In 1913, the Eder School was still in use as a schoolhouse. It had no plumbing or electricity, and water had to be collected from the outdoor hand pump. Oil lamps were used to light the building, and a wood stove provided heat in the cold months of the year. (submitted photo)
One-room schoolhouse changes hands again
“There isn’t much interest in young people in history these days,” said Carol Houck, secretary and treasurer of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society.
Lack of interest seems to be a trend across all volunteer-dependent organizations, which have been unable to attract people from the working and youth populations. In the case of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society, it has been especially crippling.
In response to its declining membership, the group merged with and recently transferred its collection to the Washington County Historical Society.
Jordan Cich, left, Brandon Ong, center, and Ruth Pee are three of eight students who helped collect donations from Tartan students and staff, and deliver them to the Harriet Tubman Center East in Maplewood.
The Skills USA group from Tartan High School recently completed a community service project that involved collecting items such as clothes, toys, books, toiletries and jewelry for the Harriet Tubman Center East in Maplewood.