, Kansas City Kansan, and the Bonner Springs Chieftain – Apr 1929 to Feb 1932 – submitted by David C. Grove, Jan 1966  (.pdf)  (Containing excerpts relative to Welborn, Vance, Bethel, Hazel Grove, Lindbergh, Pomeroy, Nearman, Wolcott, Pleasant Ridge, and White Church schools/communities.)

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The picture at the top left of this web page is donated by Kathleen (Kathy) Klamm Clabough of Louisville, TN.  In the picture gallery, you will see the basketball team of 1941.  Kate's father, Richard Klamm, is front right holding the trophy, as well as the 1951-52 teachers.  "My parents, Richard and Beverly Turner Klamm, and my aunt, Doris Lee Turner, attended Vance grade school and Washington HS graduating in the early 50s. My grandfather, Jesse Orville Turner, served on the Washington High School Board in the late 40s/early 50s."

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